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Mouthwash: How to Choose the Right One

You already know that brushing and flossing are vital activities when it comes to your oral health. Some people can benefit from the use of mouthwash, also called mouth rinse. Before you run out and buy mouthwash, however, it’s useful to know which are effective for the purpose you’re trying to achieve. Also, sometimes mouthwash can be harmful in certain cases. Take a look at some different reasons you might use mouthwash, what to look for, and what to avoid.

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Tooth Abscess: What You Need to Know

A tooth abscess is a painful infection under the gums. It might be at the apex, or tip, of the root, or it could be in between two teeth. If you have a tooth abscess, you’ll know it; it’s generally quite painful and not anything that you’d be able to ignore. In addition, an abscess can cause health problems, so it needs to be treated promptly. Here’s some information on tooth abscesses.

What Causes a Tooth Abscess?
An infection near the tooth can be caused by one of several things. A periodontal abscess, which is close to the gumline, can be a result of gum disease, debris caught between the gum and tooth, or trauma to the area. A periapical abscess, at the root of the tooth, can be caused by a cavity that spread to the pulp, a broken tooth, or previous dental work that allowed bacteria into the tooth. A tooth that had a root canal previously can develop an abscess, particularly if a course of antibiotics wasn’t finished.

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Preventing Dental Decay

If someone were to ask you how to prevent dental decay, your first response might be to say, “brush and floss each day.” While those are absolutely necessary components to any dental health regimen, there are additional things you can do to prevent cavities. Here are some additional ways (in addition to brushing and flossing, not in lieu of!) that you can cut down your chances of having to deal with a cavity in the near future.

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Thanksgiving Foods That Can Improve Your Dental Health

Thanksgiving is just over a month away, and whether you’re hosting or simply bringing a dish to someone else’s house, you’re probably beginning to think about all of the delicious foods you’ll be eating. Thanksgiving is a day when many Americans loosen their belts and throw diet-related caution to the wind, but there are some who consider their foods carefully to avoid widening their waistlines. No matter which group you fall into, knowing which foods are likely to positively impact yourB health is always a good thing! Here are some Turkey Day foods that can boost your dental health.

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The Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Your Child’s Teeth

It’s that time of year again. In a matter of weeks, little (and not-so-little) children will be dressing up in costumes to wander around the neighborhood ringing doorbells in the hopes of collecting a pillowcase or bucket full of Halloween candy. As a parent, grandparent or neighbor to children, you might feel positively or negatively about the holiday, but if you’re planning on participating, you probably want to give kids the types of treats that won’t cause cavities and toothaches. Here are some treats to consider giving out, as well as Halloween candy that is bad news for teeth.

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Recovery After a Root Canal

If you’re scheduled for a root canal, also called endodontic therapy, you might be nervous about the procedure. The good news is that with advances in modern dentistry, root canal therapy is just about as painless as it gets. You’ll be completely numb, and if you do feel a twinge of pain, anesthetic dripped right onto the nerve will eliminate it quickly. Most patients are pleased to find out that their root canal is about the same to them as getting a filling, though it does take longer. What you might not be prepared for, however, is that you will likely have some soreness following the procedure. Here’s what you can expect when it comes to recovery after a root canal.

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Broken Teeth: What They Could Be Saying About Your Health

Many times, broken teeth occur due to trauma: Maybe you were in an accident, you fell, or you unexpectedly crunched down on a popcorn kernel at just the right (well, wrong!) angle. Sometimes, however, particularly if you have several teeth cracking, breaking or crumbling, a health issue may be to blame. Take a look at this list of medical reasons why you might have broken teeth or other oral health issues, and consider seeing your physician if you suspect any of them.

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Which Tooth Is Giving You That Toothache?

Ouch! Youbve woken up with a toothache… but you canbt tell which tooth is hurting. This is actually a common occurrence; many times, patients think that their pain is coming from the upper jaw when in fact itbs stemming from a tooth on the bottom, or vice versa. The reason this phenomenon, called referred pain, happens is because the nerves in the area communicate with the brain in such a way that it canbt always tell exactly which spot is misfiring (i.e. painful). If you find yourself in this situation, how can you be sure that the right tooth will be treated? Lucky for you, we have ways of figuring out the problem. Here are three of them.

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Dental Care for Babies

f you have a new little bundle of joy, congratulations! During the next months (and years!), youbll be learning how to take care of your childbs health needs. One vital part of keeping your child healthy is to pay attention to those little pearly whites that usually make their appearance at around six months of age, keeping in mind that the first teeth can emerge a few months ahead of or behind schedule. Here are some things you need to know about dental care for babies and toddlers.

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Discomfort After a Dental Filling

Youbve likely had the experience of having a dental filling done. You may show up to the dentist with a cavity or a hole in your tooth, but you leave with it neatly filled, most of the time with either tooth-colored composite or silver amalgam. Then you never really think about it again.
At least, thatbs what happens most of the time.

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