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The Most Common Teeth Injuries

Though we all try to avoid them, injuries to our mouths and teeth sometimes happen. Wounds to teeth often appear worse then they are  as there are many blood vessels in that region that can bleed quite a bit with a tiny cut. In all cases of injury to any teeth, a trip to your…

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Helping Your Smile: The 7 Top Cosmetic Dentistry Needs

Your smile may be the most important part of your personality. Cosmetic dentistry is full of helpful procedures that can assist you in taking care of that smile. This can help you feel confident, assured, and proud of your grin for many years to come. Whitening One of the most common cosmetic procedures, some teeth…

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Three Oral Health Problems that Wear Down Your Teeth

If you were to create a list of the toughest parts of the body, you’d have to place your teeth towards the top. Amazingly resilient when you consider the stress and strain we place on them daily with all of the munching, crunching, cracking, and chewing, your teeth’s resiliency is due primarily to the fact…

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Brunch Ideas For Healthy Teeth

Here at McDowell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we admit, we are thinking about celebrating this weekend with family and friends. With Springbreak and Easter, it feels like a good time to have brunch. Some foods that you eat are better for you than others. If you are thinking about brunch options here are the best for…

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The Causes of Common Oral Health Problems

At McDowell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our number one priority remains the patients’ oral health. Dr. McDowell and his friendly staff want to ensure that each of their patients not only enjoy strong teeth and healthy gums, but that they avoid other common oral health problems that can negatively affect their ability to enjoy a…

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Understanding Your Jaw Pain

As anyone who has ever dealt with jaw pain can attest, the discomfort you experience can make talking, eating, and even speaking difficult. Temporomandibular disorders are one of the most common causes of jaw pain, and can cause poor function in both the jaw joint and the muscles used for movement. These disorders are also…

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Gum Recession Says A Lot About the Health of Your Teeth

Gum recession refers to the process in which the amount of the gum tissues that surrounds that base of the tooth begins to wear away or pull back, exposing more of the tooth and its root. Receding gums often indicate the presence of gum disease. When gum recession occurs, small gaps begin to form between…

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How Clean is Your Toothbrush?

Have you ever wondered what lurks on your toothbrush? While you may not want to think about it, your toothbrush can contain over 700 known types of bacteria. Researchers have found that an uncovered toothbrush can harbor over 100 million bacteria, including E. coli, which can cause staph infection and diarrhea. If all of this…

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How to Help Your Child Overcome Fear of the Dreaded Dentist

Dr. McDowell and his friendly staff understand that the idea of scheduling an appointment to visit the office can make many patients feel more than a little anxious. Approximately 7 percent of all Americans avoid visiting the dentist out of fear, while another 20 percent experience severe enough dental anxiety that they will only schedule…

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The Effects of Smoking on Your Smile

Smoking can be bad for your overall health. As you’ve heard it poses a lot of health risks. It can increase chances for cancer, lung disease and even heart disease. Smoking is not good for your health but most of the time we don’t talk about what smoking does to your oral health. As you…

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