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L. Vaughan
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According to a recent survey by Time magazine, 59% of people would rather have a dental appointment than sit next to someone who is talking on a cell phone
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Grinding Your Teeth - 

Teeth are built to chew and grind food, but unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth can damage the chewing surfaces overtime. Chronic grinding, called bruxism can cause micro cracks in the enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay.

Grinding teeth can cause headaches, muscle pain and jaw injuries. In many cases people with bruxism do not realize they have a problem until a dentist points out the tell-tale signs including, cracks in the enamel and damage to the pointed surfaces of the molars. Researchers have found that many cases of bruxism are caused by stress or anger. A study done in 2010 found that many people with sleep bruxism were more likely to report issues of stress, problems at work and physical problems. 

Trying a few stress management techniques to help relax can reduce and help prevent future grinding. Taking a long walk, learning to meditate, and avoiding stressful situations when you can are just a few techniques someone with bruxism can use. Dentist's may also recommend a mouth guard or splint that fits over the top or bottom teeth, protecting the teeth from further damage.
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Aztec dentists would mix iron fillings, water and navel lint bake and insert it in the cavities to seal it!
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Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed If They Have Not Caused Problems?

Many people believe that as long as they are not in pain, they do not have to worry about their wisdom teeth. However, pain free does not mean disease or problem free. In fact, wisdom teeth that come in normally may still be prone to disease, according to a study by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). 

In general, dental and medical professionals agree that wisdom teeth should be removed in the following instances: 
-Infections and or periodontal disease
-Cavities that cannot be restored
-Pathologies such as cysts and tumors
-Damage to neighboring teeth

Wisdom teeth that are completely erupted and functional, painless, cavity-free, in a hygienic environment with healthy gum tissue and are disease-free may not require extraction. They do, however, require regular professional cleaning, annual check-ups and periodic radiographs to monitor for any changes. 
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Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, we do not recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottle caps!
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Happy Presidents Day!
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Each person's set of teeth is unique, much like their fingerprints. Even your tongue has an individual "fingerprint" and is unique to each person!
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Sources say, you should not keep your toothbrush near a toilet. The airborne particles from a single flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet. Yuck!!
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The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough spit to fill 2 swimming pools!!
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