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Why should I go to the dentist regularly?

They say that seeing a dentist on a regular basis is critical for good oral health and hygiene.  However, some people go when they have a problem, which is more crisis treatment then preventive treatment.  The common reason for doing this is to save money,  However,...
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How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?

We get asked by parents all the time.  How can I get my child to brush their teeth?  Making it fun is one way to do it. If you are enthusiastic about brushing your teeth, so to will your child be enthusiastic.  Displaying good dental habits your self can motivate your...
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Is it necessary to see my dentist if I have dentures?

  A common misconception is that if a person has dentures, there is no need to visit a dentist.   However, dentist do more than just checking teeth.  An annual visit to your dentist can ensure that an oral cancer screening is performed, that appliances are...
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How can I prevent cavities?

Good oral hygiene is critical to reducing your chances of cavities.  Brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day can significantly reduce your chances of cavities. Diet is also an important part of reducing the cavities.  Avoiding sugars, you eat in candy, fruits,...
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What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting bone structure, which if left untreated, can cause permanent jaw bone destruction and possible tooth loss. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk for conditions such as heart...
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How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.  Unlike tooth decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have periodontal disease without...
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What can I do about sensitive teeth?

Toothpaste that contains strontium chloride or potassium nitrate is effective in treating sensitive teeth.  After several weeks of use, you should see a decrease in sensitivity.   Avoid highly acidic foods such as lemons, grapefruits and oranges.  As...
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Can pregnancy affect my mouth?

Over half of women experience pregnancy gingivitis.  The condition can cause swelling, bleeding, redness and tenderness of gum tissue.   Periodontal disease may affect the health of babies.  Studies have shown a relationship between periodontal disease...
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What should I do if I have bad breath?

Halitosis or bad breath as it is commonly called can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Halitosis is primarily caused by microbial deposits on the tongue. 70% of halitosis can be reduced by simply brushing the tongue including the back of the tongue. What may cause Halitosis?...
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How often should I brush and floss?

Proper brushing of your teeth at least twice a day and proper flossing at least once a day is recommended for good oral hygiene.   Proper brushing starts with utilizing an approved soft bristle brush and ADA approved toothpaste.  Ensure that: Brush at a...
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Why is it important to use dental floss?

Brushing our teeth removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from all tooth surfaces, except in between the teeth.  Unfortunately, our toothbrush can’t reach these areas that are highly susceptible to decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Daily...
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What causes canker sores?

While the exact cause of canker sores is unknown, some factors are believed to contribute to them including genetics, allergies, stress and vitamin deficiencies.  Mouth injuries can cause canker sores to form including trauma to the inside of the mouth, ill-fitting dentures or...
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I am undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation for cancer treatment, how can this affect my mouth?

It is important to see Dr. Konotopetz before chemotherapy or radiation treatments begin.  These therapies can cause a  number of problems including: Dry mouth Bleeding gums and lining of the mouth Soreness and pain in the mouth Mouth sores Infections ...
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