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Pain, Swelling, and Other Symptoms? You Might Have a Dental Emergency

It started off with sensitivity to hot coffee. While it made your mornings more challenging, you didn't worry too much because it dissipated quickly. The next thing you knew, your tooth woke you up during the night, with pain and swelling and this time it wasn't going away. It's time to contact your dentist because you may be experiencing an emergency.What is Causing My Pain?Your pain is likely indicating a dental infection. This is typically caused by decay that has progressed into the nerve of your tooth, and it's important to note that a dental infection needs to be treated right away to prevent it from spreading to other critical ...

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Don't Conceal Bad Breath – Get Rid of It!

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Bad breath is embarrassing for everyone!If you're the one that has it, people may shy away from you. It's also uncomfortable to tell someone they have bad breath, or halitosis.In many cases, mouthwash isn't enough to eliminate your bad breath. The good news is that your dentist in Harleysville has some additional solutions for you.Brush Your TongueTake a minute to brush your tongue whenever you brush your teeth. Bacteria can often hide in your tongue, and a quick brush can eliminate the bad breath they can cause. It doesn't add extra time to your routine, and it could be the cure for your halitosis.Drink More WaterMany of the caffeinated beverages ...

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It's Back to School Time! Schedule Your Exams!

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It’s that time of year when parents everywhere are busy getting their kids ready for the first day of school. You have all the necessary school supplies, your child has picked out their outfit, and you have a cupboard full of healthy snacks for lunches.But your child isn’t 100% ready for school unless they have had a thorough dental exam. Children with a healthy smile are a lot happier and more productive in school than those with poor oral health.How Oral Health Impacts Your ChildDental caries (cavities) are the most common chronic childhood illness. An estimate provided by the National Institutes of Health indicates that 23% of children between the ...

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3 Ways Smoking Affects Dental Implants

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Dental implants are an excellent choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. They are the industry standard, by far. Implants do require a few things to be successful such as enough healthy bone structure to properly support the implant, and that the patient is in good general health. Smoking also affects not only your overall health, but it can play a role in the health and success of your implants. Here are three factors to consider if you're a smoker considering implant dentistry.Smoking Increases Your Risk of InfectionInfection is the enemy of dental implants and the number one reason why they fail. Smoking significantly slows the healing process, suppresses ...

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5 Steps for Good Self Care after Oral Surgery

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We know how difficult it can be to hear that you need oral surgery. At our Harleysville, PA dental office, we’re sensitive to your concerns, and our supportive team will do everything to make sure your procedure as comfortable and efficient as possible.After surgery, it is important to follow certain guidelines to protect the surgery site and promote healing. Here are some tips we usually offer to our patients before they leave our office:Take it easy on the day of surgery. When you nap or go to sleep the first night, use an extra pillow to limit swelling and prevent excess bleeding.Keep yourself comfortable. Take over-the-counter or prescription pain meds ...

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Ensure the Long-Term Success of Gum Disease Treatment

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Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. It is a problem that can quickly get out of control, and gum disease treatment is the key to saving your smile.Mild Gum Disease - GingivitisAt our Harleysville, PA dental office, we have different methods for treating gum disease designed for your specific needs. In its mildest stage, gum disease is called gingivitis and is easily treated with improved oral hygiene and routine professional dental cleanings.If gingivitis isn’t treated, it develops into periodontitis and continues to attack the gums and the bone that holds your teeth in place. Periodontitis is a severe gum infection that damages the soft tissue and can ...

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3 Reasons Why You Might Need A Dental Crown

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For decades, dentists have relied on crowns to repair a damaged tooth. But materials and techniques have improved so much over the years that Dr. William McMaugh now offers all-porcelain crowns that restore function and look great doing it.We refer to crowns are a restorative dental treatment because they restore the health and function of your tooth. You may hear crowns referred to as “caps,” which is appropriate because they surround and protect your tooth like a little helmet. Crowns have been used for decades, but updated all-porcelain crowns have changed the way we approach many dental treatments.Dental porcelain is a perfect material for creating crowns because its appearance resembles ...

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