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A filling is supposed to fill in your cavity and protect your tooth from further decay. In larger cavities, fillings can help reinforce the tooth structure and circumvent the need for a root canal. Most of us know that fillings need to be replaced at some point in time—but did you know that cavities can actually …

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A periodontist is still a dentist, but these professionals have an additional three years of training to become specialists in all things related to your gums. This includes the prevention of gum disease, diagnosis of gum disease, and the treatment of gum disease. Sometimes, periodontists will even help patients …

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Breathing through your mouth usually only happens at certain times: when you have a cold and can’t breathe through your nose, possibly during intensive exercise, and if you have a medical condition such as asthma. However, mouth breathing isn’t considered normal and it can even be harmful to your oral health. If …

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Tooth enamel is the substance that protects the softer tissues of our teeth from decay, infection, staining, and more. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be damaged. In fact, tooth enamel is porous, which means it can be affected by the things that we eat or …

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Years ago, there weren’t many options for toothpaste at the store. These days, it seems like there are too many options! From whitening toothpastes to formulas for sensitive teeth, it’s not always easy to know which ones are actually beneficial for your teeth. The good news is that as long as you’re brushing your …

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We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth. But what about juices that don’t have added sugar and are 100% juice? Many parents choose this juice for their kids thinking it’s the better option. Of course, juice is more nutritious than soda or energy drinks. However, how good is 100% fruit juice for your child’s …

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Your diet directly affects your oral health. Think about it—your mouth is the first thing the food touches in your body! It makes sense that the kinds of foods we eat would be either beneficial or harmful to our smiles. If you’ve wondered which foods are helping and which are hurting, this list is for you. Here’s …

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There are many things that can cause dry mouth. From medications to mouth breathing to dehydration, people often don’t stop and consider the harmful effects of having a dry mouth. The truth is that having a dry mouth is hugely damaging to your smile. Our teeth are meant to be constantly bathed in saliva for a …

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People avoid preventative dental services for all kinds of reasons. For some, making the time to go to the appointment for your checkup and cleaning can be a hassle. For others, the lack of dental insurance plays a major role. Some people even experience dental anxiety that keeps them away form the dentist office, …

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