April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, which means now is a great time to visit your dentist for an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer appears in the mouth and throat with the majority of cancer beginning in the flat, thin cells (squamous cells) that line your lips, tongue, and mouth. The American Cancer Society estimates […]

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Anatomy of Teeth

Keeping your teeth healthy is vital to your body’s overall health and wellness.  We use them to eat, but we also need them to speak clearly, smile confidently, and project our best selves to the world. Taking care of our teeth begins with understanding their anatomy. The more we know about our teeth, the better […]

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How to Treat a Chipped Tooth (and How to Prevent Them)

The tough outer covering of your teeth (the enamel) is very strong, but it does have limitations. Excessive wear and tear or an impact with some force could chip your tooth and result in a jagged edge. Teeth can be chipped in a number of ways, including grinding during sleep, a fall or accident, playing sports […]

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National Gum Disease Awareness Month

February is National Gum Disease Awareness Month. This campaign spreads awareness of the symptoms, risk factors, and treatments for gum disease. According to the American Dental Association, it is estimated that 85% of people in the United States alone suffer from gum disease, which is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease […]

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National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), during which health care providers, dental professionals, and teachers make efforts to promote the benefits of good oral health care for children. NCDHM, which is sponsored by the American Dental Association, raises awareness about the importance of good oral health. Both children and their parents are encouraged […]

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Early American Dental Health

Today, brushing, flossing, and regular dentist visits have been the recommended way to maintain good oral hygiene, this has not always been the case. Improvements to dentistry have come a long way in the last 200 years. During colonial times in America, the dental care methods were markedly different and even seem unhygienic compared to […]

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New Year, New Mouth: Common Sense Solutions for Vices

Resolutions are great, especially when they are realistic. We have plenty of patients who come to their appointments with an apologetic attitude. If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, you may be familiar with the following: “I know, I know, I should be better at flossing.” “I’m trying to switch to tea over coffee.” “I’m […]

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What is Impaction?

Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the back of your mouth and the last four of your 32 teeth to develop. Wisdom teeth become impacted when they press up against other teeth or otherwise do not have sufficient room to develop normally. Impacted wisdom teeth do not always cause pain, but proper treatment is […]

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Reasons Your Teeth May Hurt

Toothaches often cause irritating and sometimes intense pain. Many people initially assume that their pain will require at least one visit to a dentist, and there is usually a suspicion that a cavity of some kind will be to blame. In truth, several different causes could be to blame for a person’s tooth pain. Whatever […]

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National TMJ Awareness Month

On September 30, 1997, United States Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts called his colleagues’ attention to the designation of that coming November and all future Novembers as Jaw Joints-TMJ Awareness Month. Frank noted that TMJ was not one of the better-known abbreviations and stated, “Temporomandibular joint disorders are among the more painful, yet least well-understood […]

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