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9th Annual Dentistry From the Heart Event

On Saturday, March 21st 2020 Norge Dental Center will be hosting our 9th Annual Dentistry From the Heart event. Our team will be providing the first 200+ patients with a free cleaning, extraction or filling. Eligible to patients age 18+ only. We will have dozens of hygienists, dental assistants, dental professionals and volunteers donating their time and resources in order to provide thousands of dollars in free dental care and much needed relief to people in need in the community. Patients are asked to arrive early as the event is a first come first serve basis. Event registration will begin at 8:00am and patients will be seen through 4:00pm that day. Patients are also encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, to bring a chair, blankets, water, snacks, etc. as they may be waiting outside to be seen. For more information about the event please connect with us on Facebook: Event Link or contact us at 757-564-0804. Event Title: 9th Annual Dentistry From the Heart Event Date & Time (Begin to End): March 21, 2020 8am-4pm Location: Norge Dental Center 

Why We Practice Shame Free Dentistry at Norge Dental Center

What is “Shame Free Dentistry” and why do we practice it? Have you ever found yourself putting off a dentist appointment because you were afraid of being judged by the state of your teeth? Perhaps it’s been a while since you’ve received any treatment, and you’re embarrassed for anyone to know? Unfortunately, those are common fears associated with the dentist’s office, but we’re here to flip the script. Norge Dental Center is a shame-free, judgment-free zone! No matter how long it’s been, our goal is to help you regain and maintain optimum oral health. Good oral health not only improves your overall quality of life, but it also reduces your risk for heart disease. Even the office of the Surgeon General (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) has emphasized the importance of oral health, sharing that the “mouth is the center of vital tissues and functions that are critical to total health and well-being across the lifespan.” Taking care of your oral health is taking care of your body, too. It’s important to visit the dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and checkups to ensure your oral health is in tip-top shape. But exactly how often should you go? There’s no one size fits all answer in terms of treatment, but we recommend a cleaning two times each year. The best time to get that first cleaning is right now. You’ll find that we don’t judge based on what your care has looked like in the past. We’re here to help get you back on track so you can feel confident in your smile again, live your best life without oral pain or discomfort and actually enjoy a dentist appointment for once. How do we do this? We understand that dental anxiety is REAL, so we take extra special care to ensure all of your concerns are addressed before we begin any treatment. You won’t say “ahhh” before we hear your story first. The experience we provide at Norge is unlike anything else. From our lavender scented eye shades to the soothing music we provide, you might find yourself questioning whether you’re at the dentist’s office or at the spa. We even offer conscious sedation for those with higher levels of anxiety to ensure you’re comfortable during your cosmetic or restorative treatment. Sound like something you’d like to experience for yourself? Call our office directly at (757) 941-7682 to book your FREE Smile Consultation. This 30 minute consultation gives you a chance to speak freely with one of our knowledgeable dentists about your concerns, expectations and hopes. We can share some remarkable before and after photos with you, and and you will receive up-front pricing information based on the recommended treatment plan. Once you and your dentist agree on a plan, you can get started immediately (or feel free to get a second opinion). You’re under zero obligation. Experience the difference at Norge Dental Center for yourself, and you’ll be on your way to a...
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How Your Dentist Can Help With Headaches & Jaw Pain (TMJ)

