Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

Tmj and headaches, Buford, GAAnybody who’s ever experienced dental pain knows the sooner it can be resolved, the better. Feeling pain in your teeth is not normal and can be indicative that a problem that needs to be addressed. If your teeth are hurting you, it is always a good idea to see a dentist like Dr. Alla Brown or Dr. Amanda Newberry of Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Buford GA as soon as possible. They can do a comprehensive examination and answer the frustrating question you’ve been struggling with: “Why do my teeth hurt?”  It can be a number a reasons, but Lanier Dentistry can fill you in on some of the most common:

Cavity: A cavity is a spot of decay in your tooth enamel due to bacteria eating away at it. It can expose nerves and cause pain. Cavities are easiest to resolve when they are still small and the tooth can be resealed with a filling.

Damaged or Lost Filling: Sometimes a filling can fall out or be damaged, which can create issues with your bite and chewing and lead to pain. A visit to Lanier Dentistry or your local dentist can determine what needs to be done to alleviate the pain.

Teeth Grinding/Clenching/TMJ: If you bear down on your teeth during the day, or wake up with a sore jaw, this is a good sign that you are probably clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Dentists like Drs. Brown and Newberry can evaluate your problem and offers solutions such as customized mouthguards to help save your teeth from excessive wear and tear, as well as painful headaches, toothaches and jaw pain.

Abscessed Tooth: A abscessed tooth occurs when there is an infection festering at the tooth’s roots. This condition can be extremely painful and needs antibiotics to resolve the infection before the underlying cause (such as a crack or chip in the tooth enamel) can be addressed by your dentist. Failure to treat an abscess can lead to a widespread infection that endangers your life.

Wisdom Teeth: When your wisdom teeth begin to emerge, the swelling, and jaw stiffness that result can be very painful.  Drs. Brown and Newberry or your local dentist can determine if the wisdom teeth are growing in properly or if they are impacted (bumping up against other teeth) and should be removed.

Injury caused by such things as contact sports or an accident can cause any number of problems including a “bruised” or deep discoloring of the tooth, a broken tooth, or total loss of one or more teeth.

Temperature Sensitivity: When the dentin- the sensitive layer of tissue under the enamel-is exposed due to cracks in the enamel or the recession of the gums, your teeth may become sensitive to either hot or cold temperatures, or both.

Orthodontic Treatment: When your braces have been adjusted by an orthodontist you are likely to experience some level of tooth pain. This is expected and using an over-the-counter pain medicine, or if the issue is caused by the hardware itself, a little ball of dental wax should help.

Teeth Whitening: Most patients will experience some minor discomfort after a professional teeth-whitening treatment, but the pain should resolve within a day. Talk to your dentist if it is too painful or problematic.

No matter what the reason, we know that living with tooth pain can be miserable, so stop asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?” and schedule an appointment with your dentist today. If you’re in the Buford GA area, call our scheduling specialist at 678-359-4707 or contact us online to schedule with Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry. If you are experiencing pain, we will do our best to fit you in as soon as possible.

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What Are the Signs of Periodontal Disease?

Tmj and headaches, Buford, GAPeriodontal disease is a common dental affliction suffered by one out of every two American adults that are 30 years old and older. It’s nothing to laugh at. In fact, periodontal disease- also known as gum disease- is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults in the developed world. Periodontal disease threatens more than just your teeth. It’s also been linked to Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more! You may be thinking, “What are some periodontal disease symptoms?”  You might be surprised to learn that you’re already experiencing some of them.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

In Greek periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis or simply gum disease, is when the gum tissues surrounding your teeth and the jawbone that anchors the teeth in place become diseased. Bacteria in the mouth is the point of origin. This bacteria causes infections in the roots of teeth and the gums and, if untreated, can end with tooth loss or even jawbone tissue loss.

Causes of Periodontal Disease

The primary cause of periodontal disease is leaving bacteria in plaque untreated. These bacteria in our mouths fuse with mucus and other particles to form plaque on our teeth. The plaque that isn’t eliminated by brushing and flossing solidifies and forms tartar.

To expunge the bacteria, our immune systems release defensive cells that cause areas of gum tissue around the teeth to become inflamed. As our gums swell, they form little pockets around our teeth as they draw away. More bacteria can settle into these pockets allowing the condition to worsen.

