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Bite Equilibration

When we talk about equilibrating your bite, it means adjusting the way your teeth mesh such that when your jaw muscles are relaxed and your jaw joint (the temporo-mandibular joint, or TMJ) is in a neutral position, your teeth are touching evenly with equal contacts between the upper and lower teeth. Other terms used to describe an equilibration are having your bite adjusted or an occlusal adjustment.
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Brush Cytology/Biopsy

Oral brush cytology is a simple procedure done right in our office. It results in very little or no pain or bleeding, and requires no anesthetic. Firm pressure with a circular brush is applied to the suspicious area. The brush is then firmly rotated five to ten times. The benefits of brush cytology are the possible avoidance of surgical biopsy, and the ease of sampling, which can be performed during a routine dental examination.
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Dental First Aid

If you have a dental problem while you are away on a trip, here are some ideas on how to handle things until you get home.
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Dental Terms

A list of common dental terms and what they mean courtesy of AGD.
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Dry Mouth Relief

Dry mouth is not only annoying, it is also associated with an increased incidence of problems including a high decay rate. You should protect your teeth by using fluoridated toothpaste and a daily fluoride mouth-rinse. Dry mouth is also associated with a higher rate of oral cancer. The most common cause for dry mouth is side effects of other medicines you may be taking. It also can be a symptom of diseases such as diabetes or Sjogren’s syndrome.
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Filling Materials

There is no artificial material that is a good as natural enamel and tooth structure. Mother Nature’s work is the best! If you do need dental repairs, we offer a variety of materials. We will consider your needs and priorities when we recommend the best material for you.
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Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their life. Periodontal diseases include gingivitis (reversible inflammation of gum tissue not including the bone) and periodontitis (disease that has affected the surrounding bone).
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Mouthguards by the Numbers

Statistics on mouthguards.
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Oral Probiotics

Probiotics are live micro-organisms which provide a health benefit to us. The word pro-biotic literally means “for life.” Probiotics are friendly, health-promoting bacteria that live virtually everywhere. They live in our soil, air, water and food. They even live in and on us, “colonizing” in various parts of the body including the mouth and intestinal tract.
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Pregnancy and Oral Health

It’s a myth that calcium is lost from the mother’s teeth and “one tooth is lost with every pregnancy.” But you may experience some changes in your oral health during pregnancy. The primary change is a surge in hormones, particularly an increase in estrogen and progesterone, which is linked to an increase in the amount of plaque on your teeth.
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Xylitol… The Super Sweetener!

Xylitol is a sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables and is even produced by the human body during normal carbohydrate metabolism. Xylitol is typically manufactured from birch trees or other natural xylan-rich sources.
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