6. What happens when I lose a back tooth?

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If a back tooth is lost, it can have a significant affect on one’s appearance. Teeth shift when the missing tooth is no longer there to support the others, creating changes in your bite. A sinking or puckering may also become obvious between cheeks and mouth, and lips may look thinner and straighter. There are many options for replacement; bridges, implants, or partials may be a good option. A bridge can be used to keep the teeth functioning properly and ...

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5. Do pregnant women have special dental needs?

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The changes that arise in a woman’s dental health when she is expecting may be surprising and unexpected. For instance, a problem called pregnancy gingivitis shows up in most pregnant women is caused by increased levels of hormones. Gums may become puffy and bleed easily. Contact us with any questions about pregnancy and your dental health.

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4. Is clenching my teeth dangerous?

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Clenching your jaw excessively when you are stressed or during sleep is not normal and can damage teeth and lead to headaches, joint problems and tooth fractures. Untreated, clenching and grinding your teeth can cause hypersensitivity to hot and cold, fractures and even loosen teeth. Early diagnosis and treatment can ward off pain before it starts and help you avoid the problems associated with this condition.

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3. When should I floss?

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One has to floss at least once a day. We recommend to have it done before bed (but it can be done at any convenient time) before brushing teeth. Floss gently with waxed floss that resists shredding. There are implements (such as Floss Aids) available to help you reach back teeth. After flossing, brush and rinse thoroughly so bacteria can’t enjoy any leftovers caught between your teeth while you sleep. This will make bacteria less likely to secrete acids between ...

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2. Do I really need regular appointments?

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Some people neglect regular visits because they have healthy teeth. In fact, regular appointments are about more than just clean teeth. We also check for signs of oral cancer. Early detection of cavities allows for more conservative treatment.

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