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Is a Root Canal Painful?

Root canals are infamous. They are supposedly the benchmark for the most unpleasant experiences in life. When people want to say that an experience was really bad and excruciatingly painful, they will compare them to a root canal. You have to understand that the reputation of root canals goes back a long time, and has

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Treating White Spots on Teeth

Most of the time, we think of discolored teeth as being darkened by stains, but it’s actually very common for people to get discolored white spots on teeth. These are often early signs of decay. If properly cared for, they are not necessarily damaging, but many people find them unattractive and want to remove them

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Dental Tips for Traveling

It’s important to continue to maintain your oral health even when traveling. Here are some tips to make sure you don’t run into dental trouble on your vacation. Before You Go Before traveling, especially if you’re traveling out of the country, get a dental checkup to make sure you won’t be facing any major problems

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How to Treat Halitosis

Halitosis is the scientific name of bad breath. Bad breath is primarily caused by mouth bacteria. If you want, you could try to schedule an appointment with Hollywood’s Halitosis expert, who, apparently, charges nearly $3000 to analyze your breath and offer you solutions. However, proper oral hygiene, including regular dental visits, can limit halitosis. What

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Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Yes, teeth whitening is very safe, when performed in a controlled manner. For decades, dentists have studied the effects of teeth whitening on teeth, and we have come to the conclusion that teeth whitening is safe for teeth and gums. How Teeth Whitening Affects Your Teeth Teeth whitening typically uses carbamide peroxide, which breaks down

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Can You Fix A Broken Tooth?

Yes. Unlike a broken heart, there’s not one, but several solutions to a broken tooth, depending on how it is broken, and what your personal preferences are. In most cases, we can offer you your choice of solutions for your broken tooth. Minor Broken Tooth If your tooth is only broken a little, just a

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Does Everybody Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Although most people need their wisdom teeth removed, it’s not necessary for absolutely everyone. Often, though, because the problems that result can be serious, we may recommend removal of your wisdom teeth before we know for certain that there will be a problem. Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth? Wisdom teeth, technically called third molars,

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What Are Teeth Made Of?

Teeth are actually not made of a single material. They are made of 4 distinct parts: enamel, dentin, pulp, and cementum, each with a precise function. Enamel Enamel is the outer layer of the tooth, the whitish colored smooth part we’re used to seeing. Tooth enamel is 96% mineral, primarily hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite is a mineral

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How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

The short answer is: more often. The American Dental Association recommends that you change your toothbrush 4 times a year (every three months), but most Americans only change their toothbrush once or twice a year. You should also change your toothbrush after suffering a bacterial illness. Why You Need to Change Your Toothbrush There are

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Reasons Why Flossing Is Important

Flossing is essential to maintaining your oral and general health. If you don’t floss, you are much more likely to suffer not only dental problems, but also serious health conditions that are not just expensive to treat—they are life-threatening. Why You Should Floss Dental floss cleans the space between the teeth and along the gumline.

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