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To Floss or Not to Floss?

To Floss, or not to floss? That’s a good question. We’ve all been in this situation: You sit down in the reclining chair, eyeing the sanitized packages of instruments soon to be wedged into your jaws. The hygienist you’ve been seeing since you were 7 comes in and starts to ask how things are going. You proudly tell them that you’ve stuck to your commitment to brush twice a day instead of once, and that

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Oh Grandma, What…WHITE Teeth you have!

We’ve seen it, we’ve heard it, and we’ve enjoyed an episode of ‘Friends’ about it – Teeth Whitening! One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, the process of teeth whitening has been one of the top reasons people see their dentists regularly for centuries. Even now, in an age where the DIY at-home beauty treatment is making resurgence, people are looking for ways to brighten their smiles with the help of their oral care providers.

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Is Your Dental Insurance Carrier Hazardous To Your Health?

The inaction and delays from the dental carriers are harming and compromising your well-being. Dental claims and payments to healthcare providers can be postponed from weeks to months without resolution. New technology, advanced equipment, materials and supplies from dentists, who are treating their patients, are not understood and neglected by the dental insurers. In many cases, the dental carriers have not increased their fees in years to cover the expanded costs of the newer materials,

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Why do I have to fix my cavity if it doesn’t hurt?

The doctors at MG Dentistry, Dr. Maria Gracias & Dr. Jason McDonald, are asked a wide array of questions from their patients. By and large, one of the most common questions: “Why do I need to fix my cavity if the tooth doesn’t hurt?” In order to answer this question, we need to focus on the anatomy of the tooth. Each tooth has three distinct parts or “layers”. The outermost, whitest layer of the tooth

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Dry Mouth – Symptoms & Causes

Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night in need of a glass of water because your mouth feels so dry? If you (like many others) have answered yes to this question then you may be suffering from a common condition called xerostomia, also known as “dry mouth”. What is the Importance of Saliva? Although we may not think much about it, most people do have a basic understanding on the

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Avoid Periodontal Disease with Oral Hygiene & Gum Care

After joining the dental field, I have encountered many experiences to drive the point home about the importance of oral health care. Good oral hygiene and gum care are extremely important to overall health. There are several risks of not maintaining good dental care and periodontal disease is one of those risks. What is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease is basically an infection of the gums. If proper brushing and flossing is not routine, the gums

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Differences Between Gingivitis & Periodontal Disease

There are two questions I hear on a daily basis from my patients, “How do I keep my teeth?” and “What can I do to ensure lifelong healthy gums?”. As their dental hygienist, my first goal is to remind them that there are two levels of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontal disease, and secondly to educate them about both types. If you really do want to “keep your teeth”, I suggest you learn the impact

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