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What Is Plaque Toothpaste?

Plaque toothpaste is specifically designed to stop tartar from forming. Therefore, you may also see names like tartar control toothpaste. What is plaque? How does a plaque toothpaste target this substance before tartar forms on the teeth? Read on to learn more. What Is Plaque and How Does Tartar Form? Plaque is a clear, sticky substance that forms on the…

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What to Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening

An oral cancer screening is a simple exam that your dentist performs in order to ensure you don’t have any signs or symptoms of oral cancer. Every year, nearly 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer and of those, nearly 10,000 will die from this disease. Early detection can save your life—so schedule an oral cancer screening or ask about…

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Why Do You Grind Your Teeth?

The majority of cases of grinding of the teeth (also called bruxism) occur while a patient is asleep. So you may wonder why you grind your teeth while other people do not. Here are a few of the many underlying causes of bruxism. Common Factors in Teeth Grinding The most common cause of grinding one’s teeth is stress. In fact,…

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Why Do We Lose Our Teeth as We Age?

Despite the fact that nearly 30% of American seniors are missing all of their teeth and another almost 180 million are missing at least one tooth, losing teeth as you age is not natural! While there are several culprits behind missing teeth as we get older, age simply isn’t a factor. So what are the reasons that we lose our…

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Ask Dr. Rye: How much do dentists make?

How much do dentists make? Perhaps I can turn this around a bit for your benefit? If a shark, producing as much as 50,000 teeth in a lifetime, has a tooth problem, does he find a fast, inexpensive dentist? Sure. If you expect to live upwards of 90 years with, basically, one set of teeth, do you go to the…

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Ask Dr. Rye: Crowns and dull pain

A month after getting a crown I have dull pain, is it the nerve or bad installation? I had a temporary for 2 weeks (I know!, long wait). During that time though I even forgot about it, that’s how normal those 2 weeks were as far as my teeth go. I’ve had nothing but discomfort (not sharp achy pain) in what…

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Ask Dr. Rye: Why are my teeth so sensitive?

  Why are my teeth so sensitive? Specially when I have ice cream.  Cold sensitivity in a tooth is a response of the pulp and its supportive tissues, including bone, ligament, and soft tissues, to variations in its environment. Temperature changes, particularly extreme changes of rapid onset, can elicit intermittent responses, particularly when inflammation is present. So…if the pulp or…

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Ask Dr. Rye: What does having chicklet teeth mean?

What does having chicklet teeth mean? Imagine a piece of gum out of an old gum machine. The kind of gum that is square and flat. This gum piece was called a “Chicklet”. Teeth are not square naturally, They have a range of dimensions that fit something called The Golden Proportion, or The Divine Proportion. The whole smile fits this…

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Dental Implants the Alternative to Dentures

When looking for alternatives to dentures, dental implants are a great option for many patients. However, they can be expensive and insurance doesn’t always cover the cost. If you’re missing all of your teeth and considering dentures or denture alternatives without getting a full set of dental implants, consider getting All-on-Four dental implants as a comfortable, cost-effective alternative! Dental Specialties…

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Ask Dr. Rye: Are amalgam fillings truly unhealthy if you get them for multiple molars?

Will the mercury secretion be too much if I get amalgam filling for many molars? Will I be better off with composite fillings? My dentist says that composite fillings don’t last as long; lasting usually for about 5 years, can I replace them after that with no damage to dental and general health? Should I replace existing amalgam fillings with composite?…

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