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Nail biting is a habit that can begin in childhood and continue through your adult life. While many children grow out of nail biting, others are never able to cease this practice. People have many reasons for chewing on their nails—whether it’s out of anxiety or just a way to trim them, this bad habit is more …

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Since some dental patients are more at risk than others to develop infections or complications after a procedure, these patients may undergo a process called antibiotic prophylaxis. Antibiotic prophylaxis is when a patient will receive antibiotics before the procedure even takes place. A dental procedure such as …

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Tooth pain can range from mild to severe, but it should always be evaluated by a dentist. Whether you have an occasional toothache or steady, increasing pain, it’s always a good idea to contact your dentist to treat the problem. Although some patients don’t consider toothaches to be emergencies, sometimes they …

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A recent news story about a young truck driver who died after a tooth infection spread to his lungs got me thinking about my own experience with patients of late. Over the past few months I have treated a dramatic increase in the number and severity of dental infections requiring strong antibiotics, root canal …

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Using mouthwash is a great addition to your oral care routine, especially in the morning when you’d like your breath to be its freshest! However, mouthwash falls short when it comes to replacing your regular brushing and flossing routine. Mouthwash has its benefits, but it should not be used in place of brushing …

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No one likes having bad breath. While nearly everyone experiences that bad morning breath, others worry about their breath while at work or out and about. Fighting bad breath starts with a thorough morning brushing, but what can you do after that second cup of coffee while at work or after that tuna sandwich at …

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Drinking alcohol, much like other habits such as smoking and recreational drug use, has an impact on your body. This includes your smile! Alcohol is a very corrosive substance that can damage your smile if you repeatedly expose your teeth and gums to this popular beverage. How exactly does drinking alcohol impact …

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Have you ever experienced bleeding while flossing? If so, there are a number of different reasons. While some are more alarming than others, none of the causes are natural. Here are some of the things that may cause your bleeding and a little information on how to care for each cause. Gingivitis and Gum Disease …

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Dental professionals are always touting the benefits of flossing. Perhaps you are sold on the idea that this is a necessary part of your oral care routine but are unsure of the methods to use for optimal results. Here are 9 tips for more effective flossing: 1. Begin by getting your hands clean with an …

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Many people have heard of the common practice of “brushing” your tongue. Maybe your dentist or a friend or colleague has advised you to brush your tongue before. Do you make it a part of your daily brushing routine, and should you? Let’s examine whether or not you should actually be cleaning your tongue for your …

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