If you experience frequent headaches in your everyday life, it’s time to take a closer look because having a headache multiple times per week may not be something you have to live with. Very often, your jaw could be the culprit. Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ disorders) affects 15% of Americans, and could be the reason you’re experiencing the following symptoms: -frequent headaches -jaw pain -clicking/popping noises when your mouth opens Keep in kind clicking and popping don’t necessarily have to be present for there to be a jaw problem that causes headaches. The good news is that our team at Norge Dental Center can help! TMJ can start with because of other conditions, like arthritis, tooth and jaw alignment issues, and stress and/or teeth grinding. If there have been past injuries or dislocation, TMJ may be a longer-term effect. Symptoms range from migraine headaches to teeth clenching and grinding, all directly impacting how you feel on a daily basis. Your teeth shouldn’t be causing you pain, and one of the first steps to treating TMJ is proper diagnosis. Before your next dental appointment, prepare a list of all the symptoms you experiencing on a daily or weekly basis. It’s important to tell your dentist what’s been bothering you so we can help – and it’s important to write these down in advance so you don’t forget in the moment! When checking for TMJ, your dentist will perform an exam to check your joints/muscles for tenderness and see if you have difficulty moving them. If diagnosed with a TMJ disorder, we can help correct or manage symptoms so you can get back to living your life. There are multiple solutions available, and your dentist will work with you to determine the best one. TMJ Mouthguards are worn to help protect your teeth against grinding/clenching during the night. If prescribed this device, you’ll remove it in the morning – hopefully headache free! If a mouthguard isn’t enough, Bite Correction might be recommended. This treatment requires dental work as it may include dental crowns, orthodontics, bridges or other techniques. Bite correction helps ensure the proper contact between your top and bottom teeth. If you have an upcoming appointment, make sure to share with your dentist any symptoms you’ve been experiencing. And if you’re new to Norge Dental Center, we’ll discuss all of your questions and concerns during your first visit. You really can live a happier, pain-free life just by asking for help. Call our office directly at (757) 941-7682 to make an appointment.  

How to Keep Teeth Healthy & White Through the Holiday

With the holidays fast approaching, you might be wondering how you can keep your teeth healthy and white without having to hide from pictures or give up the once a year Christmas candy. The team here at Norge has your back, and we’re here to help! We’re sharing some best practices for oral health during the holidays. Around this time of year, your teeth could use some extra love. Here are a few items to consider during the festivities: Careful with Candy While delicious, Christmas candy can be harmful to your teeth in more ways than one. Hard candy could easily crack your teeth, possibly leaving you in pain or with pressure/temperature sensitivity. On the other side of the spectrum, candy that’s really sticky could remove dental work such as crowns or fillings, and it’s very difficult to remove from your teeth. The best defense is to be careful and limit your intake of these common culprits of dental damage. Limiting your intake of sugars can also save you trips to the dentist for fillings later on. Eating large amounts of candy/other sugary foods is one of the main reasons that children are more likely to require fillings. Cutting back on sugars, eating healthy meals and visiting the dentist on a regular basis are the recommended ways to help prevent cavities from forming. A Quick Trick to Prevent Teeth from Staining If you have a glass of red wine during the holiday festivities, make sure that you swish water around in your mouth after you’re done to help prevent staining. Along with coffee, red wine is notorious for staining your teeth and can leave your smile less than brilliant after repeated exposure to acidic dark drinks like red wine. Because your teeth have a porous surface, the pigments from the wine can settle into the small cracks of your teeth leading to potentially stained teeth. We’re not saying that you have to avoid red wine – and in fact, there are articles all over the internet that indicate that drinking red wine has numerous health benefits. You’ve probably even heard one of those benefits from a family member or friend. Proactively Whitening Teeth During this time of year, you might want to take an extra step to ensure that your smile is the brightest it can be. One of the ways you can do this effectively is through at-home teeth whitening provided by your dentist. While easily accessible during your grocery trips, over-the-counter teeth whitening products don’t perform as well as the ones you’ll find at your dentist’s office, so don’t be afraid to ask us. When you book an in-house whitening appointment at Norge Dental Center, we can share options and even provide you with custom-fit trays and whitening gel that you can use at home. To schedule your appointment to talk about teeth whitening, call us at 757-941-7682. We’re wrapping up another year at Norge Dental Center, and want to wish each of our patients a joyous holiday...
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Need An Emergency Dentist in Williamsburg? What To Know Right Now

