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How Will You Smile Brighter This Year?

It’s a brand new year. For many, it is a time to make better strides to feel and look better in 2018. While you are making resolutions to decrease your waist size or protect your wallet in the new year, don’t forget about the things you can do for your smile. When it comes to your smile, there are ways you can boost its health as well as improve its appearance. A brighter, more confident smile is an excellent goal for 2018.
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What is Occlusion and Why Does It Matter?

Have you ever heard your dentist use the term “occlusion,” or perhaps “malocclusion” during one of your appointments? If you are not familiar with this word, it essentially refers to your bite, or the way your top teeth fit on your bottom teeth when you close your mouth. Most commonly, malocclusion (or a “bad bite) is discussed alongside orthodontic treatment options.
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The Truth About Root Canals

When it comes to dental procedures that get a bad rap, root canals are at the top of the list. Many people wince at the thought of getting a root canal. Unfortunately, this negative connotation couldn’t be further from the truth. Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is not painful. In fact, patients report the procedure feeling much like getting a cavity repaired.
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Tips for a Tooth-Friendly Halloween

It’s approaching, the October holiday that all dentists dread. While Halloween can be a fun night to dress up and gather treats around the neighborhood, it is understandable to worry about the consequences of all that candy in the hands of young smiles.
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I Cracked My Crown, Now What?

Crowns are not your natural teeth, and they will not last forever. Everything has a shelf life and even high quality dental restorations are subject to damage. In fact, one of the most common “dental emergency” calls involve a cracked or damaged crown. If you consume crunchy foods often or grind your teeth, you’ll obviously be at greater risk for this cracked crown mishap.
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Canker Sore or Mouth Cancer?

Just like other parts of your body, your mouth can develop lesions from time to time. In most cases, a sore or unusual bump isn’t a cause for alarm. However, it is important to keep an eye on it and know how to distinguish the sore from something harmless versus something serious. Canker sores and mouth cancer are two very different types of oral issues, but they can resemble each other in many ways. Do you know what to look for?
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When Your Style Compromises Your Oral Health

There are many ways to express yourself. While a new hairstyle or even a tattoo won’t directly harm your dental health, an oral piercing undoubtedly can. Oral piercings are chosen as a favorable form of body art for some. However, just because it may be “cool” or trendy, doesn’t mean it is safe.
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The Serious Drawbacks of Neglecting a Cavity

Did you know that at least 20% of Americans have one or more untreated cavities? Cavities need treatment; they do not heal on their own. Neglecting an area of decay can cause pain, infection and even tooth loss as it worsens and grows deeper into the tooth. The decay can also spread to nearby teeth.
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Steps To Save a Knocked Out Tooth

Dental emergencies can be quite frightening, especially when they involve direct trauma to your teeth. While a tooth needs repair if it gets cracked or broken, there are immediate steps you should take if it gets knocked out completely. In fact, time is of the essence if you want to save an avulsed (knocked out) tooth. Therefore, it is best to know these actions ahead of time.
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Jaw Popping: When To See A Dentist

Have you recently noticed that your jaw produces an audible pop or clicking sound when you eat or open your mouth? This can not only be embarrassing, but it can also be an indication of TMD (or temporomandibular joint disorder).
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