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Flossing plays an instrumental role in removing plaque and food debris that gets stuck between your teeth that can contribute to cavities and gum disease [1]. Brushing simply can’t reach the tight spaces between teeth like floss can. It’s why the American Dental Association recommends flossing once per day for …

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A root canal is a procedure done by an experienced dentist or an endodontist, a specialist at saving natural teeth. During root canal therapy, damaged or infected nerve tissue is removed from the center of the tooth, enabling the patient to keep their natural tooth and avoid an extraction. Root canal therapy can …

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A dental abscess is the result of an infected tooth or may be the result of severe gum disease. The abscess itself—which is a swollen area typically filled with pus—forms at the root of the tooth that’s infected. A dental abscess is usually painful and will require treatment as soon as possible. But how exactly is …

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It can be alarming to notice that your tongue is a different color than you remember—in some cases, the difference is subtle; others, dramatic. Tongue discoloration happens when papillae—the structures that give the tongue its texture on the surface—become discolored. Discoloration of the tongue can happen for a …

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Getting your wisdom teeth removed is a very common procedure that the majority of people have done. Your wisdom teeth—also called your third molars—don’t erupt until some people are nearing the end of their teenage years, and for others still, the teeth may not make an appearance until the early 20s. Wisdom tooth …

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With the summer upon us, it’s time to enjoy many of the wonderful foods that this season has to offer. If you’re looking for snacks that will nourish your body as well as your teeth, you have plenty of options. Whether you want to help your kids take better care of their oral health or if you just want to enjoy …

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Tooth bonding involves the use of a tooth-colored material called composite resin. This material has many applications in dentistry. It’s pliable to form practically any shape, and can be customized to match the color of your teeth. Once bonded to your teeth, it’ll need to be maintained, but is considered a …

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Focusing on your teeth when cleaning your mouth every day is good, but giving just as much attention to your gums is better! This doesn’t mean aggressively brushing your gums, but you should clean your gums to help maintain healthy gum tissue. Gums are an integral part of our mouths, helping to support the teeth, …

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Brushing your teeth is so important to your oral health, but like most things, there’s a right and a wrong way to do it. Brushing your teeth too hard can hurt your teeth in more ways than you think. How can you know if you’re being too hard on your teeth when brushing? The following are some signs that you might …

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As we age, our bodies require more care to maintain than they did when we were younger. The same is also true for our oral cavity—this is because our risk for oral cancers and gum disease increases as we age. Fortunately, taking care of our smiles as we go through life and enter our golden years isn’t all that …

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