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…for 5 minutes or when the flavor is gone, whichever is shorter. The hard core gum chewers hate this. Your jaw joints suffer wear and tear like any other joints. I recommend that you don’t overuse them. I would compare gum chewing all day long with cracking your knuckles. It’s a kind of nervous habit. My evidence is completely anecdotal, but patients that are heavy gum chewers often have a “jaw pop.” It doesn’t…

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How is gum disease like the Incredible Hulk?

…m disease. So, what’s the best way to prevent Bruce Banner from turning into the Hulk? Prevention! Don’t make him mad, right? Brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist can help you avoid the ravages of gum disease. Catching problems before they become destructive is the best, but even if you have gum disease, it’s not too late to treat it! Did you find this post incredible? Did it make you angry? I’d love to hear…

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Gum disease and heart disease, dental x-rays and brain tumors…what’s the link?

…ng “don’t use heart disease as a scare tactic about gum disease.” I think that’s fair. I’ve noticed for years that some dentists have played a little fast and loose with the relationship between gum disease and heart disease. The truth of the matter is that gum disease and heart disease share quite a few risk factors: smoking, age and diabetes to name a few. Gum disease is worth treating in its own right. Potential…

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Attention gum chewers…

……it kind of constipates them! Over time, using a xylitol gum can actually change the make up of the bacteria in your mouth. It actually gives the advantage to the “less bad” bacteria! Cool stuff. So all the gum chewers out there need to go out and try some xylitol gum. Check the ingredients on the box and try it out. Your teeth will love you for it! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at…

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Preventable

…the “environment” you create in your mouth. Reducing sweets, especially pop, as well as reducing how often a person snacks will go a long way to letting your natural defenses change the environment in your mouth. Chewing xylitol gum or mints can also change the kind of bugs you have in your mouth. Dentists can prescribe certain mouth rinses that can actually change the makeup of your biofilm over time as well. Do it for him! Your…

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How long will this last?

…as about 20 bites. You just used that crown 200 times while you ate lunch. Multiply that by 3 meals and you’re working on 600 times per day. If you don’t eat snacks. And don’t even get me started on chewing gum! So yeah, you use your teeth for chewing a lot. But most restorations will handle everyday chewing pretty handily. Leaving out the unpopped popcorn and olive pits, chewing isn’t the real problem. The real problem…

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oral piercings = broken teeth…or worse!

…(singular: frenum). Some folks have a frenum attachment that’s pretty close to the gum line of their lower front teeth. If you add a lip piercing, you can get a pretty consistent tug on these frena. And sometimes, the gum tissue starts to recede around those front teeth. It’s all fun and games until your gum starts receding This kind of aggressive recession actually causes you to lose the bone that supports those teeth. What can…

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I was wrong…

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5 things you can do right now to have fewer cavities

…at alan@meadfamilydental.com. I’m happy to answer any questions and appreciate your input. If you are looking for a dentist in Saginaw, MI we would love to see you! Just because you read all the way to the end of this post…I’m going to give you a bonus 6th thing to help you get less cavities. 6) Read my previous posts about prevention, saliva, chewing sugarless gum and flossing.  …

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The story of sensitivity part II, the solution

…he dentin tubes. In severe sensitivity cases we sometimes have to anesthetize the teeth in order to seal the sensitive surfaces. Finally, there is a “surgical solution.” In cases where there’s been a lot of gum recession you can actually have a gum graft. This is a procedure where a dentist actually covers the exposed root surface with a piece of gingiva (or “gum”) taken from another part of the mouth (usually the…

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