Increase Your Dental Knowledge on Dental Floss

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  Never let your oral hygiene get out of control. Even skipping cleaning routines for a few days can potentially allow plaque build-up to manifest and contribute to dental erosion and tooth decay. Thus, it is important that you’re cleaning your teeth actively every single day. To help keep your teeth clean, use brushing and… Read more »

Root Canal Management Options

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We’ve heard the ominous stories: root canals are “the worst,” forced upon us by cruel dentists who just want to make us miserable. Not true! In fact, root canals are a procedure to save teeth from impending disaster. If the inner pulp of the tooth is damaged, in many cases it must be removed to… Read more »

What Can Contouring and Shaping do for Your Teeth?

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Did you know that Americans spend more than a million dollars every year on improving the appearance of their smile? Naturally, one reason Americans spend so much on having a perfect smile is that having imperfections in your smile can be embarrassing. To avoid this embarrassment, individuals tend to have crowns or implants placed, have… Read more »

Taking Care of Your Fixed Dental Bridge

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At Hawkins Family Dentistry in Salem, Oregon, dental bridges are an option which our experienced dentist, Dr. Lori Hawkins, may recommend for missing teeth. You will want to take good care of your bridge, just as you keep your natural teeth and gums healthy by brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once every… Read more »

Your Wisdom Teeth Today

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When your third molars come in, commonly known as the wisdom teeth, they can sit in the back of your mouth and not cause problems. But because of how hard they are to clean, sitting so far back in the mouth, they can easily get cavities and gum disease. And unlike our ancestors who needed the… Read more »

Tartar 101

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Tartar is the crusty formation of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is the sticky film that coats your teeth after you eat or drink. You can’t see it because it is colorless, but you can feel it when you run your tongue along your teeth near the gum line. Everyone has bacteria in their mouth,… Read more »