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Arturo Ricard
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Dentist Port St Lucie FL
Dentist Port St Lucie FL

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Understanding your wisdom teeth
Many patients ask whether wisdom teeth are really necessary since so many people have them removed. The fact is that wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. However, problems can occur that sometimes mak...
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How sedation and general anesthesia can make your visit to the dentist easier
While local anesthetics are often used in dental treatment, there is sometimes a need for anti-anxiety agents – such as nitrous oxide – or sedatives to help people relax during dental visits. Dentists may use these agents to induce “minimal or moderate seda...
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How sugar in your diet affects your teeth
The sugar content in the food you eat has a big effect on your teeth and gums. When bacteria (plaque) come into contact with sugar in the mouth, acid is produced, which attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more. This can eventually result in tooth decay. Tha...
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Taking care of your dentures
Your dentures are designed to last a very long time so it’s important that you take care of them as you would take care of your own teeth. They are very delicate and may break easily if dropped even a few inches. So it’s a good idea to stand over a folded t...
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The early years of dentistry and teeth
Although there have been huge advances in dental care in recent years, there are records of people dealing with teeth going back over thousands of years. Here are some of the key dates from the early years in the development of dentistry. 5000 BC: A Sumeria...
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Oral cancer: Why early detection is so important
Although thousands of Americans die every year from oral cancer, there is a high chance it can be cured if it is caught early enough. Each year, more than 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer and only half of those diagnosed survive more than fiv...
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Why dry mouth can be a problem and what to do about it
Your saliva plays an important role in your oral health and reduced saliva flow can lead to health problems. Reduced saliva flow can lead to a dry mouth and this is a common problem among older adults. It can be caused by various medical disorders and is of...
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Fixing crowded and crooked teeth with orthodontics
Correcting problems with crowded and crooked teeth not only gives you a better smile, it also leads to a healthier mouth. Malocclusion, also known as bad bite, involves teeth that are crowded or crooked. Sometimes, the upper and lower jaws may not meet prop...
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How the food you eat can cause tooth decay
When you put food in your mouth, it immediately meets the bacteria that live there. Plaque, for example, is a sticky film of bacteria. These bacteria love the sugars found in many foods. So, when you don’t clean your teeth after eating, the bacteria and the...
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Should you be concerned about thumbsucking?
Some children suck on their thumbs and parents often wonder if it is harmful. Sucking on something is a child’s natural reflex. It can help them feel more secure so they start to suck on their thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or other objects. Since thumbsucking ...
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