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Is It Time To Change My Toothbrush?

How can I forget the last dental emergency I rushed to my dentist with? Only when I started spitting blood with toothpaste foam twice a week, I realized...

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Why are my gums turning yellow?

Gum discoloration is a serious issue that may indicate a number of health problems. One of the main reasons you may notice a yellow coating developing along your gum line is gingivitis...

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My tooth keeps bleeding, what is causing it?

Bleeding in the mouth is never normal. Bleeding around a single tooth may be an indication of dental trauma. In some cases...

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Why does my tooth look transparent?

As you age, our tooth enamel can wear away through normal wear and tear. When this happens, it can make the teeth appear transparent. While...

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Why is my tooth loose?

Having a loose tooth is an uncomfortable sensation, particularly when you're brushing your teeth or eating. This sensation...

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Why won't my tooth pain go away?

Pain in the tooth is a very common dental problem that may be related to a number of causes. Most toothaches are caused by tooth decay...

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My tooth broke off, but it doesn't hurt?

If your tooth broke off, it is a serious dental problem, whether or not it hurts. The lack of pain implies that you have only a minor break; however, even these sorts of tooth injuries...

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Why do my gums hurt when I brush?

People often ask "Why do my gums hurt when I brush? Pain in the gums is one of the most common complaints we hear from patients when they come in. Pain is...

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Do teeth turn yellow as you age?

Tooth discoloration and "Do Teeth Turn Yellow As You Age?" is one of the most common patient concerns/questions that we hear each day. There are a number of reasons why your teeth may...

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Why does my tooth hurt so bad?

Toothaches are never fun. It can be scary, especially if you don't know what is causing the pain or soreness...

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Can flossing prevent heart disease?

Can flossing prevent heart disease? It's not scientifically proven yet whether or not taking care of your oral health can prevent...

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Why does my jaw hurt?

At some point, we experience stiffness in our jaw. In America, it is reported that there are 10 million Americans who are suffering from jaw stiffness and jaw problems. The good thing is...

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Do apples yellow teeth?

Unfortunately, the answer to the question "do apples yellow teeth" is yes. But it's not only apples that could yellow your teeth...

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Are My Teeth Healthy?

You don't have to worry about your teeth's health if you follow excellent oral hygiene. Even if you have a dental bridge, your overall dental health will be in good condition as long as...

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Are dental veneers right for me?

Dental veneers are becoming more and more popular dental treatment option. But not all patients are ideal candidates...

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How long will porcelain veneers last?

The short answer is that it can last a long time, as long as they're properly done. Porcelain veneers are like cars...

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Does tooth decay cause bad breath?

Bacteria found in our teeth and gums can cause bad breath. Bacteria in the mouth harbors in areas where tooth brushing can't eliminate them. You're more likely to suffer from halitosis if...

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What are some common mistakes when brushing your teeth?

To maintain a healthy smile, you need to have an oral health care regime. Let's look at some of the most common mistakes people make when brushing their teeth...

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Why did my tooth crack after a root canal?

Some patients of Michael Z. Hopkins ask him why their tooth cracked after a root canal. If it happens to you, you may be suffering from a cracked tooth syndrome...

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What are the best cures for chronic bad breath?

Bad breath or halitosis can be embarrassing. Though not a medical emergency, it can cause distress. To determine the best cures for chronic bad breath, you will need...

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Why does my dental bridge keep falling off?

Recently, one of our patients asked: "Why does my dental bridge keep falling off?" We answered that there could be plenty of reasons it falls off...

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How does teeth whitening work?

Americans spend billions of dollars for teeth whitening products and services. At Dentistry Redondo Beach office, tooth whitening is a common cosmetic service. In a pharmacy...

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Is it normal to grind my teeth during the day?

"I keep grinding my teeth during the day that's why I have a tight jaw or sore facial muscles in the morning. Is this normal?" No, teeth grinding isn't normal...

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Why would I need a temporary crown?

A permanent dental crown takes time to make because of the long-lasting material that has to be crafted specifically for your mouth in a dental lab...

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Can flossing help a toothache?

Every once in a while you may find a remaining sliver of popcorn kernel wedged in your gums. Sharp and painful, it digs close to the nerves leading to your tooth...

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