Category: Dentistry

Top 5 Signs You May Have a Cavity

Did you know that almost 100 percent of the adults in the world suffer from some form of tooth decay every year? Additionally, somewhere between 60 and 90 percent of kids suffer from tooth decay as well. Tooth decay can, unfortunately, lead to cavities. And if cavities are left untreated for a long period of time, they can lead to even more serious oral hea ...

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5 Surprising Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings

We all know that having a routine dental cleaning can remove stains from your teeth and prevent bad breath. That's why many people think it's okay to skip their trip to the dentist. Little do they know that having a regular dental cleaning is essential for keeping your smile and body healthy. The benefits of dental cleanings are surprising and can have ...

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5 Surprising Benefits of Dental X-Rays

Regular dental care is an invaluable asset to your quality of life. Dentists do more than clean your teeth and fix your smile. They play a crucial role in the overall well-being of every single patient they see. One way dentists do this is by using x-rays to help them identify issues, plan a course of action, and follow-up on treatment. If you don't mind ...

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Do You Need a Periodontist?

Every year, millions of people around the world are affected by periodontal disease or gum disease. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults. One major concern is that most people do not realize that they have gum disease until they experience severe pain or they actually loose teeth. This is because there are very few symptoms of ...

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What You Need to Know About Dental Sedation

Many people have anxiety about going to the dentist. Because of this, some suffer dental problems that would have been avoided if they made trips to the dentist at least twice a year. If you, too, are uncomfortable with the idea of visiting your dentist for a treatment, then you should know that there is another option for you - dental sedation. Not all m ...

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Cosmetic Dentistry 101

With all the TV shows about makeovers, you probably have heard of cosmetic dentistry. And if you are interested in improving your teeth, then you are in the right place. In this post, we are going to talk about everything that you want to know about cosmetic dentistry. Basically, cosmetic dentistry is the term we use in the industry to describe procedures ...

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ Trusted Dentists

Who doesn’t know and love the Toronto Maple Leafs? As Canadians, we all feel very proud and excited when we see them play. Most adults enjoy watching all their games. Children look up to them and aspire to be a part of the legendary team one day. Indeed, we all think that the amazing players are just a cut above the rest. But just like everyone else, at ...

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Answering Common Dental Implant Questions

Today, no other treatment can match the promise of dental implants when it comes to tooth replacement. If you are considering getting implants, there are probably a lot of questions on your mind that you want to be answered - What does it feel like to wear implants? How long do implants last? Because we want you to know as much as you can about implants, ...

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Non-Dental Medical Issues Your Dentist Might Find

As you know, dentists can easily diagnose oral health problems like cavities and gum disease. What you may not know is that they can also discover issues that are non-dental! Here are five non-dental issues that your dentist can detect during a check-up: Anemia This is a condition in which your body doesn’t have sufficient red blood cells circulat ...

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Battling Aggressive Oral Cancer

Diagnosis of cancer or even just a suspicion of cancer can be quite scary. Instantly, you think of people you know who lost their battles to cancer. You may even reflect on how most TV shows or movies that feature a character with cancer almost always has that person dying. You may be the one suffering or it could be someone dear to you - either way, cancer ...

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Implant Key Terms You Need to Understand

If you have been told that you should consider dental implants and you are not exactly sure what they are, the best thing for you to do is discuss it with your dentist. But like with other dental procedures, there might be some terms that could sound "alien" to you. That could get in the way of you fully understanding what you need to know about dental impla ...

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Dental Care Resolutions You Really Need To Stick To

Did you know that only about 8% of people actually achieve their New Year's resolution? This can be attributed to a lot of factors, including unrealistic expectations regarding the ease, the speed, and the consequences of their resolutions. What can you do then? Make more reasonable goals, of course! Because we want you to enjoy healthy and beautiful smil ...

