Cosmetic dentistry, also known as esthetic dentistry, consists of any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums or smile, where the ultimate goal is to improve your self-confidence and self-esteem. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on your appearance rather than on function, though a responsible cosmetic dentist will ensure that tooth function is…

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers water fluoridation to be the most cost-effective method of delivering fluoride to all, reducing tooth decay by 25% in children and adults. Since tooth decay remains one of the most common chronic conditions among children, many continue to advocate for this passive intervention. Yet, advocacy groups…

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A habit is an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation. It may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition, and is usually “triggered” by circumstance. You’ll notice that, in the preceding definition of a habit, there are no value judgments made; no difference offered between and bad habits, between unhealthy and…

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