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Laser Focus: Dental Lasers and What They Can Do For You

What is a laser?

A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy, which, in dentistry, can be used to remove or shape oral tissue, including gums, teeth, and bone.

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When the Smoke Clears: Protecting the Nonsmokers in Your Life

Even if you know smoking is bad for you, you still might not be ready to quit. But have you thought about the people around you who don't smoke? Your smoking is bad for them too. The smoke you exhale and the smoke that burns from a cigar, cigarette or pipe is called "secondhand smoke", and the nonsmokers around you can inhale it. It's as if they are smoking too. 

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Oral Cancer Prevention and Detection

Oral cancer is a common form of cancer, with roughly 35,000 new cases reported annually in the United States. The most frequent oral cancer sites are the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the soft palate, and the tissues in the lips, gums, and back of the tongue. If not diagnosed and treated in its early stages, oral cancer can spread, leading to chronic pain, loss of oral function, irreparable oral and facial disfigurement following surgery, and even death. For this reason, it is important to regularly visit your dentist so he or she can perform a thorough screening for oral cancer.