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The cover of our article titled Cosmetic Dentistry - A Time for Change
  • Cosmetic Dentistry - A Time For Change

    Join us as we review the myriad of possibilities available to you for cosmetic dental change. But the biggest part is not just how your smile looks, it's how you feel when you show it...
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The cover of our article titled Oral Sedation Dentistry
  • Oral Sedation Dentistry

    Step out from under the shadow of fear and into the calm of sedation dentistry. There are safe and time-tested options available to ensure that you have a positive and painless dental experience. Your apprehension and hypersensitivity to pain melt away, yet you remain awake and in control...
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The cover of our article titled The Impact of a Smile Makeover
  • The Impact of a Smile Makeover

    Americans are catching on to the emotional and social importance of a healthy, beautiful smile, and they're seeking out ways to improve their smiles. Learn why...
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The cover of our article titled TMD - The Great Impostor
  • TMD - The Great Impostor

    This “chameleon” of dental disorders manifests in a variety of ways, including joint pain, sinusitus, ear pain, tooth and headaches. The causes of TMD, its signs and symptoms...
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The cover of our article titled Teeth Whitening - Brighter, lighter, whiter...
  • Teeth Whitening - Brighter, lighter, whiter...

    The subconscious impact of a white smile is radiant health, happiness, warmth and invitation. This phenomenon has been reinforced with the spread of American culture worldwide...
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The cover of our article titled Nutrition & Oral Health
  • Nutrition & Oral Health

    Oral health is a huge part of our general health. In Part I of this important series, we will focus on diet as it relates to dental/oral health. Learn new important facts about sugars...
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The cover of our article titled Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers
  • Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers

    In part two of the series on Smile Design, Dear Doctor takes an in-depth look at Porcelain Veneers, a superior yet minimally invasive technique for smile enhancement. We'll explain...
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The cover of our article titled Oral Cancer
  • Oral Cancer

    This article may just save your life. Learn how to notice any unusual lesions (sores or ulcers) anywhere in your mouth that do not heal within two-three weeks. Early detection is key...
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The cover of our article titled Dental Implants - Your Third Set of Teeth
  • Dental Implants - Your Third Set of Teeth

    A discovery fifty years ago paved the way for one of dentistry's most exciting, natural looking and successful tooth replacement systems. Learn how dental implants might just possibly change your life...
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The cover of our article titled Diabetes & Periodontal Disease
  • Diabetes & Periodontal Disease

    Diabetes and periodontal disease are chronic inflammatory diseases that impact the health of millions of people. What you may not know is that diabetes and periodontal disease can adversely...
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The cover of our article titled What is Tooth Decay? - And How to Prevent It!
  • What is Tooth Decay? - And How to Prevent It!

    Tooth Decay is an infection, and many people don't realize that it is preventable. This article is the first in a series about tooth decay, perhaps the number one reason children and adults...
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The cover of our article titled Pregnancy & Oral Health
  • Pregnancy & Oral Health

    Pregnancy is generally thought of as the time when a woman strives to be particularly aware of the need for “health”. Many women though may not be aware of the link that exists between...
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The cover of our article titled The Natural Beauty of Tooth Colored Fillings
  • The Natural Beauty of Tooth Colored Fillings

    The public's demand for aesthetic tooth colored (metal free) restorations (fillings) together with the dental profession's desire to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible...
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The cover of our article titled The Magic of Orthodontics
  • The Magic of Orthodontics

    Proper alignment of the teeth is basic to “Smile Design”. Their position dictates how they work together and affects the way you look and smile. Only orthodontic treatment can move teeth...
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The cover of our article titled Oral Hygiene - Dental Health for Life
  • Oral Hygiene - Dental Health for Life

    The best tools for maintaining your oral health and minimizing dental problems are a quality toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss, approved mouthwash...
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The cover of our article titled Invisalign Orthodontics
  • Invisalign® Orthodontics

    The orthodontic treatment using clear aligners consists of a series of aligners that you change about every two weeks over a course of treatment lasting six to eighteen months depending on...
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The cover of our article titled Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease
  • Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease

    Have your gums ever bled when you brushed or flossed? This most commonly overlooked simple sign may be the start of silent (periodontal) disease leading to tooth loss. Learn what you can do to prevent this problem and keep your teeth for life...
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