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When is the Right Time to Start Orthodontic Treatment?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for your child, you may be wondering, “When is the best time to get started?” After all, you don’t want to interrupt the normal development of his or her teeth. Another question that often arises is, “Is it ever too late to undergo orthodontic treatment?” As you continue reading, an

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The Crowning Touch: How to Care for Your New Dental Crown

According to a study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, getting a dental crown is the single most common restorative dental procedure, with approximately 2.3 million made each year.  Since dental crowns must withstand the same daily pressure that natural teeth do, their general lifespan is between 5 and 15 years, depending on

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The Importance of Healthy Gums

Periodontal diseases primarily result from infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround the teeth. It is important to address early-stage gum disease, called “gingivitis,” before it progresses to more serious “periodontitis,” which threatens both tooth and bone loss. In fact, periodontal disease poses as much (if not more) of a danger to

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Indirect Fillings

When a tooth is too damaged to accept a filling but not damaged enough to require a crown, dental “onlays” and “inlays” present excellent options. These types of dental restorations, which are also referred to as “indirect fillings,” are used to repair teeth’s damaged chewing surfaces. In cases where there is no damage to the

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Poor Oral Health Linked to Frailty

It has long been established that healthy gums and strong teeth go a long way toward preserving well-being. Recently, this association was clearly demonstrated by a study that found that tooth loss, gum disease, tooth decay, and dry mouth may be linked with increased risks of frailty in older adults, especially men. “Frailty” is a

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Guard Against Facial Injury

Along with sports eye-wear, helmets, and face masks, the American Dental Association strongly advises athletes to wear mouth guards that protect against facial injuries. At the very least, the “boil and bite” mouth guards available at pharmacies, which are made out of thermoplastic resins that can be shaped by the tongue and fingers, offer some

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Material Differences in Implants

While titanium has been the traditional material of choice for dental implants, patients also have the option of a non-metal tooth-root replacement. Like its titanium counterpart, a “zirconia” dental implant is biocompatible, enabling it to be embedded in the jawbone, with which it bonds directly through a process known as “osseointegration.” Unlike a titanium dental

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Cancer Screening

During comprehensive twice-a-year dental checkups, the dentist and hygienist not only perform a professional cleaning and health assessment of the patient’s teeth and gums, but they also screen for signs of oral cancer. Also known as “mouth cancer,” these types of cancers include cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and

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