Wellness

When Should Your Child First See the Dentist?

Babies often start developing their first teeth by 6 months old, and by age 2 1/2 many have a full set of 20 primary teeth. Because the root system from the primary teeth establishes the foundation for permanent teeth, primary teeth are critical to good oral health throughout life.

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Dental Health Linked to Dementia?

A study conducted by University of California researchers found that elderly women who brushed their teeth less than once daily were 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed every day. For men, this number was 22 percent.

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Braces Help Keep Teeth Healthy

A smile often is the first thing you notice about someone. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), up to 75 percent of Americans could benefit from orthodontic treatment and improve their oral health.

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Snuff and Tooth Decay

Worldwide use of traditional tobacco has declined, while the number of individuals using snuff has increased. New research conducted at Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden demonstrated that use of snuff doesn’t lower or raise the risk of tooth decay.

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Five Mistakes to Avoid with Toothbrushing

You know it is important to brush your teeth. But did you know there is more to toothbrushing than just brushing? Many people swish their toothbrush across their teeth a few times, and think they have done a good job. Actually, they may be doing more harm than good.

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Nerve Damage May Occur with Dental Implants

For individuals missing a tooth due to injury or excessive decay, dentists may recommend a dental implant to fill the vacant spot. This procedure involves affixing a titanium screw into the jawbone and then attaching a prosthetic tooth, which has been designed to fit in with surrounding teeth.

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Germs That Lurk in Your Mouth

Most germs are harmless. They are digested along with food and killed by stomach acids, and others are eradicated by enzymes in saliva. But there also are several types of bacteria that create oral health problems because they attack tooth enamel causing decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

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