Other factors that can lead to gum disease include:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Smoking/tobacco use
  • Hormonal changes (such as puberty, pregnancy, or menopause)
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Clenching or grinding teeth
  • Certain illnesses

Stages Of Periodontal Disease

Inflammation of the gums when there has not yet been loss of bone is called gingivitis. This is a mild and reversible form of periodontal disease and not all gingivitis progresses into gum disease. Plaque accumulates on our teeth and our gums become inflamed, but our teeth are still firmly planted in their sockets at this point. However, if this is left untreated, this gum inflammation can lead to gum disease.

Periodontal disease is when the destruction caused by the infection has begun to affect the underlying bone. The pockets around teeth created by inflammation of gums deepen, causing more gum tissue and bone to be affected. Eventually, due to loss of gum support, the teeth will become loose and fall out.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

  • Swollen or tender gums.
  • Gums that pull away from teeth.
  • Gums easily bleed while brushing and flossing.
  • Pus between your teeth and gums.
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.
  • Changes in bite.
  • Deep pockets between teeth and gums.
  • Loose or shifting teeth.
  • New spaces developing between your teeth.

When You Should See a Dentist

Patients with periodontitis don’t always feel pain; some people don’t even know they have it. A periodontal evaluation done by a dentist using an x-ray is the best way to diagnose gum disease. If it’s been some time since you’ve been to the dentist or if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist soon. Treating your periodontal disease now not only improves the health of your mouth and teeth but can also positively affect your overall health.

Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry of Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford GA want to help you prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease. Regular cleanings, check-up’s and minimally invasive treatments should be enough to protect your teeth and gums from serious cases of periodontal disease. However, if your gums are bleeding anyway, it might be a sign of gum disease. Don’t wait to find out! Contact us online today to schedule an appointment or call 678-359-4707.

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How to Floss Correctly

Even if you’re already flossing twice daily as recommended by Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry at Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford GA, you may not be doing enough to ward off tooth decay and gingivitis (gum disease). While brushing is an vital part of your oral health regimen, flossing is equally important because brushing can only remove the plaque-forming bacteria and particles that are easiest to reach.

This ever-present bacteria, when combined with saliva and food particles, creates plaque. Plaque, a sticky but clear and colorless substance, attaches to your teeth creating a fertile fertile environment for tooth decay to begin. Tooth decay usually takes the form of cavities which will need to be filled but can also develop into infections that may require more extensive and painful treatments.

This where flossing comes to your rescue. Flossing sweeps away the plaque that your toothbrush can’t easily reach in places like between your teeth. However, it only works if you are flossing effectively. You may have heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Flossing is that ounce of prevention you can take to avoid tooth decay and the painful, time-consuming and potentially costly dental procedures that can become necessary when tooth decay is allowed to flourish unchecked between teeth.

How to Floss

1. Wrap a length of floss about eighteen inches long around each of your middle fingers. Use your thumbs and forefingers to move the floss between your teeth. You should wind more around one finger than the other so you can wind the soiled floss toward the finger with the least around and access a fresh length.

2. Push the floss between two teeth and use a gentle “sawing” (back and forth) motion all the way from the top of the space between teeth down to your gums.

3. Wrap the floss around the side of one tooth in a “U” shape then gently slide up and down your tooth. Repeat this several times, making sure to go slightly underneath the gum-line, then repeat on the other side of the tooth. Do this for every tooth.

4. Again be sure to win the floss around your finger so you’re using a clean length of floss for each space between your teeth that you floss. Do not reuse floss! Bacteria that has been removed on floss can linger and make you sick if reintroduced later.

More Flossing Tips

Don’t worry too much if you see some bleeding from your gums as you floss. A little bleeding is perfectly normal if you haven’t been flossing regularly. This bleeding is from the inflammation caused by the bacteria dwelling there. If you begin flossing daily as recommended by your Drs. Newberry and Brown, you should see an improvement in the health of your gums in one to two weeks.

Some patients prefer to use floss picks.  These “Y” shaped pieces of plastic with floss strung between the “arms” of the “Y” are readily available at most drugstores and big box stores. However, dentists prefer patients use a length of “free” floss and your hands. Floss picks don’t allow for proper flossing due to the fact that you cannot wrap them around a tooth as recommended. However, it’s still better than not flossing at all.

Most dentists agree that flossing after your brush is best as there will already be less plaque and food particles to get stuck on the floss.  If you have any additional questions about brushing, flossing or your oral health, call 678.359.4707 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry at Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford GA today.

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What is a Root Canal?

