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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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Tooth extraction is a serious surgical procedure that demands appropriate aftercare. Failure to follow your dentist’s aftercare advice can lead to painful complications, significantly increasing the time to recover completely. Effective tooth extraction aftercare can alleviate the pain, reduce the risk of …

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Since some dental patients are more at risk than others to develop infections or complications after a procedure, these patients may undergo a process called antibiotic prophylaxis. Antibiotic prophylaxis is when a patient will receive antibiotics before the procedure even takes place. A dental procedure such as …

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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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The health of your teeth and gums are dependent on several factors, one of the most notable being adequate saliva production. Your teeth were meant to be protected by your saliva—when there’s not enough saliva present, your entire mouth suffers. This can influence gum disease, bad breath, cavities, and more! …

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