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What Is a Dental Abscess?

A dental abscess is an infection. When it happens to a tooth, it will be at the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. When your body detects an infection, it sends white blood cells to the area. These white blood cells collect the infected tissue and all of the germs and turn everything into a liquid called pus. The pus builds up and makes the area swollen and painful.

An abscess on your gum is called a periodontal abscess. It is an infection in the space between the gum and your tooth. This occurs next to a living tooth, and is a sign of periodontal disease. ...

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The Symptoms of Dry Socket and How to Prevent It

A dry socket occurs when the blood clot has fallen out of your tooth socket after an extraction. The symptoms of a dry socket are not fun—they can be more painful than the extraction itself.
 
After you have a tooth extracted, there will be bleeding. A blood clot will form where your tooth once was. It sounds pretty gross, but that blood clot is the first step in your gums healing. If the blood clot isn’t there, the nerves in your jaw will be exposed. It is just as bad as it sounds. Anything, even air, can feel extremely painful on an exposed nerve.

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6 Places in Manchester NH You Really Need to Visit

Manchester NH is Northern New England’s largest city. It’s known for its rich history, expansive millyard and rough winters. But the city itself is full of gems that you may not know about if you haven’t spent time here. Here is a list of 7 places in Manchester NH that you really need to visit.

The Millyard Museum

Located in Mill No. 3, the Millyard Museum displays the history of the mill yard. Its permanent exhibit is called Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, and it tells the story of the people who have lived in Manchester since the beginning. One of the focuses of the exhibit is the development ...

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How to Cut Back on Sugar

In a 2015 report, the Dietary Advisory Committee recommends that sugar should make up only 10% of our daily calorie intake at the most. So if you consume 1800 calories per day, less than 180 of those calories can come from sugar. The problem is, we eat way more than that on average. The CDC says that men eat an average of 335 calories from sugar per day, and women eat about 240. This means that most of the population needs to cut back on sugar.
 
This doesn’t just mean saying no to that extra piece of birthday cake. Sugar is in a lot of foods that don’t even ...

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Oral Health for Older Adults: Staying Healthy as You Age

Oral health for older adults is becoming even more important than it already is. By the year 2030, 73 million people or 20% of Americans will be age 65 or older. As of 2010, about 25% of people over the age of 65 had lost all of their natural teeth. While this rate has decreased over the past few decades, it’s still important to know that losing your teeth doesn’t have to be a natural part of aging. You can take the right measures to ensure your mouth stays as healthy as possible, and your teeth stay put.
 
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How to Find the Right Dentist to Help You With Dental Fear

Going to the dentist is a pain for everyone. We know that even our most pleasant and joyful patients would rather be somewhere else when we’re cleaning their teeth. But many people have more than just an annoyance and uncomfortable feeling about the dentist. According to the American Dental Association, 5 percent of people have an absolute fear of the dentist. This means that they avoid it at all costs. It means that the pain they feel from an oral health problem can be no longer ignored. Their problem will have to make their day to day lives miserable before they even pick up the phone to call a dentist. ...

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How to Care for Dental Implants

What’s it like to care for Dental Implants once they are healed? Do I have to brush and floss just like I did before?
 
Once you have healed from your dental implant surgery and the crowns have been attached to the abutments, it’s important that you keep paying close attention to your oral hygiene. Caring for healed implants is really no different than caring for your natural teeth.

Yes, you’ll need to brush at least twice per day, floss between the teeth, and use an antiseptic mouthwash to reduce oral bacteria and keep your gums healthy. Failing to practice good oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, which can eventually ...

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What to Do When Your Temporary Crown Falls Out

If you didn’t get your crowns done with CEREC, then you will have a temporary crown that needs to stay in place until your permanent crown is ready. Your dentist will have to send out to have your crown made, which will take about two weeks. The temporary crown is placed for a number of reasons. It protects the remaining tooth from food impaction and maintains the architecture of the gums. It also keeps the surrounding teeth from crowding the remaining tooth and keeps your bite in place. Perhaps the most notable reason is often without a temporary crown, the remaining tooth can be pretty sensitive.

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12 Scary Statistics About Sugar Consumption

It’s no secret that the US has a love affair with sugar. And sometimes it’s hard to realize just the amount of sugar you eat on a day-to-day basis. Seeing the numbers can impact your decisions when it comes to the food you eat. Would you drink a 20 oz bottle of soda if you could picture the almost 17 teaspoons of sugar in there? Here are a few more statistics that may help decrease your overall sugar consumption.

According to the USDA, the average American consumes 150 to 170 pounds of sugar every year.

Between 2005 and 2010, approximately 13 percent of adult’s total caloric intake came from added sugars. According ...

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How to Make Sure Your Kids Stay Cavity Free

As a parent, hearing that your child has a cavity can be difficult. No one wants to have their child go through any dental procedure at a young age. And yet, there are still many things parents don’t know about how to keep their kids cavity free. Here are a few ways to make sure your kids stay cavity free.

Start When They're Young

Even before your little one has teeth, you should be cleaning their gums with a washcloth every night. This will get your child used to the routine right off the bat, and keep their gums healthy while their teeth begin to erupt.

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