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Smile Restoration: Crowns Vs. Implants

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Tooth decay and gum disease can cause noticeable damage to teeth, sometimes causing them to need to be removed. But missing or damaged teeth don’t have to ruin a smile. Fortunately, crowns and dental implants are great options for restoring smiles—and the confidence that comes along with them! All About Crowns Dental crowns work well where there is still an existing tooth. Instead of replacing an old, damaged tooth, a crown covers it like a cap. They aren’t cemented into place, so they do usually require that at least part of the old tooth still be there, although they may sometimes...

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Plaque Vs. Tartar: What’s the Difference, and Why it Matters

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Plaque is the bacterial film that naturally accumulates on the surface of teeth, especially around the gumline. When this sticky substance is not removed with regular brushing and flossing, it hardens into a buildup known as tartar. Both plaque and tartar can lead to serious dental issues that can be avoided with proper dental hygiene and regular checkups. How Is Plaque Created? After eating, the sugars in foods and beverages combine with saliva to create bacteria, a process that occurs within four to 12 hours. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss after every meal....

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Invisalign Care

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Patients beginning Invisalign treatment are well on their way to a beautiful, straighter smile. Invisalign straightens teeth without the metallic look of braces, but just because they’re invisible on the teeth doesn’t mean they’re completely maintenance-free. Failing to care for the aligners can result in discoloration and a buildup of bacteria, which can lead to oral hygiene issues. Putting in just a few minutes a day to care for the aligners will keep any smile looking straight and bright. The Do’s of Invisalign Care Rinsing the aligners after removing them is an absolute must to...

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Reclaim Your Smile With These Teeth Replacement Options

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People lose teeth for a number of different reasons, such as tooth decay, gum disease, age, or underlying medical conditions like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Patients with missing teeth often lack the confidence they had with a full smile. But there are ways to replace or rehabilitate missing teeth, so patients can regain the confidence that comes with a full, beautiful smile. Dental Implants Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a permanent base for replacement teeth. They’re designed to be used long-term, and the artificial teeth feel and function like...

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Is Sugar Really so Bad for Your Teeth?

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Growing up, kids are told that if they eat too much sugar, they get cavities. This isn’t a far stretch from the truth, as sugar consumption certainly plays a role in cavity formation, but sugar itself isn’t the cause of tooth decay. Understanding the science behind tooth decay can help people understand how to properly care for their teeth after eating or drinking sugar to best avoid cavities. Is Sugar the Real Cause of Tooth Decay? The answer to this question is no, sugar by itself is not the cause of tooth decay, but it certainly is a contributing factor. If the teeth aren’t brushed...

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Understanding the Symptoms and Risk Factors of Gum Disease

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 64.7 million American adults have some degree of gum disease, which is about 47.2 percent of the population. One of the biggest culprits for gum disease is plaque—a thick bacterial film that constantly forms on teeth and gums. When caught in its early stages, gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is reversible. Read on to learn more about the symptoms and other common causes. Warning Signs Be alert for any bleeding while brushing or flossing teeth, receding gums, or loose or separating teeth. Also note...

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