How to Break the Thumb Sucking Habit?

Thumb sucking appears to be a natural habit of children in all parts of the world. Sucking the thumb is soothing for a small child, and many children continue this habit for comfort and security into the early school years. Thumb sucking is most prevalent in children under two, and most children give up the […]

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Which Fillings Are Best For Teeth?

When you think of the dentist, you probably think about fillings. Everyone knows fillings are something you get to fix cavities. Beyond that, however, you might not know much about cavity fillings at all. You may even believe some common misconceptions. For whatever reason, fillings have a strangely overblown reputation as painful, serious, or extremely […]

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Tooth root decay

Tooth root decay may also be called root cavities, root decay, or root caries. It is a potentially detrimental oral health problem that needs immediate treatment to prevent severe dental damage. In this article, you can learn more about what tooth-root decay is, why it happens, how it’s connected to gum disease and soft tissue […]

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Eating Disorders Are Bad News for Teeth

Eating disorders affect around 15% of young girls to varying degrees, around five to ten times more than men. These illnesses involve a constant preoccupation with food, a distorted body image and excessive measures taken to control weight… excessive to the point of harming your body’s health, as well as, your mental health and interpersonal […]

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Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that can be used to achieve a more beautiful smile. It can be utilized for patients who have mild to moderate misalignment and can also align the bite. Patients with overbite, crossbite, or underbite can enjoy Invisalign treatments. The process is done using clear plastic aligner trays to gradually […]

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Is water flossing as good as regular flossing?

Water flossing is a way to clean between and around your teeth. A water flosser is a handheld device that sprays streams of water in steady pulses. The water, like traditional floss, removes food from between teeth. Water flossers that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance have been tested to be safe and effective […]

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Does Menopause Affect Teeth and Gums?

Menopause-related estrogen decline not only raises the risk for osteoporosis, but it may also be linked to oral problems. During menopause, it is important that you see your dentist on a regular basis and maintain good oral hygiene. If menopausal-related dental problems are treated early on, tooth loss may be prevented. Here are some ways […]

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All about dental implants

A dental implant is a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. Your dentist places them directly into your jawbone, where they provide an artificial replacement for the root of your missing tooth or teeth. They can support crowns or dentures, in a similar way that roots support natural teeth. Having missing teeth can knock your […]

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Oral Thrush: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments

If you notice a strange white rash inside your mouth, you may have a condition called thrush. It’s an infection caused by the candida fungus, which is yeast. You can get it in your mouth and other parts of the body. It can cause diaper rash in infants or vaginal yeast infections in women. Anyone can get […]

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Root Canal Treatment

The root canal is a pretty common dental procedure. According to the American Association of Endodontists, over 15 million root canals are done every year in the United States alone. But should you be concerned about a root canal infection? And are there any possible complications after it you should know about? What are root […]

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What Is Dental Plaque and How To Remove It?

Tooth plaque is a fact of life — everyone gets it. Dental plaque the sticky film that forms when bacteria in your mouth build up on your teeth. When plaque hangs around for too long, your choppers pay the price. It eats at them and makes them weak. That leads to decay and gum disease. […]

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Dental Care During Pregnancy

10 Questions about Dental Care During Pregnancy

Dental care during pregnancy is extremely important. From keeping up with daily oral hygiene to monitoring changes in the mouth, the more in-tune you are with your oral health, the healthier your baby will be. Here we’ll answer 10 common questions about Dental Care During Pregnancy. Can I go to the dentist while pregnant? Not […]

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What Are the Best Oral Hygiene Tips?

Good oral hygiene is necessary to keep teeth and gums healthy. It involves habits such as brushing twice a day and having regular dental checkups. people can prevent these problems with proper dental care, both at home and in the dentist’s office. The following are some best practices that can keep teeth and gums healthy. […]

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How to Pick a Toothpaste?

