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March 25, 2011

It’s bad enough to have tooth decay, but add an infection to the tooth and you have a very painful situation. A tooth abscess or infection can be the result of a complication from tooth decay, or from trauma to the tooth. Either way, it allows bacteria to infect the center of the tooth (known as the pulp). If you are unlucky enough to have an abscess, you will have a lot of pain, because the infection may spread out from the root of the tooth into the gum and to the bones supporting the tooth as well.

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March 22, 2011

Charles Gordy, a British Army officer, once remarked, “A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.” Therefore, you should be encouraged to smile often. But what if you're not comfortable smiling, because of the state of your teeth? Unfortunately, we live in a society where most people's perception of us depends heavily on our appearance. Whether it is a date for two, a social gathering, or even a job interview, people will generally take notice of your appearance first and make a judgment before they even speak to you. Since your smile can be the most eye-catching feature of your face, it's your smile that will speak volumes! So...

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March 17, 2011

As an art that is combined with science, cosmetic dentistry takes mastering. Even some certified dentists have not mastered both the art and science--the rare combination of the particular skills--to be able to produce the best results. Combining great technology as well as understanding the science behind producing individualized smiles, the best cosmetic dentists operate by four smile design principles:...

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March 15, 2011

In previous blogs you have read what to do if you wanted to keep your mouth healthy. But on the off chance that you have no interest in having the best oral health, or the best overall health that goes with it, below are 10 suggestions:

1. Do Not Brush or Floss

If you have no desire for better health, or for avoiding bad breath, do not bother...

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March 12, 2011

In the movies, a cigarette always looked good in Humphrey Bogart’s and Marilyn Monroe’s hand but, in real life, the toxic substances in that cigarette are really bad for your health.  Let's study the facts: by numbers, cigarette smoking is the number one bad dental habit.  There are approximately three thousand...

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March 08, 2011

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we are going to highlight dental issues that affect women. As a woman, you go through several different hormonal stages throughout your life, and the changes affect your oral health, making you more susceptible to gingivitis.  There are five stages that can have a monumental effect on your dental health:  puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, the effect of oral contraceptives, and menopause.  Let us look at each one of these closely.

Puberty: During this period of maturing, women produce estrogen and progesterone, which are sex...

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March 03, 2011

In a previous blog, we wrote about Bruxism and the damaging affects it can have on your teeth. In our office we see a lot of patients who have suffered from Bruxism. Depending on how severe, and the duration of the grinding the damage done to your teeth would need a customized treatment. Below we will highlight some of the different cases that we have had over the years describing the process we went through to restore their smiles.

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March 01, 2011

Do you grind your teeth? If you do, there are thirty million Americans like you who grind, or gnash their teeth on a nightly basis. This condition, known as Bruxism, subsequently leads to problems like sleep apnea. Grinding can also cause serious problems related to your neuromuscular systems, and affects not only your oral health, but your smile. Bruxism can result from many causes: a lack of...

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February 25, 2011

In our previous blog, we have written about the importance of taking care of your teeth because they have to last a lifetime. We also discussed that we have 20 baby teeth which are replaced with 20 adult teeth, plus additional molars which grow in during early adulthood. But occasionally, there are cases of people whose adult teeth don't always grow in as expected, and one of our patients was just such a case.

Diane first came to us because two of her teeth had broken. But during our examination, we noticed she'd had extensive dental work done previously because her permanent eyeteeth had never grown in – they were severely...

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February 22, 2011

What can your teeth tell you about yourself?  That you're a grownup now! By the time you're 25, your 20 baby teeth have been pushed out by 20 replacements, and joined by adult molars -- including four wisdom teeth. And if you're wise, you'll take good care of them, because they will have to last you a lifetime. Obviously you already know the top three "musts" for your teeth: Brush, floss,...

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