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The Problem With Missing Teeth

Apr 25, 2019 | By: Richard Caven

Dental implants, dentures, and bridges, are three of the best ways to restore your broken smile.

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What Does Your Breath Say About Your Oral Health?

Apr 11, 2019 | By: Richard Caven

Bad breath isn’t just an inconvenience. It can also be a sign of poor oral health and hygiene.

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Does Gum Contouring Hurt? & Other Common Questions

Mar 27, 2019 | By: Richard Caven

What is gum contouring? Does it hurt? How can it improve my smile? We answer your most pressing gum contouring questions.

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The Causes and Cures for a Dry Mouth

Mar 13, 2019 | By: Richard Caven

Let's take a look at the causes of dry mouth and what you can do about it...

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What’s Causing Your Gums to Look White?

Feb 27, 2019 | By: Richard Caven

Healthy gums are pink, firm, and resistant to infection. Here's what white gums are warning about your oral health:

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The Effects of Soda on Your Teeth

Feb 13, 2019 | By: Richard Caven

Soda, diet soda, 100% fruit juices, and other sugar-free drinks can be extremely bad for your teeth. Here's why:

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Really Work?

Jan 31, 2019 | By: Richard Caven

Whiter teeth are possible, but you must choose the right method

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6 Signs It’s Time to See Your Dentist

Jan 17, 2019 | By: Richard Caven

Don’t let these dental problems come back to bite you. Call your dentist ASAP!

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What Foods Should I Avoid After a Crown?

Dec 19, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

Crowns are routine dental procedures, but they still involve a recovery process. This recovery involves avoiding certain foods, notably those that are chewy, sticky and/or hard. We get how this might be a tough rule to follow during the holiday season, so we covered some of the foods to watch out for and some tips for consuming food with new crowns. Check it out for more:

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How Winter Affects Your Oral Health

Dec 05, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

Your teeth aren't immune to temperature extremes, and many people receive a rude reminder of this during the winter season while taking in a breath of fresh air. The good news is that there's a lot you can do to minimize tooth sensitivity, from breathing techniques to using dental products specifically designed for sensitive teeth. Here's a closer look:

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How Technology Improves Your Dental Visits

Nov 21, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

CAD/CAM technology to quickly create crowns; special lights to help spot oral cancer; orthodontic treatments that don't take years, but just months - these are all examples of how much the dental industry has changed in a relatively short period of time. Our latest post takes a closer look at how technology is helping to improve your next visit to the dentist. Check it out for more information:

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Anesthesia and Sedation During Dental Procedures: Are They Safe?

Nov 07, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

Dentophobia is defined as “dental fear or dental anxiety.” But a healthy mouth is largely dependent on dental care, so it’s important for everyone to see the dentist regularly, even if they’re afraid. The good news is that there are various types of anesthesia and sedation that dental offices can use to calm anxiety and nervousness, thereby ensuring patients get the necessary care. Here’s a closer look:

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Treatment Options for Sensitive Teeth

Oct 24, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

With worn tooth enamel, eating hot or cold foods, taking a deep breath of cold air and brushing your teeth may cause temporary pain or discomfort. The good news is that sensitive teeth can be managed with various treatment options. Tooth sensitivity issues can also be largely prevented by practicing good brushing technique, eating the right foods and seeing the dentist regularly. More here:

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Cavities & Other Top Causes of Toothaches

Oct 10, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

Do you have a cavity? Gum disease? A chipped or cracked tooth? Some other issue causing tooth pain? It can be difficult to pinpoint the underlying cause of tooth pain, mainly because there are so many things that can lead to it. In our latest post, we take a look at some of these causes to better understand what’s going and what to talk to your dentist about. Have a closer look:

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How Dentists Help With Sleep Apnea

Sep 19, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

Oral appliances, which are also known as mandibular advancement devices, are often successful in treating patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea - and you can get one of these devices from your dentist's office. These devices present a viable, effective alternative to the CPAP machine and can eventually strengthen the jaw and throat muscles so that sleep apnea symptoms may be resolved entirely. Here's a closer look at how dentists can help treat sleep apnea:

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What Are the Side Effects of Using CPAP Machines?

Sep 05, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

The CPAP works by delivering a consistent stream of air to keep the airway open, but excessive air may enter the stomach. This can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing, as common symptoms of intake may include belching, flatulence or stomach bloating. In much rarer circumstances, vomiting air or stomach pain may occur. Here's a closer look at some of these CPAP side effects and how they can be managed.

