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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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Flossing plays an instrumental role in removing plaque and food debris that gets stuck between your teeth that can contribute to cavities and gum disease [1]. Brushing simply can’t reach the tight spaces between teeth like floss can. It’s why the American Dental Association recommends flossing once per day for …

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If you’re frequently experiencing heartburn and indigestion, you could actually be suffering from acid reflux. Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a condition in which acids used in the stomach to break down food leech into the esophagus. Acid reflux can cause painful and …

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A migraine is defined as a headache that happens often and can be intensely painful. People who experience migraines describe it as a throbbing pain and may be sensitive to light, sound, and smell while experiencing an episode. Dysfunction of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a noted cause of headaches such as …

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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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Having snacks throughout the day is a very normal habit that most people engage in. However, if you’re snacking constantly, this practice could be harming your smile more than you think. While eating, your mouth produces saliva to help you chew and swallow food. Saliva also helps to prevent plaque from building up …

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A dry socket is a complication of tooth extraction—typically wisdom tooth removal—that only occurs in up to 5% of patients after their procedure. Dry socket happens when the blood clot that normally forms over the areas of extraction is somehow dislodged or never properly forms in the first place. When the blood …

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A dental abscess is the result of an infected tooth or may be the result of severe gum disease. The abscess itself—which is a swollen area typically filled with pus—forms at the root of the tooth that’s infected. A dental abscess is usually painful and will require treatment as soon as possible. But how exactly is …

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Your jaw is home to one of the most complex joints in your body. This joint—called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ—enables the jaw to chew, speak, move side to side, and open and close. With so many functions, it’s no wonder some people experience tension in their jaw. Jaw tightness can range from mild to …

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