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Acidic Erosion

Enamel is one of the densest substances in the body, even more than bone. It is highly resistant to the wear and tear we put on it each and every day. In addition to the mechanical action of chewing, grinding and clenching our teeth, acidic erosion is another way our teeth can be harmed by our daily habits. Acids are substances with a low pH, where as bases have a high pH. Water is neutral with a pH of 7. When we think about the acids that can be harmful to our teeth, most people think of soda, sports drinks and sour candies. Some people are surprised to learn that ...

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Do I Really Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Taken Out?

Third molars, most commonly known as wisdom teeth, usually erupt at about age 17, however this can vary from person to person and sometimes they don’t erupt at all. Some people are even born without wisdom teeth, or sometimes have some of them but not all four.Oftentimes the wisdom teeth become impacted which can lead to several different problems. Impaction means that the tooth cannot fully erupt into its proper spot in the jaw. Many, many generations ago, the human skull was larger than it is today and could accommodate all 32 teeth including the wisdom teeth. Through evolution, the human skull and jaw has become a lot smaller and ...

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Replacing a Missing Tooth

When we are young, losing a tooth is an exciting thing as we put the tooth under our pillow and the tooth fairy comes in the night to trade it for some money. Unfortunately, when we lose a tooth when we are older, it's not such an exciting experience.Teeth have to be extracted for a variety of reasons. The most common ones are very large/ deep cavities, severe gum disease, and certain types of tooth fractures.When a tooth is lost, it can be an emotional process. Fortunately, there are several options available to replace the tooth once it is gone. Here, I will discuss the 4 most common options:The first ...

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Stress and Your Oral Health

Stress and Your Oral HealthHere are some ways that our bodies may respond to stress from an oral health point of view, and also ways to calm our bodies and minds.• The habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, usually while you’re sleeping, is called bruxism. It may be caused by stress. Symptoms include headaches, a sore jaw, frequent headaches, and damage to teeth or dental work.• Periodontal (gum) disease might be linked to high stress. Signs of gum disease include gums that bleed when you brush or floss; red, swollen or tender gums; and gums that have pulled away from your teeth.• Canker sores may also be stress-related. These ...

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Mouthguards

What is a mouthguard and why would my child need one?Mouthguards are important for active kids and teenagers to protect their growing teeth and surrounding oral structures. Mouthguards cushion the impact from sports-related trauma that could otherwise cause broken teeth, jaw injuries, or cuts on the lip, tongue or face.Can’t I just buy one at the drug store?In our office, we create mouthguards that are custom-made to fit your child’s mouth, which makes them more comfortable and effective than the over-the-counter versions. Our custom-made mouth guards stay in the mouth and only cause minimal interference with speech. Treating a sports-related dental injury can cost thousands of dollars, so it’s ...

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What Is Oral Irrigation?

What is Oral Irrigation?You may have heard us talking about the Waterpik in our office. This is our favorite oral hygiene tool for oral irrigation and we routinely recommend the Waterpik for many of our patients. Oral irrigators were first developed in 1962 as an alternative to dental flossing. An oral irrigator uses a stream of pressurized, pulsating water to clean between teeth and below the gum line. As a result, harmful deep periodontal pocket bacteria that could not otherwise be reached through brushing or flossing, is flushed out and removed.Adding an oral irrigator to your routine can be invaluable in the fight against gum disease. Specifically, oral water irrigators ...

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Bad Breath

Bad breath is also called halitosis. It can be an embarrassing problem, so some people don’t want to talk about it. Bad breath can be caused by many different things including:Some foodsCavitiesPeriodontal (gum) diseaseBacteria on the tongueXerostomia (dry mouth)Using tobacco productsSinus or respiratory infectionsSome medical conditionsSome medicationsPoor oral hygieneImproperly cleaned dentures.Some tips for preventing bad breath are:Keep current with your regular dental cleanings, x-rays, and examBrush at least twice daily and be sure to brush your tongue too. For best results, brush after all meals and try to avoid between meal snacking because the food you eat also feeds the bacteria that live in your mouth and create bad breath. ...

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