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How to Protect Your Teeth During Sports Activities

Aug 27, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

Do you know how to properly protect your teeth when playing sports? Facial and teeth injuries are just as important to safeguard against as any other type of injury. Here's how you can protect and handle dental injuries.

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What Causes Dry Mouth?

Aug 13, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

There are a number of things that you can do to alleviate or minimize dry mouth symptoms, but it’s important to first have an idea of what’s causing the issue in your case. Here’s a look at some of the common dry mouth causes and what you can do to best treat the issue.

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Treating Dental Black Triangles

Jul 12, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

Though dental black triangles (triangular gaps at the gum line) are nothing new, they are becoming talked about more these days. That’s because new technology is helping treat these gaps and restore your smile.

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Why Should I Have Amalgam Fillings Replaced?

Jun 11, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

Do you have amalgam fillings (silver fillings)? While this used to be your only option, it could be causing more harm than good today.

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5 Reasons to Smile and Laugh More

May 21, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

From mental and physical health benefits to the obvious improvement in self-esteem, there are proven benefits on why it's ideal to smile and laugh more.

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Signs You're Clenching Your Teeth at Night

May 07, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

Teeth grinding and clenching can do a number on your teeth - and for some people, they may not even realize that they're doing it. Here is a closer look at some of these signs to look out for.

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Oral Health Symptoms That May Indicate Serious Health Issues

Apr 17, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

It's important to see the dentist once every six months for a professional teeth cleaning, yet these visits to the dentist's office have the potential to extend well beyond oral health.

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How to Prevent Dental Cavities and Decay

Apr 03, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

Preventing tooth decay and cavities all starts at home. Here are a few lifestyle changes to decrease your risk of tooth decay.

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Uncovering the Link Between Periodontal Disease and Pancreatic Cancer

Mar 19, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

New research suggests a connection with oral health and pancreatic cancer. Here’s a look at the research and oral care.

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How Long Does TMJ Pain Last?

Mar 05, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

Wondering when your TMJ pain will go away? Here is a look at common causes of TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) and how long you may expect pain to last.

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Veneers Vs. Braces: Which Should I Choose?

Feb 20, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

Veneers and braces can both be effective dental treatments for improving the overall look of your teeth, but are for very different purposes Learn more about the key differences between veneers and braces, and which is right for you.

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Does an Occlusal Adjustment Cause Pain? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Feb 06, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

When people are weighing treatment options to resolve malocclusions, one of the most common inquiries we receive is what type of pain is involved in the various sorts of occlusal adjustments.

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The Best Dentists on TV and in Film

Jan 04, 2018 | By: Richard Caven

From Tim Whatley to Hermey the Misfit Elf, Hollywood has given us some memorablfindinge dentists over the years. We’ve seen some funny, charming and downright adorable dentists in the entertainment world. Though we may not be able to commend their means of practice, we can’t deny these fictional dentists were lots of fun.

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Fact or Fiction? Flossing Has No Proven Health Benefits

Dec 05, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Fact or fiction - daily flossing has no proven medical benefits? You may have read reports with this claim. However, we are here to tell you: flossing is still important! Here's a closer look at why you shouldn't throw the dental floss into the trash bin.

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When Should I Start Taking My Child to the Dentist?

Dec 05, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

When should I start taking my child to the dentist? You’ll likely get a different answer from everyone you ask. Doing so isn’t so much a question of “when” – it’s just important to do it, and there are three key reasons as to why - preventative care, early age experience and an oral exam.

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Survey: Americans Need to Floss More (and with the Right Tools)

Nov 20, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Dentists recommend that flossing should be performed at least once a day as part of a good oral health routine. However, a recent survey conducted by the ADA states that only about 16 percent of respondents are doing so daily - and the reasons as to why people don't floss might surprise you. We take a closer look at the survey and offer some flossing tips and suggestions. Read more here:

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Just What is a Dentist Looking at/for When X-Rays are Taken?

Nov 06, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

It's commonplace to have X-rays taken of your mouth when you see the dentist - and the reasons for this are for both preventative and diagnostic purposes. This post will take a closer look at just what your dentist is looking for when they're snapping pictures from inside of your mouth. X-rays are nothing to fret about though, they're just another routine aspect of a visit to the dentist that can help them do their job better.

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How Can Swimming Affect Your Teeth

Oct 06, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Swimmer’s calculus, eroded enamel, tooth squeeze. Believe it or not, these are all conditions that are associated with swimming, pool use and snorkeling/diving.

