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Invisalign or Metal Braces?

There are very few adults out there who were lucky enough to not ever need to straiten their teeth. For the rest of us, there were those awkward teenage years where you had a mouth full of metal braces, food restrictions, and painful orthodontic visits. So why do we need to have strait teeth other […]

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Dental CT Scans

Over half of adults are missing at least one tooth. With today’s technology a dentist can place a dental implant into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. A […]

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Taking Care of Your Teeth and Gums

Good oral care is part of a healthy lifestyle. You can help prevent cavities and gum disease by routine daily teeth cleaning, good eating habits and regular dental visits. What causes tooth decay and gum disease? Your teeth are covered with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. These bacteria convert the sugar in the […]

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The Right Way to Floss

Instructions on Proper Flossing Techniques The Right Way to Floss Your tooth brush can not reach between the teeth. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gums. With some practice you can get the hang of it. -Start with about 18 inches of floss. -Wrap most of it around the […]

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Geographic Tongue

Benign Migratory Glossitis aka Geographic Tongue is a harmless condition in which the tongue has areas of darker pink patches. What is actually occurring is the papillae on the tongue disappear, rearing sensitive areas to acidic foods and drinks. According to Web MD, “Affecting about 1% to 3% of people, geographic tongue can show up […]

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Are You Suffering from Sleep Apnea?

Do you snore loudly? Are you frequently sleepy throughout the day? Has anyone (or yourself) observed you stop breathing during your sleep? Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure? Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. OSA occurs when […]

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Does Periodontal Disease Cause Low Birth Weight Infants?

Did you know there is a link between periodontal disease (gum disease) and low birth weight infants? Periodontal disease is an infection of the structures surrounding the teeth. With chronic infection, proteins called cytokines will increase systemically. Cytokines have been found to cross the fetal membrane barrier and may induce pre-mature labor, resulting in a low […]

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The Link Between Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

Diabetes and periodontal disease have a strong correlation.  According to the American Academy of Periodontology, diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications. Severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar, thus putting  people with diabetes at increased risk for diabetic complications. Brushing at least […]

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