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Issue 17 of Dear Doctor Magazine

In this Issue of Dear Doctor - Dentistry & Oral Health magazine:

Issue 2, Volume 5
Letter from Dear Doctor
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Cover Story
Alison Sweeney
Whether she's on the set of The Biggest Loser or at home with her kids, Alison Sweeney is always inspiring people to make healthier choices. Dear Doctor talked with Alison about growing up on camera, her new book The Mommy Diet, and the positive steps she took towards better oral health.
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Feature Articles
Removable Full Dentures
Complete tooth loss can cause a host of health problems, including malnutrition and bone loss. Though fixed bridgework may hold a higher place of reverence when it comes to replacing an entire set of teeth, removable full dentures can provide an elegant solution that is significantly more affordable...
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Root Canal Treatment For Children's Teeth
You may think that if a baby tooth comes out prematurely, it's no great loss; after all, it was going to fall out anyway, right? Wrong! Primary teeth serve as important guides for the permanent teeth that will replace them. Young children can lose primary (baby) teeth when the pulp, the living tissue inside a tooth, becomes infected as a result of decay or trauma. Losing baby teeth prematurely can allow bite problems to develop. Root canal treatment for children can prevent this. Learn what to look for in your child and what can be done to save baby teeth until they are ready to be lost naturally...
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Managing Tooth Decay In Children With Chronic Diseases
Good dental health is particularly important for children with special needs, yet maintaining good oral hygiene routines can be challenging for them and for their parents and caregivers. The consequences of tooth decay for children with chronic diseases, including pain, poor nutrition and growth, and even social isolation, can be devastating but they are not inevitable. Two experts weigh in on boosting health and quality of life for this particularly vulnerable population...
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How Crowns Attach to Implants
Choosing between screws and dental cements
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Mouth Sores
Understanding and treating canker sores (aphthous ulcers)
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Dry Mouth
Learn about the causes and treatment of this common problem
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Silver Fillings — Safe or Unsafe?
A review of the scientific literature
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When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow
Using orthodontics to help correct a developmental deficiency
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The Dangers of Hidden Mercury
What you can do to protect yourself against mercury Interview with Dr. Jane Hightower
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How-To Articles
How to Care for the Oral Health of Children with Disabilities and Special Needs
Proper oral care is fundamentally important to the overall health of children with special needs. Children's special needs may make it difficult for them to perform daily oral care for themselves. Family members and/or caregivers may need to assist with these daily tasks.
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