Main Street Dental Clinics News

Month: October 2018

What are dental sealants?

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A sealant is a coating that your dentist can paint on your molars. Your molars, by the way, are the teeth in the back of your mouth that grind food. They have deep grooves called pits and fissures, and in those spots, harmful bacteria can thrive.

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How to Stop Grinding My Teeth

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If you’re reading this article, then you are most likely already aware that you are one of the 30-40 million US citizens that experience bruxism—grinding teeth. Many at first don’t realize that they suffer from this very common condition that mostly occurs while you sleep. Often, it is your partner that makes you aware of it or a buildup of symptoms that causes you to seek answers.

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What are the signs of oral cancer?

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Oral cancer is a cancer of the mouth. While cancer of any type is concerning, oral cancer treatments can be highly effective, especially when you catch it early. Learn about common symptoms, the causes and how to reduce your chances of getting this illness.

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Top 7 Signs of Tooth Decay

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Signs of decay should never be ignored. Tooth decay happens when the enamel of your teeth is softened and damaged.

If left untreated, the bacteria can cause holes or cavities to form. Those holes will get bigger, and the longer you wait the more painful it may be to get dental care. In the worst-case scenario, the affected tooth will be destroyed.

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Canker Sores: Causes and Solutions

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Canker sores are more than just a mere nuisance. If left untreated, they could cause you pain and make eating food uncomfortable. If you have small ulcers inside your mouth or throat, it might be time to see your dentist or doctor. Here are some of the most common causes of canker sores — and how you can treat them.

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Sensitive Teeth: Causes and Solutions

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One in eight people suffer from sensitive teeth — that's about 40 million Americans. Exposed tooth roots or worn tooth enamel can often cause this uncomfortable sensation. A cracked tooth, gum disease or cavity can also result in sensitive teeth. If you experience this condition, don't worry. There are a number of solutions that can solve this problem.

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How to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth

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A third of children don't brush their teeth every day, according to a recent study. Some simply forget to brush; others purposely try to avoid it. Getting kids to brush their teeth can often be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be this way. Here are some tips for improving your child's oral hygiene habits.

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How Poor Dental Hygiene Affects the Rest of Your Body

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The link between your dental hygiene and the overall health of your body is stronger than you might think.

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What Causes Gingivitis?

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Gingivitis is a disease that can inflame the gums and causes bad breath. According to the Mayo Clinic,

“Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. It's important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease called periodontitis and tooth loss.”

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When Should Patients Have Dental X-Rays Taken?

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X-rays are one of the most common dental procedures in the United States, and they're nothing to be nervous about. Sometimes a simple visual examination isn't enough, and a dentist might recommend a patient have an x-ray to diagnose a condition. Dentists use x-rays to identify tooth decay, cavities, slow tooth development and other problems. But how often should patients have dental x-rays taken? Read on to find out.

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