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A Guide to Dental Care During Pregnancy

Oct 02, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Though pregnancy is often a joyous, memorable nine-month period in a woman's life, it's not without its side effects. Case in point: the impact that pregnancy has on a woman's dental health.

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Are You Using The Right Tools?

Sep 20, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Flosses and mouthwash and toothbrushes, oh my! A good oral health routine should consist of a toothbrush and floss, but there are other tools you may add to your arsenal that can help with a cleaner mouth.

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Top Myths About Having a Tooth Removed

Sep 13, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

There's a lot out there about tooth removal that just isn’t true. Hence, we've dedicated this post to setting the record straight when it comes to extraction, tackling questions on pain and discomfort.

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Broken Dental Crown? Here's What You Should Do

Aug 22, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

The good news about a cracked crown is that it's typically not an emergency situation. The bad news is that it might look unsightly and there might be some pain and discomfort until a dentist can address it.

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What Are The Most Common Malocclusions?

Aug 09, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Malocclusions are defined as abnormal bites, such as overbites and under bites. They're a common oral issue. The good news when it comes to malocclusions is that they can be treated with the likes of braces, retainers, tooth removal and, in more dire cases, surgery.

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The Harmful Effects of Hookah

Jul 26, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Periodontal disease, bad breath and oral cancer are just a few of the risks that come from smoking hookah. This post will take a closer look at the dangers of hookah smoking, particularly as it pertains to your oral health.

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How a Dentist Can Help With Bad Breath

Jul 19, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Tired of spending big money on breath refreshing products that only mask – and don’t resolve – bad breath issues? It’s time to see your dentist!

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Brushing?

Jun 23, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Dentists typically recommend that individuals brush their teeth twice per day - once in the morning and again at night. Excessive brushing can lead to things like over sensitive teeth and a receding gum line.

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Types of Tooth Stains and How They Are Treated

Jun 22, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Is your smile not looking as white as it once was? Chances are it has become stained. Stained teeth are fairly common, and the issue is also very treatable. But it's first important to know what type of stain it is.

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What is Colgate Optic White?

May 16, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Professional grade teeth whitening from the comfort and convenience of the home? That's the big draw to Colgate's Optic White Professional home teeth whitening solution kit, which consists of placing a whitening gel into a mouthpiece and administering for a half hour per day. In just a week to 10 days' worth of time, the difference is remarkable. Learn more about this teeth whitening solution, and what makes it so effective, in our latest post.

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FAQ About Hybridge

May 16, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

You may have heard of the Hybridge dental implant solution, but what do you really know about it? We're here to help answer your questions to help you decide whether or not you're a good fit for the procedure.

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An Introduction to Hybridge Dental Implants

May 02, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

It's not often that artificial also translates to real looking, but that's what dental patients can get with Hybridge dental implants. Designed to be a long-lasting, permanent fix, the procedure can be administered on patients of all ages.

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Teeth Grinding FAQ

Mar 28, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can happen knowingly or unknowingly. It may happen knowingly as a emotional reaction to anger or anxiety, or it may happen unknowingly while a person sleeps. Read more here:

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What are The Symptoms of a Bad Bite/Malocclusion

Mar 15, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Headaches, sleeping issues and tooth decay, oh my! The aforementioned aren’t just standalone issues, but they may be signs and symptoms associated with bad bites or misaligned teeth.

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Is Invisalign as Effective as Standard Braces?

Feb 01, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

What’s more effective – braces or Invisalign? It’s a question that dentists and orthodontists receive all the time. The answer – it depends, both on the situation and how disciplined of a patient you are. In this post, we’ll take a look at the key differences that make Invisalign such an attractive option and what some of the biggest factors are when it comes to achieving a successful outcome with the oral apparatus. Read more here:

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How to Prevent Gingivitis

Feb 01, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Swollen, bleeding gums. Bad breath. Sensitive teeth. These are all symptoms of gingivitis, an early form of gum disease that can advance to more serious types of periodontal disease if not treated. Yes, gingivitis can be reversed via treatment, but it can also be prevented through proper, attentive oral care. Here’s a look at preventative measures to take against gingivitis:

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Top Teething Tips for Toddlers

Jan 18, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Just when your child finally got to sleeping through the entire night, toddler teething kicks into full gear. However, there are two things to remember about teething - it's a phase that will eventually pass and there are options to help minimize your child's discomfort. This post will take a closer look at some of the best tips to help keep your child comfortable while teething, from medicine to applying gentle pressure. Read more here:

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How to Handle Tooth Sensitivity

Jan 18, 2017 | By: Richard Caven

Does it hurt your teeth when you breathe in cold air or eat or drink acidic or sugary products? If so, you may have an issue with sensitive teeth. The good news is that there are ways that you can manage the symptoms that come along with sensitive teeth - and it may be as simple as just switching up your toothpaste. In this post, we've put together some of the most sure-fire ways to minimize the discomfort and pain that is associated with sensitive teeth. Have a look.

