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Dental Plates vs. Implants: Which is Better?
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Dental Plates vs. Implants: Which is Better?

Dental plates and dental implants are two very different solutions to the same problem: Missing teeth. Understanding the differences, together with a dentist’s evaluation and guidance, will help determine which is right for you.  A dental “plate” is a term referring to any removable dental prosthetic. This covers any type of false teeth: full dentures,...

How to Find a Dentist When You Don’t Have Insurance
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How to Find a Dentist When You Don’t Have Insurance

When you need to find a dentist, you need to find a dentist…but not having dental or medical insurance can make that a daunting task. In a study collecting data from 2014 through 2017, the CDC reported that only about half of adults aged 18 to 64 had dental insurance. And while most dentists will...

What Causes a Tooth to Abscess?
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What Causes a Tooth to Abscess?

When harmful bacteria cause an infection in a tooth or in the gums, there is a chance that an abscess will form. Pus gathers at the source of the infection, appearing as a lump or boil. This inflammation will often make the area swollen and painful. Getting a diagnosis of an asbcess, or suspecting you...

Do Cavities Hurt? What Happens, and Why They Should Get Filled
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Do Cavities Hurt? What Happens, and Why They Should Get Filled

Most people think that toothaches and cavities go together. While they often do, some cavities hurt very little or not at all—at first. Likewise, a tooth can experience pain without a cavity.  Any cavity, whether it hurts a little, a lot, or not at all, should be taken seriously and fixed as soon as possible....

See a Dentist Immediately for These Top 8 Dental Emergencies
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See a Dentist Immediately for These Top 8 Dental Emergencies

Emergencies, by definition, are unexpected events. Dental emergencies are no different. Even people who take good care of their oral health can suffer accidents, trauma, or the sudden worsening of a dental problem. Some issues call for immediate emergency dental care and should not wait until the next checkup. What types of things can wait...

The Top 6 Myths About Toxic Dental Materials
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The Top 6 Myths About Toxic Dental Materials

Modern-day dentistry has advanced in some remarkable ways. Things like dental implants that look and feel just like real teeth and dental sealants that help children avoid getting cavities would have surprised dentists and patients alike 100 years ago.  As welcome as these advancements are for many people, they are bound to raise some questions....

What is Carbamide Peroxide Teeth Whitening?
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What is Carbamide Peroxide Teeth Whitening?

Most people are familiar with hydrogen peroxide and might even have that familiar brown bottle in their medicine cabinet. In addition to its disinfectant properties, it is also a main ingredient in teeth whitening products. People may be less aware of carbamide peroxide, but it, too, can whiten teeth.  Whether going to the dentist for...

Root Canal or Tooth Extraction?
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Root Canal or Tooth Extraction?

No one likes the idea of getting a root canal or a tooth extraction. Unfortunately, the dentist might recommend one of these procedures at some point. It is important to note that while they both address the problem of a severely decayed or damaged tooth, they are not interchangeable.  A root canal can save a...

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...

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...