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Dental Botox – Cosmetic Enhancement For Your Teeth

Botox has been around for some time, and most people have heard it talked about for cosmetic improvements – enhancing lips, eliminating wrinkles, adjusting drooping eyelids. But many people have no idea what Botox is. What is Botox? Botox is a tradename for a type of botulinum toxin drug. These are drugs derived from the same bacterium that can cause botulism.  The difference, though, is that the toxin most widely used in cosmetic surgery and dental procedures – Botulism A – has been harvested, isolated, and purified through a process that ensures it is beneficial, rather than harmful. How Does ...
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Pregnancy Gingivitis – Why Do Pregnant Moms Experience Toothache?

Pregnancy poses a lot of changes in a woman’s body. It also creates that 360-degree turn to your life in many ways than one. However, pains and gains are normal parts of pregnancy. You gain some weight and experience body pains and toothaches. Some expectant moms will go the whole nine months with no oral health issues, however, the fact of the matter is that pregnancy puts you at higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease or also known as “pregnancy gingivitis”. There is also growing evidence to suggest a link between gum disease and premature, underweight births.  More ...
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What Are Implants?

Implants are devices that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures. Implants are surgically placed in your jawbone. Most of the time, implants feel more natural and secure than other methods of replacing missing teeth, such as dentures. There are many reasons it's important to replace missing teeth: • Having all of your teeth can make you more self-confident. You don't worry that people notice that you have teeth missing. • When teeth are lost, the area of the jawbone that held those teeth starts to dissolve. Implants help to preserve the ...
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Toddler Teething – What To Expect

If your toddler seems cranky, is drooling more than normal, and seemingly bites on anything (even your fingers!), then your parenting instincts might kick in - something could be off.   Teething in a toddler is a common phase. Everyone (even mom and dad) went through the same painful and frustrating ordeal once upon a time. If your toddler isn’t his or her usual jolly and playful self then you’ll know there’s something wrong somewhere.    Soothing and pacifying an irritable toddler in the teething phase can be frustrating because you don’t know what is best to soothe his or ...
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What is dental erosion?

Erosion is the loss of tooth enamel caused by acid attack. Enamel is the hard, protective coating of the tooth, which protects the sensitive dentin underneath. When the enamel is worn away, the dentin underneath is exposed, which may lead to pain and sensitivity.   How do I know I have dental erosion?   Erosion usually shows up as hollows in the teeth and a general wearing away of the tooth surface and biting edges. This can expose the dentine underneath, which is a darker, yellower color than the enamel. Because the dentine is sensitive, your teeth can also be ...
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