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Natural Ways to Combat Bad Breath

Nov 28, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

From medical conditions to poor oral heath, there are many causes behind bad breath. The good news, however, is that cases of foul breath can almost always be resolved - and in a simple, convenient way, to boot. From simply drinking more water to eating the right foods to adjusting some of your lifestyle habits, bad breath doesn't stand a chance when you put some work into finding a solution.

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Why are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Nov 14, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

An estimated 85 percent of all American adults today have had their wisdom teeth removed. This is usually either because there's no room for them inside the mouth or because they have become impacted, or blocked, by existing teeth from erupting and developing properly. This post will take a closer look at the problematic nature of wisdom teeth, as well as why so many people must have them extracted.

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Is Gum Contouring Right for You?

Oct 18, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

Do you hate the way your gums look when you smile? There's a solution for that, and it's called "gum contouring." Gum contouring is a procedure where the gums are evened out, helping to resolve issues where the gums are resting either too high or too low on the teeth. Read more on gum contouring, including the details, the risks and more on the corrective procedure by clicking here. The surgery can help improve your smile, as well as your self-esteem.

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What Can Your Teeth Tell You About Your Health?

Oct 04, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

Dry mouth, eroding teeth, gum issues, mouth sores - they all can tell you a lot more about the body's health than what might originally meet the eye. That's why it's important to maintain a healthy mouth and see your dentist at least twice a year, as the failure to do so can open you up to medical issues that may extend beyond just the mouth. We take a look at some common oral issues (and what they might be telling you about your body) here:

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Tips for Patients with Diabetes

Sep 23, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

Diabetes can impact the entire body, especially the mouth area. In fact periodontal disease, mouth infections and dry mouth are symptoms that are more common in diabetic patients if proper disease management is forgone or proper oral care is neglected. This post will take a closer look at the relationship between diabetes and the mouth, as well as some tips and suggestions for how diabetic patients can keep up their oral care.

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What kind of Damage is caused by Teeth Grinding?

Sep 09, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can be very harmful to your teeth and to your jaw. The good news, however, is that it can be fairly easily managed by taking up some life changes and by possibly wearing a dental mouth guard while you sleep. This post will take a closer look at what causes teeth grinding, the oral damage it can cause if left untreated and how to properly manage and eliminate the triggers that may cause it.

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Why Has There Been a Rise in Jaw Disorders?

Aug 24, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

Stress and an increased awareness - those are the two main reasons why medical professionals believe there's been a rise in the diagnosis of jaw disorders, notably among students and young professionals. The good news is that a lot more is known about TMJ disorder today than it was 20 years ago, so jaw pain can be better diagnosed and managed over time. Read more about the increase in jaw disorders - and solutions - here:

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Protect Your Pearly Whites: Tips for Long-Lasting Porcelain Veneers

Aug 10, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

Seven years or 20 years? That's the range that porcelain veneers have the potential to last for. Generally speaking, the better you care for them, the longer they'll last for you. Here's a closer look at how to get the most "bang for your buck" out of porcelain veneers, from brushing and flossing to eating right to seeing the dentist on a regular basis. More here:

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Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Jun 21, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

They look great, don't require any additional maintenance compared to the real thing and are long lasting. We're talking about dental implants, a viable, attractive alternative to fixed bridges or dentures. This post will cover all of the basics of dental implants (and more), from the procedure to the cost to their benefits. Just think of it as Dental Implants 101. Read more here:

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What are Some Warning Signs of Oral Cancer?

Jun 07, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

Of the 50,000 people that are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, only a little more than half will survive beyond 5 years. Yes, oral cancer may not get the attention that other cancers do, but it's nothing to take lightly. This post will take a closer look at the warning signs of oral cancer so that you can help detect any problems and ensure that treatment is begun quickly. We'll also cover identified risk factors. Read more here:

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What to Expect on Your First Dental Visit

May 20, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

X-Rays, tooth analysis, TMJ evaluation and an oral cancer check. These are just a few of the things that a dentist will do on an initial visit to their office to better analyze your oral situation. They'll also likely meet with you to talk about any issues, what you want to get out of dental care and more. Read more about what to expect from that first dental visit here:

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Is it Time to Revisit Cosmetic Work?

