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How To Treat Some Minor Orthodontic Emergencies

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May 27, 2015 5:13:10 PM

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When you first begin your orthodontic treatment, the braces and bands you need to wear may take a little getting used to. Occasionally, orthodontic appliances can even cause some temporary soreness when they are first put on, or right after they are adjusted. Fortunately, true orthodontic emergencies are rare—and they aren't usually related to your treatment.

 

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Dentures: Pro and Con

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May 21, 2015 2:18:12 PM

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Right now it's estimated that around 35 million Americans don't have any remaining natural teeth—including almost one-quarter of the population over age 65. The vast majority of these people—some 90 percent, according to the American College of Prosthodontists—wear dentures. While there are several different types of dentures available, we will concentrate here on full dentures, which may be fixed or removable. Full dentures are undeniably popular, but they do have some drawbacks that potential wearers should be aware of. Let's look more closely at the pluses and minuses.

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Will Your Dentist Fine You For Not Flossing?

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May 18, 2015 2:35:17 PM

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We don’t always pay attention to dentists or other medical professionals. They tell us to stop smoking, eat healthier, exercise more, floss regularly, quit swilling sugary drinks … and we smile, say yes, go home and contemplate the utter blank horror of life without our favorite bad habit.

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Discolored Teeth Can Be Whitened After Root Canal Treatment

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May 15, 2015 12:18:47 PM

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Root canal treatment is one of modern dentistry's most effective ways to prevent damaged or diseased teeth from being lost—it's so effective, in fact, that this procedure is performed about 15 million times a year in the United States alone. But sometimes, months or years after a root canal, a treated tooth may become stained or discolored.  Is there any way to restore that tooth to its natural brightness?

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5 Tips To Help Control Bad Breath

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May 13, 2015 11:20:30 AM

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Whether you call it halitosis, bromopnea—or just plain bad breath—it's a problem that nobody really wants to experience. Bad breath can sometimes be a sign of more serious issues, and it occasionally has a cause that's not related to the mouth...but most of the time it comes from an oral source, and is amenable to treatment. Breath mints and mouthwashes can temporarily mask the odor, but they don't get to the cause of the problem. So what can you do if even your dog turns away when you pucker up? Here are five tips that can help you control bad breath.

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Reducing Dental Benefits Is Expensive

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May 11, 2015 11:00:42 AM

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You just can’t run away from dental care problems, according to a new study that reviews the costs associated with California’s cuts in the state’s public dental coverage.

 

When California cut comprehensive dental coverage from the state’s public health insurance plan, in an attempt to control health care costs, emergency room visits for dental problems rose sharply, increasing by nearly 1,800 additional ER visits per year. And average yearly costs associated with dental emergency room visits increased by 68 percent.

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The Popcorn Effect On Gum Abscesses

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May 8, 2015 11:42:14 AM

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Popcorn can be a healthy snack indeed: The puffy kernels themselves are unprocessed whole grains, containing plenty of fiber, and even some antioxidants. If you don't overload your popcorn with butter, oil or salt, it's low in fat, calories and sodium—and it fills you up, too. So what's not to like about this "ideal snack?" Ask your periodontist or dental hygienist that question, and they may reply with just two words: gum abscess.

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Top 5 Ways To Promote Oral Health

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May 6, 2015 11:03:03 AM

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No matter where you stand in the debate about improving our healthcare system, you're bound to have heard about one of today's hottest topics: prevention. The goal of preventing disease has become a prime focus of individuals, groups and even government agencies. But in dentistry, the value of prevention has been recognized for a long time. Dentists understand that tooth decay and gum disease—the two biggest oral health problems we face—are (with a little effort) almost entirely preventable. That's why we brush our teeth, watch what we eat... and visit our dentist regularly. How many other ways can you think of to promote good oral health? Here are some tips that can help.

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Dentists Saving Teeth... And Lives

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May 4, 2015 2:44:24 PM

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Dentists are becoming more proactive about taking care of their patients’ overall health, rather than focusing solely on oral health.

 

The healthy teeth-healthy body concept was front and center at the recent California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2015 conference.   Dentists were urged to deepen their understanding on how inflammation and oral bacteria affect systemic health, so that the dental team “can help save both teeth and lives … through traditional dental techniques and alternative wellness solutions” during a presentation by DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD, according to an article DrBicuspid.com.

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Invisalign® Aligners: A 'Clear' Alternative to Braces

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May 1, 2015 2:25:00 PM

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When you think of orthodontic appliances, you may be picturing metal wires and clunky brackets on your teeth, and maybe even elastic bands. But what if you could make your smile straighter without all that hardware? Better yet, what if the apparatus that straightened your teeth was virtually invisible—and if you could easily remove it from time to time?

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Topics: Braces, :DentalPlans

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