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Keep a Healthy Heart with Better Dental Care

Heart disease is among the top causes of death for both men and women worldwide. Countless studies have been dedicated to finding out the causes of this fatal disease. But did you know that research has also found that there is a link between heart disease and your gum health? According to a 2016 study conducted in Sweden, having gum disease increases the ...

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Wishing for a Whiter Teeth – Procedures That Can Help

Who doesn't wish for whiter teeth? Everyone wants to have the best smile they can ever have and that means having sparkly pearly whites. One of the ways to do that is to rid the surface of your teeth of stains. Whitening toothpaste can help with this. But deeper stains may require more than just your usual whitening toothpaste. There are certain types of ...

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How Not to Let Holiday Spirits Lead to Dental Cavities

Christmas is the time where everyone celebrates the birth of Christ. We celebrate love and everything that's good. It's when we spend time with family and friends and usually, we do that over festive dinners and fun parties. But even though the holidays are all about festivities, we should not neglect our oral health. Now more than ever, we should recogni ...

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It Does Not Hurt, So Why Worry?

On occasion a patient may come into our office just for a routine check-up and get surprised when we tell them that they would need a treatment like a filling, a crown, or a root canal. Why are they surprised? It’s because they haven’t even felt any pain. They often question the need for the recommended treatment because they feel fine. Well, the answ ...

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A Closer Look at Antibiotics in Dentistry

At Pickering Square Dental, your dentist provides dental procedures that are safe and comfortable; and for most patients, medication is not necessary. However, there are cases wherein the patient’s medical history indicates that he or she would benefit from what is known as “antibiotic prophylaxis”. What is Antibiotic Prophylaxis? Basically, it m ...

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Are Your Teeth Prepared for Trick or Treat?

Halloween is finally here! While the kids are preparing their costumes and getting excited about all those treats, dentists and doctors are also gearing up for all those patients coming in with problems that are associated with excessive sugar intake and tooth injuries. There are three important things that we want you to remember. Hard Halloween tre ...

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How Important is a Dental Checkup?

We can never stress enough the importance of proper teeth cleaning and a dental checkup for your oral general health and well-being. While we do realize that everyone lives busy lives these days, it’s still essential that you take good care of your teeth. If you take care of your oral health, you’ll increase your chances of never having to get extensive ...

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Back-to-School Dental Checklist for Healthier Teeth

So, you’ve got everything ready and you’re excited to go back to school. Wait! How about your back-to-school dental checklist? You should not forget it because it’s going to be your key to keeping that strong, healthy, and beautiful smile – and you don’t want anything less, eh? Because we don’t want you to forget anything important, we rounded ...

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Dr. Lean’s Involvement

When on the lookout for a new dentist for yourself and your kids, you want to be sure that you find one that you know you can trust and be comfortable with.  After all, your family’s dental health is not something you can entrust to just anybody.  Little kids, especially, can be challenging as they are often anxious about going to the dentist and ...

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Crossbite: What You Need to Know

When a child is brought to the dentist, braces may be the last thing parents expect to hear about.  Many do not know that even kids as young as three or four can be diagnosed with a crossbite, and if that’s the case, parents should be prepared to hear about braces, retainers, and sagittal expanders.  But before those orthodontic appliances are di ...

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Keeping Your Teeth Straight Post-Braces

If you have been wearing braces for years, you are probably looking forward to the day when you finally get to have yours removed! Of course, you are excited about finally getting to see your improved smile, with your teeth perfectly aligned. Imagine how enjoyable your first meal will be, too!   Before you get too excited though, there’s one thi ...

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Missing a Tooth? Here are Some Great Options !

It is quite common for a Canadian between the ages of 20 and 65 to have more than two decayed or missing teeth. It’s a real concern for many. Why does it matter, you ask? Well, even if the missing tooth is not noticeable, it still affects the way you speak and chew your food – especially if you’re missing teeth in the back, which are meant for heavy ch ...

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Getting Braces? Here’s What You Can Expect

Are you about to get your braces? If so, you are probably feeling a bit anxious now, wondering if braces hurt and what it will be like when you have them on. Well, you can relax, because in truth, the discomfort you will feel from braces is really manageable.   We know you would feel more confident when you know more so here are some things you’ ...

