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Teeth Looking Longer? It Might Be Gum Recession

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Do your teeth look longer than they used to? Do you notice sensitivity of your tooth roots?

Both are common effects of gum recession. Many cases of gum recession are related to poor periodontal health, but other reasons include genetics, brushing too hard, misaligned teeth, and even lip piercings.

What is Gum Recession?

Healthy gum tissue (gingiva) is bright pink in color and surrounds a tooth at the base of the crown to hold it firmly in place. When your gums recede, your tooth roots become exposed, leading to an increased risk for periodontal infection.

The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis and can typically be eliminated with thorough professional cleanings, improved ...

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Thinking of Whitening Your Teeth? Professional vs. Drugstore Whitening

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Some estimates say that Americans spend 1.4 billion dollars annually in their quest for a bright, head-turning smile, and it’s no wonder! There are very few treatments that can deliver the dramatic results that can be achieved with teeth whitening.

If you would like to get an idea of how popular teeth whitening is, take a stroll down the oral care aisle of your local drugstore; you will find hundreds of over-the-counter products and kits of all types that claim to provide dazzling results.

Professional vs. Drugstore Whitening

But how do over-the-counter products stack up against professional teeth whitening? Not very well, unfortunately. You can invest a lot of money and countless ...

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Missing a Tooth? A Dental Implant Might Save the Day

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The experience of losing a tooth can have a profound impact on your quality of life. You probably don’t think much about all the work your teeth do until one is lost; then suddenly the function of your teeth becomes everything.

You’ll Miss Them When They’re Gone

All your teeth are designed to work together to perform different jobs so you can eat, speak, and chew comfortably. When you lose a tooth, the extra work is shifted to the remaining teeth, which means some are doing work they were never meant to do. This can result in discomfort when you eat and chew, and excessive wearing of dental enamel.

But comfort is only ...

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3 Tips for Caring for Your Teeth after Orthodontic Treatment

Caring for Your Teeth after Orthodontic Treatment | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Having orthodontic treatment is a big decision! Taking this step means that you will make an investment in time and money with the goal of enjoying a straighter, healthier smile that you are proud to show off.

So it can be a relief when you finish treatment and you can enjoy the results. However, you should know that orthodontic treatment does not end when your braces come off.

Post-Orthodontic Care

Many patients face two post-treatment challenges:

Staining or plaque buildup around the brackets

Teeth that relapse to their original position

To combat these two problems, there are three simple steps you can take to protect your investment:

  • Schedule a thorough dental exam and cleaning. Most dentists recommend this ...

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Keeping Your Shiny Smile Looking Great after Whitening

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Few cosmetic treatments offer the dramatic smile transformation possible with professional teeth whitening. Having your teeth whitened is an investment, so once you take the step, you want to do everything you can to maintain the sparkling results.

It’s a fact of life - as we age, our tooth enamel thins and becomes more porous. This leads to tooth discoloration as the yellowish layer of dentin beneath becomes more apparent and staining from certain foods and beverages that we consume. 

Another factor that contributes enormously to the whiteness of your smile is your general oral health routine. Are you brushing and flossing diligently? Do you visit your dentist for routine cleanings ...

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Deciding on Dental Implants? Let's Correct Any Misconceptions

Deciding on Dental Implants | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

The purpose of a study published recently in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was to determine how much patients knew about dental implants. Not a lot, it turns out!

Surveys were completed by 100 patients at the Virginia Commonwealth University Dental School; the first group was patients visiting specifically for implants, and the second was those visiting for other dental work.

What You Need to Know about Implants

About 1 in 4 patients said that they had never heard of dental implants and about two-thirds aren’t sure what they are made of. We clearly have a bit of work to do in educating people about dental implants! Here are a couple ...

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4 Tips for a Clean Retainer

Tips for a Clean Retainer | Family Dentistry

If you have had orthodontic treatment, you know that wearing your retainer as instructed is essential. You have invested a lot in your smile, and you’re thrilled with the results, but if you don’t wear your retainer regularly, you risk undoing all the hard work and time you spent to get to this point. If you are interested in getting treatment visit our Adult Orthodontics page to learn more!

Since your retainer spends hours in your mouth, it’s just as important to keep it clean as it is to keep your teeth clean. Plaque and bacteria can collect on a retainer in the same way they collect on your teeth, ...

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