Maybe the kids were playing too rough or a popcorn kernel cracked a tooth. Whatever the cause, experiencing a dental emergency on a weekend or during a holiday can be especially stressful What do you do when the dentist offices are normally closed? Here at Norge Dental Center, we offer Emergency Dentistry services because we believe you shouldn’t have to wait when the unexpected occurs. Here’s what to do if you have a dental emergency after hours – If You’ve Lost A Tooth Don’t touch the root. Place the tooth back into the socket and call your emergency dentist right away. You can also place the tooth in a container of milk or water. Apply ice to your face if needed. The most important thing is to stay calm and know that your dentist can help fix it. If You’ve Broken A Tooth You’re wondering if it can be made whole again, and we want to see that happen! We’ll use a digital x-ray to determine if the tooth can be bonded. If extraction is needed, a dental implant is the most natural looking option to blend with the rest of your teeth. If You Need Oral Surgery While we always aim to perform the least invasive treatment option, sometimes surgery is required. Whether you’re oral health requires dental implants, TMJ treatment, or tooth removal – we’re on a mission to restore your smile. We have a team of dentists on-call during AND after hours prepared to handle any tooth-related emergency. Whether you’re new to Norge Dental Center or a current patient, we can help after you’ve experienced an accident or injury. Below is a list of our available emergency dentists. If you call our Dental Emergency Hotline at 757-645-0143, we will help you right away. Dr. Timothy Johnston Dr. Ray Henley Dr. Aarthi Balasubramaniam Dr. Poonum Bharal Dr. Mark Crocker When emergency strikes, our priority is to quickly diagnose the problem and immediately relieve any pain or discomfort you might be feeling. We understand that injuries are stressful, so we combine the latest technology with extra comfort measures to ensure you’re back on your way in no time! Make sure to add the Dental Emergency Hotline to your cell phone! If an accident or trauma-related injury happens, don’t stress – you’ve got an experienced team at Norge Dental Center ready to help you and your family. 

Sinking Your Teeth into Thanksgiving Dinner: Oral Health Dos and Don’ts

By Christina Thomas, RDH  As Thanksgiving approaches, we here at Norge Dental Center would like to express our gratitude to our patients and dental family. This time of year gives us the opportunity to reconnect and focus on all the blessings of the year behind and ahead of us. While we gather with loved ones and share feasts, here are a few helpful tips to help keep our smiles as thankful as our hearts.  Let’s have a look around the typical Thanksgiving dinner table! Turkey. The the main course and highlight of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is the Turkey. Turkey contains Phosphorus, which is a main component in the development of teeth and rebuilding of enamel. Be careful of the turkey bones though, which can lead to broken teeth. Cranberries. As a side, fresh cranberries are an anti-inflammatory fruit full of Flavonoid which helps to prevent bacteria from sticking to our teeth.  Watch out for the cranberry sauces however, because they may contain additional sugars which attack the enamel and can lead to decay.  Macaroni & Cheese. If you are having Macaroni and cheese, this side dish is heavy on calcium which helps to strengthen teeth. Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes. When it comes to potatoes, be mindful of the starch that bacteria love to feed on. Sweet potatoes are a better option that contains Vitamin A and can stimulate saliva which helps to alleviate xerostomia.  Vegetables. Making sure to get your recommended serving of Vegetables is important.  Green beans, spinach, and brussel sprouts are great options that contain high levels of folic acid which help prevent gum disease.  As our main course comes to a close and desserts are calling our name, we are reminded that moderation is our best weapon today! Low sugar and smaller portions will keep our teeth happy. Water and tea are great beverages to sip on throughout the day.  Choosing these over coffee or sodas will reduce the amount of erosion that teeth undergo. Coffee can also stain our teeth, as does red wine.    Somewhere between the last plates being washed and falling asleep on the couch by the fireplace, make sure to take time to brush and floss. Remember that maintaining good oral health is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves.  We hope you have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving. See you after the holiday!  

Time for Children’s Cavities to Hit the Road! Signed, MOM.