Root canal: The name of the procedure has the power to induce dread in people. “I need to have a root canal done.” Someone laments and you answer: “Oh.  I’m sorry.” However, if you ask people what a root canal is or why they’re so painful, you’re likely to get all sorts of answers. As with many things, people fear what they don’t understand. But a little knowledge can go a long way towards alleviating that fear. So let’s take a few minutes to learn about the dreaded root canal.

How do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

A root canal treatment, commonly referred to as simply a “root canal”, becomes necessary when the tissues inside your tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected. This usually happens as the result of deep decay (cavities) or a chip or crack in the surface of your tooth.  The infection in the pulp can spread down through the root canals of your teeth into tissues of your gums forming an abscess which is a very severe and painful infection that can be dangerous to your overall health.

Signs that a root canal may be necessary are sensitivity of the tooth to hot and cold, sensitivity to touch or while chewing, and inflamed and sensitive gums around the tooth. Informing your dentist of these and any other symptoms you may be having during exams will allow he or she to decide if a root canal is necessary and appropriate for your condition. Some dentists will perform root canals. Others will refer you to an endodontist. An endodontist is a dental specialist who specializes in treating the insides of your teeth.

The Root Canal Procedure

A root canal treatment involves your dentist or endodontist drilling down into the crown of your infected tooth and removing the infected pulp from inside the tooth and the root canals. As adults our teeth no longer require the pulp as it will continue to be nourished by the surrounding tissues. Once the pulp has been removed, a biocompatible material will be used to temporarily fill the now-empty space inside your tooth until restoration can begin. In some cases, where tooth decays has compromised one of the roots and made the tooth unstable, a tiny metal rod may need to be inserted down into the root to hold the tooth in place in your gums.  

Restoration is the process whereby a crown will be created and placed over your compromised tooth. Your dentist or specialist will create the crown, matching it to the natural hue of your teeth, and will use it to seal up the tooth. Within several days, the swelling of the inflamed tissues will go down and the “new” tooth can be used to chew and cleaned just like your natural teeth.

Is it Painful?

Many people avoid root canals due to the belief that the procedure will be painful or because they may have heard “horror stories” of complications from the procedure. Root canals may have been painful decades ago but with our modern technology and anesthetics, the procedure is only about as painful as having a filling placed. As far as the “horror stories” there was a myth propagated by poor research about a hundred years ago that root canal treatment led to you being susceptible to illnesses and disease. However, this was before the causes of these diseases and their transmission was fully understood.

So the big, bad root canal is actually not so scary. Instead it’s a helpful procedure designed to alleviate pain and save your natural teeth, allowing you to chew properly and smile confidently. As with most illnesses, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Brushing twice daily, flossing daily and scheduling regular exams with Dr. Alla Brown or Dr. Amanda Newberry at Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are all important steps to avoid needing a root canal, especially if your teeth have recently developed any chips or cracks. But if you do need a root canal, now you know there’s nothing to fear. To schedule with a Lanier Family dentist today, call 678.359.4707 or schedule an appointment online.

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Some Wisdom About Wisdom Teeth

Many people who don’t otherwise have dental anxiety are afraid of their wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most dreaded yet often-performed procedures in oral health. Learn a little more about your wisdom teeth and let Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry help alleviate some of that anxiety.

1. They Have A Formal Name

Wisdom teeth are named because they erupt later in life, usually between the ages of 17-25. They are clinically referred to as “third molars” because they are similar to the first two sets of molars towards the back of the mouth, but they erupt later in life.

Third molars can cause problems because they erupt after the rest of the teeth are almost completely settled in their permanent positions, which limits the amount of space the wisdom teeth have to grow in. In some cases, this can lead to pain or infection, but some patients never have problems!

2. Not Everyone Has Them

Yes, some lucky few are born without wisdom teeth! Dentists can see whether they’re present on a dental X-ray, and if there are no signs of the third molars below the gum line, they may not come in at all. The X-ray can also show their positioning before they erupt and may allow the dentist to predict whether the teeth will be able to erupt properly.

In some cases, however, the wisdom teeth can erupt many years beyond young adulthood. Next time you see Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry, ask if your wisdom teeth are still waiting to come out or if you could have been born without them. You may be surprised!

3. They Don’t Always Come In at the Same Time!

Wisdom teeth are “scheduled” to come in between the ages of 17 to 25, but they don’t all have to come in at the same time. All four may in fact erupt together, but it’s also possible for the two on top to come in before, or after, the two on the bottom — or even for one set to come in while the other never comes in!

