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My tooth hurts but I'm afraid to go to the dentist!

Fear of going to the dentist is one of the most common phobias that people have. And while we would LOVE to debunk this fear, we know that some people just have a negative psychological reaction to the idea of going to the dentist.This fear can stem from a lot of different sources. A bad childhood experience with a dentist, negative media images of dentists and the feeling of vulnerability and loss of control are just some of scenarios that contribute to this fear.However, if you are having pain, don't let your fear get the best of you. Waiting to treat ...

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April is Oral Cancer Screening Month

Part of our mission is to educate our patients about oral health and raise awareness about serious oral diseases. It is our hope that by sharing information and raising awareness, we will be able to help our patients identify, diagnose and treat oral cancer.According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal (throat) cancer this year alone. Public awareness is key to saving lives, which is why we are addressing this issue. Dentists have a unique opportunity to perform head and neck exams and oral screenings on each patient, helping ...

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2.8 million year old jawbone found in Ethiopia

The fossil of a lower left side jawbone, complete with 5 teeth, was discovered by an Ethiopian student in the Ledi-Gerau research area of Afar Regional State. This new discovery is significant for several reasons. For one, because of its age, it pushes the human line that was originally estimated to be 2.35 million years ago, back by 400,000 years. This links the fossil closer to the famous 3.2 million year old hominin (human-like primate) "Lucy" that was found in the same area in 1974.The back molar teeth are smaller than those of other fossilized hominins found in the region. These molars are a ...

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Study finds rinsing with mouthwash is a key step to keeping a healthy mouth

A recent study from Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Personal Products Worldwide concluded that the use of a germ-killing mouthwash, along with brushing and flossing, effectively removes plaque and reduces gingivitis far more than brushing alone.The study involved more that 130 people with mild to moderate plaque who were separated into two groups: one group brushed and used a germ-killing mouthwash twice a day and the other brushed and used a placebo mouthwash. The results were those using the germ-killing mouthwash reduced plaque by more than 26%, and 100% reduction in gingivitis.The study proved that ...

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How To Handle Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are no fun. They can be scary and painful. You should always call your dentist immediately if you have an emergency. We always try to see our emergency patients on the same day. However, if you have to wait, here are some steps to handle the emergency until you can get in to see the dentist.Pain and SensitivityThis can be caused by an abcess or exposed nerve from a lost filling or crown.What to Do?Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water to reduce the swelling. See your dentist immediately before infection spreads or worsens. If there is an abcess, you will need a root canal. If the damage is severe, the ...

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When Over the Counter Treatments Might Not Be Enough

Humans are creatures of habit. And many times, we will continue to use the same products as long as they keep working for us. However, as we get older, our old standbys might not be as effective as they once were and something stronger or better might be needed.Here are some instances where a stronger, perhaps prescription strength product, might be a better choice.Sensitive Teeth and Gums:If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity due to a receding gum line, you might benefit from prescription flouride toothpaste. These toothpastes have higher levels of flouride and can help lessen sensitivity and protect exposed tooth structure that is no longer protected by ...

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