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Our genes influence nearly everything about us, so it’s certainly true that aspects of our dental health would be linked to our parents and other family members. However, just how much of our oral health is the result of our genes and how much is influenced by our actions? The truth is that both play a role in how …

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We all know that sugar can lead to tooth decay as well as a variety of other health problems. But what about artificial sugars? Many people who can’t consume added sugar such as diabetics turn to artificial sweeteners as an alternative. Since there are many sugar-free options available, this may seem like the …

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Sleep apnea is a damaging sleep disorder in which you actually stop breathing several times during the night. This may happen only a few times or may happen quite often during your sleep. Some people stop breathing at hundreds of different points during the night! Sleep apnea should be evaluated and addressed due …

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Pregnancy brings many changes in your body, including hormonal changes that could affect your smile. Although some women won’t experience dramatic changes to their oral cavity during pregnancy, others will see an increased risk of some common dental health concerns. Caring for your smile can protect you and your …

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Gum disease is all too common in adults. Approximately 50% of them have some form of this disease! Gum disease happens when bacteria and plaque aren’t routinely removed from the mouth. They then begin to irritate the teeth near the gumline and can create pockets of infection. Although rare for children to develop …

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Sports are a great way to get some physical activity in, learn a new skill, and develop a team attitude with peers. Popular among adults and kids alike, sports are enjoyed across the board. However, there are few sports that exist without the risk for injury. Even sports deemed to be relatively safe such as soccer …

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Can Gum and Tooth Infections Go Away on Their Own? When your body has an infection, it tries to fight it off by raising your white blood cell count to stop the invading bacteria. Bacteria that cause an infection rarely go away on their own. Typically, an infection will get worse without medical intervention. The …

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Dentures are replacements for your natural teeth that are budget-friendly, easy to use, and help you have a natural smile again. They also help you to speak and chew properly when you’re missing some or all of your natural teeth. Although dentures tend to be common among older people, the truth is that dentures …

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Losing a filling is an alarming feeling—when the filling is lost, it’s loose in your mouth and now your damaged tooth is exposed! While it’s important that you get your tooth repaired as soon as possible, here are a few things you can do in the meantime until that dentist appointment comes. The first is to get the …

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About 85% of people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. What this means is that there are still people who keep their wisdom teeth and have no problems with them. If your wisdom teeth don’t create any problems for you before the age of 30, chances are they won’t cause any problems. However, this isn’t …

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