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The Truth About Sugary Drinks and Your Smile

Sweetened drinks are without a doubt some of the most ubiquitous beverages in our culture today. These sugary drinks can be found virtually everywhere, from the fridges of gas stations and convenience stores, to the vending machines in offices and supermarkets. Despite the fact that most people indulge in these drinks regularly, the truth of the matter is that they are not healthy, and in most cases, can cause serious health problems. This is especially true when it comes to oral and dental health. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pull Your Tooth or Save It?

Pulling out a painful or an infected tooth seems like an easy option. However, this may not be the best choice! Notably, irrespective of your current state, saving a natural tooth should always be your first choice, as you stand to gain a lot of health benefits. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Your Gums Bleed?

Bleeding gums is a common health problem faced by many people around the world. Notably, it is not unusual for gums to bleed, especially if you apply too much pressure while brushing. However, frequent bleeding of gums can be a symptom of a more serious problem such as gingivitis.
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Are You Brushing Too Hard?

Brushing using a wrong toothbrush or too hard can affect your teeth, or worsen the existing dental conditions. Some of the side effects include gum recession, enamel wear and tooth sensitivity.

Notably, most people think using a hard-bristled toothbrush or brushing too hard will make their teeth cleaner and whiter. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Essentially, apart from causing gum recession, the enamel may wear out and turn yellowish and darker. 
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Best Foods for Healthy Teeth

Any experienced dentist – or nutritionist for that matter – will tell you that variety and moderation are the key components of any diet intended to strengthen your teeth. Ideally, every plate you eat should contain at least one item from each of the 5 main food groups. These are: proteins, carbohydrates, milk and dairy foods, fruits and vegetables and fats, and sugars. 

Eating a limited amount of any of the mentioned foods may lead to mineral or vitamin deficiencies – one of the leading causes of oral health problems. Of course, a limited or poor diet will over time, weaken your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to opportunistic diseases like gum disease. 

To cut the long story short, here are the 9 foods that are recommended for strong and healthy teeth: Read the rest of this entry »

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What is Enamel Erosion?

Enamel is typically the hard, white, calcified substance that covers the crown of a tooth. Its work is to offer a shield against what we eat and drink, hence reducing the chances of developing cavities.

Enamel erosion is a state where the enamel cover wears away wholly or partially, leaving the tooth exposed. When the enamel erodes, the underlying dentin (yellowish in color) becomes more visible. In this state, no whitening treatment can help, as it’s the enamel that makes the teeth white. Read the rest of this entry »

8 Foods to Avoid if You Have Sensitive Teeth

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reports that more than 40 million Americans experience some pain and discomfort in their teeth when eating or drinking hot, cold, or sugary foods.

While the most affected demographics are young people and women, adults are also susceptible to tooth sensitivity, since the condition is mainly caused by lifestyle habits rather than age or gender.

So what foods should you avoid if you have sensitive teeth? Read the rest of this entry »

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Signs That You Are In Need of a Root Canal

A root canal treatment is basically a dental procedure, where the nerves and pulp of a tooth are removed. The root canal is then filled with a biocompatible material, and sealed with adhesive cement.

The procedure offers a solution to multiple dental problems, particularly infections and pulp damage. However, many people simply don’t know when to go for the treatment, which puts their teeth in danger.

So how do you tell if one or several of your teeth need root canals?

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Cosmetic Dental Treatment Options

Are you thinking about seeing a cosmetic dentist?

Many people decide that cosmetic work may be necessary to improve their smile. However, only a dental professional will be able to give you an idea of whether you’re right, or whether you’re looking for perfection when the health of your teeth and gums is already excellent.

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Benefits and Advantages of Dental Implants

When it comes to a dental implant, could it be right for you? We’re talking all about the benefits of dental implants today. Read on and find out more about how implant technology has become increasingly sophisticated over the years. Then you can find out whether you might want to book an appointment and see if implants may be the solution to your dental problems.

What are the advantages and the benefits when it comes to dental implants?

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