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Issue 23 of Dear Doctor Magazine

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

Issue 4, Volume 6
Letter from Dear Doctor
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Cover Story
Howie Mandel
Comedian Howie Mandel has some of the most fun jobs in show business: stand-up comic, TV game show host, and America's Got Talent judge, just to name a few. So it's no wonder his smile is always on display. To make sure it would always look great on camera and off, Howie opted for a dental makeover. Find out what he did to brighten his smile, how he copes with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and what he loves enough to do 200 days a year.
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Feature Articles
What Causes A “Gummy” Smile?
Sometimes a smile doesn't look as appealing as it could because the gums appear too prominent. If this describes your smile and it's something you want to change, chances are you can be helped by one of several available treatments. But first your dentist will need to determine exactly why your smile looks gummy to begin with. There are several different conditions that indicate very different remedies. Find out the various causes and treatments...
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Understanding Your Dental Insurance
Healthcare consumers often find dental insurance frustrating and confusing. That's because it most often functions more like a discount coupon than a form of insurance. It is not designed to pool risk or to protect anyone from unforeseen expenses, which is traditionally what insurance is designed to do. Still, if you have it, you can use it to help stay healthy and avoid costlier treatments down the road. Find out what dental insurance is, what it's not, and how you can get the most out of it...
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Think Before You Drink
There's a whole lot of marketing hype proclaiming that caffeinated, sugary “energy” drinks can give you more vitality, better mental focus and an enhanced athletic performance. What the ads don't mention is that due to their acidity, energy drinks — and to a lesser, but still significant extent, sports drinks — strip away the protective enamel layer of teeth. Given that consumption of both sports and energy drinks has been on the rise, parents in particular need to know the alarming facts revealed by a recent study...
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Getting The Full Picture With Cone Beam Dental Scans
Dental imaging took a major leap forward at the beginning of the new millennium with a three-dimensional technology known as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). The name comes from the cone-shaped beam of x-rays the CBCT machine projects as it rotates around a person's head, taking multiple images that are compiled into a 3-D picture by a computer. Find out what CBCT can reveal and how it helps a doctor to make a highly informed diagnosis and choice of treatment...
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Removable Partial Dentures
Still A Viable Tooth-Replacement Alternative
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Same-Day Tooth Replacement With Dental Implants
Immediate Tooth Removal And Replacement Is Possible
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Caring For Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment
Optimal Oral Hygiene Is Especially Important While Wearing Braces
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Treatment Of Tooth Sensitivity
Understanding Your Options
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X-Ray Safety For Children
How Much Exposure Is Too Much?
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Did You Know?
The Dramatic History of Diagnostic X-Rays
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