Can Teeth Aligners Change Your Smile?

Clear teeth aligners are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal braces, and there is no shortage of brands available to choose from. While established brand names such as Invisalign might be what initially pops into your head when you think about teeth aligners, there are a variety of different brands to choose from. Read on to find out more about some of the best at-home teeth aligners available- and all the important details about each of them. What are…

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Wisdom Teeth Swelling: What Are The Causes And How To Treat It?

Wisdom teeth are the final set of teeth you grow in your late teens or early twenties. It is also called the third molars and is located at the far end of the mouth/teeth set. It got the name 'wisdom' because it is believed that it breaks out through the gum when a person has acquired more 'wisdom.' Its sole purpose is to help chew rough or coarse food.A common experience with wisdom tooth is that they tend to swell,…

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6 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Remineralizing Naturally

As you grow older, it's normal to experience a reduction of minerals, such as phosphate and calcium present in the teeth. These minerals make the enamel of the teeth strong, useable, and attractive. So what happens to them as you grow older? The accumulation of acid due to dieting and microorganisms’ compound effects over the years cause the minerals to decline, making remineralization necessary. What Is Remineralization? It is common knowledge that human teeth lose their vitality as they age.…

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Dental Implants Are Not Created Equal

A dental implant is a titanium screw that will fuse with your natural bone providing a safe, stable base and act as the new tooth “root.” The design of the implant varies greatly depending on the patient need. Design types include cylindrical, threaded, perforated and hollow. Dental implants are used to take the place of missing teeth. There are 3 parts to a dental implant: the implant, the implant abutment, and the crown. The overall dental implant process includes:  The…

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Foods and Drinks to Take After Removing Your Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth removal is a fairly common oral surgical procedure. Typically coming in between the ages of 17 to 25, your wisdom teeth are the third set of molars toward the back of your mouth. Usually, the reason for wisdom teeth removal is that they are impacted (are not growing normally and can cause pain), came in at the incorrect angle, or that your jaw and mouth are not large enough to accommodate them. The surgery is usually a straightforward…

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Mouth Sores in Older Age

What Causes a Mouth Sore? Mouth sores (or “angular cheilitis”) are found at the corners of the mouth on the lips. It can be caused by several common things such as: Cold sore/fever blister Vitamin or iron deficiency Poorly fitting dentures Fungal infection (thrush) Cold Sores If you have had cold sores/fever blisters in the past, you probably know when you are going to get another one. These sores usually occur in the same place each time they pop up.…

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Root Decay

Root decay is among several dental problems that affect millions of people worldwide. While it can affect anyone, root decay is more common in older adults. In addition to causing toothache and facilitating infections, root decay and related issues can play significant roles in compromising overall health and wellbeing. Understanding root decay is important for anyone who wants optimal oral health. What Is Root Decay? Tooth root decay, which is also referred to as ‘root caries,’ is a cavity that…

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Mouth Inflammation

What is Mouth Inflammation? Inflammation is a normal process in which your body responds to injury. It can affect any part of your mouth. There are two kinds of inflammation: acute and chronic. At first, inflammation helps to heal the body or injured area. However, problems occur when your body is unable to repair itself and return to normal function. An example of acute inflammation is when you burn the roof of your mouth with hot coffee. The roof of…

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Diabetic HbA1c and You: Five Things Every Diabetic or Caregiver Should Know

If you or someone you care for has diabetes, you may have heard a doctor or dentist mention the term Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) when referring to tests that monitor blood sugar levels. It can be a real challenge to keep up with the true meaning of all of these values, so we’d like to answer some frequently asked questions regarding HbA1c. Monitoring HbA1c is an important part of diabetes care, which can impact your oral as well as overall health.…

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Getting to the Root of it: Root Cavities

Cavities are common in older adults both on the crown surface, the portion of the tooth covered by enamel, and the root surface. Recent research suggests that older adults are more likely to develop new cavities on the crown and root surfaces at a greater rate than younger populations. To understand why this is happening, consider the following facts: Older adult’s gums tend to “pull away” or recede from the teeth showing more root surfaces. This usually results from years…

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