Fact Sheets

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Mouth Guards – Fact Sheet

Anyone who participates in sports, whether for pleasure, in youth or adult leagues, or even on a professional level – knows that losing isn’t the worst thing that can happen to a player; sustaining a serious injury is, particularly when that injury is preventable That’s why it’s so important for adults and children who are

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Preventing Decay with Fluoride – Fact Sheet

What is fluoride? Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. How does fluoride reduce tooth decay? Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making teeth stronger. What is the best way to get fluoride? You can get fluoride in two ways – systemically (swallowed and

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Wisdom Teeth – Fact Sheet

There are a lot of theories as to how wisdom teeth got their name. One theory holds that they don’t usually start to show themselves until we’re about 18 years old — the age by which we are assumed to be wise. Well, if that’s the case, then this little test should be a breeze.

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Receding Gums – Fact Sheet

At first, receding gums may not sound like such a disastrous affliction, but when one considers the possible causes and consequences of the condition, it suddenly becomes much more than a vanity issue. In many cases, receding gums are caused by periodontal disease also known as gum disease. Three out of four adults have some

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Lip and Tongue Piercings – Fact Sheet

Many dental offices are seeing patients (particularly young people) with pierced tongues, lips, or cheeks. Such piercings can lead to oral complications, including pain, swelling, infection, injury to gingival tissues, and increased saliva flow. With tongue piercings, damage can occur to the blood vessel and cause prolonged bleeding or even blood poisoning. In extreme cases,

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Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) – Fact Sheet

One word: bruxism. Also known as teeth grinding. A lot of people suffer from this disorder unknowingly, as it usually occurs during sleep. And unless the constant racket of your grinding is keeping someone else up, you may not think your sore jaw, restless sleep and general fatigue are symptoms of bruxism. Left untreated, it

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Dental Emergencies – Fact Sheet

Injuries to the mouth may include teeth that are knocked out, forced out of position (extruded), or broken (fractured.) Sometimes lips, gums or cheeks have cuts. Oral injuries are often painful, and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. EVULSED TEETH When a tooth is knocked out you should: Attempt to find

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Cosmetic Dentistry – Fact Sheet

Have you ever asked yourself, “Could my smile be brighter?”, or “Is it possible for me to get my discolored (or misshaped or chipped or crooked) teeth to look good? Thanks to the wonders of modern cosmetic dentistry, the answer is very likely to be, ” Not only is it possible, but in many cases,

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Adult Orthodontics – Fact Sheet

“Excuse me, I need what?” So, you made it through adolescence relatively unscathed. Your parents respectfully stayed away from home football games. You actually had a date for the prom. Then, just when you thought it was safe to start feeling smug about it all, your dentist slays you with three of the most dreaded