A Smile’s Positive Effects

If you feel so self-conscious about your teeth that you stifle your smile, you owe it to yourself to visit the dentist. Not only does necessary remedial dental care make you more attractive to others, it can also actually make you happier. Recent research into the mind-body connection has led to the discovery that the

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More Than Just Scraping By

If you are not a fan of dreaded “morning breath” (and who is?), there is a very simple and effective way to banish it. Along with brushing and flossing, many people are embracing the Ayurvedic self-care ritual known as “tongue scraping.” This oral hygiene practice involves using an inexpensive tongue scraper to remove bacteria, food

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Early Attention to Oral Care

While it may seem that candy poses the biggest danger to children’s teeth, so-called healthy foods such as milk, fruit juices, and formulas may also contribute to decay. These foods have sugars that provide food for decay-causing bacteria. To nip this problem in the bud, parents should wipe off infants’ gums with gauze or a

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Preserving Your Smile

Because our smiles are among the first things that people notice about us, the loss of front teeth (due to decay, gum disease, or trauma) can be a matter of considerable concern. Fortunately, dental porcelain is an excellent material for replacing the natural look of real teeth. Whether used to fabricate a crown attached to

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Treatment for “Long” Teeth

The term “long in the tooth” refers to age-related gum recession, which makes the crowns of older persons’ teeth look longer. Fortunately, there is a simple cure for receding gums, which reduces tooth sensitivity, the incidence of tooth decay, the potential for underlying bone loss, and tooth loss. A “gum graft” involves harvesting tissue from

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