When it comes to visiting the dentist, many children are uneasy. They might be wary of the x-ray machine, or the sounds the dental tools make. Unfortunately, these fears are probably due to previous experiences. Maybe the office was cold, the staff unfriendly, or the dentist didn’t explain the procedure in “kid terms.” All of these experiences can turn any routine checkup into a nightmare for a child. Heck even us adults would be turned off, right? The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Here at Norge Dental Center, we earn our “family dentist” title by building an entire experience just for children. We understand the fears associated with visiting the dentist for the first time, or even the 10th. Our pediatric wing will make kids feel right at home with TVs, headphones, and blankets for comfort. If it’s your child’s first time to Norge, we take them on a grand tour, or as we like to call it, a Happy Visit. This includes a ride in the dental chair, meeting Mr. Thirsty, counting teeth, learning about Douglas (the Tooth Fairy’s pet), and educating them on the best brushing/flossing techniques. Speaking of those brushing habits, let’s talk about ages 6-14, when kiddos are the most cavity prone. During this time they are still developing proper brushing and flossing habits, and tend to pay more attention to the candy aisles at the grocery store. Because there are so many tiny cracks and grooves in teeth, a toothbrush might not reach all of them, leaving the teeth exposed to the development of decay. This is especially true for their back teeth (molars), which are uneven and a good place for bacteria to hide. Not to worry, sealants are here to save the day! Sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth. It bonds to the tiny cracks and grooves forming a superhero-like shield to prevent food from getting in, and plaque from developing. The entire process only takes a few minutes, and is entirely painless. Sealants last anywhere between three to five years. Keep in mind that they only do their job correctly while fully intact, so make sure to keep regular appointments with your dentist. If you’re wondering how effective sealants are at preventing cavities, we’re glad you asked! Studies say sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80 percent in molars. If any of your child’s teeth are showing early signs of decay, sealants can still be applied over them to prevent further damage. Talk about a win- take that Mr. Cavity! For more information on preventative measures you can take to help ensure your child’s oral health, call our office today to book their first appointment. We’ll perform an initial exam, and give you all the information you need to be heavily armed in the fight against cavities. 

Rather Have a Root Canal? Time to Rethink Your Expectations

There’s a lot of “dread” related to a root canal. We want you to know the anticipation and avoidance is MUCH worse than the actual procedure. Most people think of root canals as painful, but once you know what it actually entails, you’ll understand the value of the procedure – and that it’s not actually that bad. In fact, if you don’t get that root canal, you will undoubtedly experience pain of an infection that spreads and eventually tooth loss. To your dentist, those options are far scarier than a root canal, especially now that patients have so many great sedation options to make the experience a positive one. So what happens in a root canal, and what exactly are we accomplishing when you get one? Let’s cover the basics – The nerve at the root of your tooth has become infected or might even be dead. During a root canal, infected tissue will be removed from your tooth. A dentist (or in some cases an endodontist, a soft tissue specialist) will perform the root canal. It usually takes two office appointments to complete the full procedure. You’ll experience very little pain once it’s done. Think of it as a filling that takes 2 visits. Now that your know the basics, here is a closer look at the actual procedure. To decide whether a root canal is necessary, the dentist will first do an x-ray to assess the situation. If a damaged or infected nerve is found, a root canal appointment will be scheduled. Once you are in the chair ready to go, the dentist will numb the area and make sure the incision area is dry. Sedation methods and anesthesias give patients the option of remaining conscious and not remembering the procedure – or allowing the patient to be asleep during the actual procedure. The best idea is to talk with your dentist about your level of comfort and what would be best for the procedure. Now that you’re comfortable, we will go through the top of the tooth to get to the nerve, or the pulp. The infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned out. A temporary filling is then added to help seal the top of the tooth. On your second visit, a more permanent filling or crown is placed on the tooth. We may also prescribe medication depending on the severity of the infected tooth. You might be wondering, “How do I know if I need a root canal?” Symptoms that might alert you of damaged soft tissue could include: pain when chewing, extreme sensitivity to cold/hot, a cracked tooth, or discoloration of the gums. Make sure to check in with your dentist if you notice any of these warning signs – but keep in mind you may not have any warning signs at all, and it will take the dentist to know. Norge Dental Center patients are uneasy about root canals. Our goal is to make the process as easy...
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5 Secrets to Everyday Teeth Whitening Anyone Can Start Today

