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Don’t Let an Eating Disorder Wreck Oral Health

Eating disorders cause more than psychological harm. The binge-purge cycle of bulimia or the self-starvation patterns of anorexia can also injure the physical body, especially the mouth. For example, nine in ten people with bulimia will experience tooth enamel erosion from stomach acid entering the mouth from induced vomiting. Although purging is less frequent with […]

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This Rare Tongue Condition Often Looks Worse than it Actually is

There are a few mouth conditions so rare most of us have never heard of them. Geographic tongue would fall into this category, affecting only one to three percent of the population. Even so, these irregular reddish patches resembling land masses on a map (hence the name) might be alarming at first glance—but they pose no danger […]

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4 Ways to Avoid Dental Disease While Wearing Braces

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy isn’t always easy—and it’s even more of a challenge if you’re wearing orthodontic appliances like braces. That’s why a fair percentage of patients wearing braces also contend with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The reason is simple: The orthodontic hardware makes it difficult to fully reach all parts […]

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Preventing Dental Disease Starts with Assessing Your Unique Risk

Over the last century dentistry has acquired the knowledge, techniques and treatments to prevent or minimize tooth decay. With this enhanced knowledge we’ve amassed a wealth of data about what increases dental disease development and what prevents it. This has produced a balanced approach to identifying and treating disease-causing factors and incorporating factors that inhibit […]

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The 3 Top Causes for Tooth Sensitivity

Like other living tissue, your teeth can feel. Dentin, the layer below the enamel, houses fluid-filled conduits that transmit temperature or pressure sensations to a nerve network within the tooth’s inner pulp. It’s so effective that incoming sensations must be buffered — “toned down”— to avoid a painful overload of the nerves. The enamel above […]

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Caring for Your Smile with Braces

Discover some helpful tips for how to keep your teeth and gums healthy with braces. Many children and teens can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Of course, once your child receives braces, you want to make sure they know how to properly care for their smiles and that they are practicing good oral hygiene throughout the […]

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4 Things You Can Do to Avoid Damage From Gum Recession

Gum recession is a serious oral condition in which the gums shrink back or “recede” from their normal position around the teeth. Because they’re the primary protection for teeth below the enamel, this can expose the teeth to infection or cause painful sensitivity. And receded gums most certainly can diminish your smile. But there are […]

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Moderate Your Child’s Juice Drinking to Lower Tooth Decay Risk

Along with daily brushing and flossing, limiting your child’s sugar consumption is an important way to prevent tooth decay. We all know the usual suspects: candy, sugar-added snacks and sodas. But there’s one category you may not at first think fits the profile—juices. But even natural juices with no added sugar can raise your child’s […]

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Early Intervention can Correct Abnormal Upper Jaw and Palate Growth

Poor bites, also known as “malocclusions,” can have a dramatic impact on mouth function and appearance. Moving teeth to better positions will solve most of these bite problems — but not all. A case in point is a malformed maxilla, the skeletal structure formed by the union of the upper jaw and the roof of […]

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No Matter When the New Decade Begins, Be Sure You’re Partnered With Us for Your Dental Care

The 2020s are here, so throw those “new decade” parties! Well, maybe. Some of your party guests might insist the Twenties won’t begin until January 1, 2021. For some reason, feelings can run hot on both sides of this “debate,” enough to warm up everyone’s eggnog. Instead, steer the conversation to something a little less […]

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