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Tongue Brushing

An Old Habit Seems New Here’s an idea that may be new to you. Did you ever think of brushing your tongue? Actually, tongue-brushing is an ancient practice. Our ancestors considered it part of their daily hygiene. Yet many people today aren’t aware that their tongue needs brushing as much as their teeth do. In […]

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Our Infection Control Program

Visitors to our practice have probably noticed the efforts we put into making the office open and comfortable. Well, it’s not just cosmetic. We’re doing something about protecting your health. We consulted with experts in the field of asepsis—sterilization. Our aim was to find the best that technology has to offer to keep the practice […]

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Stages of Periodontal Disease

What to Know About Gum Disease

It afflicts as many as nine in 10 adults at some point in their lives, as well as teenagers and children as young as five or six years of age. Yet, many suffer from it without even suspecting anything is wrong. “It” is periodontal, or gum, disease—in the minds of most dentists, Public Enemy Number […]

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Multicolored Toothbrushes

Test Your Toothbrush I.Q.

Did you know the toothbrush was invented by the Chinese in the 15th century? These first toothbrushes were made of hog bristles. Today, most toothbrushes are made from nylon monofilaments which dry quickly and resist breakage. Did you know a worn-out toothbrush is dangerous? Bent bristles can injure soft tissues. Worn, frayed bristles won’t be […]

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Tired? Do You Sleep Soundly?

Live your dream of a good night’s sleep Good sleepers have a routine that doesn’t change, even on weekends: lights out at the same time, alarm buzzing at the same time. They don’t use caffeine late in the day or rely on alcohol or sleeping pills at bedtime. They exercise daily and start relaxing two […]

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Give Your Teeth a Fighting Chance

Against Acidity If you eat a lot of citrus fruits, drink carbonated soft drinks, suffer the eating disorder of bulimia, or experience the decline of saliva that often accompanies advancing age, you may be at risk of tooth erosion. What can cause your teeth to erode so badly you wind up having to see a […]

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Cracked Broken Tooth

Learning More About Cracked Teeth

Every tooth fracture’s an emergency. Unfortunately, some are too tiny to be spotted by even a trained eye. We call it Cracked Tooth Syndrome. A patient shows up with a “mouthful of pain.” Something’s wrong somewhere, but which tooth? It could even be a hairline crack in an apparently healthy, cavity-free molar. Most cracks tend […]

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Tooth Section With Damage and Germs

Can You Catch a Cavity?

When you have a cold, we all know to cover your mouth before you sneeze and not to drink out of the same glass. We do this because we know that a cold is contagious. Now we know that chances are, so is tooth decay. Recent research suggests that the germs responsible for cavities may […]

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A Bright, Healthy Smile

With Simple Cosmetic Dentistry in Fort Bragg, California A bright smile is your most appealing and expressive feature. It projects a positive attitude and high self-esteem—which translates into success in school, business, and personal life. The face is the most critical and integral aspect of your body image. Not surprisingly, the teeth are important in […]

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Man With Tooth Pain

What Causes a Toothache, Besides Cavities

“My tooth hurts. It must have a cavity.” Well, maybe it does. However, other conditions can cause a tooth to be sensitive to hot or cold foods, to the pressure of chewing… or to just plain ache. A few of these other toothache possibilities are: Shrinkage of the gum down below the top part of […]

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