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Is There a Best Mouthwash for People With Braces to Use?
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Is There a Best Mouthwash for People With Braces to Use?

Many people add mouthwash to their dental hygiene routine. It can freshen breath and help boost the cleaning job that brushing and flossing accomplish. But what about people with braces? Some may wonder if there are special types of mouthwash for braces, or if it is even a good idea to use it at all....

Severe Pain After a Filling: What to Do?
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Severe Pain After a Filling: What to Do?

Dental fillings are the most common and safest treatments for tooth decay. When getting a filling, some minor pain and tooth sensitivity is normal. The pain usually goes away after a few hours, though, but sensitivity to hot and cold liquids might last up to a week.  But what if there is severe pain after...

Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Coming In, and When to See a Dentist
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Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Coming In, and When to See a Dentist

Dentists commonly recommend extraction of wisdom teeth, but is it really required if there is no pain? How do individuals know if wisdom teeth are coming in, and when to see a dentist?  Pulling a tooth can be expensive and painful, but it is often necessary to avoid complications down the road. A New York...

What Invisalign Looks Like, and If It’s Right for You
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What Invisalign Looks Like, and If It’s Right for You

A primary reason that millions of people choose Invisalign to straighten their teeth is right there in the name—they are hoping for a nearly Invis-ible product. Obviously, no product is completely invisible, but Invisalign is far less noticeable than metal braces or even clear braces.  Invisalign aligners, called trays, are made of transparent plastic that...

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
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Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Dental x-rays, also called radiographs, are a key diagnostic tool for dentists. Many people think x-rays are dangerous; but x-rays are among the safest and most reliable imaging technologies today.  Dentists and dental hygienists are trained in the safe use of x-rays in a dental office setting. For example, patient safety is maintained through: Using...

Dental Implants: What are they, and do they work?
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Dental Implants: What are they, and do they work?

Whether due to accidents or tooth decay, millions of Americans are missing teeth. People often replace missing teeth for cosmetic reasons, but there are other good reasons to replace them, too. Missing teeth can lead to further oral health problems in the future.  Dental implants provide a more permanent replacement for those missing teeth, and...

Are Dental Expenses Tax Deductible?
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Are Dental Expenses Tax Deductible?

Dental expenses can be a big part of an individual’s or a family’s medical expenses.Dental procedures such as root canals, fillings and repairs, and braces can run into the hundreds and even thousands of dollars. It would be great if these procedures were all tax deductible, but this is not always the case. Many dental...

How to Bring Down the Cost of Dental Fillings
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How to Bring Down the Cost of Dental Fillings

No one expects to get a cavity, even though they are common in both kids and adults. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that about 46% of kids between the ages of 2 and 19 have cavities and 13% have ones that are untreated. 92% of adults 20 to 64 years old have...

Braces on Small Teeth: Do They Work? What Do They Look Like?
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Braces on Small Teeth: Do They Work? What Do They Look Like?

Even though there are other products available, sometimes traditional braces are still the best option to straighten teeth. Less visible products like Invisalign are not for everyone because they do not always use enough force to move seriously crooked teeth.  People with small teeth might have questions such as “Do braces work on small teeth?”...