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What Is a Tooth Abscess?

If you’re feeling pain in your teeth or gums and notice pus, you could have a tooth abscess. This oral infection can affect different areas of the tooth, including the roots and gums. When seeking dental care for your mouth pain, here’s what you should know. What Is a Tooth Abscess? Tooth abscesses are the…

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Whitening Options for Sensitive Teeth

When you look in the mirror and smile, you think your teeth could be a little whiter. Yet you know there are potential side effects of teeth whitening treatments, including increased sensitivity. Do you have limited options? It depends on the cause of your tooth sensitivity. You could have an underlying issue that needs to…

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What Is a TMJ Disorder?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), located on both sides of the jaw, connects the lower jawbone to the skull. It operates with a sliding motion to function like a hinge and is essential for chewing food and talking. Cartilage surrounds where the joint meets the skull. Unfortunately, you can experience pain within the joint itself or…

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Should You Rinse with Water After Brushing?

Many of us were taught specific dental habits growing up: Brush your teeth, spit out the toothpaste, then rinse with water before flossing and using mouthwash. Yet these practices have recently come into question. Most dentists recommend flossing before brushing, as it leaves fewer remaining particles, and to skip rinsing with water after brushing. Learn…

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What Happens If Bacteria Get Under a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns help restore the strength, bite functionality and appearance of a cracked or damaged tooth. Commonly made from porcelain, crowns get fitted and placed over your tooth and cemented into place. Your dentist may recommend a traditional or same-day crown if you have a cavity that’s too large for a filling, to complete a…

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