Schedule Tooth Whitening for a Great Back-To-School Smile

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Head back to class with a fresh new smile when you whiten your teeth. Here’s what you should know about professional tooth whitening, as well as the side effects and people who shouldn’t use tooth whitening.

Teeth Need Treatment Before Tooth Whitening

When you schedule you a consult for teeth whitening at your dental office, your dentist will examine your teeth thoroughly. The dentist looks for problems with your teeth that can affect the success of your whitening procedure.

Why Dental Fillings Fail and What to Do About It

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When you have a cavity, your dentist repairs it with a restorative process that most patients call fillings. The decayed portion of your tooth is removed, and then the remaining space is filled with a substance that bonds to your tooth without compromising the overall health of the tooth. Fillings are the most common dental-restoration procedure.

However, people can make the mistake of thinking that dental fillings last forever. While the replacement portion that fills the gap is hardwearing and long-lasting, it is not the same as the strength of your natural enamel. Fillings do not last forever, and when they do fail, they leave the rest of your tooth open to further decay. 

The Secrets to Successful Dental Implant Placement

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Dental implants use modern medical technology to enhance smiles. Implants can replace one tooth or a whole row of teeth — but only if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Learn what you should know about patients who receive successful dental implants.

Implant Candidates Have Thorough Preliminary Exams and Treatment

A dental implant consists of a metal anchor, an abutment, and a replacement tooth made of metal alloys, ceramic, resin, or another material. The anchor is surgically placed into the jawbone. The replacement tooth is fastened to the abutment and anchor for a secure hold when you chew and talk.

Maximize Your Dental Benefits Before the Year Ends

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Another year is reaching its end. Plan the parties and stock up on the confetti, but also remember that it’s time to review your health care coverage. If your dental insurance plan resets on January 1, schedule your needed dental work now to maximize your benefit. Here’s how to make the most of this year’s dental plan.

Check Your Coverage

The calendar year ends on December 31 for most dental coverage. Whether your coverage is through an employer-sponsored or individual plan, you generally can’t roll over unused benefits when the year is over. Now is a great time to discover how much dental coverage you have remaining before the year runs out.

An Epic Toothache May Be an Epic Abscess

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An abscess forms in the body as a response to infection. It’s designed to contain the savage battle going on between your immune system and the invading germs. The abscess keeps the infection from spreading — at least for a while.

Abscesses form in the tooth or jaw as a result of bacterial infection of the gums and/or teeth. One of the red flags signaling an abscessed tooth is the awful pain that some patients feel in the affected areas of their mouths. Here are some other facts about abscesses that you should know if you feel a throbbing, stabbing pain in your tooth or jaw.

Protect Your Preteen Athlete From Premature Tooth Loss

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To help your preteen do their best in sports, you might encourage them to eat healthier meals and to get plenty of sleep at night. However, one of the most important things you can for your loved one is protecting their teeth from sport-related injuries.

Some sports can require players to jump over, pursue, and tackle other players. If your loved one is struck in the mouth, then some of their teeth may be knocked out. Even if your loved one still has their baby teeth, the damage caused by the impact can trigger a chain reaction of dental problems.

3 Ways Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Oral Health

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If spring is in the air, pollen and other allergens are probably in the air as well. While the start of the spring season may bring a welcome change in the weather, it often also brings aggravation and discomfort to allergy sufferers.

If you’re an allergy sufferer, you may notice that your oral health problems increase during allergy season. This may not be a coincidence. You might think of seasonal allergies as simply affecting your respiratory system, but they can also have a negative impact on your mouth and oral tissues. Take a look at some of the ways that your seasonal allergies may be having a negative impact on your oral health.

Are Your Gums Receding? Find Out Why

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As you’re brushing your teeth, you might notice more sensitivity near your gum line. Or when you get a family picture printed for your wall, you might notice that your teeth appear longer than normal. These are the first signs of receding gums.

A number of things can contribute to gum recession, but early intervention by a dentist is important to help prevent the problem from progressing to the point of danger. Severe gum recession can sometimes require surgery to correct, and it can lead to other dental health troubles, so it’s better to find out why your gums are struggling early on and nip the problem in the bud.