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Tooth Sensitivity can be triggered by hot or cold foods and liquids or merely by breathing in cold air. The sudden, sharp pain associated with these activities is due to the involvement of nerve endings in one or more teeth. Sometimes, receding gums expose the soft “dentin” layer, which is below the enamel and encapsulates

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The Future of Root Canal Treatment

Fifteen million “root canal” procedures are performed in this country annually. These procedures are undertaken when a tooth’s nerve becomes infected or the pulp (the soft material inside the tooth) becomes damaged and bacteria in the pulp chamber cause an infection or abscess. The goal is to preserve the tooth by removing the pulp, the

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Filling in the Missing Pieces

Tooth loss resulting from accidents, gum disease, unsuccessful root canal treatment, or decay necessitates treatment to restore chewing/biting ability and prevent adjacent teeth from moving into spaces left by missing teeth. While dentures and fixed bridgework used to be the most popular options, dental implants have been gaining ground largely because they look, feel, and

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Pity the Poor Prehistoric Patient

Today, we usually take it for granted that having a cavity filled at the dentist’s office is a relatively quick, painless, and effective means of keeping tooth decay in check and preserving overall health. However, it certainly wasn’t always that way. When scientists recently examined the 14,000-year-old skeleton of a caveman, who was discovered by

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Milk in Your Tea?

Tea, the second most consumed drink in the world, is brimming with antioxidants that are linked with a number of health benefits, including protecting against cardiovascular disease and a number of cancers. However, tea also contains natural compounds called “tannins” that make it taste bitter and also stain teeth. If tea-stained teeth are a problem,

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A Real Snore

While snoring used to be regarded as nothing more than a noisy habit, it’s now known that snoring may be a symptom of a potentially unhealthy sleep problem. “Sleep apnea” has been linked to high blood pressure and heart problems. Snoring is a sign of a narrowed space either in the nasal passages or at

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A Wider Role for Dentists

As dentists increasingly screen their patients for medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, many health professionals are calling for dentists to also conduct dental screenings for drug misuse. For many patients, a visit to the dentist is the only interaction they have with a medical professional. If these patients (and others) display dental

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A Wider Role for Dentists

As dentists increasingly screen their patients for medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, many health professionals are calling for dentists to also conduct dental screenings for drug misuse. For many patients, a visit to the dentist is the only interaction they have with a medical professional. If these patients (and others) display dental

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Acidic Drinks and Enamel Erosion

The first sign you might have that the enamel on your teeth is beginning to erode is the pain felt after drinking or eating a hot or cold liquid or food. This pain is due to exposure of the sensitive “dentin” layer that makes up the majority of the tooth beneath the outer layer of

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Dangers of Cigar Smoking

While tobacco products pose a known risk for oral cancer and other types of cancer and disease, cigars are often regarded as being safer than cigarettes. After all, cigarettes are packaged with a warning label while cigars are more ceremoniously wrapped, packaged, and smoked. However, the National Institutes of Health reveals that a cigar emits as

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