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6 Questions About Periodontal Gum Disease

1. What is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums. It is also known as gum disease or pyorrhea. Left unattended to, it can eat away at the bone supporting your teeth, and to tooth loss. Bacteria from advanced gum disease can enter the blood stream and create medical problems in other

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What Are All Those Things in Your Mouth Called?

When you’re getting your dental checkup, you probably hear the dentist and the dental assistant talking. They sometimes use non-familiar terms to refer to the various areas of your mouth. Let’s explore some of those terms of mouth anatomy so you will be familiar with them too. What are the things in your mouth called?

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What is a Dental Sealant?

One way dentists can help keep teeth healthy, especially in their younger patients, is to apply a dental sealant. A dental sealant is a thin and protective coating that the dentists adheres to the tops—chewing surfaces—of the back, or molar, teeth. When applied, it flows onto the surface of the tooth, filling in the deep

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Why You Need a Custom Sports Mouth Guard

No matter what your age, playing sports can be dangerous—to your teeth. That’s why we recommend that anyone who plays sports invest in custom sports mouth guard. Make of clear a clear (or colored) plastic polymer, a custom mouth guard is fitted exactly to your mouth for a snug and secure fit. And the cost

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Do I Need to Take Antibiotics Before My Dental Visit?

In years past, patients with specific medical conditions were advised to take antibiotics before having dental work done. Those guidelines have changed. Now, in fact, taking antibiotics may do more harm than good. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), “Only people who are at the greatest risk of bad outcomes from infective endocarditis (IE)

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What is a Dental Emergency?

When you incur trauma to your teeth such as a broken or dislodged tooth, pain, bleeding or cuts to the gums or inside of the mouth, emergency dental services are available to provide immediate care. While we don’t plan for emergencies, most dentists can modify their schedules to see patients who are experiencing distress, even

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Why Fluoride is Important for Dental Health

Sometimes called “nature’s cavity fighter,” fluoride is an essential component of good dental health. Let’s look at why it works. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally, and is found in some of the foods and drinks we consume. It aids our dental health by coating the surface of the teeth (the enamel), making them

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Does Sugar Harm Teeth?

Your mother probably told you that eating too much sugar would give you cavities. However, it’s not the actual sugar that causes cavities, it’s what happens after you eat sugar. Your mouth is naturally filled with scores of bacteria both good and bad, and when you eat sugar, that sugar feeds the harmful bacteria, which

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