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Issue 37 of Dear Doctor Magazine

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

Issue 2, Volume 11
Letter from Dear Doctor
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Cover Story
Tara Lipinski
In 1998, figure skater Tara Lipinski became the youngest-ever winner of an individual Winter Olympics event, taking the gold in Nagano, Japan at the age of 15. Exactly 20 years later, she returned to the games—this time, as a member of NBC’s Olympic figure skating primetime coverage team in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Tara recently spoke with Dear Doctor about the thrill of Olympic competition, the value of a great smile, and why she loves going to the dentist!
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Feature Articles
Dental Savings Plans
Many people don’t have dental insurance—and those who do often find that insurance doesn’t cover as much of the cost of treatment as they would hope. That’s why an alternative has lately been gaining ground: dental savings plans. Dear Doctor explains what these are, how they work, and how to figure out if one might be right for you...
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Lingual Braces
Many adults want straighter teeth, along with the boost in self-confidence that a beautiful smile can bring. However, they may not be so enthusiastic about wearing traditional metal braces. That’s why many opt for lingual braces, which are completely invisible—because they are placed on the back (tongue) side of the teeth!
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When Permanent Teeth Don’t Grow
Missing teeth anywhere in your mouth can create oral health problems, as well as difficulties with speech, nutrition and self-esteem. But when a front tooth fails to develop, the gap in your smile is particularly noticeable. What’s the best way for you to get a natural-looking replacement tooth? Our expert examines the treatment alternatives...
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Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, the last molars to emerge from beneath the gums, have the potential to cause significant oral health problems. That’s why they are often removed before they have grown all the way in. But is this always the best course of action? Our expert explains what’s involved in making the decision...
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A New Smile With Direct Veneers
Some people who had orthodontic treatment in their teens find that their teeth move back out of alignment in middle age. This was the situation with our managing editor. He also wasn’t happy with the color of his front teeth. His dentist suggested a treatment that could fix both problems...
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Root Canal Safety
The truth about endodontic treatment and your health
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Smoking and Gum Disease
Tobacco use contributes to periodontal disease yet masks the symptoms
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Stainless Steel Crowns for Kids
A safe and effective way to restore primary molars
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GERD and Oral Health
Gastroesophageal reflux disease can affect teeth and gums
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Fibromyalgia and Temporomandibular Disorders
What’s the connection between these painful conditions?
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