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  • Why Do We Need Dental X-Rays? Are They Safe?

    Posted on in Family

    In my office, we use a digital dental x-ray system. It uses one fourth of the radiation of what we would normally have to use for a regular dental x-ray. What is an X-Ray? It’s important to understand what radiation is. Radiation is a term that applies to the electromagnetic spectrum. The electromagnetic spectrum is …
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  • Are Wisdom Teeth Really A Problem?

    Posted on in Family

    Wisdom teeth are the last tooth in the mouth on each side. They usually come in around ages 16 to 20. Why Might They Be A Problem? Wisdom teeth can be a problem for a number of reasons. They are the last to come in, and as such, there might be a lack of space. …
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  • Candidates With Great Teeth, And The Voters Who Elect Them

    Posted on in Educational

    It seems logical that with the advent of television and modern media, the appearance of political candidates has become increasingly important in determining who will be successfully elected to public office. We tend to make instant judgments when we meet any person, with much of these first impressions made by what we see. We take …
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  • Will I Lose My Teeth When I Get Older?

    Posted on in Family

    My grandmother had a lot of extensive dental work done when she was in her early 80’s. She told me that one of the reasons she did it is that, as she matures, there are several things that she loses the enjoyment of. Because of the dental work, she’s been able to have teeth that …
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  • Save Your Teeth. Feed Your Body.

    Posted on in Food & Health

    There are estimates that approximately 10 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. These include anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. Eating disorders have a negative impact on a person struggling with them from a variety of directions:  low self-esteem, relationships, depression, jobs, and of course, health. These problems come to mind immediately, but sometimes we …
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  • What Causes My Teeth To Wear And Chip?

    Posted on in Cosmetic

    People often ask me why their teeth are chipping in front, or getting shorter. This is often caused by clenching and grinding of teeth. This is called bruxism, and it can be caused by several factors. Causes Of Bruxism There are three things that cause bruxism. It can be a habit the person has picked …
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