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A gummy smile typically has too much gum tissue covering the teeth, which can lead to a smile that’s composed of mostly gums. There are many causes of gummy smile, including teeth that didn’t erupt correctly, hyperactive upper lip muscles, and improper jaw development [1]. The lips, facial muscles, teeth, and gum …

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Wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars in our mouths that erupt sometime in the late teenage years or early adult years. For some people, wisdom teeth may not erupt until the mid- twenties! Today, five million people in the United States have their wisdom teeth removed every year [1]. With so many people …

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You want to take the best possible care of your teeth for a lifetime of great oral health. Preventing tooth decay and gum disease should be on everyone’s priority list, which makes taking care of your teeth all the more important. But what does an effective daily oral health routine look like? Is brushing and …

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An infection of the gums can be painful and threaten your oral health. While some people who have a gum infection won’t experience symptoms, the majority will. These signs and symptoms could include a bad taste in the mouth, bad breath that won’t go away even after brushing or using mouthwash, and inflamed gum …

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It’s estimated that 45 million Americans have had their teeth professionally whitened. This number doesn’t include those who have tried over-the-counter teeth whitening products for their smiles. With so many people receiving a professional whitening treatment, it’s natural to wonder how this procedure affects …

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Getting a root canal allows you to save your natural tooth to avoid getting a replacement. Whether due to trauma or decay, a root canal procedure will be similar to getting a filling and you’ll need to follow your dentist’s instructions for caring for your tooth afterward. Eating the right foods can help …

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Dental bridges are restorative options for people who have a tooth or several teeth missing in a row in their mouths. The bridge relies on the surrounding teeth for support and typically consists of two dental crowns on these supporting teeth with an artificial tooth in the center to fill in the gap of your …

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A tooth that’s painful, aching, or sensitive is not something to be ignored. Toothaches can happen for a variety of reasons and it’s hard to know the exact one without help from your professional dentist. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a toothache, you may have pain accompanied by a persistent bad taste in …

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that can affect people of all ages. It’s most common among middle-aged men, but anyone, including infants, can have the disorder. During OSA, the airway collapses and produces pauses in breathing that can last for a minute or longer. People will wake up gasping for …

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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 …

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