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What to Do When You Have a Dental Emergency

Nobody plans to have a dental emergency, but everyone should learn what qualifies as one and prepare for how to handle it. Dental emergencies when handled incorrectly or left untreated, can lead to serious consequences, and thirty minutes can mean the difference between losing a tooth or saving it. Therefore, it may be important to

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The Facts about Men’s Dental Health

Men and women may be equal in many ways, but when it comes to good dental health, men are receiving considerably worse marks. A recent study determined that men may be at greater risk for certain health issues as a result of their oral health. In fact, men have been found to have higher rates

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Celebrate Smile Power Day June 15

Smile Power Day is June 15, and it’s the perfect opportunity to rediscover the power of your smile. Give everyone you meet a friendly, confident, happy smile and discover how contagious it can be. A smile can make someone else’s day, but amazingly research shows there’s a big benefit for you too. In fact, the

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The Risks of Acid Reflux on Teeth

Studies indicate that more than more than 60 million adults experience symptoms of acid reflux each month and about that approximately 20% of people with acid reflux will develop gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). When stomach acid backs up (refluxes), it can affect the teeth, eroding the hard, outer layer of enamel and weakening teeth. These

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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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