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It is our great pleasure to provide you with the Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health Digital Library. Written exclusively by the foremost dental educators and clinicians in the field of dentistry, this library provides you with the latest developments and advancements on all aspects of dentistry to help you make the best decisions for your dental health. Such decisions can change not only your smile but your life for the better. If you have any questions after exploring the library, please feel free to ask our team.

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Beautiful Smiles by Design

Smile Design - Dear Doctor Magazine Our ability to smile is one of the most profound non-verbal communication skills we humans have. Yet despite widespread agreement regarding the power and importance of a smile, many people are insecure with their own — for a variety of reasons. Smile design is equal parts art and science. In this article, our expert discusses how you and your dentist can work together to create a great new look... by Dr. Stephen Snow Read Article

Porcelain Veneers - Without A Drill

Porcelain Veneers - Dear Doctor Magazine No drilling - reality or ridiculous? A no-drill technique requires a second look, as new materials and concepts have created new esthetic possibilities. Reactions and opinions among dentists have ranged from absolute disbelief to moderate acceptance. This article gives hope and reasons for patients to get excited about this conservative drill-free cosmetic technique...
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Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers

Smile Design Enhanced - Dear Doctor Magazine In part two of the series on Smile Design, Dear Doctor takes an in-depth look at Porcelain Veneers, a superior yet minimally invasive technique for smile enhancement. We'll explain not only when they're appropriate, but also when they're not...
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Teeth Whitening - Brighter, lighter, whiter...

Teeth Whitening - Dear Doctor Magazine The subconscious impact of a white smile is radiant health, happiness, warmth and invitation. Today brighter, lighter, whiter teeth have become a norm. Tooth whitening by bleaching is a successful, conservative, relatively inexpensive and safe alternative...
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Cosmetic Dentistry - A Time For Change

Cosmetic Dentistry - Dear Doctor Magazine Join us as we review the myriad of possibilities available to you for cosmetic dental change. But the biggest part is not just how your smile looks, it's how you feel when you show it...
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Tooth Decay - How To Assess Your Risk

Tooth Decay - Dear Doctor Magazine Don't wait for cavities to occur and then have them fixed — stop them before they start. Modern dentistry is moving towards an approach to managing tooth decay that is evidence-based — on years of accumulated, systematic, and valid scientific research. This article discusses what you need to know to assess your risk and change the conditions that lead to decay...
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What is Tooth Decay? - And How to Prevent It!

Tooth Decay Prevention - Dear Doctor Magazine Tooth Decay is an infection, and many people don't realize that it is preventable. This article is the first in a series about tooth decay, perhaps the number one reason children and adults lose teeth during their lifetime. Explore the causes of tooth decay, its prevention and the relationship to bacteria, sugars and acids...
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The Natural Beauty of Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth Colored Fillings - Dear Doctor Magazine The public's demand for aesthetic tooth colored (metal free) restorations (fillings) together with the dental profession's desire to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible, has led to the development of special "adhesive" tooth colored restorations...
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Oral Hygiene - Dental Health for Life

Oral Hygiene - Dear Doctor Magazine The best tools for maintaining your oral health and minimizing dental problems are a quality toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss, approved mouthwash and good diet. This article cuts through the confusion with a winning game plan for oral health...
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Dental Implants - Your Third Set of Teeth

Dental Implants - Dear Doctor Magazine A discovery fifty years ago paved the way for one of dentistry's most exciting, natural looking and successful tooth replacement systems. Learn how dental implants might just possibly change your life...
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Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease

Periodontal (Gum) Disease - Dear Doctor Magazine Have your gums ever bled when you brushed or flossed? This most commonly overlooked simple sign may be the start of silent (periodontal) disease leading to tooth loss. Learn what you can do to prevent this problem and keep your teeth for life...
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Wisdom Teeth - To Be Or Not To Be

Wisdom Teeth - Dear Doctor Magazine Facts you need to know about these curiously named teeth. They are so-called because a moderate amount of wisdom is supposedly achieved at about the same time these teeth typically make their appearance. This article will review the problems associated with wisdom teeth and whether or not they should be removed...
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The Impact of a Smile Makeover

Smile Makeover - Dear Doctor Magazine Americans are catching on to the emotional and social importance of a healthy, beautiful smile, and they're seeking out ways to improve their smiles. Learn why and what a change could mean for you...
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"I'd Rather Have a Root Canal..."

Root Canal - Dear Doctor Magazine A common misconception is demystified. Get the real story about this much maligned procedure that eases pain, rather than causes it...
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Invisalign Orthodontics

Invisalign - Dear Doctor Magazine The orthodontic treatment using clear aligners consists of a series of aligners that you change about every two weeks over a course of treatment lasting six to eighteen months depending on how much movement is needed...
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About Dear Doctor Dentistry Magazine

Dear Doctor - Dentistry & Oral Health is a dental magazine written for the education of the general public. Dear Doctor provides information that is accurate, authoritative, and trustworthy on all aspects of dentistry and oral health including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers and more.