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5 Surprising Things Dentists Say Are Bad for Your Teeth

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You already know that candy and sugary soda are bad for your teeth. There are also other less obvious foods and drinks that can harm your oral health. Whether you choose to avoid them entirely or reduce your consumption to help protect your teeth, here are five foods and drinks dentists tell their patients to try to limit. ICE Putting ice in your drink is refreshing but biting and chewing on...

Overcome Your Fear of Going to the Dentist

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Many of us never overcome the fear of going to the dentist. It’s no wonder: even a routine cleaning requires patients to sit for long periods as hygienists and the dentist poke at and examine patients’ mouths. Add to that, there is also the fear of getting the news that a dental procedure is necessary. Despite the recommendation to have a checkup every six months, some people will avoid the...

Make a Wish! August 22nd is Tooth Fairy Day

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Who doesn’t remember the thrill of losing a tooth and putting it under their pillow to find that in the morning, like magic, the tooth had vanished and money was in its place? And it was even better when we perhaps got to play Tooth Fairy for our own children. Like Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy is a beloved symbol of childhood. Unlike many other heroes of folklore, the Tooth...

Far From Home and Need Emergency Dental Work?

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We’ve Got You Covered Whether you’re out of town on vacation, a business trip, or visiting family, the last thing you want to have to deal with is a sudden dental emergency. But, to paraphrase Murphy’s Law, the most inconvenient problems always seem to arise at the most inconvenient time. The first thing to do during a dental emergency is to remain calm. The second thing is to contact your...

How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

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Most children learn by the time they’re in elementary school that they should brush their teeth twice every day. But many adults still have no idea how often they should replace their toothbrush. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you change your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles become frayed. Should You Change Your Toothbrush? Bacteria Buildup. After you...

By Looking In Your Mouth, Dentists Can See What’s Happening in Your Body

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Did you know your dentist can frequently spot the first warning signs of many major health problems? Issues like leukemia, heart disease, diabetes and more may all have oral manifestations. They can potentially be spotted by your dentist during a routine check-up even before you’re experiencing any symptoms. One of the first signs of leukemia can be gingivitis; or swelling and bleeding gums...

To Fill or To Crown, That is the Question

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Sometimes you go to the dentist because you’re aware of pain and think you probably have a cavity. No problem, you think: you’ll need a filling. To your surprise, your dentist says your best option to protect the tooth is with a crown. Your dentist isn’t trying to charge you more money for a similar need.  This brief discussion will give you a better understanding of the difference between...

A Gamechanger in the Fight Against Gum Disease Could Be on the Way

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Gum disease is one of the most widespread problems. Most adults suffer from gum disease at some point, with many experiencing the condition more than once. All gum disease is caused by plaque, a bacterial film that forms on the teeth. The first sign of gum disease is blood on your toothbrush or in your spit while cleaning your teeth. The gums may also bleed when you eat, which can cause bad...

The Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implant surgery is a common dental procedure intended to replace a natural tooth or teeth. With dental implants, tooth roots are replaced with metal screw-like posts, while missing or damaged teeth are replaced with artificial crowns that function and look just like real ones. Bridges and dentures can frequently be effective solutions, but sometimes the prosthetics do not fit well or a...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dentures

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Has a dentist ever warned you, “If you ignore your teeth, they’ll go away”? Losing teeth is never easy, but fortunately, there is a common and efficient option: Dentures. Teeth provide three different benefits. They help us bite and chew food. They help us in our speech by contributing to articulation and producing various sounds. And, of course, they give us a friendly and attractive look and...

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