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By: Major Dr Pravin | June 27, 2017

You've got lots of choices if you're looking for a way to freshen your breath. But if you want to do something healthy for your teeth and gums too, make mouth rinsing part of your daily routine.

"Today mouthwashes are not just perfumes for the breath," says Mark Wolff, DDS, PhD, chair of cariology and comprehensive care at New York University College of Dentistry. "They can also reduce gingivitis [gum disease], tooth decay, tartar and plaque, and they can whiten."

Do I Need to Rinse?

Mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing. But if you have trouble doing those correctly, rinsing can help protect you from cavities or gum disease. Fluoride rinses help prevent tooth decay.

"Mouthwashes, when added to a good ...

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By: Major Dr Pravin | June 27, 2017

Too much stress can cause problems with your mouth, teeth, and gums. You can take some steps to keep yourself healthy, though.

While you work on lowering your stress levels, try these tips to improve trouble spots like mouth sores and teeth grinding.

Sores in Your Mouth

Canker sores. These are small spots with a white or grayish base that have red borders. They show up inside your mouth, sometimes in pairs or in greater numbers.

Experts aren't sure what causes them. It could be a problem with your immune system, your body's defense against germs. Or they might be due to bacteria or viruses. Stress likely raises your chances of getting them.

What to do. To ease irritation, don't eat spicy, hot foods or...

By: Major Dr Pravin | June 27, 2017

Everybody wants a great smile, but a lot of us need help getting there. More and more people are having success with clear orthodontic devices called aligners.

Braces use brackets connected by wires to encourage teeth to move. Aligners are a series of tight-fitting custom-made retainers that slip over the teeth. Invisalign is the largest producer of clear aligners, but it’s not the only brand. Others include Clear Correct, Inman Aligner, and Smart Moves.

Clear (or "invisible") aligners aren't for everyone. Your orthodontist or dentist will help you decide what’s best for you. Ask them if they have experience treating people with aligners. Get references or before-and-after images of their patients.

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By: Major Dr Pravin | June 21, 2017

A smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as:


  • Dental veneers
  • Composite bonding
  • Tooth implants
  • Teeth whitening
Some of the components taken into consideration include your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations.

What is it that you like or dislike about your smile or your teeth? Some aspects of your smile that your cosmetic dentist will review with you and that could be improved include the following:

Tooth Color: Silver or amalgam dental fillings can be replaced with natural, tooth-c...

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By: Major Dr Pravin | June 21, 2017

Certainly there might be more truth than you assume to the term "million-dollar smile." Research has found evidence of a possible connection between your appearance and how much is in your paycheck.
In a study released by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, researchers found that good-looking people tend to earn 5 percent more an hour than their less attractive cohorts.

Other studies suggest that a smile is a major factor in the overall impression a person makes on the job, during a job interview and in social situations outside the workplace.
Virtually all Americans say a smile is an important social asset, according to a study conducted for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, while 74 percent say an unattractive smile ca...

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