Tongue Piercing Is Not Cool

Tongue Piercing Is Not Cool Some parents allow their children to have small steel balls on the top or bottom of their tongues. To have the little steel balls stay, the tongue has to have a hole in it, much like a pierced ear. Oral piercing can cause a lot of pain, swelling, infection, drooling, loss of taste, scarring, chipped …

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What to Eat for Healthy Teeth

What to Eat for Healthy Teeth When you eat, food passes through your mouth. Here it meets the germs, or bacteria, that live in your mouth. You may have heard your dentist talk about plaque (pronounced (“PLAK”). Plaque is a sticky invisible layer bacteria that loves to eat the sugars and starches found in many foods. When you don`t clean …

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What If a Tooth Gets Knocked Out During Sports?

What If a Tooth Gets Knocked Out During Sports? You’re in the swimming pool, swimming underwater, and quickly rise to the surface, hitting the hard ledge. Your front tooth falls out, floating to the bottom of the pool. You’re in a fast game of basketball when an opposing player accidentally elbows you in the mouth, knocking your tooth to the …

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Who Needs Braces?

Who Needs Braces? Lots of kids have problems with their teeth not growing in nice and straight. It doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. If you don’t do anything about this and your teeth could look very crooked and uneven when you grow up. Also, you could have problems with your “bite,” or the way your teeth hit each …

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What Are Sealants?

What Are Sealants? Sealants are special materials your dentist puts on your teeth to keep out harmful germs and bacteria. They are a great way to help you avoid getting cavities down the road. Sealants fill in the little ridges on the chewing part of your teeth to protect and seal the tooth from food and plaque. The application is …

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Why Brush My Teeth?

Why Brush My Teeth? Brushing is the best way to get rid of the germs and bacteria, and an invisible sticky material called plaque from your teeth and gums. Getting the bad stuff off your teeth and gums in a timely manner prevents bacteria in the food you eat from turning into harmful, cavity-causing acids. Here are some tips for …

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What Are X-rays?

What Are X-rays? Sometimes, the dentist will tell you that he needs to take “X-rays” of your mouth. This involves putting little pieces of cardboard in your mouth, which you bite down on. The dentist’s assistant usually does this while you’re waiting for the dentist to come back. While you’re biting down on the paper, the assistant goes to another …

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Numbing Your Mouth

Numbing Your Mouth The dentist uses special medicine called anesthetics to numb your mouth if you have a cavity taken out or a tooth pulled. The first thing the dentist does is place a small cotton swab dipped in medicine in your mouth, and rubs in the area he needs to operate on. This medicine is called a “local anesthetic,” …

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Getting a Tooth Pulled

Getting a Tooth Pulled When you have a bad tooth that is pushing other teeth to the side, or a tooth that has such a bad cavity that it can’t be fixed, you may to have the tooth taken out. This is called an extraction. When you have a tooth pulled, the dentist gives you a special medicine called anesthetic. …

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What Happens During a Checkup?

What Happens During a Checkup? When you visit the dentist to have your teeth checked, the dentist will ask you to lie back in a big, comfortable chair with a strong light overhead. She’ll ask you to open your mouth while she uses a small instrument that feels like a metal toothpick. The dentist will go from one tooth to …

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