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Do We Inherit Our Teeth?

Do We Inherit Our Teeth?

From the moment that we're born, we always have other people talking about just how much we look like dad or mom or another family member. "You have your mother's eyes," or "You've got your grandma's hands,” are variations of remarks that most of us get throughout our life. We know that a considerable amount of our physical traits and…

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Why It Can’t Wait…

Why It Can’t Wait…

It is simply human nature to procrastinate dental work. There are multiple known reasons for this, including fear of discomfort, time constraints, and fear of the unknown.  Modern dental techniques that make dental care much more comfortable than in days past; technology that makes dental appointments much shorter, and a plethora of free information about dentistry that can be found on the…

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Lasers Have A Place In Dentistry

Lasers Have a Place in Dentistry

Lasers have been reported to work wonders in all aspects of modern medicine, including dentistry. While lasers offer a different twist to doing routine dental procedures and give the aura of "state-of-the-art technology," they do not replace the traditional dental handpiece ("drill") currently. Lasers can be used to perform soft tissue surgeries very well, and they can remove decay from…

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Why Should We Spend Money To Save Baby Teeth?

Why Should We Spend Money To Save Baby Teeth?

Deciduous teeth, or "baby teeth" as they are commonly called, erupt during the first two years of life and function in a healthy mouth until the adult, succedaneous, teeth are fully developed. During this time, they function for chewing, speech development, esthetics, and they are critical for proper growth and development of the skull and jaw. When they are lost…

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Cosmetic Dentistry | Why Do I Need A Reline When I Just Got My Dentures A Year Ago?

Cosmetic Dentistry | Why Do I Need a Reline When I Just Got My Dentures a Year Ago?

On average, dentures should be replaced approximately every 7 years, and after approximately 1 year for an immediately placed "treatment denture."  When a patient wears complete dentures, supporting bony ridges are subjected to unnatural forces that contribute to rapid loss of bone.  Therefore, the fit of the denture changes rapidly.  Secondly, ill-fitting dentures cause even more damage to supporting bone as…

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Why Do People Seem To Get More Cavities As They Get Old?

Why Do People Seem to Get More Cavities as They Get Old?

Causes of Cavities as We Age Saliva, a major chemical buffer that maintains the acid/base balance in our mouths and is produced by salivary glands. These glands are predominantly located in our cheeks and under our tongues.  These glands produce two types of saliva.  Serous saliva is "wet and watery", and mucoid saliva is "sticky and thick."  Serous glands mainly produce buffering…

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