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Fluoride is Critical in Fighting the World’s Most Common Disease

Fluoride is Critical in Fighting the World’s Most Common Disease

By | Children's Dentistry, Oral Health

Why is fluoride so important to help prevent cavities for both adults and children? Fluoride is one of the best and safest ways to help you maintain good oral hygiene and prevent the development of cavities, the most common disease in adults and children. Fortunately in the United States many individuals have been spared due to fluoride in the tap water, combined with daily tooth brushing and regular checkups with the dentist.   Here are some common questions often asked…

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Frequently Used Dental Implant Terms

Guide to Dental Implant Terms Frequently Used by Your Dentist

By | Dental Technology, Dental Visit

To help you better understand what to expect when you need a dental implant procedure, here is a guide to help you decode the language your dentist uses to describe your upcoming procedure: Abutment: The abutment is a connector the dentist will attach to the top of your dental implant to serve as a replacement tooth, crown or bridge, and keep the implant firmly in place. Abutment Teeth: These are the teeth that support the bridge or partial denture. Ceramic:…

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Mouthguards Protect Athletes From Serious Dental Injury

Mouthguards Protect Athletes From Serious Dental Injury

By | Oral Health

Of the 50 million children who participate in sports in the United states, almost 1 in 10 will suffer an orofacial injury. Fortunately most sports teams recommend or require that their athletes use a mouthguard, especially in high impact sports. Mouthguards have been shown to prevent 200,000 serious injuries among those children who are active in sports.   What is a sports mouthguard? Mouthguards are plastic protective devices that are shaped like a dental impression tray, and are designed to…

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Why Do Dentists Fix Cavities for Children?

Why Do Dentists Fix Cavities for Children?

By | Children's Dentistry, Dental Visit, Oral Health

Children lose their baby teeth so why do dentists need to fill cavities? To maintain good oral healthcare, and to ensure that adult teeth come in properly and with enough room, dentists do their best to preserve a child’s tooth until it is time for them to come out. Teaching and maintaining good oral hygiene to children is important when new baby teeth come in.  Despite our best efforts, sometimes children develop cavities which need to be taken care of…

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What is Laser Dentistry?

What is Laser Dentistry?

By | Dental Technology, Dental Visit

Most people do not realize that lasers are used by dentists to treat gum disease, cavity treatment and other oral health care issues. Lasers are an innovative type of dental care and are extremely focused light beams used to alter or remove tissue in small increments. Dentists use lasers for a variety of procedures including removal of overgrown tissue, to reshape the gums, or whiten teeth. Most dentists use lasers to successfully treat: canker sores or cold sores root canal…

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Regular Dentist Appointments are Good for Your Overall Health

Regular Dentist Appointments are Good for Your Overall Health

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health

Going to the dentist regularly is not only good for the overall health of your teeth and gums, it may actually be critical to help identify other underlying medical issues that may not have been detected yet by a physician.  A dentist can spot warning signs when examining your mouth for health issues such as diabetes, oral cancer, HIV, and osteoporosis. Diabetes Early warning signs for diabetes include loose teeth, dry mouth, receding, dry and bleeding gums and inability to…

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Tips for Easing Sensitive Teeth

Tips for Easing Sensitive Teeth

By | Oral Health

Summer time means warm sunny days and eating delicious ice cream and drinking frozen drinks. Except when it makes you want to scream in pain! Here are some tips for dealing with sensitive teeth to help you reduce sensitivity and get some relief. What causes sensitive teeth? The inside of your tooth has dentin, which has microscopic tubules containing tiny nerve endings similar to a sea sponge.  The tooth is covered by a hard layer of enamel and cementum.  If…

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Understanding Dental Terms

Understanding Dental Terms

By | Dental Visit

Do you ever get confused when discussing your care with your dentist because some of the dental terms he or she uses are unfamiliar to you? Dental terms and numbers are unique, and may cloud your ability to understand what your dentist is saying about your teeth. Here is a guide to help you have a better understanding of what all this dental lingo means. What does the dental term Quadrant mean? When the dentist is talking to you about…

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How Does a Dentist Ensure a Safe and Healthy Dental Office?

How Does a Dentist Ensure a Safe and Healthy Dental Office?

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health

When you go to the dentist for your appointment, you may be curious to know what the dentist does to maintain a safe and healthy environment for his or her patients. Here is a list of some common practices used by dentists to ensure you maintain good oral health care and stay safe and healthy at the same time. What practices are used to keep a dental office clean and healthy? Employees at a dental office are very clear about…

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Why Are Dental X-rays Important to my Oral Health Care?

Why is a Dental X-ray Important to my Oral Health Care?

By | Dental Visit, Oral Health

If you regularly visit your dentist, you will notice that you will get a dental x-ray every few visits. These x-rays are very important to helping your dentist find problems in the mouth such as tooth decay, and to see if there is any damage to your bones below the surface of your gums. You may have been wondering why x-rays are so important and useful to helping treat your oral health issues, and why you are exposed to them…

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