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Veneers vs. Crowns: Which Is Best?

If you read a lot of celebrity news, you’ve probably already heard a lot about porcelain veneers - which celebrities have them, which celebrities need them, and how much better their teeth look after getting them. If you’ve ever wondered if veneers are right for you, keep reading. Dr. Michelle Simpson discusses these handy little porcelain facings, and the many ways they can benefit your smile.

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Four Common Types of Mouth Sores

Our mouths can be mysterious places: A lot can happen in there that we can neither see nor control. Naturally, when something goes wrong inside our mouth, it can be a huge cause for worry, especially if we can’t get a clear view of the problem. One of the most common pains in the mouth are mouth sores. Though it can be hard to tell what type of mouth sore you may have without visiting a dentist or doctor, it's pretty obvious when you have one (ouch!). Here are some of the most common types of mouth sores you may encounter - and what to do if you get one.

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Stay Sharp About Oral Piercings

A big trend among teens and young adults that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon is oral piercings. From lip rings to tongue studs, there are many different ways to express yourself through jewelry, but while kids may think it looks cool, it can be very bad for their oral health. Here’s what you should know if your child wants an oral piercing.

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Green That Oral Health Routine!

We all know how precious our planet is – after all, it's our home and it’s the only one we’ve got. That’s why many people have begun to make a push for a greener, cleaner Earth. There are many things we can do in our daily life to make sure we are taking good care of our planet and ensure it's a safe and beautiful place not only for us to enjoy, but also for future generations as well.

Easy things you can do at home to keep the planet healthy include recycling, carpooling and buying green products with environmentally safe ingredients. But if you want to go even further and take steps to keep your health "green" as well as the planet, try these tips for an environmentally friendly approach to oral health!

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Save Money on Oral Health Care

For most of us, saving money where we can is a good thing. From couponing and shopping sales to bargaining for automobiles to refinancing your mortgage, a penny saved is a penny earned. Any savvy shopper can find savings almost anywhere, but did you know you don’t have to be a professional bargain hunter to cut costs - even when it comes to caring for your oral health? If you’re looking to save a buck on your pearly whites, here are some practical tips for being frugal with your oral health.

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Build a Dental First Aid Kit

If you’re like many people, you already own a first aid kit. Full of bandages, ointments and more, most first aid kits can dress external wounds in an emergency. But despite all their supplies, most first aid kits are missing some vitally important supplies: dental supplies. Here’s why you should think of your teeth when packing first aid supplies.

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Onlays Vs. Inlays

If you have a bad cavity, Dr. Simpson may recommend a dental filling called an inlay or an onlay, depending on the cavity’s severity. But what is the difference between inlays and onlays - and why would your dentist choose one over the other?

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Why So Sensitive?

It can come out of nowhere - that sharp, shooting pain in your teeth and gums that is triggered by cold and sometimes even hot foods. It’s sensitive teeth, and believe it or not, it can strike anyone at any time. But what causes sensitive teeth, and what can you do to prevent your teeth from hurting and keeping you from indulging in the hot and cold foods you enjoy?

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What Is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

If you’re lucky, you’ve never experienced a chipped or cracked tooth, but while such injuries are usually one-offs, sometimes it's possible to have more than one chipped or cracked tooth at the same time - without even realizing it. Doesn’t seem possible, does it? But it is. It’s called Cracked Tooth Syndrome, and if it sounds serious, that’s because it is!

Cracked Tooth Syndrome occurs when a tooth or teeth exhibit tiny cracks that are either only visible on X-ray or that fall below the gum line and are extremely difficult to get to. Cracked Tooth Syndrome can affect any of your teeth, but it most frequently occurs in the molars.

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Do This, Don't Do That

 

Everyone wants a healthy, beautiful smile, but sometimes what we do to our teeth and gums can work against us - even when we’re acting with the best of intentions. If you are currently doing any of these oral health behaviors, it’s time to reevaluate your strategy.

