Dental Education

Antibiotics Before Your Dental Treatment?

Should You Take Antibiotics Before Your Dental Treatment? Most Dental Patients Should Not Take Antibiotics Before Treatment For the majority of dental patients, the American Dental Association does not recommend taking antibiotics before dental treatment. In the past, people who had orthopedic/joint implants like hip or knee replacements, metal plates or rods, etc. used to

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Your Wisdom Teeth

What Are Wisdom Teeth? Wisdom teeth are the four permanent (adult) teeth at the very back of your mouth on the top and bottom. They are the last permanent teeth to appear. Wisdom teeth get their name because they usually come in between the ages of 17–21, around the age when a person gains maturity and wisdom. Most

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Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) Do you have frequent headaches, earaches, tender jaw muscles or a dull, aching facial pain? Does your jaw lock or stray to one side when you open your mouth? These aches and pains may be related to the jaw joint, called the temporomandibular (tem-PORO-man-DIB-u-lar) joint or “TMJ,” and the muscles that work

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Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction: Post-Operative Instructions A Few Simple Guidelines Sometimes, teeth need to be removed due to decay, disease or trauma. Having a tooth “pulled” is called a tooth extraction. When you have an extraction, it’s natural that changes will occur in your mouth. Your dentist may give you instructions to follow after the extraction, and

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Dental Emergencies

How to Handle Dental Emergencies Knocked Out Tooth Broken or Cracked Tooth Bitten Cheek, Tongue or Lip Object Caught Between Teeth Toothache or Swollen Face Possible Broken Jaw While Traveling Be Prepared! Knowing how to handle a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing your child’s tooth. Here are some tips to

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Cracked Tooth

Do You Have a Cracked Tooth? A tooth that is cracked can be painful. It also can lead to disease of the tooth. How do you know if you have a cracked tooth? Look for these signs: pain when you bite down pain when you stop biting down pain that comes and goes teeth that

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Your Child’s Teeth Ages 6 to 12

Over time, your child’s baby teeth are replaced by adult teeth. A 6 to 12 year-old child has both baby and adult teeth. Together, they help children eat, speak, and smile. At about age 5 or 6, children begin to lose their bottom and top front teeth. By age 12, they will usually lose the

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Your Child’s Teeth from Birth to Age 6

Your child’s baby teeth are important! Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, help your child chew and speak normally. They hold space in the jaws for the adult (permanent) teeth that come in later. Your baby’s teeth start to come in when they are about 6 months old. By age 3, most children have a

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Thumb and Finger Sucking, and Pacifier Use

Why do children suck on things? Sucking is a natural infant reflex and necessary for feeding. Many babies begin to suck on their fingers or thumbs even before they are born. As they get older, sucking can continue for other reasons, like feeling insecure or seeking comfort. Sucking is relaxing, so it may also help

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Healthy Smiles for Kids

Healthy Smiles for Kids With good oral care at home and regular hygiene dental cleaning, children can reach adulthood without suffering from tooth decay and other oral health problems. Diet Can Affect Your Child’s Teeth The food and drinks you give your child can affect their oral health. Everyone, including your child, has plaque –

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