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Dentistry Articles

The Causes and Risks of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids that contain sugars for prolonged periods of time. Acids are produced by bacteria that feed on the sugars in milk, fruit juices, baby formula, sodas and other drinks that contain sugars, and these acids can damage your baby’s teeth and gums

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How Do You Know if Your Tooth is Cracked?

It may be difficult for you to determine if you have a tooth that is cracked because you may not feel any pain, or you may have pain that comes and goes, or only when biting down, eating or drinking. Additionally, a crack may not be visible to you and may be difficult to detect

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Easy Dental Tips for Your Vacation

Summer is here and it’s time for vacation. Whether you’re off to an exotic foreign destination or just a fun weekend getaway, we’ve put together a few suggestions to help you avoid any dental emergencies while you’re away and to easily help you maintain your regular good oral hygiene practices. If possible, schedule your dental

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Stopping Tooth Demineralization

Tooth enamel is the hard, protective surface on the teeth. When the mineral content in the tooth enamel decreases, it’s a first step toward tooth decay. Healthy tooth enamel, which is smooth and slippery, becomes rough, allowing tartar, plaque and stain to adhere more easily. Enamel that’s weakened by demineralization is more easily penetrated by

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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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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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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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