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Five Unexpected Health Benefits of Getting Braces

 

When you think about why people get braces, you probably think of the obvious benefit: straighter teeth. But what you may not realize is that wearing braces and undergoing orthodontic treatment has genuine benefits to overall health. So, the next time your teen complains about his or her orthodontics, share these valid reasons why a temporary metal-mouth is so worth the wait.

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Oral Cancer and Diabetes

 

With nearly 10 percent of the population in America suffering from type II diabetes, chances are you’ve already heard a lot about the illness. With an estimated 1.5 million new diagnoses each year, diabetes is now the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. But aside from the dangers of diabetes itself, the disease can also increase your risk of developing a co-morbid or secondary condition. In fact, a new study in the journal Diabetologia has revealed that having diabetes can increase the risk of developing oral cancer in women by 13 percent and their overall risk by 27 percent. The news wasn’t much better for men, with an increased rate of all cancers of 19 percent.

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How Neuromuscular Dentistry Could Save Lives

When you think about temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and how it affects the rest of the body, you may think of migraine headaches, neck and back pain, poor posture, and even tinnitus (ringing in the ears). But what you may not be thinking about could literally kill you.

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Mental Health May Affect Oral Health

When you suffer from a mental health condition, it’s not uncommon for a lot of things to fall to the wayside. From neglecting people and activities you once loved to neglecting hygiene and oral health, mental health disorders can take a toll on more than just your mind. That’s the subject of a new study published by researchers at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

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Don’t Lose That Retainer

 

Let’s face it - losing your retainer is a lot easier than it sounds, and it sounds pretty easy. With their translucent plastic and thin wires, many retainers easily blend into your teeth and gums, but they also blend into many surfaces you put them down on, including the No. 1 place most people, at least kids, lose their retainers: cafeteria lunch trays.

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Does Oral Health Need a Summer Switch-Up?

 

Summertime is here, along with days at the beach, trips to the amusement park, barbecues and camping underneath the stars. But along with all the fun and relaxation the season brings, there are new challenges to your oral health, too. Before you step out the door on that family vacation, check out these oral care tips to keep your smile dazzling all summer long!

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The TMJ/Orthodontic Connection Orthodontists Sometimes Miss

 

When most people undergo orthodontic treatment, they expect the problems in their mouth to go away. As their teeth get straighter, the wear on their teeth becomes more natural and even. Their confidence improves, and everything just feels better. But what many patients don’t realize is that unless their orthodontist is well versed in the muscles and joints of the face and jaw, their happiness over their new smile could be short-lived.

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The TMJD-Mood Disorder Connection

 

You may have heard the term "mind-body connection" and wondered what it meant. The truth is, it has different meanings for different people. For some, it is the connection between spirituality (the mind) and health (the body). For others, it is the power that having a positive attitude can have over keeping the body strong and fighting illness. But when it comes to temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ disorder or simply TMJD, the mind-body connection can have a much different meaning, especially if you happen to have both a TMJD and a mood disorder.

That’s because, believe it or not, your TMJ disorder can heavily influence your mood disorder - and vice versa. Here’s how your brain can wreak havoc on your jaw, and how taking care of one problem - your TMJD or your mental health - can help you improve both.

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What Exactly Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

 

It’s that one seemingly innocent little word that has the potential to cause so much hesitation when it comes to taking care of our teeth: "cosmetic." Cosmetic dentistry might not sound like something for everyone, especially those who already have a healthy, beautiful smile. But believe it or not, cosmetic dentistry isn’t just for people with imperfect teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is for everyone - and it encompasses a wide variety of different procedures.

So, what is considered cosmetic dentistry, anyway?

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May Is National Osteoporosis Month

 

You’ve probably heard of the bone disease osteoporosis. In fact, the debilitating illness affects an estimated 3 million new people each year, most of them women over the age of 60. Osteoporosis is more common in women who are thinner and smaller, meaning it also disproportionately affects women who are Asian and Caucasian than women of other ethnicities.

Osteoporosis literally means "porous bones," but in fact, all bones are porous. The difference between a healthy bone and a bone with osteoporosis, however, is that when you look at a bone with osteoporosis under a microscope, you can see the honeycomb-like webbing of the osteoporosis bones is wider and more porous than it is in a healthy bone.

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