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Wisdom teeth are your third molars which don’t erupt through the gumline until late in adolescence. In fact, some people don’t see their wisdom teeth emerge until they are in their twenties! These third molars are well known for causing problems in the mouth. Over time, humans have had less of a need for wisdom …

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Most of us know our wisdom teeth as these four nuisances that happen to us in early adulthood. These third molars come in between the ages of 17 and 25 and in over 80% of people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Believe it or not, these four molars actually served a purpose for us in the past. They were …

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Children start losing their baby teeth around age six, which means you’ve only got a few years between the time your child sprouts his or her new teeth and the time they begin to fall out! Baby teeth are essential for children—they enable proper chewing, speech skills, and set the stage for their adult teeth. As a …

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It’s happened—you were brushing your teeth or flossing and noticed a cavity, or a small area of tooth decay in the middle or outside of your tooth. What happens after you’ve noticed decay, whether it be in a large section of your mouth or just confined to a single tooth? You have several treatment options, so …

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Perhaps you don’t know how important saliva is for your dental health, but let’s look at its role: it protects the teeth, inhibits bacterial growth, and even helps digest food! Saliva plays a crucial role in the health of our teeth. When you have a dry mouth, bacteria can take over, plaque and tooth decay are more …

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At first, this may seem like no contest, right? I mean, the nails always lose. That’s why people with a nail biting habit rarely have much nail material to bite. But in the long-term, your teeth won’t win this battle. While your nails will keep growing back, you only get one set of permanent teeth. Consider all of …

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Sometimes, a non-surgical root canal may be sufficient for preserving a tooth. The infected inner pulp is removed, the tooth is fitted with a crown, and the natural tooth can be saved for many years, perhaps the rest of your life. However, when such a treatment is not enough, you may require root canal …

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Oral cancer is a broad term that includes any type of cancer that afflicts the area. This would include cancer of the lips, tongue, throat, tonsils, and mouth. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 45,000 people were diagnosed with oral cancer in the US in 2015. What puts a person at risk for this …

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Bright white teeth can positively affect self-esteem and social interactions. After all, most people acknowledge that someone’s mouth and teeth are the first things they notice. If you have recently had your smile professionally whitened, you are no doubt hoping to maintain your new look for as long as possible. …

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When trauma occurs, a tooth can change color from pearly white to black (and several shades in between). The idea may immediately conjure images of a hockey player who recently took a puck to the mouth. But the injury doesn’t have to be anything so drastic. It can be caused by anything from slipping while on the …

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