Not all four will definitely cause problems, either. Depending on the available space in the upper and lower jaw, one set may cause problems while the other is able to grow in properly. If there isn’t enough room, they may become impacted. Sometimes, because of their position, wisdom teeth are harder to clean, which could lead to infection, but this isn’t always the case.

If you have questions about your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to contact Lanier Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today by calling 678-359-4707 or scheduling an appointment online.

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Are Dental Veneers Right For Me?

Are dental veneers right for me?

Over time, our teeth show signs of a well-lived life: gaps, discoloration, cracks, and minor misalignment. If you’re wondering how to deal with these cosmetic issues, but don’t want to have multiple dental procedures, find out if dental veneers are right for you.

A porcelain veneer is a thin, translucent shell of tooth-like material that is bonded to the front of teeth. Buford, GA dentists Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry offer porcelain veneers to patients who want to improve the beauty, health, or function of their teeth.

Many people choose at-home or in-office teeth whitening services. Dental veneers are made of medical-grade porcelain, which doesn’t absorb as many of the pigments found in wine, coffee, and other pigmented foods. Veneers are placed on top of most of the existing enamel, so you won’t have to worry about teeth whitening for a long time!

Dental veneers can also help hide minor cosmetic problems such as misalignment, small gaps between teeth, or small chips or fractures in the teeth. Instead of having extensive orthodontic work, dental veneers might be able to solve multiple problems at once. Each dental veneer is customized to the individual, and Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry consult with each patient individually, so our team can ensure your veneers are perfect for you and your needs.

If you’re a habitual tooth-grinder, Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry will work with you to determine the best solution. Dental veneers can break off if you’re prone to grinding your teeth, but we’ll work with you to address the issues that might prevent you from benefitting from veneers. Fortunately, many people can eventually receive veneers once these underlying causes are addressed!

If you have very sensitive teeth, cosmetic bonding may be a better option, because veneers require the outer layer of enamel to be removed to attach to your natural teeth. Some patients have experienced increased tooth sensitivity after receiving dental veneers. Our experienced team will consult with you to determine the best course of action to help you create a brighter smile.

To learn more about whether porcelain veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment with Lanier Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Call 678-359-4707 or schedule an appointment online today.

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Can my dentist do my Botox®?

Can my dentist do my Botox&;reg?

Yes! Lanier Smiles dentists Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry are trained in the safe and effective use of Botox for the reduction of fine line and wrinkles. Their years of dental training have provided them with the knowledge of the intricate function of the many facial muscles.  Their skill set as dentists give them an advanced perspective on achieving natural looking results with Botox. 

Choosing your dentist to administer your Botox treatment makes sense. Botox results last for about 6 months, that is the same time frame as your dental cleaning and check up!

Your Lanier Smiles dentist can provide your Botox treatment during your routine dental health exam saving you time and a trip to an additional doctor. Patients can have their biannual oral health exam, professional teeth cleaning and Botox treatment completed in just one visit to our Buford, GA dentist office. 

Visit Lanier Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and leave with a fresh, clean, healthy smile and smoother, rejuvenated skin! 

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Next Level Smile Makeover

Botox is a great way to take your smile makeover to the next level. Porcelain veneers and teeth whitening are great for enhancing the apperance of your teeth, but Botox can improve the skin around your smile helping to highlight your beautiful new dental work. 

Botox injections are carefully injected into key muscle groups. The active ingredient in Botox “freezes” the muscles temporarily preventing the display of frown lines or wrinkles. Botox can take years off of your apperance in just a few minutes. 

Botox treatment is tailored to your unique cosmetic goals and desires. Your dentist will meet with you and help you to determine the appropriate treatment plan to achieve your optimal look. Botox can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as part of a total smile makeover. 

Schedule A Botox Consultation With Lanier Smiles

Are you interested in finding out more about Botox at Lanier Smiles? Call our Buford, GA dentist office to schedule your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry. Our comprehensive approach to your smile will help you excede your desired result. 

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Is Bad Breath Normal?

Treating halitosis buford ga What do I do if I have bad breath?

Bad breath can be the result of harsh smelling food or it can be an indication of a more complex dental issue.  If bad breath is not solved by brushing, flossing, and rinsing, then you may have halitosis (persistent bad breath).

Buford, GA dentist Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry offer personalized treatment plans to address any dental concerns you may have. If your halitosis appears to be related to an advanced health concern, Dr. Brown may refer you to your primary care physician for further diagnosis and treatment.

