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An estimated 20% of people experience dental anxiety, but less than half this number experience dental phobia, a severe fear that prevents people from going to the dentist entirely. Dental anxiety and dental phobia prevent patients all over the world from seeking the preventative care they need as well as …

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders encompass a range of problems with the TMJ. This joint is one of the most complex joints in the human body; it’s what allows your jaw to open and close and move side to side. People who experience problems with their TMJ typically feel pain, hear popping or clicking sounds …

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Plaque is a substance that’s constantly forming in our mouths. It results from our oral bacteria feeding on what we eat—and plaque is a waste product of that process. Plaque can feel like something fuzzy covering your teeth, but is more or less invisible until it builds up. Removing plaque daily is an essential …

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Getting your teeth cleaned at least once a year doesn’t seem like a huge chore, yet so many people neglect to schedule their regular checkup at the dentist. Regardless of what’s holding you back from visiting your dentist, keep in mind that there are few things scarier than the consequences of skipping your annual …

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Everyone wants a beautiful smile that both looks natural yet has a sparkle to it. When it comes to Hollywood, your favorite actors and actresses typically aren’t born with the stunning smiles that they have. Most of these celebrities have had some cosmetic dental work to give them the dazzling smile they have …

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We all know that wine and coffee are teeth strainers, but what about certain foods that might dim your smile? Discoloration of teeth can happen gradually over time, but some foods are known to accelerate the process. These include healthy foods as well as foods that aren’t traditionally considered healthy. Any …

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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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Tooth sensitivity can be mild or severe, but is usually always painful. People with tooth sensitivity have trouble with hot and cold foods and sometimes even spicy or sweet foods. Although having sensitive teeth is typically a chronic problem, the discomfort can be managed. One of the ways to manage this …

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Sleep apnea is a debilitating sleep disorder that can actually shorten a person’s life. People who suffer from sleep apnea will stop breathing at numerous points during their sleep due to the muscles in their throat blocking the passage of air to their lungs. Sleep apnea has several causes, and unless the …

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Wisdom teeth—the third molars in the very back of your mouth that don’t come in until the latter teenage years—are a nuisance for many people. Although not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed, many people experience impacted wisdom teeth that are painful and cause problems. Do we really need our …

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