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Are You A Statistic?

The basic difference between a regular teeth cleaning and a deep cleaning is that the regular treatment is applied to the surface area of the teeth while a deep cleaning goes beneath the gum line.   A deep cleaning also known as scraping and root planing is done for patients who suffer from gum disease that has progressed past the early stage.  The purpose is to remove infectious bacteria that has gotten into the empty spaces between the teeth and the receding gum tissue.  Depending on the depth of these “pockets” the procedure may be done over one or more sessions using either a locally injected anesthetic or a topical gel.  It  is often followed up with a fluoride treatment for cavity prevention. Gum disease is a common disorder affecting close to 50% of the adult population of the US.  Well over half of those over the age of 65 are affected.  If you think that you might be a part of those statistics there are some symptoms that you may recognize. &nbs ...

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Fend Off Any Ill Effects

A good workout at the gym may contribute to your overall well being and a regular exercise routine is mandatory for some competitive athletes but all this physical activity is not especially good for your oral health.  Vigorous exercise tends to dry your mouth.  The nature of your saliva is beneficial in fighting off the acids that can eat away at your tooth enamel.  As it deteriorates you will be put at higher risk for cavities.  Try chewing sugarless gum during your exercise routine to stimulate the flow of your saliva. Weight lifting is a good way to build up muscle power but you may notice a tendency to clench your teeth as you strain to heft the weights.  The pressure this exerts can have a damaging effect on your teeth and lead to cracks or chipping.  A custom fitted mouthguard however, can provide protection from the constant wear and tear. Seniors are more susceptible to dry mouth often because of the increased need for some medications that contribute to the cond ...

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Complete Your Oral Care Routine

The tongue may not be the most attractive part of the human body but it certainly does a lot for us.  It allow us to speak clearly and enjoy the foods that we love and need to maintain our general health.  The rough surface of the tongue however, provides the perfect place for acids and bacteria to collect and thrive.  We can’t hope to get rid of all of our oral bacteria, in fact most of it is harmless and some even beneficial but we should try to keep our tongue as clean as we do our teeth and gums. The tongue works in conjunction with the other parts of the mouth so that anything that affects it can easily be transmitted throughout the oral cavity.  It doesn’t take much extra time or effort to care for your tongue, just a few strokes of the toothbrush is all that is needed.  An over the counter tongue scraper is another alternative.  Your dental hygienist can make recommendations and provide the proper care instructions. The tongue is often ignored when it c ...

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There Could Be A Reason

A permanent set of teeth is meant to last a lifetime, then why do so many of us lose one or more of our adult teeth prematurely?  Studies have shown that there are specific factors that contribute to the loss. Some medical conditions are known to increase our chances for gum disease, which is the major cause of early tooth loss.  Diabetes and high blood pressure are among the culprits.  Osteoporosis has been associated with the deterioration of the jawbone which is the support system for the teeth. When asked, close to fifty per cent of patients who had suffered untimely tooth loss stated that they had gone without professional dental care for at least six months prior to their extraction and a majority admitted to a history of poor oral health care habits. Since they do most of the chewing it stands to reason that the back teeth seem to be the most vulnerable.  The rear molars are full of nooks and crannies that help them break our food into pieces that are easier to swallow an ...

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Can Having a Healthy Smile Actually Boost Your Career?

If you take a moment to think about it, the benefits achieved by a healthy smile can be directly related to professional success.

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Can Having a Healthy Smile Actually Boost Your Career?

If you take a moment to think about it, the benefits achieved by a healthy smile can be directly related to professional success.

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Does Your Child Have a Teeth Grinding Habit? We Can Help

Children who grind their teeth for extended periods of time at night may be doing serious damage to their jaw and oral health. That is why parents should be proactive if they notice their children making grinding noises, clenching their jaw repeatedly or experiencing pain.

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Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

At Meadow Hills Dental Dr. Braasch and his staff specialize in pediatric dentistry.  They strive to reduce dental anxiety in children by focusing on providing a comfortable and relaxing environment.

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A Complete Guide to Dental Implants vs. All-on-4™

If you have lost a tooth or have missing teeth then dental implants is the best solution for you. You can replace all of your teeth with the All-on-4™ dental implants procedure or replace a single tooth with dental implants.

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3 Most Effective Tactics for Straightening Teeth

If your teeth are a little crooked, then it is in your best interest to seek orthodontic treatment. Save your smile by preventing certain dental problems from forming in the future. 

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