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  • Natural Sweetener Xylitol: Prevents Cavities?

    Posted on in News

    We’ve all heard that sugar isn’t good for your teeth or overall dental health. Many try to cut out sugar from their diets, either by not drinking sugary drinks or eating sugar of any kind or by eating foods that have a non-sugar sweetener. One such sweetener, xylitol, is put into many food and drink products – …
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  • Fewer Preschoolers Have Cavities

    Posted on in Children, Educational, News

    Most parents probably worry more about the tooth decay and cavities that their teens are likely to experience than their toddlers and preschoolers. After all, teens are more likely to drink lots of sugary soda, eat loads of candy, and forget to brush and floss regularly. But baby teeth are important too, and a recent report about …
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  • Preventative Removal of Wisdom Teeth: Disadvantages

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    Wisdom teeth. Everyone has them, and many people do have problems with them, causing a lot of pain and other dental problems. Oral surgeons and dentists all agree that, if wisdom teeth are causing pain, they should be removed. Another good reason to remove them is if there are signs that tooth decay or an infection is forming. …
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  • Preventative Removal of Wisdom Teeth: Benefits

    Posted on in Educational, Family

    Wisdom teeth. We all have them, and for many people, problems with wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain. They can cause a host of dental health problems. Dentists and oral surgeons all agree that wisdom teeth should be removed if they are causing pain. Also, if there are signs that an infection or tooth decay …
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  • A Note to the Tooth Fairy

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    The tooth fairy is an imaginary character who is said to exchange a child’s recently lost baby tooth for money. Whether a child is told the story about the tooth fairy or not is up to parents. It could be one way to help ensure good dental habits if parents tell their kids that the tooth fairy …
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  • Why Is a Dental Home Important?

    Posted on in Children, Educational, Family

    Right up there with a real fear of the dark or a fear of imaginary monsters in the closet, is the very real childhood fear of going to the dentist. Often called dental fear, and just as common for adults as children, this fear can result in nausea, anxiety and panic. It’s more common than parents would …
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