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Dental Health: What Are These Lumps and Bumps in Your Mouth?

You probably don’t think very much about your inner cheeks and lips, under your tongue, or the roof of your mouth. That is, unless there’s a lump or bump that you are suddenly aware of. While most of the time, small bumps aren’t an immediate threat to your dental health (or your overall health), they can be uncomfortable and, in rare cases, could indicate a more serious problem. Here are some common reasons why you might notice a bump or sore inside of your mouth, as well as tips on what to do about it.

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Antibiotic Prophylaxis: Do You Need to Premedicate?

It used to be that many patients would take 2,000 mg of amoxicillin or a comparable dose of an alternative antibiotic an hour prior to having certain types of dental work done. If you have an artificial joint or you have a heart murmur, you might have recently been told to stop premedicating with antibiotics before dental work, if you were doing so before. Are you unsure as to why this has changed, or whether you are supposed to be taking preventative antibiotics? Here are some facts you should know about antibiotic prophylaxis when it comes to dental work.

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Hypersensitivity and What You Can Do About It

Have you ever bitten into an ice cream cone and seen stars? If you experience pain when eating something hot or cold or even breathing in through your mouth on a cold day, you have tooth hypersensitivity. There are a few different causes, and the solution will depend on the root of the problem. Take a look at these possible explanations and see if one is likely to apply to you. If you are having hypersensitivity, see your dentist for a definite diagnosis and treatment.

Gum Recession
Receding gums can occur as a result of gum disease, but itbs also a natural part of the aging process for many people. As gum tissue shrinks, part of the roots of your teeth become exposed. This part of your tooth is more sensitive to temperature changes than the crowns of the teeth, and they may ache when exposed to hot or cold air, liquid or food.

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Does Your Child Need Braces?

Many parents dread hearing the words, byour child needs braces.b Orthodontic treatment is expensive and can last for several years, plus it is uncomfortable for the patient. Looking at your childbs teeth might make you feel as though braces are most definitely on the horizon. The best way to find out if your child needs braces is to seek the opinions of two or three orthodontists; opinions differ, and you might get a different take on whether and when your child should have braces if you ask more than one specialist. In the meantime, here are some things to consider.

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What You Need to Know About Fluoride

Fluoride: Itbs naturally occurring, but it has been the subject of debate in recent years. You might notice that you can purchase bottled water with fluoride, your pediatrician might have suggested fluoride drops for your baby, the mineral is in your tap water, itbs in your toothpaste, and your children have a fluoride treatment every six months at the dentist. What is the big deal about fluoride, anyway?
Since fluoride occurs naturally in the earthbs crust, some areas have it in natural water sources. Nearly a century ago, dentists and researchers discovered that in places where the mineral was occurring naturally, the people had less tooth decay. Because of this, fluoride was gradually added to drinking water and dental care products in an effort to reduce dental cavities in the general population.

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Toothache After a Filling: What’s Going On?

You might have reported to your dentist with a toothache and found out that you needed a cavity filled. Alternatively, maybe you had no problem at all, but the telltale dark shadow on your dental x-ray tipped off your dentist that you had a cavity, so you had it treated. Now that they novocaine has worn off, your tooth is not feeling very happy. If you have a toothache after having a dental filling placed, you might be wondering whatbs happening. Here are some possibilities.

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Dental Veneers: Are They the Right Choice for You?

al veneersMany patients are not thrilled with the way their smiles look. If you are not happy with your smile, you might grin less often, even when you’re happy. With today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are many ways that your dentist can help you achieve the smile that you have always wanted. One popular option is that of dental veneers. Dental veneers are a minimally invasive, permanent option for making your teeth look whiter, straighter and more even. Take a look at some of the ways that veneers might be helpful, and discuss with your dentist whether they are the right choice for you.

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The Importance of Flossing

Although your social media news feeds might be filled with news stories that say “flossing is unnecessary,” nearly any dentist or dental hygienist will assure you that people who floss have better oral hygiene than people who don’t. Flossing is not only important, but also simple enough that anyone can squeeze it into their busy days; it’s best done before bed anyway, so it just adds a couple of minutes onto your regular bedtime routine. In case you are doubting the importance of flossing, here are some reasons why the habit is worth continuing (or picking up, if you have been lax):

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Changing Dentists? What to Look for in a New Dentist

Over the course of a lifetime, you’ll probably change dentists for various reasons. You might move out of town, for example, or you may get a new dental insurance company that your current dentist does not participate with. If you are changing dentists, you might feel some stress when it comes to knowing what to look for. Should you go with the one a friend has recommended? Maybe the dentist with an office next door to your workplace would be the most convenient option. Here are some factors to keep in mind as you weigh your options and make your decision.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Dental Edition

With 2017 just days away, you might be considering your new yar’s resolutions. Will you resolve to lose weight? Go back to school? Get more organized? All of these are worthy and common goals as January 1 rolls around. One resolution that many people don’t think about centers around dental care. Most of us could resolve to take better care of our teeth and gums. It’s good for not only your smile, but for your overall health, too. Here are some dental-related new year’s resolutions to consider as we say goodbye to 2016.

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