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Sudden Toothache

Mystery Pain & Phantom Toothache

There’s only one good thing about a visibly damaged tooth: here, clearly, is where the pain’s coming from and where our response will be focused. But complaints of “tooth pain” without a clear source or origin—now, that’s something else entirely. Say you’ve been good with your hygiene, faithful in your checkups, and you wake up […]

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Happy Senior Woman

Older and Healthy…a Natural Match

The words “aging” and “healthy” don’t have to be either/or propositions. Fact is, in some ways, we grow healthier as we age. We’ve built up so many antibodies that our resistance to viruses increases. Years of brushing with fluoride toothpaste actually strengthen tooth enamel. A little effort on your part now can help ensure you’ll […]

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Full and Partial Dentures

When a Tooth Goes Missing

Harrison Ford took a nasty fall and lost two of his teeth. Thanks to modern dentistry, he went on to become a major Hollywood star. For as long as we humans have been losing teeth, we’ve been filling the gaps. Early dentures were made from ivory, bone, silver, gold, agate, mother-of-pearl, and teeth removed from […]

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Woman Checking Her Breath

Frank Talk About Bad Breath

Social embarrassments come in many sizes. But chronic bad breath is near the top of the list. It affects those nearest and dearest to us and may limit the close social contacts we treasure most. Worse yet, a person with bad breath may be unaware he’s offensive—we “turn off” our sensitivity to bad odors over […]

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Sets of Dentures

Making Sure Dentures Will Look Natural

Have you ever looked at swatches of wallpaper or carpeting and tried to imagine how it might look in your living room? Not easy to do. Choosing a denture that fits your face—and looks and feels natural—poses a similar problem. You never really know how they’re going to look and feel until you get to […]

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Dry Mouth Xerostomia

Help for Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Dry Mouth Treatment in Fort Bragg, California Reduced saliva (Xerostomia) increases cavities and tooth decay Does your mouth seem uncomfortably dry? Or, have you been diagnosed with dry mouth as a side effect of medication or cancer therapy? Either way, here’s what you need to know about your condition: A dry mouth is not only […]

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Cracked and Decayed Teeth

Even Tiny Tooth Cracks Need Attention

Every Tooth Fracture Needs Prompt Treatment No chip or crack is insignificant. Repair damaged teeth in Fort Bragg, California Unfortunately, some cracks are too small to be seen, even by a trained eye. Sometimes the culprit is a hairline crack in what looks like a healthy tooth. Often, patients aren’t aware of the damage until […]

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Root Caries

Root Surface Caries

We are Growing Older… As the population ages—more gracefully than ever, of course—we’re keeping more teeth. Along with wisdom and experience, however, come different health problems. Among them, cavities on the surface of the tooth root, what we call root caries. Growing up, most decay is found on the surface of teeth, usually the crown. […]

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Bad Breath

Making Bad Breath Go Away

Where Bad Breath Comes From Most, but not all, bad breath comes from bacterial plaque and food accumulated mainly towards the back of the tongue. The problem is, there are all sorts of not-likely-but-possible other reasons for halitosis: upset stomach, anxiety, inflamed gums, saliva deficiency, infections, and removable dentures are among them. What Not To […]

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Dental Implant Cross Section

Dental Implants: The Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth

Once teeth are missing from the jawbone—whether one or many; whether from accident or disease—something very important is missing as well. That’s tooth stability. Any denture wearer will tell you there’s nothing more upsetting than a slipping lower denture and the anxious uncertainty it brings. That’s because once one or more teeth are removed, the […]

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