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Diastemas and the Treatment Options
What is a Diastema and How do I Treat It? A diastema is an area of extra space between two or more teeth. The two front teeth of the upper jaw area is where diastema is most frequently seen. Many children experience diastema as primary teeth fall out, thoug...

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The Important Reasons for Mouth Guards
A mouth guard is a soft plastic or laminate device used in sports to prevent oral injuries to the teeth, mouth, cheeks, tongue and jaw. The American Dental Association projects that one third of all dental injuries are sports related. The use of a mouth gu...

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What Is Fluorosis?
Your permanent teeth form under your gums in the jawbone during early childhood. Except for your wisdom teeth, the crowns (the part you see in the mouth) of all of the permanent teeth fully form by the time you are about 8 years old. If you consume too much...

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What you should know about dry mouth
Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while — if they are nervous, upset or under stress. But if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time, it can be uncomfortable and can lead to serious health problems. Dry mouth can Cause difficulties in tasting, chewing...

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Lost Filling or Crown
Fillings, which are materials used to fill cavities in the teeth, and crowns, which slip over and cover the tops of damaged teeth, sometimes loosen and fall out. This is rarely an emergency, but it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often se...

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TMJ Disorder Treatment
What Is TMJ? The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), located just in front of the lower part of the ear, allows the lower jaw to move. The TMJ is a ball-and-socket joint, just like the hip or shoulder. When the mouth opens wide, the ball (called the condyle) com...

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Helping Children Prevent Decay and Cavities
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, an increase in sugar intake may lead school children to a high risk of cavities. In the past 15 months, researchers have studied dietary habits of preschoolers and have monitored their teeth, and the study show...

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Kids Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, and More
Toothpastes So many toothpastes are on the market today, choosing one can be confusing. When buying toothpaste for your child, look for one that contains fluoride and tastes good. Some toothpastes also are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). ...

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Importance of Childhood Oral Hygiene & the Role of Parents
Importance of the primary dentition Primary teeth start to erupt in children from the age of six months. The primary dentition is complete by approximately two and a half years of age. The enamel of primary teeth is less densely mineralized than the enamel ...

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Preventing Gum Disease
Given the lack
of noticeable symptoms during the initial stages, gum disease can be difficult
to recognize before the dentition has already suffered irreparable damage.
While highly preventable, many patients tend to develop gingivitis without
realizing tha...
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