May 06, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

All things have a shelf life, including cosmetic dental work. Whether it be bridges, veneers, crowns or a standard teeth whitening procedure, they'll eventually need to be addressed again down the line when time and wear and tear catch up with it. For more information on when to revisit cosmetic dental procedures, read this:

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Who Needs Sedation at the Dentist?

Apr 26, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

Do you have a child that can't sit still? Do you need hours of dental work? Low pain tolerance? Fear of the dentist? If you've answered "yes" to any of these, you could be eligible for sedation at the dentist to make the procedure more tolerable.

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Cutting Down Sugar in Kids' Diet

Apr 12, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

According to the FDA, if you're over 3 years old, you shouldn't consume more than 50 grams of added sugar per day. However, many Americans - namely children - still do, and it can lead to some significant health setbacks, such as tooth decay and weight gain. Here's a look at how to curb sugar from your child's diet.

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When Should You Revisit Cosmetic Dental Work?

Mar 18, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

From teeth whitening and tooth bonding to crowns, bridges and veneers, cosmetic dentistry is designed to improve one's appearance and smile. However, not all procedures last forever - and it's likely that you'll be revisiting certain procedures and applications down the road, some, like teeth whitening, in as little as 6 months or so. This post will take a closer look at why this is so and when it may be necessary.

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Common Dental Conditions in Adults over 60

Mar 04, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

The human body is a bit like an automobile - the older it gets, the more checkups, repairs and preventative maintenance it's going to require. But just like regular visits to the mechanic can help keep the car running right, regular visits to the doctor and dentist can keep the body ticking. Here's a look at the top dental health issues that senior citizens are likely to encounter, and why it's important to see the dentist every 6 months:

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How Young is Too Young for Tooth Bleaching/Whitening?

Feb 19, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

How young is too young - that is, if there is a "too young" - for teeth whitening? This post takes a look at what dental associations say about this and what many dentists practice when it comes to children and teens seeking teeth whitening. Additionally, this post will cover some of the consequences of having a teeth whitening procedure performed if it is done too early. Read more here.

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How Will Adult Braces Affect Your Life?

Feb 05, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

More and more people are electing to get braces as adults these days. Why? Because technology has improved to the point where it's feasible, affordable and effective - all while having a minimal impact on adult lifestyles. Here's a closer look at the (very few) lifestyle adjustments you'll have to make, and other information, when it comes to adult braces. Read more:

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What is the Best Way to Brush a Toddler's Teeth?

Jan 25, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

From choosing the proper toothbrush to using the correct brushing motion to distributing the right amount of toothpaste, there's a lot more than you might think that goes into how to best brush your toddler's teeth. Here's a closer look at some of these best practices. Read on:

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3 Ways to Alleviate Your Child's Fears About the Dentist

Jan 11, 2016 | By: Richard Caven

From odd noises to odd devices, the dental chair can be a scary place for adults, let alone young children, so it's not uncommon for kids to experience anxiety when they're going to the dentist. This post will take a look at several key ways to alleviate your child's fear of the dentist and turn a perceived negative experience into a positive one.

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Dental Crowns: FAQ

Dec 15, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

How much do dental crowns cost? What types of materials are they made from? What purposes do crowns serve? Do they need special care? How long do crowns last? While dental crowns are common applications, there are a lot of questions and misinformation out there about them. We tackle all of your frequently asked questions here to set the record straight:

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Overview of Materials Used in Dental Appliances

Dec 01, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

From crowns to veneers, implants to fillings, braces to bridges - they are some of the most common dental appliances being administered today, but you might be surprised at the various different materials that they are made from. Have you ever wondered just exactly is in your mouth? Read more about what these dental appliances are made of here:

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How to Choose the Best Toothpaste for You

Nov 17, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Ever wondered which toothpaste is the best for you? Largely, it depends on your personal preferences, but there are a few requirements you should make sure to adhere to. Here's a look at the many types of toothpastes, what they do and whether or not they're good for your teeth:

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What to Expect if You've Recently Started Visiting the Dentist Again

Nov 03, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Insurance lapse? Fear? Inconvenience? There are many reasons why people may stay away from the dentist, but no matter how long you've been away, it's important to come back. Here's a look at what you can expect in that initial appointment back after a lengthy hiatus. More here:

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What is the Difference Between Botox and Juvederm?

Oct 20, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Aside from implants, crowns and fillings, dentists also offer other procedures to make your smile look great - like Botox and Juvederm. Ever wondered which one is best for your situation? Read this piece for more information on the details of each procedure, as well as the pros and cons.

