dentistry

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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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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What’s the Difference Between Crowns and Fillings?

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Dentists have a variety of options when it comes to repairing a damaged tooth, including both crowns and fillings. Which of these common treatments is best for a given situation depends on the extent of the damage, the health status of the tooth, and other factors. Here’s what dental patients need to know about the differences between crowns and fillings. Fillings For teeth with minimal to moderate damage, fillings may be sufficient to prevent further decay and protect the remaining tooth. With fillings, the dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth, cleans the remaining tooth,...

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4 Hidden Benefits of Veneers

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Of the many dentistry services available to improve patients’ oral health and appearance, veneers are among the most popular thanks to their effectiveness and simplicity. Made of porcelain or resin and designed to resemble healthy teeth, veneers are permanently adhered to the front of an affected tooth to make it shine like new, improving a patient’s overall appearance. But veneers also have a few extra benefits that may surprise patients considering them. Here are some lesser-known advantages of veneers. They Can Be Very Simple to Apply As long as there is no underlying tooth...

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How to Make Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist a Success

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Taking a child to the family dentist for the first time is usually more stressful for the parent than it is for the child since kids don’t have any preconceived opinions about the dentist office. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should have their first dental checkup around their first birthday (or six months after the first tooth erupts). These tips will help make that first visit go smoothly for parents and kids alike. 1. Keep Calm Children pick up on the attitudes of their parents, so it’s especially important to stay relaxed and positive for...

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