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Transparency Is Not a Good Thing for Teeth

When you look at your teeth in the mirror, do the edges appear thin and see-through? This is not a good thing … teeth are supposed to be white and opaque. What Causes Translucent/Transparent Teeth? If your teeth appear translucent, the most likely reason is because of enamel erosion. Enamel is the thin, outer covering …

Should I Be Brushing My Tongue?

You may be brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, but are you brushing your tongue? If you’re not, you may want to include this step in your regular oral care routine. Why Should I Brush My Tongue? Basically, your tongue is covered in bacteria (more than 700 bacterial species), which loves to accumulate …

Hate to Floss? Try Water Flossing!

Is there a special someone in your life who can’t — or simply won’t — floss between his or her teeth? Then a water flosser may just be the perfect gift! What Is a Water Flosser? Known as the Water Pik back in the 1970s, the water flosser is a hand-held device that has become …

Easing Anxiety about Root Canals

Being told you need a root canal may cause you to feel anxious or worried and full of questions. While the procedure has had a bad reputation in the past, it really is not so scary and can help you save a tooth. What Is a Root Canal? A root canal is a treatment for …

Dental Check-Ups Are Good for Your Heart, Too!

Did you know that if you have gum disease, you are more likely to have heart disease? This is just one of the reasons why it is so important to have regular check-ups with your dentist and get your teeth cleaned regularly. What Is Gum Disease? Gum disease is an inflammatory condition of the tissues …

Back-to-School: Packing a Healthy Lunch

After August’s all-consuming solar eclipse preparations, there are only a few days left to make back-to-school preparations. Here are some quick tips for healthy lunchbox packing so you and your child can avoid the many processed foods and hidden salt and sugars. Lunchables may be easy, but they are full of sodium. For example, the …

Protect Your Teeth from the Pool’s Chlorine

Blondes often worry about chlorine turning their hair green, but as you splash around in the pool this summer, be mindful that chlorine can have an effect on the color of your teeth as well. Chlorine is an antimicrobial that is used to sanitize swimming pools and Jacuzzis and keep them free of the bacteria …

Triclosan in Toothpaste: Should You Be Concerned?

In September 2016, the Food And Drug Administration gave manufacturers one year in which to remove triclosan from anitmicrobrial hand soaps. This decision was made due to a lack of evidence about triclosan’s safety. Then, more recently, a group of 200 scientists, medical doctors and public health professionals, representing 29 countries, published a statement that …

Vitamin D, Calcium and Your Teeth

Summer is almost here, and we know you’ll be slathering on the sunscreen to protect your skin … but the good news is that a little bit of sun exposure helps you get enough vitamin D. Combine that with some calcium-rich foods, and you are on your way to keeping your teeth (and bones) healthy …

Gum Disease: A Warning for Your Health

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is inflammation around the tooth caused by an infection of the tissues that surround the tooth. Some of the symptoms are red, swollen gums that bleed easily, and gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease can also be a warning sign that a …