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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is oral cancer awareness month. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Close to half (43%) of those diagnosed will not be alive in 5 years. As OCF states, “Historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development.” That means that almost half of the people diagnosed don’t find it early enough because they aren’t getting to the dentist.

In its early stages, oral cancer often goes unnoticed by the patient because it does not cause any ...

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7 Things That Can Turn Your White Teeth Into Not-So-White Teeth

They’re called pearly whites for a reason, and most people aim to keep their teeth both pearly and white. But many variables can cause teeth to lose their luster. Here are seven things that have people turning to teeth whitening to get their smiles as bright as they once were.

1. What you eat and drink.

Foods and drinks that come into contact with your teeth on a regular basis can cause discoloration, and some foods cause more staining than others. Coffee, tea, colored soda, red wine, and fruit juice are among the beverages that are known to stain teeth. While foods like berries, colored candy, beets, and curry are also common ...

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Oil Pulling and Oral Health – How does it work?

Oil Pulling Therapy is a new health craze that has made its way onto social media in the past few weeks. Some claim that it can heal headaches, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and just about anything else wrong with someone’s body. They claim that by swishing oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes every morning, you will literally pull the toxins from the rest of your body, and spit them out with the oil when you’re done.

Although there is no medical proof that oil pulling will cure all these ailments, some people swear it’s the key to keeping their bodies healthy. But what does oil pulling really do, ...

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Composite vs. Porcelain Veneers – What’s the Difference?

Dental veneers are a popular and effective solution for people who want to straighten, whiten, and ultimately perfect their smile. A veneer is a thin layer of material that is bonded to the front of the tooth and can be made of either composite resin or porcelain. But what is the difference between composite and porcelain veneers, and what is the best solution for you?

Composite veneers are the less expensive of the two, costing about half of what a porcelain veneer would cost. While they still look beautiful, they don’t last as long and they require more maintenance. They can chip or fade in color since they are more porous than ...

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Pediatric Dental Tips

In honor of February being National Children’s Dental Health Month, here are some pediatric dental tips to help keep your kids healthy and smiling.

How Should I Clean My Child's Teeth?

You can start caring for your baby’s gums even before their teeth come in. Use a soft washcloth or a piece of gauze and gently wipe down their gums twice a day. This will get rid of any bacteria that could leave behind a sticky plaque, causing problems for their teeth once they appear.

Once your baby’s teeth start to come in, start using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Just wet the toothbrush while your child is still an infant, and introduce a non-fluoride ...

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Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia Management

Dental phobia or dental anxiety affects at least 75% of the adult population in the United States. Most people can live with having some anxiety about going to the dentist but for others, the visit can be quite terrifying. Having fear or anxiety about going to the dentist is not something to be ashamed of, in fact it is extremely common.

There are many causes of dental anxiety including:

  • Fear of pain
  • Embarrassment
  • Negative past experiences
  • Feeling of helplessness without having control

Although both can be very stressful, dental anxiety and dental phobia are two very different conditions. While a person with dental anxiety will have a sense of uneasiness when it is time for their ...

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