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Oral Health Problems to be Aware of If You Have Diabetes

Did you know that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of getting tooth and gum disease than those with regular glucose levels? This is because of their lowered resistance to infections and because they do not heal easily.   Those who have diabetes need to pay extra attention to their oral health on top of controlling their blood glucose leve ...

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Make Your Child’s First Dental Visit a Success

As your kids get older, their biannual dental checkups and cleanings become more important, not only for their oral health but their overall well-being as well.   But as a parent, you probably already know how the very first visit can be a little scary both for you and your little one. If you have a son or daughter who is soon to make that initial ...

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Pregnancy Gingivitis – Are You at Risk?

Pregnant women have enough on their plates what with the health of their babies and their own on their minds 24/7. Unfortunately with all that to worry about, most of the time, oral health gets overlooked or even neglected. But did you know that there are some oral concerns that may arise while you are carrying a baby, like getting pregnancy gingivitis? & ...

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What You Should Look for in a Toothpaste

We are still celebrating Dental Health Month, and we decided to focus the spotlight on a dental product that we do use every day – our toothpaste!   When you are purchasing a tube of toothpaste you can be one of these two: a.) passive –not really caring what kind you get and most likely to go for a reasonably priced toothpaste brand or b.) con ...

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What You Need to Know about Impacted Wisdom Teeth

It’s April again, folks! You know what that means – It’s Dental Health month! We think we’d start the month with this informative post about impacted wisdom teeth. So if you are wondering about wisdom teeth, what an impacted wisdom tooth actually is or if you need yours extracted, then this post is perfect for you.   Before we talk about i ...

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Fun Tips to Teach Proper Dental Hygiene to Your Kids

Getting your child to start and follow a dental routine is no easy feat. Children just do not understand hygiene responsibility like adults do. Kids have to be reminded all the time when it is time to brush their teeth and on top of that, why they should actually do it.   If you are worried about your little one’s oral health, then you should of ...

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5 Ways You are Damaging Your Teeth Unknowingly

Most of us know how important it is to brush our teeth at least twice a day. Many of us religiously floss and rinse, too. But do you know that there are also a lot of people who are damaging their teeth on a daily basis without even knowing it?   Here we have listed  for you five ways you could be unknowingly damaging your teeth. Check it out and ...

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Cavities: Myths and Facts You Should Be Aware Of

Everybody, young or old, is afraid of dental cavities or what we commonly call tooth decay. Hundreds of years ago, ancient folks used to believe that worms are responsible for one’s toothaches. They are said to be boring their way into teeth. If a tooth was aching, then that only meant the worm is wiggling.   Now we all know that that particular ...

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Love Your Teeth More this Valentine's Day, Unlocking the Secret to a Healthier Smile

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and as it gets closer, you may also be getting more and more anxious about what kind of celebration your loved one has planned, or just hoping you’d find a date before that big day. Equip yourself with one of the best weapons for Valentine’s – a beautiful smile. Research shows that nothing is more attractiv ...

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Tips on Keeping Your Teeth in Good Condition During Holiday Season

The holiday season is almost here, and as your friends, we want to wish you a happy holiday! As your oral health care provider though, it is our responsibility to remind you about keeping your teeth healthy during this season that’s filled with parties!   As you probably have no time for dental visits this season, we are hoping you would follow ...

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How to Prepare Your Child for Dental Visits

Don’t you just love it when your child smiles? For most parents, their child’s smile is one of the best view in the world. That’s why parents also understand how important it is to keep that great smile healthy, and that can only be achieved by regularly visiting the dentist. Unfortunately, most kids have apprehensions about going to the dentist’s ...

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Baby’s Healthy Mouth: First Steps to Take

Parents are the first teachers kids get to know and trust to teach them everything they need to learn. They play a big role in maintaining their children’s well-being, including their oral health.   According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, tooth decay is accountable for about one-third of all day surgeries preschoolers have ea ...