Teeth whitening options are everywhere – maybe you’ve even tried a few. From overnight trays to carefully painting each tooth with a whitening gel and waiting for it to work, we’re not surprised to find many patients are frustrated with the whitening tools they try find at the store. The truth is that over time your teeth become less white and the enamel, the outer covering of your teeth, starts to wear away. It can even happen to even the most diligent of brushers. We get asked all the time after a patient gets professional teeth whitening: How can I keep them white this time? There are 5 things every single person can do to keep their teeth whiter. Rinse after dark beverages. Whether it’s a glass of red wine or a daily cup of coffee (okay, or two) these dark, acidic drinks take their toll on our teeth over the years. Give your mouth a quick swish with water to help prevent staining. NOT brushing your teeth immediately after drinking something acidic. (Surprising, we know!) Brushing your teeth right after drinking acidic liquids can cause you to brush away parts of the enamel that have been weakened, leaving your teeth more at risk for stains and other damage. Acidic drinks to be aware of include orange juice, wine, coffee, and tea. Make sure to wait 30 minutes to help prevent the weakening of enamel and staining. Use a straw for beverages to avoid direct contact with teeth. Straws are a great way to spare your teeth. Bonus! If you use reusable or paper straws, you’re protecting both your teeth and the environment too. Chew sugarless gum. Although not as exciting as bubble gum, it is a good way to have fresh breath without adding more damage to your teeth. Sugar actually increases the amount of plaque build-up on teeth, which can ultimately lead to decay or cavities. Sugarless gum allows you to avoid the excess plaque while also helping to increase the amount of saliva in your mouth, washing away harmful acids from food. Floss daily. Yes, DAILY – not just a week before your appointment at our office. 😉 Getting plaque and food between your teeth can help reduce staining and future cavities.   Many of these tips are ones you have probably heard in passing or have been recommended by a friend, but be careful following every tip you come across. Once enamel is lost, it cannot come back. There are many trends like charcoal rubs, rinsing with coconut oil, or an increased fruit intake that can end up harming your enamel instead of making it stronger. For whitening at home, you can consider stain removal toothpastes and whitening strips. Keep in mind – sometimes these quick fixes are not enough to help you achieve the sparkling smile you want. Professional-grade whitening at a dentist office involves trays of whitening solution that are stronger than any over the counter solutions. Dentists are able to customize the experience...
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Is it time for your turnaround story? A story for “dentist-avoiders”

Ashley started her career in TV and radio, but she always knew she wanted to be in sports news. So when she was covering Superbowl XLVIII and she learned that TMZ was launching TMZ Sports, she moved to LA for the job. Ashley followed new opportunities and later worked for the NFL. It was a true dream job for her. After 3 years in LA, she knew she wanted to live closer to home in Hampton Roads. Today Ashley is director of marketing for VB Nightlife, where she helps local businesses promote their events and happy hours, and she runs a social media business. She also co-hosts Living 757, a Hampton Roads entertainment program that just launched September 2019. She takes a lot of photos for her social media business, as well as events. She often turned to one side because she never liked how the other side of her smile looked in pictures. This was part of a trend of avoiding the dentist for Ashley. Growing up, she hated going to the dentist. It always reminded her of a doctor’s office – and so she went as scarcely as she could get away with as a young adult. She never saw a dentist after college, and never saw a dentist when living in LA. At this point, it was 5-6 years since Ashley had dental care. She thought she would be fine, but deep down she knew better. Finally, a friend recommended a trusted dentist that could take a look at Ashley’s teeth and smile. Ashley was nervous because, even though she had a nice smile, she knew this dentist would be able to tell she hadn’t been to the dentist for a professional cleaning in years. Ashley went to see Dr. Timothy Johnston at Norge Dental Center.. He never made her feel bad about not having been to the dentist for so long. To Ashley’s surprise, the office was more like a spa than a doctor’s office. In the end, Ashley had several cavities. This was what Ashley was afraid of – but the truth is addressing it was much better than avoiding it any longer. Her cavities were addressed easily and painlessly. She also talked to Dr. Johnston about improving her smile. It wasn’t as brilliant as she wanted it to be – so together she and Dr. Johnston worked on a plan to dramatically change her smile. First, she had some periodontal work with Dr. Johnston. This helped with a smile that shows a lot of someone’s gums to make teeth look larger. Ashley was able to drive herself to and from her appointment and resume her everyday life immediately. Then, Dr. Johnston’s team designed veneers for Ashley. For a few weeks, she had temporary veneers while her custom veneers were at the lab. Then she had her permanent veneers placed – and she loved the result. Absolutely loved it! Today Ashley gets compliments on her smile – and, it looks so natural, no one guesses...
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Do you smile small? How to add power to your smile and your words

