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How to Clean and Preserve Your Dentures

An image of the top rox of teeth of a full denture set.

Whether you have fixed, full or partial dentures, they need to be cleaned every day, just like natural teeth. Bacteria and plaque can still build up on dentures, even though they are artificial, so it is important to continuously maintain your dental health.   How to Clean Removable Full and Partial Dentures Remove your dentures…

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Regular Cleaning vs Periodontal Maintenance

A dentist administers periodontal maintenance on a patient.

It is important for all patients, especially those who have gum disease, to understand the difference between regular teeth cleanings and periodontal maintenance.   Regular Cleanings Regular cleanings are administered to patients who do not have the symptoms of advanced gum disease, such as bone loss, infections around the teeth, bleeding, receded gums, or exposed…

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What is Gum Disease?

Plaque buildup can lead to the early stages of gum disease.

Gum disease, also referred to as Periodontitis, is a bacterial growth in the mouth that, if not properly treated, results in conditions ranging between inflamed and bleeding gums to the loss of teeth and gum tissue. The Stages of Gum Disease The first stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. During this stage, bacteria in…

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What Dental Filling is the Best for You?

An illustration of decaying teeth and cavities that require dental fillings.

When a section of tooth has been damaged by decay or a cavity, your dentist may recommend a dental filling. During this dental procedure, the decaying tooth material is removed and the area is filled in with material to restore the look and function of the tooth. Dental fillings can also be used to repair…

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The Anatomy of a Tooth

An illustration highlights various layers of a tooth.

The Anatomy of a Tooth An average adult human has a mouth full of 32 pearly whites. Except for wisdom teeth, adults have their full set of permanent teeth by the age of 13. Unlike our milk teeth, these 32 are meant to last a lifetime, and are made of the materials that with a…

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What is a gum lift?

A smile in need of a gum lift

What is a gum lift? You may have heard the term, seen it advertised in your dentist’s office or know someone who has had it done, but what is a gum lift? A gum lift is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess gum tissue in a patient who has a ‘gummy smile’ and can also…

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Help! My child lost a tooth!

Child looks at lost milk tooth

Help! My child lost a tooth! Whether it be through physical activity, eating or any other natural methods, children are bound to lose teeth. This is especially the case when you child is young enough to still be losing their milk teeth and there permanent teeth are slowly erupting through their gums. However, it can…

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