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Considering Sedation Dentistry

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Visiting the dentist often comes with various concerns, particularly associated with pain and sensitivity. These anxieties, while understandable, should not stop anyone from keeping up with their dental health. Most misgivings about operations and procedures can be addressed with sedation. Before opting for sedation for an individual or their child, it is important that they understand the reasoning and risks behind the option. Common Reasons For Sedation For many, sedatives are chosen to help ease anxieties and fears about an operation. Some may have particularly sensitive teeth, others may...

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How to Resolve TMJ Symptoms

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Temporomandibular joint disorder is often abbreviated TMJ or TMD. This joint connects the jaw to the skull just in front of both ears. Moving the joint allows people to chew, talk, and yawn. Professionals don’t know what causes this disorder, but patients may experience frightening locking of the jaw. A dentist can help with issues from TMJ. Closed Lock When closed lock occurs, a patient will be physically unable to open the mouth. Significant pain may accompany this situation, causing irritation and discomfort. Medical management or rehabilitation can be used to alleviate closed...

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Why Dental Crowns are a Great Solution for Tooth Erosion

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Many people are sufferers of tooth erosion. As time goes by, the enamel wears down and exposes the softer dentin underneath the enamel to bacteria. There are numerous causes such as high acid exposure from long-term acid reflux, stress, and even from eating a great deal of citrus fruit. Other factors such as brushing too hard, or teeth grinding while asleep also can be added to that list- along with an abnormal bite pattern. Using teeth for tools such as opening a bottle increases the likelihood of a permanent crack or chip causing tooth enamel damage, which leads to erosion. There are cases...

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Why Earlier Dental Visits Promote Healthier Lifetime Smiles

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A 2009 Delta Dental Plans Association survey found that the majority of American children aren’t taken for their first dental visit until well beyond the age of two. While this may seem young, it’s actually much later than the age recommended by today’s healthcare professionals. For example, both The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend that children should begin visiting the dentist within six months of their first tooth eruption, or by the age of one—whichever comes first. This is why choosing a comfort-focused,...

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It’s Never Too Early For Oral Hygiene

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As much as I enjoy seeing my younger patients, the truth is that good oral hygiene begins at home before your child even has teeth. Much of what we consider to be proper tooth care is simply a diligent routine established early on, here are the basics of good pediatric oral care. When Do I Start? Oral hygiene begins at infancy. Problems related to gum disease, inflammation, or even Alzheimer’s can start before a child gets their first teeth. I recommend wiping down the baby’s gums with a soft gauze or a wet washcloth after meals or as often as you should brush. Visits to a family...

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Cosmetic Dentistry Throughout the Ages – Wooden Dentures to Laser Treatments

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Before the 1990s, there wasn’t even a phrase for what we now call “cosmetic dentistry.” But as early as 700 B.C., evidence suggests that humans have been concerned with the appearance of their smile. Though they most likely didn’t work in practices that resemble mine, the advances that lead to modern dental procedures resulted from centuries of doctors developing new ways to enhance a smile. The Beginnings It began with crudely jamming bone and ivory into the gums to mimic the look of natural human teeth. This practice developed over time to include wood, metal, and...

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