18
Aug

When Should My Child First See A Dentist?

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“When should my child first visit the dentist?” This is a common question posed to dentists and doctors by first-time parents eager to ensure their child has a good start at proper oral care. As a general rule of thumb, parents should bring their child to see a dentist shortly after they begin to develop their first teeth. While it may seem like a hassle to bring a very young child in for dental checkups and cleaning, it is important to get them started early so that they not only become accustomed to proper oral care by a young age but so the dentist can spot any potential issues as early as possible. This is an important step in ensure healthy habits as they continue to grow up. Many dentists who specialize in caring for children will offer special checkups designed to help children feel comfortable in the dentist’s office…

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11
Aug

What Causes Bad Breath?

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Unfortunately for those of us who are always striving towards fresh breath, here are many causes for bad breath. From our dental hygiene practices to our food choices, there are many steps we can take to prevent – and cause – bad breath problems. The most common cause of bad breath is a medical condition known as halitosis, which results from bad oral hygiene or unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking or chewing tobacco. However there are dozens of other factors that can lead to a foul smell throughout the day. Food and Bad Breath Everything we eat starts the process of being broken down in the mouth. Small particles are left behind on the gums, the tongue, and between the teeth until they are rinsed, flossed, or brushed away, but that is not the end of food’s effect on our breath. As food is digested, it is absorbed into the…

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21
Apr

Can Health Conditions Affect Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. They function as an alternative to bridges, partials or complete dentures because they can support artificial teeth, and replace missing roots while appearing natural. These implants are made of titanium metal, a material that is safe and comfortable. Dental implants are inserted into your jawbone to supplant the root of your missing tooth, thus keeping the replacement tooth from moving around. Perhaps you’ve read about dental implants and are wondering if they’re the right option for you. Dental implants are one of the more important advances in dental history. They are an effective way to replace missing teeth without damaging your mouth. There are some caveats to consider when it comes to dental implants. Your general health always plays a factor when having dental work done, no matter what the procedure is. First, your jawbone will need to be able to support…

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20
Mar

What Can I Do If My Crown Cracked?

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A broken crown will definitely put a damper on anybody’s day. These devices are used by dentists to replace cracked or damaged teeth or implants. They act as an enclosure of sorts, completely enveloping the outer layer of the tooth, so as to protect it from further harm. Whether a patient is suffering from chipped teeth or a severe case of decay, the insertion of a crown can quickly remedy and restore the affected tooth to its normal condition. Given the purpose they serve, few people ever think they will have to call their dentist to fix a damaged crown. When your Crown Cracks, Call the Dentist Despite being comprised of highly durable materials, these synthetic replacements are not immune to wear and tear, or for that matter, blunt force trauma. It is worth emphasizing the fact that your natural teeth are far stronger than any man-made dental material will…

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22
Dec

Root Canals VS Cavities

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Treatment of cavities and root canals are some of the most common modern dental procedures, but many patients don’t quite understand how they’re related and how they differ. In simple terms, a root canal procedure is required when a cavity has been left untreated too long. Cavity fillings are used to fill small holes in teeth in cases where the nerve has not yet been damaged or affected by the cavity. This treatment only takes one visit to your dentist and is rarely painful thanks to freezing. Root canal procedures, on the other hand, are required when the cavity has been left long enough to allow the infection of the soft tissues and nerves of the tooth. This pulp can then begin to break down, releasing bacteria and leading to serious damage to the jaw as well as other health complications. Once infected, a root canal is the only way…

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