Covering Up Imperfections

If you have teeth that are severely chipped, cracked, worn, or discolored, there is a procedure that can make them look better than new. Porcelain dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are glued in place over the front surfaces of imperfect teeth, giving them a fresh appearance. To prepare teeth for veneers’ permanent placement,

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Detecting Oral Cancer

Last year, approximately 48,000 new cases of oral and throat cancer were diagnosed in the United States. Because dental checkups involve a close look at oral tissues, dentists are often the first to spot oral cancer, which may first appear as red or white patches or sores that do not heal on the tongue, insides

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AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT YOUR GUMS

Periodontal (gum) disease, caused by the sticky film of bacteria known as “plaque,” is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. With this in mind, it is important to periodically check the health of your gums. To do so, the dentist or hygienist will measure the depth of the “gingival sulcus groove” along the

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ZEROING IN ON XEROSTOMIA

It is important to properly diagnose the cause of “xerostomia” (dry mouth) in order to treat it properly. While many older adults incorrectly assume that xerostomia is a natural part of aging, it is more likely to be a side effect of the 400 or so medications that can affect the salivary glands, including antihistamines,

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