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Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a chronic inflammation of the gum tissue (gingiva). Typically associated with poor oral hygiene. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease (also called periodontal disease and period......
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Gum disease

Gum disease – also known as periodontal disease and periodontitis – is an inflammatory condition affecting the tissues surrounding a tooth, and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Gingivitis is a bact......
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Gum disease treatments

There are a number of treatments available for gum disease sufferers, each of which varies depending on the severity of the condition.In order to determine the treatment modality that best meets your......
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Gummy smile

When you smile, do you feel the appearance of your upper teeth is overshadowed by excessive gum tissue? Are you of the opinion that your upper teeth appear too short compared to the amount of gingival......
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Trench mouth

Dental professionals worldwide continuously stress the importance of practicing good oral hygiene habits to their patients in order to manage their oral health. Unfortunately, many people still are un......
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Bad breath solutions

Simply put, good dental hygiene prevents halitosis that originates in the mouth. Food debris between your teeth and around your gums creates an ideal environment for the bacteria that cause bad breath......
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Dry mouth syndrome

Dry mouth syndrome, also known as xerostomia, is a dry, uncomfortable feeling in your mouth that results from a decrease in the amount of your saliva. Dry mouth syndrome can be temporary or a chronic......
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Oral cancer

To treat oral cancer, doctors may administer one or more of three primary treatment modalities: surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
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Oral cancer treatment

To treat oral cancer, doctors may administer one or more of three primary treatment modalities: surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
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Oral herpes

Widely known as cold sores or fever blisters, herpes labialis is a common and generally benign viral condition that produces painful and frequently unsightly sores on the lips or adjacent skin. The vi......
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Oral thrush

Oral thrush – or oral pseudomembranous candidiasis – is a fungal infection of the mouth common among denture wearers, infants and people with weakened immune systems. The most common human fungal infe......
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Root canals

Root canal therapy restores and saves an average of 17 million teeth each year. Keep your tooth and stop the pain – sounds better than a tooth extraction, right?
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Root canal procedure

At the first dental visit, you may be prescribed antibiotic treatment for a number of days before the root canal procedure is performed. At the beginning of the procedure, your dentist will anesthetiz......
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Toothache

Bothered by a toothache? Fearful that the dental drill will hurt more than the toothache, many people choose to hold off on treatment until the bitter end. In addition, some people still associate a t......
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Toothache causes

Treatment for toothaches varies significantly depending on the severity of the pain and its cause.
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Tooth abscess

If you have ever suffered an abscess — an infection of the mouth, face, jaw or throat — you can attest to the fact that its one of the most painful dental experiences. Even worse, abscesses actually c......
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Tooth decay

Tooth decay is a degenerative oral health condition that results from the breakdown of tooth enamel. The destruction of tooth structure associated with decay can lead to the development of holes in th......
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Tooth loss

Edentulism, or tooth loss, can rob you of much more than the ability to chew and properly digest food. Tooth loss has serious social, psychological and emotional consequences, impacting your quality o......
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Tooth pain & sinuses

Under certain circumstances, a direct correlation can exist between a sinus infection and a toothache. A sinus infection might be caused by an allergic reaction, an anatomical obstruction in the nasal......
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Tooth sensitivity

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, roughly 45 million Americans experience tooth sensitivity, a condition characterized by a tingly feeling or a flash pinch of pain affecting all teeth, ce......
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Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth, also referred to as the "third molars", are as important as other teeth, but more prone to problems during their eruption (breaking through the gum tissue). Since wisdom teeth are the la......
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Wisdom teeth challenges

The dental community knows more than ever before about the consequences of not extracting impacted wisdom teeth.
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Teeth grinding

Our upper and lower teeth are supposed to glide together smoothly, touching only when we are chewing food. Unnatural grinding or clenching can cause wearing and cracking of the teeth, as well as serio......
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Dental anxiety & phobia

Dental anxiety and phobia are disorders causing people to avoid dentists and important dental treatments. People suffering with dental anxiety experience increased stress and nervousness when at the d......
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Genetic abnormalities

Genetic mouth/dental abnormalities (anomalies) are problems, dysfunctions and diseases of oral tissues and dentition caused by defective genes. Many genetic dental/oral abnormalities indicate more com......
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medication side effects

Dentists have learned that certain medications may negatively impact oral health. One of the earliest identified oral health side effects involved use of tetracycline. The children of women who used t......
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Medication types

Not all medications are associated with oral health side effects. In addition, the drugs that can elicit side effects may be used in such a manner that either prevents or manages their occurrence.
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Osteonecrosis of the jaw

Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), also known as "dead jaw syndrome," Avascular Necrosis and Aseptic Necrosis, is a rare but serious condition involving severe loss or destruction of the jawbone. ONJ dis......
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Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea, the cessation of breathing during sleep, is a common problem that affects both adults and children. Certain sleep apnea types can be treated by your dentist or oral surgeon. Your doctor m......
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Sleep apnea treatment

Sleep apnea is difficult to diagnose and treat, partly because the medical community is still learning about sleep. We suggest involving dental specialists and those in various areas of medicine to de......
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TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ, TMJD or TMD) involves conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint, jaw muscles and nerves on one or both sides of the head that result in jaw, face, and hea......
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TMJ causes & symptoms

There are a variety of TMJ symptoms, the severity and affects of which tend to differ from one sufferer to another. The jaw pain, discomfort and/or malfunction associated with TMJ symptoms typically l......
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TMJ treatments

There are a number of treatment options available to correct TMJ disorder. Your particular TMD treatment should be determined through consultation with a dental professional highly experienced in temp......
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