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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Why Does Tooth Enamel Erode And How to Restore It

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Enamel is the thin, protective layer that covers the crown, or exposed portion of your tooth. At its deepest points, enamel is only about 2.5 millimeters thick. Though this might seem pretty thin, enamel is the hardest substance in the human body and is critical to the health of your teeth. It serves as protection from daily tooth wear, such as chewing, biting and grinding- forces that the dentin, or main body of your tooth, can’t withstand.  It also acts as an insulator to protect your teeth from harsh (and potentially painful) chemicals and temperatures.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

6 Major Causes of Tooth Loss

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There are many reasons why you might have a gap in your pearly whites. Having missing teeth is not just a cosmetic issue. The consequences of an absent tooth could include: decreased chewing ability, nutrition implications, difficulty speaking, diminished self-esteem, and additional dental problems.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

10 Habits that are Harmful to Your Teeth

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You constantly hear the good habits that protect your teeth and make for a healthy smile. Your mother, your dentist, the occasional toothpaste commercial, and even this blog deliver reminders for us to brush twice a day, floss daily, and see our dentist regularly. But, what about those bad habits that could be wrecking our teeth? Even patients with the best oral health routines probably engage in one or more of these “dental don’ts.” They can compromise the health of your teeth.  So, for the sake of your pearly whites, put these bad habits to rest and keep your smile looking great!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Causes and Cures of Tooth Sensitivity

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I’m sure we've all experienced tooth sensitivity at some point. It can be a sudden, sharp pain that shoots down through the nerve endings of a tooth or a dull, sore ache of the teeth and jaw. This discomfort is triggered by hot, cold, acidic, sour or sweet foods or drinks, brushing, chewing or even breathing in cold air. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you are probably suffering from a very common condition known as dentin hypersensitivity, or more commonly, sensitive teeth.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Mouth - Everything You Need to Know and More

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When we think dentist, we think “teeth,” right? Keeping your pearly whites strong and sparkling is obviously an important element of your oral health. However, there is more to the mouth and to having a healthy smile than just maintaining your teeth.  This week, Brighter has put together a list of interesting facts and tips to keep you informed on “all things mouth.” Understanding more about the tissues and functions of your mouth can help you to achieve an optimal oral health.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

7 Tips to Take Care of Bad Breath

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The causes of halitosis, or bad breath, can range from a great spicy lunch to real dental issues. So, how do you know if your unpleasant breath is being caused by the onions on your sandwich or if it warrants a trip to your dentist?  And, what are some tips to deal with this smelly problem?

Friday, August 15, 2014

6 Secrets to a Brighter Smile

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What’s the first thing you notice about someone when you meet them? According to a survey done by the Academy of General Dentistry, 40% of people notice a smile first and 96% believe that a smile is an important aspect of a person’s appearance. And it’s not just about looks. Lily Garcia, a dentist and a past president of the American College of Prosthodontics tells us, “A smile conveys confidence and professionalism.” A smile is important to our social and professional lives, as well as our own self-confidence.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Diabetes and Dental Health Connection

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If you follow our Brighter blog, you have probably read other posts concerning the correlation between good dental health and overall health concerns. As more research is done linking these two schools of medicine, this theory is becoming harder and harder to ignore.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Show Off Your Best Smile

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Brighter Monthly Photo Contest

We here at Brighter want to celebrate your beautiful smile. Starting in August, we’ll pick a “Best Smile” photo winner each month from a follower in our social network – Twitter, Facebook, GooglePlus, and Pinterest. The winning photo will be used as our background photo on all of our social profile pages for a month.

The 6 Most Useful Dental Tools

Not all dentist practices are created equal. For many, this begins and ends with the dentists at the practice. Certainly the hygienists and support staff also play a large role in the makeup of a practice as well. But so too do the actual tools the dentists use in order to get the job done. The following is a quick look at some of the tools all dentists use on a daily basis.