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The Dental Benefits and Risks of Chewing Sugar-Free Gum

Recent statistics have shown that about 59% of Americans report that they chew gum. Chewing gum that contains sugar can increase the chances of developing a cavity while chewing sugar-free gum can actually help prevent them. Studies have demonstrated that chewing sugar-free gum following snacks or meals can help to neutralize and rinse off the

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Protecting Your Teeth While Participating in Sports

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and while exercise is good for everyone’s health, it’s important to make sure that your teeth are protected. Regardless of the sport or skill level, wearing a mouth guard can help to keep teeth, tongue, lips, jaw and face more secure from injury. Although contact sports may

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Tips for Proper Care of Your Retainer

Some people believe that retainers will stay clean if you brush your teeth and don’t eat when wearing the retainer. However, cleaning your retainer every time you brush your teeth is as important as brushing your teeth. The unhealthy bacteria that can affect good tooth and gum health can also grow on a retainer. These

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The Treatment of Bruxism with Botox

Approximately 40 million adults are affected by the frequent, and usually involuntary grinding, clenching, or gnashing of their teeth, known as bruxism. Bruxism can occur when either awake or during sleep, and in fact, the risks of clenching or grinding at night is increased when clenching occurs during the day. With bruxism, the grinding force

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The Best Dental Practices During Flu Season

This year’s flu virus is known as h3n2, and the Centers for Disease Control says the flu activity has nearly tripled in the last month in a number of states. In South Florida, many people have been feeling the symptoms, and this year the flu seems to be rapidly spreading, with flu season far from

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What You Want to Know about TMJ

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone and is located on the sides at the base of the skull. TMJ disorder affects approximately 12 percent of the people in the United States and approximately 9 times as many women as men. This complex joint allows both the sideways and up

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Tips for Proper Care of Your Retainer

Some people believe that retainers will stay clean if you brush your teeth and don’t eat when wearing the retainer. However, cleaning your retainer every time you brush your teeth is as important as brushing your teeth. The unhealthy bacteria that can affect good tooth and gum health can also grow on a retainer. These

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3 Steps to the Best Wedding Smile

A wedding day is a big day, not only for the bride, but for the groom as well. As the center of all the attention, you’ll both want to have your best, brightest, pearly white smiles. Photographers will be capturing the memories while you celebrate and you’ll want them to appear as bright and beautiful

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Using Sealants to Protect Your Children’s Teeth

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that school-age children without sealants have nearly three times more cavities than children with sealants. In molars, which are the back, chewing teeth, sealants can reduce the risk of decay by almost 80%. Dental sealants are thin, smooth protective coatings that are applied to teeth, covering uneven

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Tips for Aging with a Healthy Smile

In addition to pain and difficulty chewing food, dental problems can actually put those who suffer from them at serious risk for many other health conditions. In fact, the bacteria that cause swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath, and tooth pain, can also enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body causing disease. These bacteria

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