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Can You Reverse Gum Recession?


Gum recession is a result of gum disease, with the gums pulling away from the teeth. Your dentist can advise on how to prevent gum disease and treat early signs of gum recession.

Key takeaways:
-  Gum recession is reversible when the signs of gum disease are caught and treated early.
-  Using an electric toothbrush and flossing daily can help prevent gum recession returning after treatment for gum disease.
-  Left untreated, severe gum recession may require a graft to restore the affected gum tissue.

"Any gum recession that occurs is likely to lead to more gum recession as a result of exposed tooth roots and irritation. This is why catching gum disease early is so important, as it can increase your chances for successful gum recession reversal."

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Is Jaw Popping Something To Be Concerned About?


Jaw popping can be caused by a misaligned jaw joint, which needs to be treated by a specialist. However, there are other reasons that can cause this problem.

Key takeaways:
-  Habits like nail biting and teeth grinding can put the jaw joint under additional stress.
-  Chewing gum frequently can have the same effect.
-  Jaw popping can be a symptom of underlying conditions, like an improper bite or arthritis.

Frequent jaw popping shouldn’t be ignored, whether it's just an annoyance or a painful problem. Your dentist can help find the root cause of this problem.

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Why Children’s Dental Health is Important


Baby teeth allow your child to speak and eat; they also help to guide new adult teeth into position. Early loss of baby teeth can mean that adult teeth may emerge crooked.

Key takeaways:
- Start dental check-ups when your child is about one year old.
- Brush baby teeth carefully and supervise your child's brushing and flossing until they are about seven.
- Limit the amount of sugar your child consumes.

You and your dentist can give your child's dental health the very best start.

"Children are susceptible to tooth decay as soon as they have teeth..."

How Can A Dentist Help In Smoking Cessation?


Quitting smoking can be challenging. However, making small lifestyle changes as well as visiting your dentist can help set you on the right track. So, how exactly can a dentist help? Here’s what you should know.

Key takeaway:

• Dentists are trained to offer professional counseling to tobacco smokers.
• Your dentist may also know other counseling programs happening in and around your local town.
• Your dentist may also possess helpful books that may encourage you to quit smoking.

Protect your teeth and keep your smile healthy by quitting smoking and asking your dentist for help.
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Which Electric Toothbrush Is Right For You?



Electric toothbrushes are very effective removing plaque and keeping your teeth healthy. There are different options in the market, so how do you know which one is right for you?

Key takeaways:

-   If you don’t have any dental or gum conditions, you can go for either a sonic or a standard electric toothbrush -- as both remove plaque more efficiently than a manual toothbrush.

-  Sonic electric toothbrush heads spin faster than the traditional rotary electric toothbrushes, cleaning teeth quicker.

-  The sonic toothbrush could be better at reducing gum inflammation through faster removal of plaque.

However, and despite their effectiveness, electric toothbrushes don’t replace the work of a dentist.
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Are You Suffering from a Misaligned Jaw?


Did you know that a misaligned jaw can create other issues than those related to your teeth? Many individuals are unaware that they have this condition. Here are three common symptoms:

-  You are experiencing discomfort/pain in your face and/or jaw.
-  You regularly breathe through your mouth.
-  It can be difficult to speak or eat at times.

"Your upper and lower jaw are connected by a complex joint called the temporomandibular joint."

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Treatments To Fix Cracked And Chipped Teeth



Fixing a damaged tooth doesn’t always involve a root canal or an extraction. There are dental procedures that can restore damaged teeth without extensive surgery.

Key takeaways:

-  Cracked tooth can be restored with a dental crown.
-  Bonding involves composite resin which can help fill in chips and even out the tooth’s appearance.
-  Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin sleeves that fit over the tooth.

Cracked or chipped teeth need to be assessed by a dentist to ensure they’re repaired before they get worse. Book in an appointment right away if you’ve noticed a damaged tooth.

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