Women’s Health

Oral Hygiene for the Orthodontic Patient

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  If you thought brushing and flossing were important before you got braces…well, you were right. But people undergoing orthodontic treatment need to be even more dedicated to good oral hygiene. A successful orthodontic treatment depends on the health of your teeth and gums. If your teeth are fighting bacteria or inflammation, your treatment may go more slowly. It’s important ... Read More »

Fluoride and Your Teeth

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  Fluoride’s Importance to the Teeth Enamel, the outer layer of the crown of a tooth, is made of closely packed mineral crystals. Every day, minerals are lost and gained from inside the enamel crystals. Losing minerals is called demineralization. Gaining them back is called remineralization. Demineralization begins with the bacteria in the plaque on your teeth. They primarily feed ... Read More »

Dental Anxiety: Treatments and Coping Methods

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  Communicating with Your Dentist Talking with your dentist is the key to beating dental distress. Modern dentistry can be almost painless. Therefore, it’s worth taking the time to discuss your fears — and the potential treatment options — with your dentist. You can feel more in control if you take part in decisions about your treatment. And that can ... Read More »

Dental Amalgam: A Health Risk?

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  Dental amalgam is a common material used to fill cavities. Fillings made with amalgam also are known as silver fillings. Over the years, concerns have been raised about the use of amalgam because it contains mercury. Here are answers to some common questions about dental amalgam. What is amalgam? Amalgam is a combination of metals that has been the ... Read More »

Stopping Early Tooth Decay – Without a Filling

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  You know all about tooth decay, don’t you? It’s very simple — you get a cavity and the dentist fixes it with a filling. But today that’s not the only way to deal with tooth decay. Some dentists are using newer technologies to help detect decay as it begins. The aim is to find out when the tooth begins ... Read More »

Braces for Adults

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  Tin grin. Metal mouth. Brace face. Many adults who had braces as teenagers will recognize at least one of these taunts. Today, advances in orthodontics are making braces less obvious, teasing less likely, and adults more willing to undergo treatment. These days, 20% to 25% or more of orthodontic patients are adults. Adults who seek treatment with braces may ... Read More »

Living with Your Dentures

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  Adjusting to Your Dentures Denture Adhesives When people get dentures for the first time, they sometimes find it difficult to get used to them. They are often concerned that the denture will slip or fall out. Using a denture adhesive can ease some of these worries and can increase confidence about wearing dentures. A denture adhesive, used for a ... Read More »

Breastfeeding, Bottles, Pacifiers and Your Baby’s Teeth

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  How you feed your baby affects not only overall health but also your child’s risk of tooth decay. Some babies continue to suck — on a bottle, pacifier or other object — long after it’s needed for nutrition. This habit also can affect how your child’s teeth line up. But following simple tips about feeding and mouth care can ... Read More »

Denture Adhesives: Do They Work? Do You Need Them?

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  Watch enough television and you could be convinced that everyone with dentures should use an adhesive. Talk to some dentists and you might be convinced that no one should use an adhesive. The reality lies somewhere between the extremes. Denture adhesive can sometimes make it easier to use dentures. Some people find it difficult to get used to a ... Read More »

Brushing

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  Brushing Tips Most of us learned to brush our teeth when we were children. We have stuck with the same brushing technique into adulthood. Unfortunately, many of us learned how to brush the wrong way. And even if we learned the right way, we might not always stick to it. Brushing correctly involves removing plaque without brushing too hard ... Read More »