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Understanding Oral Cancers

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What is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is any form of cancer that affects your mouth or the surrounding areas. Oral Cancers generally are detected through early oral cancer screening which gets done through ViziLite Plus Annual Oral Cancer Screening Exams in the early and most treatable stages. These oral cancer screenings become part of your annual dental checkups to ensure that any cancers that come about get detected early. Dentists also examine the ...

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General Dentistry: A History of the Dentist

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Overview of the Topic:

Dentists have been around for thousands of years. 7500 BC is the earliest recordings of when dentistry became practiced. People have looked for ways to keep their teeth healthy and improve their oral health for many millennia. Dentistry has been evolving ever since and has become much more sophisticated and advanced over time until we have the type ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Insurance

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Overview of Dental Insurance:

Just like having healthcare coverage, dental insurance will help you cover a large majority of your dental bills according to the insurance that the person has purchased. When your employer offers dental insurance, you will likely get a few plans to pick from, and you can choose one that best meets your needs. Most of these will probably fall into either the HMO, PPO, or Indemnity plans. Certain employers ...

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Fluoride: What It Is and How It Benefits Your Teeth

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Fluoride is a natural substance found in the earth. It is actually a mineral and is usually found occurring in varying amounts in your home's tap water supply and other resources.

Fluoride is commonly associated with dental care and overall oral hygiene. Learn more about fluoride and why this mineral is so beneficial to your dental health.

What is Fluoride Made Of?

Fluoride is a mineral, as mentioned above, and is found in the earth's crust. The mineral is inorganic and is found naturally in many things: the soil, foods you eat daily, the water you drink, and other resources.

Is Fluoride Safe?

The FDA approves three main forms of fluoride for consumption and overall ...

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The Art of the Smile

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Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh once said, "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." This lovely adage is actually backed up by science: in 2010, a study found that smiling even when you down have mood-improving benefits. With all the benefits of smiling, it's no surprise how common open mouth smiles are today. However, for much of history, closed mouth smiles or no smiles at all were common in portraits.

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The Relationship Between TMJ and Teeth Grinding

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When you experience pain or discomfort in your jaw, it can be difficult to chew and talk normally. Whether you've suffered an injury or you've simply developed an ongoing click or pain in your jaw, it's important to seek treatment so your dentist can determine the cause and get you back to feeling your best as quickly as possible. 

Causes of Jaw Pain

On each side of your jaw, you have a joint called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, which connects your jawbone to your skull and acts as a sliding hinge, thus enabling you to talk and chew. However, this joint can become painful due to a variety of reasons that may ...

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Professional Teeth Whitening: Worth the Investment

Woman's mouth before and after teeth whitening

With all the teeth whitening agents available at your local grocery store, why would you consider getting your teeth whitened in the dentist's chair? While at-home DIY teeth whitening gels, pastes, trays, and strips sound like a money-saving solution to a brighter smile, you should still consider professional teeth whitening. Here are just a few reasons why.

Your Tooth Enamel is Put at Risk

Most at-home teeth whitening kits contain hydrogen peroxide and abrasive agents which can wear out tooth enamel over time. Once tooth enamel is lost, it cannot be brought back.

When you scrape away at your tooth enamel with at-home whitening toothpaste and other tools, the rough surface of your ...

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