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How to Prepare Your Child for Dental Visits

Don’t you just love it when your child smiles? For most parents, their child’s smile is one of the best view in the world. That’s why parents also understand how important it is to keep that great smile healthy, and that can only be achieved by regularly visiting the dentist.   Unfortunately, most kids have apprehensions about going to the d ...

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Are Your Teeth Ready for Halloween Candies?

Your kids are probably excited about Halloween, what with their great costume, and an even greater selection of Halloween treats they can get when they go Trick or Treating. Of course, you want your child to enjoy! But you do not want as a toothache to affect their memory of this year’s Halloween?   Keep your children’s teeth safe from scary c ...

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Dental Anxiety: Causes and Solutions

A lot of people dread going to the dentist’s office. More often than not, the level of anxiety felt by patients is really high that it causes them to miss necessary appointments and treatments. This only results to making a problem worse than it should have been. Here are some common causes of dental anxiety and some solutions, too:   You had ...

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Best Oral Practices You Need to Start Doing Now

When people tell you that you have nice teeth, defiantly do not start taking your teeth for granted. Achieving healthy teeth means you will be taking care of your teeth for the rest of your life. It is essential to take care of your teeth on a regular daily basis. Here are some tips that will help you take care of your teeth the proper way:   Don ...

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Senior’s Teeth – As We Gracefully Age!

Since we were young, we always hear about how we should take care of our teeth. As we grow older, we begin to understand why we should be taking care of our teeth at such an early age. Maintaining good oral health habits is important most especially because unhealthy bacteria in the mouth can harm not only your teeth, gums, supporting bone, but they may also ...

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Oral Cancer and What You Should Know

“You have cancer.” No one wants to hear this dreaded statement, of course. Cancer comes in different types since it is a disease of the cells in the body. We have different types of cells in the body and so different types of cancer can arise from those cells. However, all cancer types have something in common: the cancer cells are abnormal and they mult ...

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Which Mouthwash Should You Use?

There are different types of mouthwash available in the market today; breath-freshener, antibacterial, fluoridated, etc. The big question is, which one should you be using? Here are some tips on choosing the right type of mouthwash for you and your family:   For Bad Breath or Gum Disease Concerns If this is the case, a mouthwash with an antibac ...

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The Importance of Brushing and Flossing

Ever since we were young, we have always taught how important brushing and flossing our teeth are. Despite the many reminders, we still, at times, forget to maintain a proper healthy oral routine. Here are a few reminders on the importance of these two acts: Brushing Our Teeth Plaque is a colourless film of bacteria that coats your teeth if you do not br ...

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Are You Taking Care of Your Tongue?

You might be conscious when it comes to your teeth and gums and the routine for brushing and flossing, but is it the same with your tongue? Our tongue is a pretty awesome part of our mouth. It not only helps us chew our food, speakclearly, but it also plays an important role in our dental and overall health. If we fail to take care of our tongue, it can cr ...

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What Laser Dentistry Can Improve

Since 1994, lasers have been used in the field of dentistry to treat a number of dental problems. These lasers are not similar to the ones used in phototherapy for the relief of headaches, inflammation and pain. Laser dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform a number of dental procedures. Here are some of the oral conditions that can be impr ...

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Visiting Your Dentist – Why It’s A Must

Maintaining your oral health should never be compromised.   Reasons for Regular Dental Visits *Early diagnosis of tooth decay – By seeing your dentist based on personalized treatment recommendations, you will be able to avoid the risks associated with dental issues such as gum disease and tooth decay, among others. Although minor, these ...

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Dr. Marvin Lean: The Ontario Dentist for All Ages

Some people, both young and old, tend to be scared of dental procedures and dentists, in general. It might be due to an old and painful experience with a dental procedure, or it could be a dentist that wasn’t too caring during a procedure. For whatever reason, neither dentists nor dental procedures should be deemed as scary.  Here at Pickeri ...

