dental care

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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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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The KoR Teeth Whitening Difference

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Every day, dentists around the country see patients who are concerned that their smiles aren’t white enough. Feeling insecure about their smiles can make people less confident in other areas of their lives, including relationships and work. Added confidence is just one of the reasons to have teeth professionally whitened. KoR Whitening is a state-of-the-art technology that uses refrigerated gels and specialized application to achieve some of the best results in the industry. What Is KoR Whitening? KoR Whitening is a system that uses continuous refrigeration to protect the potency of...

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Relieve Dental Anxiety with Four Types of Sedation

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For the thousands of Americans who experience anxiety while in the dentist chair, sedation dentistry removes these fears. This practice uses medication to provide different levels of relaxation depending on the procedure at hand. Here are the main types of sedation used for this dental specialty. Inhaled Minimal Sedation Minimal sedation, an awake but relaxed state, is achieved through the administration of nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, this substance is given along with oxygen through a mask placed over the nose. The dentist can control the amount of sedation, and the effect...

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Benefits of a Full Mouth Makeover

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People who experience dissatisfaction with their mouth and teeth may look for aesthetic solutions that will restore health and appearance. A full mouth makeover is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can fix a variety of problems at once. Issues Resolved Damaged or imperfect teeth can be encased in crowns. These crowns are caps that fully cover teeth to improve appearance and add strength. The dentist cements the crowns in place to secure them. Crowns are also helpful because they improve the shape and size of teeth, which helps enhance appearance. Bridges and dentures replace missing teeth,...

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