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Ox Hooves, Crushed Rocks and Eggshells

Today, it’s available as a gel, a powder or a paste. You probably put it on your toothbrush without much thought. It may surprise you to learn that toothpaste is not a new invention. What is new are the ingredients that help prevent cavities, reduce sensitivity and brighten your smile. Here’s a brief and fascinating […]

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The Importance of Dental X-rays

Among the most helpful advances in oral health has been the use of X-ray. Dental X-rays are an essential diagnostic tool. They provide the dentist with a variety of critical data. X-rays are a form of energy. They’re related to sunlight, radio waves and the heat generated by an electric stove element. A visual exam […]

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Root Canal Or Implant?

The focus of modern dentistry has been to help patients keep their natural teeth. When there is a choice between “saving” a tooth with a root canal, versus extraction and replacement with an implant, it creates a debate. It can sometimes pit patients against the wisdom of their dentist. And while this article won’t end […]

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Is It Plaque and Tartar?

The terms plaque and tartar are often used interchangeably. However, there are a few key differences. It’s a difference that not only affects your teeth but your overall health. It All Starts With… Eating Plaque and tartar are issues because most of us enjoy eating. Sometimes three times a day. Or more often. Eating begins […]

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Pink In the Sink

Bleeding anywhere in your body isn’t normal. When it occurs after brushing and flossing it means something in your mouth needs attention. But it’s tempting to ignore. After all, there isn’t any pain. But healthy gums shouldn’t bleed easily. Here’s a checklist of potential causes of bleeding gums arranged in order of increasing concern. New […]

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Pros and Cons of Mouthwash

You wash your hair. You wash your hands. Should you wash your mouth too? Like most things, using mouthwash can have pros and cons. And with so many different rinses available, which one is right for you? The Promises of Using a Mouthwash Freshen your breath – It’s the most obvious benefit. Who doesn’t like […]

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Frequently Asked Dental Questions

Just about all of our patients have a question about an aspect of oral health. But they don’t ask. They think we’re too busy. Or they’re afraid of appearing dumb. So their question goes unasked and unanswered. We collected one of the most frequently thought-about questions and posted the answer here. We’ll tackle other unasked […]

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Decoding the Language of Dentists

Every profession and discipline has its own unique language. Dentistry is no exception. We try to use plain language in our patient explanations. But sometimes we fail. Here are some of the terms you may have heard us use and their meanings. Abutment: A tooth on either side of a missing tooth that supports a […]

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What’s Involved In an Oral Exam?

There’s a lot more going on than meets the eye when you make a routine visit for an examination and cleaning. And while every practice may use a different procedure, the outcome is what matters. Most visits begin with a quick history. What’s different? What medications are you taking? Do you have any concerns about […]

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Four Types of Teeth

Our teeth are the hardest substances in our body. Besides being the first step in the digestive process, our teeth play an important role in our ability to speak. We have four different types of teeth. Each type serves a particular purpose for eating and chewing. Incisors— Most adults normally have eight incisors (four upper, […]

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