Causes of Bad Breath

Determining the cause of your bad breath is a vital part of creating a personalized solution. Possible causes of halitosis can include:

  • Poor oral health
  • Gum disease
  • Infection or illness
  • Dry mouth
  • Sinus issues
  • Certain types of medications
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Certain health problems

Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry will perform a comprehensive exam to determine the root cause of halitosis. Together, you and your Buford dentist will create a treatment plan based on your oral health needs.

Maintaining A Healthy Smile

If lifestyle habits are causing persistent bad breath, certain lifestyle changes may greatly improve your halitosis- as well as overall health!

  • Patients should reevaluate their oral hygiene routine to ensure it is correct and effective. Patients should brush their teeth twice day, floss once a day, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to promote healthy teeth and fresh breath.
  • Scheduling regular visits to our Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can also help patients improve their oral health. Preventive dental care is a key part of maintaining a healthy mouth and enables us to treat developing problems quickly and effectively.

If you are experiencing persistent bad breath or have concerns about your oral health, schedule an appointment in our Buford, GA dentist office. Patients can call or request an appointment online. Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry look forward to helping you to help you address your dental concerns and getting you one step closer to a healthier smile.

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What Do I Do If I Have Chipped A Tooth?

Tooth Damage Buford GA At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford, GA we understand that chipped teeth can happen to any of our patients. Chipped teeth can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and even painful. At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we are committed to helping each of our patients achieve a healthy smile through personalized solutions and advanced treatment planning.

Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry are experienced cosmetic dentist with years of experience restoring damaged smiles. We dedicate hours of continuous training each year to stay up to date on the latest methods, technology, and research in dentistry to be able to deliver exceptional dental care to each and every one of our patients. If you have chipped a tooth or you have sustained another type of tooth damage, visit our Buford dental office for the treatment you need.  If you need to schedule an appointment, call 678-359-4707 or schedule an appointment online

Treating A Chipped Tooth

The first step to restoring a damaged smile is a comprehensive exam. With the results of the comprehensive exam, Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry will be able to determine if the damage you have sustained is the result of an underlying dental concern. If you tooth damaged is caused by an underlying dental concern, we will treat it prior to treating any cosmetic concerns. 

If your tooth damage is due to trauma or an accident, we will restore it using one or more cosmetic or restorative dentistry treatments. After considering factors like the type of damage, size, condition, and health of the teeth, we may recommend one or more of these solutions:

  • Porcelain Veneers– Porcelain veneers are thin, translucent covers that fit over the front and sides of the teeth to cover damaged teeth. Porcelain veneers can address one or more damaged teeth.
  • Dental Crowns– Dental crowns act as a “cap” that can cover broken and damaged teeth.
  • Dental Bonding- Dental bonding can be completed in just one visit. Dental bonding can be designed to blend seamlessly with your existing smile.

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Experience Comprehensive Dental Care in Buford, GA

Cosmetic Dentistry, Buford, GA At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford, GA, Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry provide comprehensive dental care to address a wide range of dental concerns. Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry are highly trained dentists who are trained to identify and diagnose dental problems ranging from routine to complex dental issues.  Our Buford dental office offers preventive dentistry, pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. As family dentists, we work with patients of all ages to find the solutions they need to restore their smile. We carefully examine your teeth and create a personalized treatment plan based on your needs.

We offer flexible payment plans and hours to ensure patients get the dental care they need to improve their smile. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions regarding our Buford dental office, you can call 678-359-4707 or schedule an appointment online

What our patients are saying about Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford, GA!

I was able to get an emergency appointment ASAP this week when I had a problem with an old crown. Dr. Newberry identified the problem within minutes and established a treatment plan for me. As always, the staff was warm and professional and the care they provide is top notch. Highly recommend! – Leigh B.

Dr. Brown and staff are very friendly and courteous. They have a state of the art facility with personal TVs and massage chairs. It makes the whole experience comfortable and painless. My entire family goes there, and they love it too. I would recommend Dr. Brown to anyone looking for the best family dentist in North Atlanta! -Nick D.

Could not ask for a better dentist and staff. Always has the latest and greatest technology. Very professional listens to your concerns and treats you like family. -Chris C.

Truly the best. I had been to several doctors and dentists about my jaw. Each referring me somewhere or telling me to go to the pain clinic. I researched and by luck found Dr. Brown. She took the time to listen and treat me. My jaw is almost back to 100%. It was nice to just have someone listen and not hurry me out the door. I would recommend Lanier Family to everyone! The staff is nothing but wonderful! -Brit


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