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How Turmeric Can Help Treat Oral Cancer

 In recent years, there have been numerous studies conducted to measure the impact of natural products on our health. Now, we’ve recently discovered that the yellow spice turmeric could be beneficial in treating some forms of oral cancer. Our latest blog will go into further detail on the benefits turmeric provides and how you can begin to integ ...

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Oral Health Tips For Midlife

If you’re entering your late 40s and early 50s, you might have recently discovered your oral health deteriorating. We know from industry data that visits to dental practices peak at the midlife stage. Oral health care is a significant issue for all patients, but especially those in the older age brackets. It’s important to understand how to pro ...

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What Dietary Supplements Are Good For Oral Health?

With dietary supplements now more commonly available than ever before, it’s important that patients research the marketplace carefully and make sure they’re selecting the right products for their oral health requirements. The question regarding dietary supplements and oral health is one that we often receive from patients within our clinic and ...

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Did You Know That Plaque Could Help Prevent Disease?

Long thought of as simply a mass of bacteria that grows on our teeth over time, plaque apparently could offer great insight into our oral health. The latest studies completed by the Oral Microbiome and Metagenomics Research Lab (OMMR) at the Faculty of Dentistry have shown that plaque could be a more complex material that first thought. Within this post, w ...

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Should I Brush My Teeth With Coconut Oil?

Using coconut oil as a way to improve oral health is a new trend within dentistry that has developed over recent months. Professionals from across the dental care community are now discussing the many benefits of coconut oil. We thought it was important to outline the benefits the coconut oil can bring to your daily brushing routine. So in this blog, we&rs ...

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Three Emerging Trends in Dental Care for 2015

The dental care industry continues to evolve in response to demand for new treatments and new targets within the marketplace. As specialists within the industry, our team has witnessed the many changes that have taken place within the oral health field in recent years. We’ve seen the introduction of digital x-rays, laser dentistry and the evolution o ...

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The Benefits of Laser Technology for Gum Disease and Infection Treatments

Laser technology is quickly being adopted as a means to provide a more comfortable and faster healing experience.  But for many patients, the benefits of the procedures are largely misunderstood. Having a full understanding on the processes involved in treatment and how treatment with laser technology can benefit them in the long-term, can ensure pati ...

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Pickering Square Dental: The Best Dental Office For Your Teeth

Why should you choose Pickering Square Dental for your oral health care needs? We care about our patients and put their needs first in everything we do. Our goal is to provide caring dental services while making sure that you are as comfortable as possible. If you are looking for a new dentist, there are a number of reasons we think we are the best dental ...

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How To Find A Dentist Who Treats Anxious Or Frightened Patients

A trip to a dental office can be a daunting experience for some people. Whether they’re young or old, some patients can be exceptionally anxious or frightened when visiting a dentist, perhaps due to past dental experiences, or the fear of dental tools being used during their visit.  What can make some of these particular patients uneasy about th ...

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What Are Patients Saying About Pickering Square Dental?

Pickering Square Dental in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Pickering is a family dentistry office that is always keeping their patients pleased and satisfied.  With a relaxed environment and the expert services of Dr. Marvin Lean and his Team it’s easy to see why it’s such a highly regarded location!  What are patients saying about Pi ...

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A Fun Comparison Between Baby Teeth and a Puppy’s Teeth

Have you ever wanted to see just how similar yet different a human and a dog’s teeth are? How about a fun comparison between a baby’s teeth and a puppy’s teeth? Both babies and puppies are incredibly cute, adorable, and fun to watch. They are both incredibly playful, and tend to find the positives in this world of ours. At this time, we&r ...

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Why It’s Important To Brush and Floss Your Teeth Properly

When you decide to do something that’s beneficial for yourself, it’s exceptionally important to do it properly. A perfect example is brushing your teeth- many people may brush their teeth several times a day, but may still find themselves afflicted with cavities, tooth aches, and other issues. The reason why may be due to the fact that they are ...

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