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Pacifiers and Thumb Sucking: What Parents Need To Know

Concerned parents come to us with questions all the time about the potential health concerns of pacifiers and thumb sucking. We can appreciate their concerns. Sucking is a natural reflex developed even before babies are born. Though an inherited reflex, sucking becomes a habit during infancy. Infants and toddlers find comfort in sucking on pacifiers…

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What’s the Deal with Waterpiks?

You’ve probably heard about Waterpiks by now. Maybe someone you know has one, or maybe you just heard about them from a reference on TV, like inthis scene on Seinfeld. So, what’s the deal with these things, anyway? What is a Waterpik? A Waterpik (also known as an oral irrigator or dental water jet) is an alternative to floss.…

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How Oral Health Affects your Overall Wellness

Were you aware that your oral health can offer up clues to what else is going on in your body? Understanding the connection between your oral and overall health can help you to protect both your teeth and the rest of your body. Your mouth has quite a bit of bacteria, most of which are…

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5 Things to Know about TMJ

TMJ and teeth grinding are very big issues that are quite common among the adults. The National Sleep Foundation found that nearly 10% of adults in the United States suffer from TMJ or grind their teeth while sleeping. One-third of the parents of young children surveyed claimed that their child also grinds their teeth while…

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2 Ways to Hide Your Chipped Tooth

Having a chipped tooth can make you feel very self-conscious. Unfortunately, you are much more likely to miss social engagements when you don’t feel secure with your own appearance. Don’t let your insecurities stop you from living a full and meaningful life. There are ways to hide your chipped teeth and feel better about yourself!…

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What are Dental Implants?

Have you lost a tooth? If so, you understand the negative impacts tooth loss can have on your appearance and your confidence. In recent years, dental technology has advanced, allowing patients with missing teeth to benefit from a unique and long lasting form of tooth replacement. Dr. Adrian Vande Merwe offers state-of-the-art dental implants. The Health…

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When Do I Need a Dental Filling?

Tooth decay affects both children and adults, hurting the health and often the appearance of the smile. Dr. Adrian Vande Merwe understands that treating dental caries is vital to protecting the health and stability of the smile. To restore teeth with cavities to full function and beauty, Dr. Adrian offers a range of dental filling options. What…

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Quiz: Improve Your Smile in 2015

2015 is here at least. Have your made any New Years resolutions? Why not try to improve your smile? Preventive dentistry and cosmetic dentistry can brighten your smile. We can also help you replace lost teeth with a secure and natural looking dental prosthesis. Start the New Year off right by seeing what you can…

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Smile Healthy

A healthy smile not only looks beautiful, but can also help improve your overall health. In order to avoid the onset of common dental problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease, you must practice good oral hygiene. At Dr. Adrian Vande Merwe’s practice, our team understands the steps necessary to keep your smile free of common dental health…

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FAQs: Why Do We Need Dental Crowns?

Why do we need dental crowns? After all, our teeth are very strong. In fact, the enamel coating our smile is the hardest substance in the human body. However, our teeth are still under assault from powerful bite forces and over 600 types of oral bacteria. When a tooth develops decay or becomes damaged, you…

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