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Six Month Smiles vs. Invisalign: Which is Best For Me?

Oct 06, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Two popular fast-working teeth correction treatments are Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. Wondering which treatment is the best for your situation? Here's a closer look at the differences between the two from Caven Dental.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Sep 29, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Dental implants are a popular oral restoration procedure to hold either an artificial tooth or bridge when one or more teeth are missing. Learn more about the procedure - and who is a good candidate from Caven Dental:

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Root Canal FAQ

Sep 15, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Why do I need a root canal? How painful is the procedure? How long does it take? What are alternatives to root canals? Get the answers to these questions - and more - by reading these frequently asked questions about the root canal procedure here:

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Homeopathic Dental Remedies: Are They Effective?

Aug 18, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Oil pulling is popular these days as a means of improving oral and overall body health, yet the practice isn't recommended by dentists as a substitute for conventional brushing, flossing and professional care. Here's a closer look at the practice of oil pulling and what it can and cannot do.

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Why is flossing one of the most important parts of maintaining oral health?

Aug 04, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

If you think you don't need to floss to maintain good oral health... think again. Flossing doesn't just help remove food and plaque, but it helps prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease, which can eventually lead to tooth loss, bone loss and a variety of other conditions throughout the body. Read more here.

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Have a Dental Crown? Avoid These Foods (and Other Care Tips)

Jul 21, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Dental crowns only last up to 15 years - so it's important to take the proper care and maintenance steps to ensure that these expensive dental apparatuses live up to their maximum potential. Avoiding certain types of foods can help. Read more on this - and other maintenance tips - here.

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Are Hookahs, E-Cigs and Nicotine Gum Bad For Your Teech?

Jul 07, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

There are a bevy of harmful oral health issues that cigarette smokers may experience over time, but there's also emerging, alternative means of consuming nicotine and tobacco. Ever wondered what impact these may have on your oral health? Read more here.

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Do You Know What Labs Your Dentist is Using?

Jun 08, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Dentures, orthodontics, bridges and crowns aren't created in a dentist's office, but in a special lab. However, not all labs are created equal. Here's a look at the differences between a good lab and a bad lab.

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Most Dental Insurance Plans Don't Work Like Other Insurance

Jun 01, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Understanding insurance plans isn't always easy. But understanding what is and isn't covered when it comes to your dental plan can be even more complicated.

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Fluoride: The Mineral that Does Wonders for Your Mouth

May 29, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

The mineral fluoride is important for children and teens for healthy tooth development, just as it's important for adults in maintaining adequate levels of tooth enamel and preventing decay.

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Home Remedies for Combating Wisdom Teeth Pain

May 15, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

What's the best way to deal with emerging wisdom teeth? Take your pick - from Motrin and Advil to salt water to cloves and much, much more.

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The Keys to Oral Safety While Playing Sports

Apr 16, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

From mouth guards to wearing the proper - and proper fitting - equipment, there are several safety measures to enact to help minimize the risk of a dental injury in sports.

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Caring for Veneers is as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Apr 02, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Brush twice a day and floss at least once per day. It is how you would best care for your teeth - it's also the best way to care for veneers. Read more here:

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Preventing Tooth Loss through Oral Care and Living Right

Mar 11, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

The means of preventing tooth loss range from the simple, like brushing, flossing and seeing the dentist, to more complicated, like eating right and eliminating poor lifestyle habits.

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Tips for Caring for Sensitive Teeth

Mar 04, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Sensitive teeth? Try one of these tips to help curb the discomfort and correct the issue for good. After all, healthy teeth are important to a healthy body.

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What are the Most Popular Causes of a Toothache?

Feb 04, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Toothaches are a common oral issue, most often the result of tooth decay. Here's a closer look at the causes and treatment in honor of February 9, National Toothache Day.

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Tooth Fairy 101: Being the Tooth Fairy in 2015

Feb 02, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

How much money should you give? Should you pull a loose tooth? What do you do with teeth? These questions - and more - answered in honor of National Tooth Fairy Day.

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What Damages Tooth Enamel?

Jan 14, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Tooth enamel serves an important function in the mouth, but if you don't take good care of it, it can damage quickly. Learn more with Caven Dental.

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When Should I Have my Dental Work Replaced?

Jan 07, 2015 | By: Richard Caven

Dental work is expensive to get and not fun to have administered - but everything has a shelf life, even crowns and veneers. Here's a look at when you can expect to have such replaced.

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Teeth Whitening Tips and Tricks

Dec 17, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

While professional teeth whitening doesn't hurt, there are other methods to make your teeth whiter too, learn more with Caven Dental.

