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Dentists perform oral cancer screening to find indications of cancer in the mouth at an early stage. Oral cancer or mouth cancer is defined as any cancer in or around the mouth, including the lips. Like all cancers, oral cancer is more likely to be cured if it is detected early. Oral cancer screening is a simple …

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Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but it can still be damaged. When tooth enamel is worn down, cavities and eventually tooth decay can develop. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and fights cavities, but the foods we eat are a constant threat. The main culprit is acid, which can come …

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Most people know that brushing twice a day and flossing is important for maintaining good oral health, but there is another oral health tool that is not commonly used: a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers may seem odd, but there are many benefits to using one. Tongue scrapers can help to eliminate bad breath by …

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People in general don’t get as many cavities as they once did, thanks to fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses. Good oral hygiene practices can reduce the likelihood of cavities, but cavities can still happen to anyone, at any age; even baby teeth can get cavities. Cavities are caused by decay and can get worse if …

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Flossing is incredibly important to the removal of food and debris located in the teeth. Without regular flossing, it is extremely likely for a person to generate gingivitis and the bleeding of the gums. In addition to brushing, it’s very important to make flossing a priority to keep a healthy, happy smile. …

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Studies have indicated that athletes tend to have frequent problems with their oral health, though the reasons for this are unclear. Experts believe the problem may be due to diet, mouth injuries or a combination of factors. Most athletes are aware of the potential for damage to their teeth and mouths, and they …

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Children suck their thumbs for security, but the habit may end up causing insecurity later on if it leaves a child with crooked teeth. Thumbsucking definitely can push teeth out of position, but whether or not it does depends on the age of the child and how intensely the sucking action is. The sucking action is …

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Replacement options for teeth are more numerous today than ever. People who are edentulous, which means they have lost all of their teeth, at one time had only one option: removable dentures. Today, implants are available as a permanent tooth replacement option, but full implants are costly and cannot work for all …

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