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  • What is a dental implant?

    Posted on in Educational

    Missing teeth due to injury, tooth decay or gum disease can be embarrassing. Bridges, partials and dentures are restoration options, however, a dental implant is a more modern solution that looks and feels as though it is part of your mouth. A dental implant begins as a titanium post that is placed into the bone …
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  • Can oral cancer be detected by a dentist?

    Posted on in Food & Health

    Yes. This year alone, more than 30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer. Approximately 75% of these cases are attributed to the use of smoked and smokeless tobacco. Your regular dental check-up is an excellent opportunity to check the entire mouth for signs of cancer. In the early stages, oral cancer is treatable in …
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  • What is tooth sensitivity?

    Posted on in Family

    If eating or drinking cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in cold air makes a tooth or teeth sensitive or painful, then you have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is usually caused when tooth dentin (the layer beneath the enamel) or root areas are exposed due to receded gums or periodontal disease. …
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  • How does tobacco use affect oral health?

    Posted on in Food & Health

    Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of illness and death in the United States. Tobacco use is responsible for at least 30 percent of cancer diagnoses and is the number one risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The oral effects of tobacco include bad breath, stained teeth, loss of taste and smell, mouth …
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  • How can I take care of my toothbrush?

    Posted on in Food & Health

    If not cared for properly, toothbrushes can be a breeding ground for germs, fungus and bacteria. One of the first steps in toothbrush care is to let it air dry between uses. Shake vigorously under running water and store it in an upright position. Change your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles …
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  • From blizzard to flowers in one week- Hurrah for spring!

    Posted on in Family