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Thursday, October 30, 2014

3 Tips to Trick-Or-Treat Tooth Smart

Dentist treating patient with gum disease
Since tomorrow is the biggest day of the year for collecting and devouring sweet treats, we thought we’d put together three tips to think about when it comes to buying and consuming candy this All Hallows’ Eve- and as long as that goody supply lasts for the days/weeks that follow:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

10 Ways to Prevent Gum Disease

Dentist treating patient with gum disease
In dentistry, “gum disease” or “periodontal disease” are general terms used to describe when gum, or gingiva tissue is in an unhealthy state. There are two main categories that gum disease can be broken into:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wisdom Teeth and Dental Health

Wisdom Teeth
The normal adult mouth boasts 32 permanent teeth. In most cases, all except the wisdom teeth have erupted by age thirteen. The third set of molars, or “wisdom teeth,” usually come in during a person’s late teen or early twenty years.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Why Smoking is Bad for Your Teeth

Smoking is bad for health and teeth
You probably already know that smoking is bad for your health, but, did you realize that smoking can have significant negative effects on your oral health as well? Some of the dental problems that smoking contributes to include:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

8 Major Steps One Can Take To Prevent Tooth Decay

preventing tooth decay
The best way to avoid painful and expensive dental issues is to prevent them. While there is no magic product or routine that can guarantee perfect oral health, there are certainly several tried and true measures you can apply to fend off tooth decay.  Here are 8 steps our dentists recommend to prevent tooth decay.

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

soda is bad for teeth
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

anatomy of mouth

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

anatomy of mouth
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.