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Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is a more porous type of charcoal with a very large surface area that binds easily to many toxins. Originally used as a treatment for poisoning, activated charcoal has recently become popular as an all-natural remedy for teeth whitening. Charcoal removes stains via abrasion, which can also compromise tooth enamel. Use activated charcoal on your teeth sparingly, and…

Dental Debridement

Dental debridement is a procedure that is performed to remove dense deposits of plaque and calcified tartar from above and below the gum line. It may be carried out as a preliminary treatment, preparing the teeth for a more refined cleaning. Debridement may be necessary if you haven’t visited the dentist for a year or more. Debridement can be considered…

cheek biting

Cheek biting can be caused by misaligned teeth or behavioral factors. Chewing, biting, or constant pressure on the inside of the cheeks results in lesions or ulcers. A range of treatment options are available to address both the causes and symptoms. While cheek biting often occurs as the result of a misalignment of the teeth or jaw, in certain cases…

Gum Inflammation

Gum inflammation is a common dental condition caused by the development of plaque on the teeth and gum line. If left untreated, gum disease may lead to tooth and jawbone loss. A variety of professional and at-home treatments are available to treat gum inflammation. Patients can prevent gum disease by practicing proper oral hygiene at home. Gum inflammation is an…

gum contouring

Gingivoplasty treats a wide variety of medical and cosmetic concerns, including congenital issues and those caused by disease. The procedure can be done using surgical blades, electrosurgery, and even lasers. Gingivoplasty may be covered by insurance, depending on why you’re getting it. Gingivoplasty, also known as gingival sculpting or gum contouring, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the gums around…

orthodontic headgear

While braces are an effective way to realign the teeth, alternative means are sometimes required. Orthodontic headgear can be used to correct an overbite or underbite, and is usually prescribed to growing children. Slight discomfort is normal and side effects are rare. Orthodontic headgear refers to an appliance that creates the necessary force to adjust teeth to their proper position and…

Dental Tourism

Dental tourism appeals to Americans who don’t have health insurance or sufficient dental coverage. Lower prices don't necessarily mean lower quality, although there’s no guarantee that work done abroad will meet accepted standards of care. Discounted offers should only be considered if they're backed by proof of competence. According to Patients Without Borders, the allure of quality dental care at…

Meth Mouth

Meth is a dangerous and addictive drug that leads to self-neglect in long-term use. Meth use results in discolored, rotten, and disintegrating teeth, as well as gum disease. Treatment involves dental procedures and drug discontinuation. It is not recommended to treat meth mouth while still using the drug. Meth mouth is a term used to describe a collection of dental…

Dental Implant Surgery

It can be difficult to feel like you’re living your best life when you’re missing a tooth. You never want to crack a full smile. You eat carefully, worried that food will hurt your gums. You notice the gap every time you look in the mirror. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Because dental implant surgery involves replacing…

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling or swishing—the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for better oral health—is one of the most controversial oral hygiene practices today. Proponents claim it can do anything from dissolve plaque to combat tooth sensitivity to help with weight loss. Dental professionals disagree: the American Dental Association (ADA) and other health organizations warn against this practice. In general,…

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