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Having a healthy smile is about more than brushing and flossing. While taking care of your teeth certainly does involve brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist, what you eat can have just as much of an effect on your smile as how well you care for it. By checking your food’s nutrition label, you can make …

Which Dental Diseases May Be Hereditary?

Which Dental Diseases May Be Hereditary? Just as certain medical conditions can be hereditary, so can certain dental diseases. Each of us has a unique genetic makeup, and our genes in combination with our environment play a huge role in what constitutes our everyday health. When it comes to oral diseases, there …

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Alcohol is known to be bad for your teeth. Alcoholic drinks are usually a combination of sugars and acid that can damage your tooth enamel and contribute to tooth decay. However, this doesn’t stop people from enjoying alcohol, especially around the holiday season. Even though there’s no such thing as a “healthy” …

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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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Dental veneers are a life-changing cosmetic treatment for many people. Not only can dental veneers transform your smile in just one dentist visit, they can help with crooked teeth, deep staining, and gapped teeth. Veneers provide people with a chance to change their smile for the better with just one treatment. …

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Fluoride is a compound that occurs naturally, but is also used in many dental applications to help strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. Fluoride has been widely used and has helped children and adults alike to protect their teeth from decay. We know that fluoride can help prevent tooth decay—but does it …

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Many people feel their teeth receive a better cleaning when using an electric toothbrush. These toothbrushes typically require a charging station and come with a replaceable head that’s easily swapped out when needed. But how often do you need to change your electric toothbrush head? Here’s how often you should …

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Having an underbite is not only usually noticeable, it can also cause many different problems with your smile. These include problems eating or speaking, jaw pain, and uneven wear of your tooth enamel, which can cause tooth decay. The main cause of an underbite is usually genetic and not something that can be …

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Most people are familiar with the common symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. These symptoms include jaw pain, muscle tension in the jaw, neck, shoulders, or back, headaches, and clicking and popping noises when moving the jaw. However, since the temporomandibular joint is so close to the …

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Your toothbrush is one of the most important tools you use to keep your teeth clean and healthy—but what do you do when it comes to keeping your toothbrush clean and healthy? Toothbrushes do best when they are stored in optimal conditions and are replaced every few months. Keeping your toothbrush clean can help …

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