Healthy Mouth

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How can I keep my mouth healthy? Children’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first primary, or baby teeth, erupt through the gums. All 20 of the primary teeth usually appear by age 3, although their pace and order of eruption varies. Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6. This...

Tooth Decay

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What is tooth decay? Tooth enamel is hard yet porous. Plaque on the surface of your teeth can produce acids that seep into the pores (rods) of the enamel and break down its internal structure. This process, called demineralization can create a weak spot on the surface of the tooth that may become a cavity...

Plaque & Tartar

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How can I reduce plaque and tartar buildup? Plaque is a sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that is constantly forming on the tooth surface. Saliva, food, and fluids combine to produce these deposits that collect on teeth and where teeth and gums meet.

Smoking Related Problems

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Smoking-Related Oral Conditions Oral cancer Periodontal (gum) disease- a leading cause of tooth loss and of sensitivity to hot and cold Bad Breath Stained teeth and tongue Diminished sense of taste and smell Delayed healing following a tooth extraction or other oral surgery Difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems Build-up of tartar on the teeth...

Mouth Sores

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Mouth sores can be painful, annoying and unsightly. Some appear inside the mouth-on the gums, tongue, lips, cheeks or palate (roof of the mouth). Others, like cold sores, can appear outside the mouth, such as on and around the lips, under the nose and on the chin.

Sensitive Teeth

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What can I do about sensitive teeth? Pain from sensitive teeth is not always constant; it can come and go. Constant pain could be a sign of a more serious problem. It is still important, however, to discuss your symptoms with your dentist to determine the cause and proper treatment.

Women and Periodontal Disease?

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What Is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an infection of the gums and bone caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that adheres to teeth. Plaque forms constantly on teeth and can build up if it is not removed through daily cleaning.

Dental A-B-Cs

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A Abutment: The teeth on either side of a missing tooth. Abutments are the part of the bridge used to support the replacement of the missing teeth (pontics). Amalgam: Silver filling. Amalgams are usually placed on the back teeth (posterior teeth). Anesthesia: Relieves the sensation of pain.

Tooth Development

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It takes nearly two decades for our complete set of teeth to form, develop and finally erupt. The process starts in the womb and continues into the teenage years. Different teeth undergo stages of development at various times.   For example, while some of the front teeth may have already erupted into the mouth, some...

Gum Disease

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How can I stop the spread of gum disease? Early and moderate periodontal disease may exhibit few, if any, symptoms. However, warning signs of advanced periodontal disease may include red, swollen, or bleeding gums; persistent bad breath; permanent teeth that are loose or separating; or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you...

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