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Do I really need to floss?

Do I really need to floss?

Of course you need to floss! Flossing is the primary way to get food particles in between your teeth that brushing itself can’t get. This helps reduce plaque buildup which can cause painful cavities in between your teeth. It also helps prevent buildup of...

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Is the tooth fairy real?

Is the tooth fairy real?

For many children who are losing their first teeth, the Tooth Fairy can be a great way to make the experience a little less scary, and an opportunity to educate your children on the benefits of good oral health, especially as their permanent teeth come in....

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What to expect for a root canal?

What to expect for a root canal?

When your dentist determines you need a root canal, they will tell you exactly what to expect. A root canal is needed when there is an infection deep within your tooth, mostly because of bacteria or an untreated cavity. If a root canal isn’t performed...

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What foods can help prevent cavities?

What foods can help prevent cavities?

Did you know the foods you eat and the beverages your drink may help prevent cavities? Some foods, such as cheese, help increase the acidity in your mouth, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria and prevent cavities. As the pH in the mouth raises,...

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How do you replace missing teeth?

How do you replace missing teeth?

There are three main options for replacing missing teeth: dentures, implants and bridges. With dentures, one of more teeth are replaced with teeth that can be taken out of your mouth. Dentures take some getting used to and will never fully feel like your...

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What causes bad breath? How can I prevent it?

What causes bad breath? How can I prevent it?

There are few things that can turn our stomachs like talking to someone with bad breath.  Luckily, in many cases, bad breath can be prevented. Bad breath can be caused by a multitude of factors. Bacteria growth, food particles, smoking, poor dental...

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Does teeth whitening really work?

Does teeth whitening really work?

What causes teeth stains? How can I whiten my teeth? Have you been staring in the mirror lately wishing you had a whiter, brighter smile? There are many potential causes for teeth staining. Many have to do with the foods you eat and what you drink. Dark...

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Why are my gums bleeding?

Why are my gums bleeding?

Bleeding gums can be caused by a variety of different things, from using a different type of toothbrush or different flossing routine to more serious conditions like gingivitis or periodontal disease. Sometimes, just using a new toothbrush or having a new...

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How Often Should I Get a Dental Checkup?

How Often Should I Get a Dental Checkup?

While individual oral health needs will vary, we recommend adult patients visit a dentist at least twice a year for an exam and cleaning, even if you aren’t having any problems with your teeth or gums. Having a professional exam and cleaning keeps your...

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How Can I Improve the Whiteness of My Teeth?

How Can I Improve the Whiteness of My Teeth?

There are many options to whiten teeth. If your teeth are stained by coffee, wine, tobacco or certain pigmented foods, come in to our office for an in-office whitening or pick up a take-home whitening kit. If there is significant discoloration, consider veneers for...

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