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As a patient you can get educated

before you go to a dentist.

Overview

Dental hygiene, also known as oral hygiene, is the process by which preventative dental care is provided to avoid dental emergencies. At the core of dental hygiene is the in-home dental care regimen y......
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Dental hygiene

Dental hygiene, also known as oral hygiene, is the process by which preventative dental care is provided to avoid dental emergencies. At the core of dental hygiene is the in-home dental care regimen y......
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Diet and dentistry

Maintaining a proper diet is essential for good oral health. When and how often you consume certain foods and beverages affects your general health and the health of your teeth and gums.
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Eating disorders

Eating disorders – generally affecting more women than men – are serious illnesses in which people become fixated on how much they eat. Two of the more common eating disorders are bulimia nervosa and......
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Flossing

Flossing in between your teeth is an essential oral hygiene practice for avoiding gum disease and preventing tooth decay. Also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, gum disease affects 75 per......
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Fluoride

Approximately 170 million people in the United States use fluoridated water provided by their public water authorities. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), widespread availability of v......
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Gum & oral health

An estimated 60 million Americans have periodontal disease. Over the past decade, an increasing amount of scientific evidence has shown an association between periodontal disease – along with the bact......
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Mechanical brushes

Whether manual, battery powered or electric, there are many toothbrushes within each category to meet your oral health needs and personal preferences. Manual toothbrushes, ranging in cost from $.99 to......
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Neuromuscular dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry is an approach to dental treatment that focuses on the correction of jaw misalignment. Neuromuscular dentists determine the optimal position of the jaw in order to correct misa......
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Occlusion

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, occlusion is the relationship between your upper (maxillary) and lower (mandibular) teeth as they come into functional contact, such as when you......
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Oral & general health

Did you know that optimal general health starts with optimal oral health? Failure to adequately care for your teeth, gums and your bite can result in the development of medical conditions far more ser......
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Oral health & pregnancy

Expectant mothers and women contemplating pregnancy have unique considerations when it comes to dental care. Failure to adequately care for your oral health during this sensitive time could have serio......
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Oral piercing

The decision to "pierce" is often a personal statement signifying self-expression, fashion trends, risk-taking or daring, with no formal religious or societal purpose. If you are a young person intere......
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Oral rinses

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Preventive dentistry

Preventive dentistry emphasizes the importance of ongoing hygiene procedures and daily practices to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. Effective preventive dentistry combine......
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Saliva

Saliva is a fluid that flows throughout the mouth, playing an important role in bolstering and maintaining the health of oral soft and hard tissues. Among the bodys defense mechanisms, saliva works to......
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Scaling & root planing

Scaling and root planing is a thorough dental cleaning of tooth root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar (calculus) from around teeth and periodontal pockets in the gums, and to smooth the teeth root......
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Sealants

In the history of tooth decay prevention, two breakthroughs stand out: fluoride and sealants. Dentists learned that balanced fluoride treatments could help defend the teeth against decay, and that the......
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Smoking & dental care

If you are a smoker, your dental care needs are considerably more demanding than those of a non-smoker. In fact, cigarette smoking is a leading cause of tooth loss. Smoking also increases your risk fo......
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Teens & dentistry

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is important for overall health at any age, the teenage years being no exception. Brushing, flossing, maintaining a healthy diet and visiting your dentist on a regul......
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The oral health exam

If you are unfamiliar with what to expect during a typical oral exam, you may find it extremely helpful to get an idea of the step-by-step process before your visit.The dental examination is a systema......
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Tooth brushing

Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste is arguably the most essential component to the maintenance of good oral health. Tooth brushing cleans and whitens your teeth, while helping prevent the on......
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Tooth extraction

When it comes to dental procedures, tooth extraction — or having teeth "pulled" — is among patients most dreaded prospects. Also referred to as exodontia, tooth extraction involves removing a tooth fr......
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Tooth injury

Tooth or dental trauma is injury to the mouth, teeth, soft oral tissues or jawbones. Tooth trauma can be caused by sports, car accidents, fights, falls, biting on hard foods/objects and drinking hot l......
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Xylitol

Xylitol is found in fibrous vegetables and fruits, corn cobs and hardwood trees (like birch). Our bodies make up to 15 grams (four teaspoons) of xylitol daily. It looks, feels and tastes like ordinary......
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