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What You Need to Know About Dry Mouth imagefile

  • Dec 06, 2016

Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while — if they are nervous, upset or under stress. But if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time, it can be uncomfortable and can lead to serious health problems. Dry mouth can Cause difficulties in tasting, chewing, swallowing, and speaking Increase your chance of developing dental decay and other infections in the mouth Be a sign of certain diseases and conditio...
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Treatment Options for Diastema file

  • Oct 12, 2016

What is a Diastema and How do I Treat It?A diastema is an area of extra space between two or more teeth. The two front teeth of the upper jaw area is where diastema is most frequently seen. Many children experience diastema as primary teeth fall out, though in most cases these spaces close when the permanent teeth erupt. Diastemas may also be caused by a tooth size discrepancy, missing teeth or an oversized...
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Kids Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, and More file

  • Jun 21, 2016

Toothpastes So many toothpastes are on the market today, choosing one can be confusing. When buying toothpaste for your child, look for one that contains fluoride and tastes good. Some toothpastes also are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA Seal of Acceptance means that the manufacturer has provided data proving that the toothpaste is safe and effective. Some manufacturers choose not t...
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What Caused Bad Breath? file

  • Mar 17, 2016

Bad breath can be caused by the following: External factors – foods such as onions and garlic, beverages like coffee and alcohol, and smoking Poor oral hygiene – where plaque and food debris is left on the teeth Dentures – plaque and food debris can form on dentures, which need to be cleaned daily Tonsils – cryptic areas (crevices) in the tonsils can allow food debris to become lodged in the tonsil ...
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Periodontal Disease file

  • Mar 11, 2016

If your hands bled when you washed them, you would be concerned. Yet, many people think it's normal if their gums bleed when they brush or floss. In a 1999 study, researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that half of Americans over 30 had bleeding gums. Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs that your gums are infected with bacteria. If nothing is done, the infection can spread ...
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Wisdom Teeth file

  • Mar 11, 2016

What Is It? Teeth are impacted when they fail to emerge through the gums, or emerge only partially, at the expected time. Your wisdom teeth, also called third molars, usually begin to erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. Because they are the last to emerge in the mouth, wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to become impacted. This may happen because a wisdom tooth is turned to the side, tilted or otherwise p...
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What is Tartar? file

  • Feb 09, 2016

What is Tartar? Tartar, sometimes called calculus, is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Tartar can also form at and underneath the gumline and can irritate gum tissues. Tartar gives plaque more surface area on which to grow and a much stickier surface to adhere, which can lead to more serious conditions, such as cavities and gum disease. Not only can tartar threaten the health of your teeth and gums, it is also ...
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What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges? file

  • Nov 13, 2015

How do Crowns Work? A crown is used to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and me...
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Can you benefit from Dental Implants? imagefile

  • Jun 03, 2014

If you’re missing one or more of your teeth and would prefer not to have a bridge or full or partial dentures, you might consider asking your dentist whether you’d be a good candidate for dental implants. Dental implants provide a more natural tooth replacement than dentures because they’re artificial teeth that are attached directly to the jawbone. To benefit from dental implants, you must be in good heal...
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What is Plaque and How to Prevent it? imagefile

  • Mar 24, 2014

What is Plaque? Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth. It is the main cause of cavities and gum disease, and can harden into tartar if not removed daily. How Do I Know if I Have Plaque? Everyone develops plaque because bacteria are constantly forming in our mouths. These bacteria use ingredients found in our diet and saliva to grow. Plaque causes cavities w...
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