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If you avoid the dentist because of the pain you feel even with anesthetic injections, now there is a new way to help lessen your agony by using sugar alcohol. Up to 40 percent of the time anesthesia during painful dental procedures fails to numb. But when it is mixed with mannitol, the effects are […]

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Most children wandering middle and high school hallways had braces, have braces, or will get them soon. Yet now there is a rise in elementary school children getting braces. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, 7-years-old is now the perfect time to see whether children need braces. The number of kids ages 17 and […]

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Toothpaste comes in handy, but not only for preventing cavities.  Here are 7 useful ways to use your toothpaste outside the bathroom. 1. Get Rid of Scratches on CDs or DVDs Instead of throwing away marked-up CDs or DVDs, rub non-gel toothpaste over the scratches. Then rinse with warm water. You may need to try […]

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The sharpest teeth of all time were in the jawless mouth of a primitive eel-like animal—the two-inch long conodont. New research from the University of Bristol and Monash Univeristy, Australia found that conodonts’ teeth had tips one-twentieth the width of a human hair and are invisible without a microscope, but could apply pressure that could […]

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Even if you brush your teeth twice a day, and visit the dentist every once in awhile, it doesn’t mean you have great dental hygiene. There are many bad habits that can harm your teeth without even realizing it like these five below: 1. Chewing Ice : Many people enjoy chomping on ice after drinking […]

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Dentists might spend most of their time around teeth, and staying up to date on dental techniques, but many dentists have lived lives of fame and adventure in and outside the dental office. Shoot-Out the Cavities John Henry “Doc” Holiday was one of the deadliest gun fighters of the Old West, but got the name […]

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Dr. D’Alfonso would like to open his doors to his friends from the Austin area. If you seek the best cosmetic dentistry services around, come on over to Lakeway and give us a try, you’ll be happy you did. We believe that everyone has the right to a beautiful smile, though on occasion that right […]

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Malocclusion sounds like a frightening disease, but it just means your teeth are not aligned properly. It needs to be treated because it can affect the bite, teeth cleaning, gum tissue health, jaw growth, speech development and appearance. Causes Malocclusion is most often hereditary. It is also caused by excessive thumb-sucking/pacifier use, mouth breathing and […]

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For infants, thumb-sucking is part of a natural “sucking reflex.” However, after a child’s permanent teeth begin to appear, thumb-sucking can cause serious dental issues. Teeth may begin to grow in differently, changing the dental structure of the child’s mouth. Usually, a gap forms between the teeth on the top jaw and bottom jaw, creating […]

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If you are pregnant, there are so many changes going on in your body, and so many things to get ready for your baby, that the last thing on your mind is visiting the dentist for a dental check-up. But it’s vital that you have a dental check-up to protect the health of your baby. […]

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