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Having sensitive teeth is often a lifelong burden that causes pain when a person eats or drinks something hot or cold. However, people who experience tooth sensitivity can often experience pain even when eating sweet or spicy foods, or just breathing cold air. Tooth sensitivity happens as a result of enamel …

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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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Gum disease isn’t just for adults. It can affect kids of any age who have either their primary or adult teeth. The beginning stage is gingivitis, which can progress to more advanced stages of gum disease if not treated. Ensuring your children take care of their teeth is one way to prevent gum disease, but this …

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Occlusion is a term that refers to the way your teeth fit together. In a normal mouth, the upper teeth are marginally over the lower teeth, and the teeth fit nicely together without any problems or pain. However, malocclusions of the teeth refer to misalignments that can have lasting effects on your smile. These …

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Root resorption is a generally uncommon problem where your tooth’s structure is actually eaten away. Although resorption is a natural process that happened to all of us when we were kids (think about shedding your primary teeth and getting permanent teeth), root resorption shouldn’t occur in adult teeth. How does …

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While going to the dentist may seem like a routine task for many adults, for some, it’s an anxiety-inducing event that prevents them from getting the treatment they need. It’s estimated that up to 40 million Americans suffer from some form of dental anxiety or dental phobia. Fortunately, sedation dentistry is …

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Chewing gum has come a long way since it was first introduced. Most chewing gums now are made without sugar, the ingredient that caused dentists to caution their patients against participating in this popular practice! Although many people chew gum to help freshen their breath after a meal, this practice can have …

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Weak tooth enamel means that your enamel isn’t doing its job to protect your teeth from decay. Tooth enamel is the hard and shiny layer over your teeth that essentially protects our teeth from hot and cold temperatures, tooth decay, and more! You may experience more cavities than the normal person if you have weak …

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Adjusting to braces can be a challenge! The teeth are often sore in the days that follow the application of braces or an adjustment. It’s essential to properly care for your braces throughout your treatment—not just to protect your smile, but to receive a speedy treatment with minimal discomfort! So what foods …

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If your teeth have white spots on the surface of the enamel, you likely have a condition called enamel hypoplasia. Enamel hypoplasia appears as uneven whitening across your smile, but this color is generally noticeably different from the rest of your smile and many people feel self-conscious about it. Those white …

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