Minty fresh, whitening, tartar control, etc. – picking a toothpaste can be as overwhelming as choosing a toothbrush. First and foremost, your toothpaste should fight plaque and cavities and clean your teeth, using dentifrice (gel, paste or liquid). Also Toothpaste should include fluoride for strengthening your teeth. Beyond that, it’s all about preference. First, consistency may be a factor […]

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Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and wondered “Why are my teeth stained?” you’re not alone. Teeth can be stained yellow, as well as a spectrum of other colors, including orange-red, green, blue, brown, gray and black. The discoloration can appear gradually and be overlooked until you need to look your best for a […]

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Diabetes and Dental Health

Did you know that 29.1 million people living in the United States have diabetes? That’s 9.3% of the population. Approximately 1.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year—and 8.1 million people living with diabetes don’t even know they have it. Diabetes affects your body’s ability to process sugar. All the food you eat is turned to […]

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How to Take Care of Dental Veneers?

If you want to improve your smile, dental veneers are a simple option. Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. They look like natural teeth. Veneers can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues, such as teeth that are stained and can’t be whitened […]

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Gummy Smile An Esthetic Problem or Something More?

  When you smile, do you feel the appearance of your upper teeth is overshadowed by excessive gum tissue? Are you of the opinion that your upper teeth appear too short compared to the amount of gingival tissue displayed when you smile? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you may have a […]

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Considering Invisalign? Learn About the 5 Biggest Advantages Here

Without a doubt, Invisalign has changed the field of orthodontics forever. Since it was developed around 20 years ago, it’s helped over 6 million people achieve a straight, even smile. And, with a 96% satisfaction rating, it has a proven track record of great success. If you’ve been thinking about Invisalign in Lakewood, keep reading […]

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All Of Your Teeth-Staining Questions Answered

You may have even heard of teeth whitening services at your dentist’s office. No doubt, you’ve looked at your teeth and noticed they may not be as white as you would like them to be. You likely have an idea of how to “fix” it, but do you know what causes teeth staining and how to […]

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10 Things to consider when choosing your Orthodontics

Do you need an orthodontic treatment and confuse to select the best orthodontist? Selecting an orthodontist is a very tough task. When you have a referral from your dentist or friend, it is essential to hold some things to have in your mind before you register a meeting. Because straightening teeth will take a long […]

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Halloween Candy and Your Dental Health

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies—and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful.  Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a […]

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Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear. How are TADs placed? A strong anesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue and the […]

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Retainer Instructions

Retainer Instructions

• Wear your retainer at all times, until the doctor instructs otherwise. • Take your retainer out when eating, and always put it back in its case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.) • Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. […]

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Removable braces have several advantages over fixed braces so at Murphy, we’re often asked if removable braces are suitable for children. Children and teens are anxious about anything that makes them stand out, such as crooked, twisted or gappy teeth. Ironically, some traditional, fixed braces – complete with metal brackets – are so noticeable they can make your child feel […]

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Dental Hygiene: How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth

Healthy teeth are important to your child’s overall health. They help your child eat and talk. Strong oral care helps set good dental habits as your child grows. Poor oral care can lead to infection, disease, or other teeth problems. Help make dental hygiene fun with these tips. Let children help choose their toothbrushes. They can pick […]

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When should your child see an orthodontist?

One of the questions we’re often asked by parents and guardians is ‘when should my child see an orthodontist’. Braces are often associated with teens so you might be surprised to hear that children as young as seven can benefit from early orthodontic treatment. That’s not to say that every seven-year-old should automatically see an orthodontist, […]

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When is the Best Time to Consult an Orthodontist

Orthodontists are dental specialists who work to bring the teeth and jaws into their ideal position for optimal oral health. It is very common for children and young teens to visit orthodontists to monitor or correct complications with emerging permanent teeth. Though a child may visit the orthodontist at any time, the elementary years serve […]

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Type of Appliances

Type of Appliances

Orthodontists primarily treat patients who need help correcting certain maxillofacial problems, such as misaligned teeth, malocclusion, or too much space between the teeth. Treating these conditions requires the assistance of orthodontic appliances, of which there are many. Orthodontic appliances come in many variations – some being fixed and some being removable. They serve various purposes, […]

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What is an Orthodontist

An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of crooked or misaligned teeth. Contrary to popular belief, this branch of dentistry is not merely about the cosmetic appearance of patient smiles, but also about their oral health. Patients who visit an orthodontist for treatment often find it easier to brush their teeth and […]

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