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Tips for Cutting Down on Holiday Sugar Consumption

Dec 10, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

You likely know how bad sugar is for your teeth - but that doesn't stop you from consuming it. Here are some tips on how to limit your intake this holiday season.

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The Truth about Flossing

Nov 20, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Flossing doesn't just help dislodge food between the teeth, but also remove tartar and plaque buildup which can potentially lead to gum disease, tooth loss and bone loss if not treated.

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What Causes Teeth Grinding?

Nov 06, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

From a dental issue to a habit, there are many reasons behind teeth grinding - and many things to do to stop it from happening.

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What are the Worst Kinds of Candy for Your Teeth?

Oct 13, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Any dentist will tell you how harmful sugar can be to your teeth. That's because the bacteria that bond together to form plaque actually uses sugar as its energy source. So the more sugar you consume, the more plaque that is likely to develop inside the mouth. And plaque can not only lead to the likes of tooth decay, but gum disease as well if it gets below the gum line.

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How Does the Isolite Assist With Your Dental Exam?

Oct 06, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Technology in the dental field is improving at a fast pace, thereby making it easier and faster for dentists and hygienists to treat patients, all while increasing patient comfort in the process. One tool that is used for dental exams - as well as other procedures - here at Caven Dental is the Isolite. Specifically, the Isolite is a tool that illuminates the oral cavity from within the mouth, while isolating certain areas of the mouth with a special mouthpiece so that further dentistry can be accomplished. This light is free of shadows and reduces eye strain from the dental professional performing the exam or procedure, and the mouthpiece facilitates suction and rinsing, making procedures easier for both the patient and dentist.

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What is an Occlusal Adjustment?

Sep 17, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

When you close your mouth, your top teeth should evenly touch your bottom teeth. All top teeth should touch the bottom teeth at the same time and with equal pressure. Your top teeth should fit slightly over your bottom teeth. If some teeth touch harder than others, or are not properly aligned with each other, your "bite" may be imperfect.

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How to Properly Care for Your Dental Crowns

Sep 10, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Have a cracked, decayed or broken tooth? If so, there's a good chance that your dentist will treat it with a crown, or a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the tooth in order to restore it to its original shape and size, as well as improve its appearance and strengthen it. Specifically, crowns are cemented into place and completely encase the tooth from the gum line on up.

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What Types of Services are Dental Lasers Used For?

Aug 11, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Dental lasers can be used for many purposes. Learn more about how dental lasers can benefit you.

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Dental Vibe FAQ

Aug 01, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

In this blog post, we are answering some of the most popular questions about DentalVibe, an injection system that dentists are now using to increase patient comfort.

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Treatments for Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Jul 14, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Sleep apnea can cause annoying snoring. Find out how to treat this problem in the latest blog from Caven Dental.

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How to Treat Snoring Caused by Sleep Apnea

Jul 14, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Sleep apnea can cause annoying snoring. Find out how to treat this problem in the latest blog from Caven Dental.

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How Much do Veneers Cost?

Jul 04, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Learn more about the affordability and life span of dental veneers in this post from Caven Dental in Jacksonville, Florida.

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How Does Air Abrasion Technology Work?

Jun 11, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Learn how air abrasion technology works to make classic dental procedures more effective in this blog from Caven Dental.

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Will Dental Implants Work for Me?

Jun 02, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Are you wondering whether dental implants are right for you? Find out more about what dental implants can do for you in the latest blog from Caven Dental.

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How to Protect Tooth Enamel

May 12, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Learn more about how to preserve your tooth enamel and keep your smile bright with this blog from Caven Dental.

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Are Thumb Sucking Habits Harmful to My Child's Oral Health?

May 02, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Learn more about the effects of thumb sucking and pacifier use on your child's teeth in this blog from Caven Dental.

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How Does Zoom Tooth Whitening Work?

Apr 17, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Are you are in search of your best smile? Perhaps you should consider the Zoom Whitening Procedure. Let's take a closer look at the procedure and how it works.

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Oral Cancer FAQs

Apr 14, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Oral cancer is serious. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 43,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Oral cancers and their many varieties are often not noticed in the early stages.

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What is the Six Month Smile Program?

Mar 28, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Those of us with non-aligned front teeth that are visible when we smile face a conundrum with regular braces. While we would much rather have a beautiful smile, the idea of wearing metal braces for years as an orthodontist corrects our bite is even less appealing than the thought of living with the smile we already have.

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What are the Differences between Juvederm Ultra and Botox?

