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Wisdom teeth

Our teenage patients are usually aware of the existence of wisdom teeth and commonly ask questions about them.  Those questions almost always involve some variation on, “Do I need to have them removed?” and “Will it hurt?”.

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that grow into our mouths, most commonly between the ages of 18 and 20.  By the time these teeth are ready to erupt into the mouth, there are usually 28 adult teeth already present.  If there ...

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Prevent injuries. Wear a mouthguard.

How would you feel if you had an accident and lost one of more of the teeth that you smile with every day?  Everything you do with your mouth – smiling, talking, eating – would change forever.  As the days grow longer and the weather gets nicer, the number of sports and activity related dental injuries seen at our office increases.  Mouthguards are a simple way to prevent most dental injuries.  They cover the parts of your mouth that are ...

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How do I use that braces wax?

Orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.  Orthodontists are able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.

The goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite — meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw.  A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak.  This can enhance your dental health and your ...

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Dental care and the ACA

Most families are aware that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also commonly known as Obamacare) is changing health insurance and health insurance benefits for all Americans.  Many parents are unaware, however, that there are significant changes to children’s dental coverage as a result of the ACA.  As described by the American Dental Association, the ACA requires that the new health insurance exchanges offer dental plans for your children.  Although the new act does not require dental coverage ...

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Myths and facts about cavities, part 3

The internet is full of information and misinformation about oral health.  It is often difficult to know if the information you’re reading online is fact or fiction.  WebMD has an entire section devoted to healthy teeth and included in this section is an article entitled, “15 Myths and Facts About Cavities.”  While this article isn’t specifically written about ...

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Myths and facts about cavities, part 2

The internet is full of information and misinformation about oral health.  It is often difficult to know if the information you’re reading online is fact or fiction.  WebMD has an entire section devoted to healthy teeth and included in this section is an article entitled, “15 Myths and Facts About Cavities.”  While this article isn’t specifically written about children’s teeth, many of the myths and ...

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Myths and facts about cavities, part 1

The internet is full of information and misinformation about oral health.  It is often difficult to know if the information you’re reading online is fact or fiction.  WebMD has an entire section devoted to healthy teeth and included in this section is an article entitled, “15 ...

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Gummy vitamins and your teeth

If your memory of taking vitamins as a child involves a small, chalky version of Fred Flintstone, you are not alone.  Today, gummy vitamins have become the most popular form of multivitamin for ...

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A checkup at age one?

New parents often ask, “When should my child first see a dentist?”

The short answer is “First visit by first birthday.” That is the view of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and pediatricians agree. ...

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New year, new toothbrush?

Your toothbrush is the best tool you have to keep your smile looking good and feeling good in the new year.  How do you know when it is time to change your toothbrush?  Young children are notorious for chewing and biting on their toothbrushes.  Should their brushes be changed more often?

The American Dental Association recommends that brushes should be changed when the bristles are visibly frayed or approximately every three to four months.  If your child is a toothbrush chewer, ...

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