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What to Do About That Gummy Smile

When you picture Ben Affleck, Miley Cyrus, and Gwen Stefani, they don’t appear to have much in common. However, all three celebrities have a ‘gummy smile’ (or had one before they had cosmetic procedures to fix them). In the dental world, this is called excessive gingival display. It occurs when an above average amount of the gum can be seen when smiling. The generally accepted magic number is 3mm. Anyone with more than 3mm of gum showing when they smile could be labeled as having an excessive gingival display.

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The Signficance of a Selfie: How Video Selfies Are Improving Dental Health

Many people are making crucial mistakes in their everyday dental hygiene routines, but a recent study shows that recording video “selfies” while tooth-brushing can help people learn how to improve their oral health care techniques. From Instagram to Snapchat to Facebook, the birth of the “selfie” has revolutionized modern society, and as it turns out, its stronghold is slowly tightening its grip on the medical community as well. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to keep teeth and gums healthy. While 70% of Americans are complying with this recommendation, many of those people are still making a number of mistakes that are compromising their oral health. But technology might be able to save the state of America’s dental hygiene. Video “selfies” of tooth-brushing are helping many people take control of their dental health by literally showing them the error of their ways.

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Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence and a Stunning Smile: How Cosmetic Dentistry Improves Lives

Many adults report they are unhappy with their smile, but the growing options in cosmetic dentistry are allowing many of those people to feel confident in their smiles again. According to a 2015 study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), more than one-third of American adults are unhappy with their smile. Because a smile is often the first thing people notice, being unsatisfied with that smile can greatly impact self-confidence. With the many advances in modern dentistry, there are a number of dental fixes for issues ranging from chipped or missing teeth to discolored teeth.

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When the CPAP Machine Just Isn’t Helping

Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuously evolving. The first CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines were put to use in laboratories and sleep clinics around the nation as far back as the mid to late 1980s. The devices pump pressurized air through a tube into a face mask worn by the patient at night during sleep. This pressure keeps the airway open during use, promoting easier breathing.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) says CPAP machines are the most commonly used method of treating adult patients with sleep apnea. Some of the side effects they list associated with the use of these devices are headaches, dry mouth, irritated skin and dry/stuffy nose.

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