Mar 28, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

When it comes to reducing wrinkles, frown lines and generating a more youthful and vibrant look, patients may choose to have Botox or Juvederm treatments, two popular procedures for accomplishing the aforementioned. But while both are injection treatments designed to create the same end result, they're very different.

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Will My Dental Veneers Match My Teeth Exactly?

Feb 13, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

When considering cosmetic enhancements, there are many different ways to improve your appearance. One of the most popular options among celebrities that has become a standard fixture within the dental community is the veneer.

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Tooth Enamel FAQs

Feb 13, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Tooth enamel is one of four major tissues that make up teeth. However, unlike the other three major tissues - dentin, cementum and dental pulp - tooth enamel is the part of the tooth that is visible, existing over the crown. Despite its classification as the hardest substance in the human body, it can easily erode and decay, which typically leads to dental repair work.

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Will Invisalign Work For Me?

Jan 17, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Unlike braces that rely on a system of fixed brackets and wires, Invisalign is a series of custom-fitted aligners made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won't irritate your cheeks and gums like the metal alternative. The removable implement resembles a bite guard and is generally replaced every two weeks or so, in keeping with the desired transition of your teeth and bite.

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How to Improve My Gum Health

Jan 17, 2014 | By: Richard Caven

Without the support of healthy gums, your teeth and overall dental health can become compromised beyond repair. As is true in almost everything, a good offense is your best defense to healthy teeth and gums.

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Which Is The Best Treatment For My Sleep Apnea?

Dec 22, 2013 | By: Richard Caven

Did you know that someone who complains about your snoring could actually be doing you a favor that could ultimately save your life? More often than not, chronic snoring may signal the onset of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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Differences Between Dental Bonding and Crowns

Dec 22, 2013 | By: Richard Caven

While the end results may look the same cosmetically, the actual procedures used in restorations involving dental bonding and crowns are actually quite different. So, too, are the conditions which determine when one approach is called for over the other.

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What Causes Bad Breath?

Oct 22, 2013 | By: Richard Caven

The more you know about the many causes of bad breath, the more proactive you can be about practicing good oral hygiene and addressing habits that can help reduce and keep halitosis at bay while promoting your overall good health.

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Why Is Flossing So Important?

Oct 22, 2013 | By: Richard Caven

At Caven Dental, we consider the friendly reminder "Don't forget to floss!" more than just sage advice -- we think it's as important as brushing. While most of us recognize and have embraced the importance of brushing, flossing has yet to achieve similar status. While widespread adoption in keeping with the American Dental Association's (ADA) recommended twice a day flossing regimen would be ideal, we'd consider daily flossing a good place to start.

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How Safe are Dental X-Rays?

Sep 20, 2013 | By: Richard Caven

Don't look now, but the amount of radiation you're getting from reading this post is more than you'd get from a dental X-ray. "As a matter of fact, just walking around, living your life, driving your car, you're getting seven times the amount of radiation that you would get in a full series of X-rays, which is twenty X-rays, and we only do that once out of every five years," says Dr. Caven.

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Veneers vs. Braces

Sep 20, 2013 | By: Richard Caven

Dr. Caven hears from a lot of patients who are confused by the need for braces over veneers and vice versa. While both can achieve seemingly similar outcomes appearance-wise, the two treatments are actually quite different.

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TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Aug 28, 2013 | By: Richard Caven

Some dental issues have a tendency to mask or disguise their symptoms as other medical problems. For instance, what may seem like a sinus infection or headache could actually be a dental issue and vice versa. The best way to know for sure is to have Dr. Caven take a look so a proper diagnosis can be made through close examination and process of elimination.

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CEREC – Same Day Crowns

Aug 28, 2013 | By: Richard Caven

Have you been putting off making an appointment for a new or replacement crown because you didn't think you had the time? Think again. What used to take hours and up to four or more visits prepping, seating, and adjusting a crown, can now be done in about an hour thanks to advances in digital dentistry. That's right, just one hour give or take - start to finish - for most permanent crown restorations.

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"This was the first time that I received simple and clear explanations of what was going on and they let me make decisions on my options. State of the art equipment, customer oriented environment, and EXCELLENT value on their services."

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"Who would have thought that getting a crown could be so easy?? Dr. Caven's in-office machine created my crown while I waited, which meant no need for a second appointment--something that I greatly appreciated! The office staff is kind, calm, efficient and accommodating--just like Dr. Caven himself."

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"Dr. Caven is definitely not your average dentist; not by a LONG shot."

- Anon, APR 2014