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An infection of the gums can be painful and threaten your oral health. While some people who have a gum infection won’t experience symptoms, the majority will. These signs and symptoms could include a bad taste in the mouth, bad breath that won’t go away even after brushing or using mouthwash, and inflamed gum …

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Craniofacial pain can be defined as persistent pain in the face but also includes the neck and head. Patients may feel certain “trigger points” in which the pain is more significant, but mostly patients describe an aching or even a burning or numb feeling when it comes to craniofacial pain. Patients who experience …

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Dental contouring is also called tooth reshaping and is exactly what it claims to be—this cosmetic procedure effectively reshapes your teeth. People may consider dental contouring if they want their teeth to have a more uniform appearance. Tooth reshaping may be the right choice for people who want to subtly alter …

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Dental anesthesia certainly has its uses—it helps prevent patients from experiencing discomfort during their visit and allows dentists to provide necessary treatment. However, it’s understandable that some patients would want to avoid dental anesthesia. Many patients would prefer to avoid having an anesthetic …

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Over 50 million adults are estimated to use marijuana, a substance that’s still considered illegal in much of the United States. Although this substance is thought by many to be safer than smoking cigarettes or using other forms of tobacco, the truth is that marijuana still has negative impacts on the body, …

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It’s that time of year! Some of the most popular fall sports are getting in full swing, including football, soccer, and lacrosse. If your child is playing any of these sports this year, it’s a good idea to have your child wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. When it comes to mouthguards, you have a couple of …

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can affect the joints that connect your upper and lower jaw, making jaw movements uncomfortable at best and painful at worst. Many TMJ disorders are the result of undue pressure on the joint. Depending on what’s causing this pressure, your TMJ may be permanent or temporary. …

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Toothaches can have many causes, which is why it’s important to not try to diagnose the problem by yourself at home. Since toothaches can cause severe pain and even have the potential to cause a life-threatening infection, getting professional help sooner rather than later is always a good idea. What are the …

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A frenum is a piece of tissue that connects different parts of the mouth together. There are several frena present, including the lingual frenum (the piece of tissue under the tongue that connects your tongue to your mouth), the labial frenum (which attaches both your bottom and top lips to your mouth), and the …

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Gold is one of the oldest materials used in dentistry and has been used for thousands of years to help restore teeth. Gold has many advantages for restoring teeth: it’s biocompatible, meaning there’s an extremely small chance the body would react to it. It’s not considered to be toxic to the body, resists …

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