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Early Loss of Baby Teeth

In keeping with National Children’s Dental Health Month, we are reprinting with permission, a question and answer feature from Dear Doctor magazine. The Smile Generation connects you with great dentists including pediatric dentists, orthodontists and other specialists. This piece highlights the importance of maintaining the space caused by the premature loss of baby teeth. Q. […]

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Ask A Dentist: Tooth Pain Relief

Question: “I have a toothache but it’s not constant. It’s a pain that comes and goes, sometimes when I eat. What can I do to relieve the pain until I can make an appointment? Is this considered a dental emergency?” Answer by Dr. Darbro: “I am here to help think through this problem with you. […]

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Ask a Dentist: Root Canals and Broken Teeth

Question: Mark H asked us on Facebook: “I have an old root canal, and the tooth has broken in half, what can I do, and could you help me…..please help” Dr. Matthew Darbro, DDS of Glendora Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics, a Smile Generation-approved offices is this month’s featured dentist in our “Ask A Dentist” column. […]

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Ask a Dentist: The Truth about Toothbrushes

Dr. Minh Pham of Crossing Dental Group and Orthodontics in Perris, CA says while it is recommended to change your toothbrush once every three months, it’s probably better to change it monthly. More importantly, we should throw away our toothbrushes after an illness.

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Ask a Dentist: Replacing a Porcelain Bridge

Rob B, a follower of the Smile Generation on Facebook asks:  Can a small hole in a porcelain bridge be repaired without replacing the entire bridge?  Dr. Jack Gorman of Gateway Dental Group in Folsom, CA answers the question in this video. The video was shot during the Annual American Dental Association (ADA) Session in […]

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Ask A Dentist: What do I do about my son’s teeth grinding?

A concerned parent posted on our Twitter: “My young son grinds his teeth in his sleep… is this bad for his teeth and what can I do about it?” Dr. James Mallory, one of our Smile Generation dentists, replied: Many parents in my practices are often concerned with their child grinding during sleep. There are […]

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Ask A Dentist: Receding Gums

This week’s question comes from one of our Twitter followers  @gotspawn also known as Stashia. She asked “Why are my gums receding, was it really from using a medium toothbrush for so many years?” Our Smile Generation expert, Dr. Charles Rodgers, replied: “There are a large number of different reasons why gums will recede.  Using a particular type […]

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Ask A Dentist: A child’s first visit to the dentist

Smile Generation dentist Dr. Charles Rodgers, DDS answers questions from our Facebook followers. Q. When should a child first see a dentist?  A. Typically for a general practitioner, the age is 3.  But if a parent sees something suspicious, they should get the child in sooner.  In cases like this, the child will usually end up being […]

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