Every time she spoke in front of the audience, she couldn’t help but wonder: What if they are thinking more about my teeth than what I’m saying? All her life, Tiffany Lantz was self-conscious of her smile. She did get compliments on her smile. She had a beautiful smile – but she knew her front teeth were discolored too. The truth is, it didn’t matter who else noticed. Tiffany noticed. She thought about it and often “smiled small” in order to hide the discolored part of her teeth. Tiffany is a surgical ICU nurse at Riverside Regional Medical Center, and when she’s not working there, she speaks to groups of women as part of a sales team. At the hospital, she’s up close and personal with her patients. When she’s speaking, she wanted to be presentable – and she didn’t want her looks to ever distract from her message. Tiffany knew if her teeth looked better, she would feel better in every aspect of her work. She decided to take the step to finally invest in herself. As a healthcare professional herself, Tiffany knew she wanted a practice that was the best care she could find. “As a nurse, I know what outstanding patient care should look like, and I can say that at Norge Dental Center, it’s incredible. From the efficiency of service to the caring staff, it was a personalized experience. It wasn’t only about my teeth – it was about me as a person.” Amie Wade, the dental assistant at Norge Dental Center, was one of the highlights of Tiffany’s experience. She was on top of the shades, level of numbing and special considerations Tiffany needed. Veneers are not just about a stunning smile. It’s about the shape of your mouth and the shade of your teeth. They are custom-designed to suit your mouth and your preferences, so no one would ever guess they’re not your natural teeth. There’s always the moment of truth, when you get to see your new smile for the first time. What ran through Tiffany’s head? That’s really me! Where’s the gap? Is this real life right now? It was. Ever since that day she’s constantly had a big smile across her face. She gets repeated and genuine compliments from people she meets. As Tiffany continues to coach women and motivate them, she can really say she believes in what she always recommends to her audience: Invest in yourself. 

The Truth Behind “Teeth in a Day” and Quality Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing your teeth, the choice is clear: dental implants are the most natural, lifelike restoration you can choose. Maybe you’ve seen dental implants called “teeth in a day.” The goal behind “teeth in a day” is to make sure that you don’t have to live a single day without some kind of teeth in your mouth. Of course, that doesn’t mean that your dental team will prepare your dental implants in a hurry. The reality is that there is plenty of pre-operative work and post-operative care involved. That’s why we don’t call implants “teeth in a day” at Norge Dental Center. For us, there is an incredible amount of care and expertise put into the process of providing patients with dental implants, and we would never sacrifice that quality for “zippy” results. We will never leave you without your smile – but there is still work to be done to make it perfect after the initial placement. We want to make sure that our patients know upfront what is involved. So what’s entailed? Ensuring a Natural Look: We guide patients step by step through the creation of the right “look” for their face. We use digital imaging in order to blend implants naturally with your teeth. Our expertise supports you through the preparation, procedure and post-operative care involved with dental implants – but the final look is about what you want. Focus on Functionality: Dental implants will improve the way your smile looks, but that’s not all we’re looking for. We want dental implants to support your overall health and the functionality of your teeth. When dental implants are done well, they will do more than look great – they will also restore how you eat, laugh and speak. We’re also going to ensure your jaw is ready for a dental implant. Patients with bone deterioration may need a pre-implant procedure to place a titanium post where the tooth is missing. This bonds with bone to create a strong foundation for the implant. An Experience That’s Tailored to You: Our goal is to ensure your comfort. The experience is painless – and many of our patients even find it relaxing. However, we understand that some patients feel uneasy during dental procedures. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and worry free. Therefore, we have sedation options based on your needs. Our friendly staff is also here to answer any questions you may have and ease your concerns so you can focus on your new smile. Are you ready to see what solutions we can provide for your smile? Give us a call today and book your free smile consultation. 
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