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Why You Should Have Amalgam Fillings Removed

Do you have one or more amalgam fillings? These fillings have been extensively used to repair cavities and restore tooth strength for more than 100 years. They are comprised of powdered metals and mercury. Most people choose to remove them for cosmetic reasons.

Understanding Amalgam Fillings

Many dentists still use amalgam fillings, which consists of various metals, including copper, tin and silver, mixed with mercury. This mixture forms a putty-like substance that can be placed in the tooth where it rapidly hardens. These fillings are extremely durable and are least likely to break, crack or chip. They are also extremely cheap when compared to other types of filling materials. It is for these reasons that many dentists still use them to fill molars.

Why Amalgam Fillings Are Replaced

There are typically three reasons why individuals choose to have their amalgam fillings replaced, including tooth...
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4 Ways Stress Affects Dental Wellness

It is well-known that exposure to prolonged periods of stress can have adverse effects on your physical and mental well-being, but did you know it could also affect your oral health, too? It is true. Prolonged exposure to stress can negatively impact your oral health and cause a number of problems ranging from gum disease to mouth sores and tooth decay. Wondering how stress impacts your oral health? Here is a look at four specific examples of ways exposure to prolonged periods of stress can negatively impact your oral health and dental wellness. Stress can Cause Missed Dental Appointments and Skipped Daily Tooth Brushing or Flossing Daily tooth brushing and flossing as well as attending regular dental checkups and appointments is necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Unfortunately, when you are under a lot of stress you may completely forget to take part...
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All About Neural Therapy

More than 10 million people suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) in the United States today -- and there are even more people who don't have TMJ but who suffer from teeth grinding, chronic jaw pain, and headaches. Teeth grinding, jaw pain, headaches, and other symptoms can be incredibly intrusive and difficult to deal with in your daily life. You might suffer at work, at home, and in every aspect of your life when dealing with TMJ or other kinds of jaw pain. Smiles By Shields is proud to offer a completely non-surgical solution for this type of pain. It's highly effective and can be done in short appointments at the Smiles By Shields offices.

Approaches to TMJ Pain

When TMJ occurs, the joint that connects your jaw with your skull is unable to open and close like it should. TMJ sufferers can feel pain...
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