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Although temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders aren’t common in children, they can develop particularly as children get older. The TMJ actually begins to develop during the first trimester of pregnancy and continues to develop throughout the child’s first ten years of life. The joint continues to grow throughout …

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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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Jaw tightness is a painful condition in which the muscles in your jaw are constantly tense. Since your jaw is used in important movements such as speaking and chewing, this can create chronic pain that ranges from mild to severe. What can cause jaw tightness? There are several different reasons behind tense jaw …

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Focusing on your teeth when cleaning your mouth every day is good, but giving just as much attention to your gums is better! This doesn’t mean aggressively brushing your gums, but you should clean your gums to help maintain healthy gum tissue. Gums are an integral part of our mouths, helping to support the teeth, …

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Flossing should be an integral part of your oral care routine. It only needs to be done once a day, unlike brushing, and can help prevent bad bacteria from getting stuck between your teeth and causing problems. Flossing helps reach all the places in your mouth that your toothbrush can’t reach, such as the sides of …

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Mouthwash has benefits for your smile, but is it safe for your children to use? The use of mouthwash isn’t ideal for kids of all ages, although it can help prevent several oral health problems in children that are a little older. Here we discuss at what age your child can use mouthwash as well as how you can help …

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Our teeth are an essential part of our daily lives and would be almost impossible to live without. They provide us with the ability to speak, chew, and play an important role in our facial structures, giving us a full and youthful look. Knowing the different parts of a tooth can help us better understand our teeth …

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As we age, our bodies require more care to maintain than they did when we were younger. The same is also true for our oral cavity—this is because our risk for oral cancers and gum disease increases as we age. Fortunately, taking care of our smiles as we go through life and enter our golden years isn’t all that …

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If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you might consider a professional deep cleaning a waste of time. After all, you’ve got your toothbrush and you occasionally floss, so your mouth has to be healthy, right? Think again. It can be nearly impossible for even the best brushers to get all the plaque and …

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Most people know that sodas—which are carbonated—aren’t good for their teeth. This is due to their extremely high sugar content, but is their carbonation harmful to your smile? Carbonated drinks are made with carbon dioxide, which is added to the water under pressure to make the bubbles you love. Sparkling water …

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