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Thumbsucking and using a Pacifier

October 15, 2020 | Author:

Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for children. Babies feel secure and happy while sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers, or other objects as this may help them to learn and explore about the world around them. Young children may also suck their thumb to soothe themselves and help them fall asleep. How can My Child’s Teeth […]

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What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

September 30, 2020 | Author:

You may have sensitive teeth, if the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee is sometimes a painful experience. Possible causes include: Tooth decay (cavities) Fractured teeth Worn fillings Gum disease Worn tooth enamel Exposed tooth root In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above […]

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Food and drinks that spell trouble for oral health

August 31, 2020 | Author:

Acids play an important role in oral health, however when hearing the word ‘acid’ we might be likely to recall the various chemicals we saw in glass bottles in science class at school. We may also think of it as the thing that can cause heartburn and indigestion.  There are several foods and drinks that […]

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Osteoporosis and Oral Health

August 4, 2020 | Author:

Certain medications can influence dental treatment decisions and it’s important to let your dentist know about all the medications that you take.  In the case of antiresorptive agents—medicines that help strengthen bones—these medications have been associated with a rare but serious condition called osteonecrosis (OSS-tee-oh-ne-KRO-sis) of the jaw (ONJ) that can cause severe damage to […]

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Is Water Flossing the Perfect Tool for Better Oral Health?

July 16, 2020 | Author:

Good oral health involves more than having a beautiful smile; it is key if we are to enjoy food, feel confident about interacting with others and avoid oral pain. Statistics however show that many Americans could improve in this department. Over 90% of Americans have had at least one cavity, and one in four has […]

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Causes and Treatments for Underbite

July 3, 2020 | Author:

If left untreated, an underbite can cause major problems. This bite problem can affect everything from self-esteem to sleep quality. An underbite happens when the bottom teeth and lower jaw extend out beyond the upper teeth when the mouth is closed. Sometimes an underbite is called by its scientific name; prognathism. In moderate to severe […]

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COVID-19: Looking after yourselves and others through better oral hygiene

June 16, 2020 | Author:

Maintaining great personal hygiene has never been more important, given the current pandemic situation that many of us across the world find ourselves in. Advice around how to do this is something that we all should take note of. Especially, regular handwashing with soap for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer gel when […]

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Toronto and Nashville

July 25, 2019 | Author:

Dr. Mitakides is joining his colleagues at the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain annual meeting, which is being held July 24-27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario. As a member of the Board of AACP, Dr. Mitakides will be participating in seminars, workshops, and discussions regarding every aspect of treatment for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. Alexis Mitakides, one […]

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