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When diabetes is not controlled properly, high glucose levels in saliva may create problems that lead to an increased risk of tooth decay. Your teeth are covered with plaque, a sticky film of bacteria. After you eat food that contains sugars or starches, the bacteria react with these sugars to release acids that attack tooth...
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Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that covers our teeth and, when we eat something, these bacteria release acids that attack the tooth enamel. When these attacks are repeated over time, the enamel will break down and this will eventually lead to cavities. When plaque is not removed through daily brushing and cleaning it...
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Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. There is a very slight gap between the tooth and the gum. Periodontal diseases attack this gap and cause a breakdown in the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues. When the tissues are damaged, the gap develops into a pocket and,...
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Though many of us say we brush our teeth regularly, you get the best results by making sure you brush properly. Here are the steps you should follow: First, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Then, move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes. Brush the outer tooth...
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Once you start wearing dentures, your oral health and hygiene routine is not over. Dentures should be taken care of just like real teeth. When you take your dentures out, you should brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You should rinse the dentures well with water and...
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There are many myths and wives tails that people come to believe when it comes to the questions regarding our teeth. I hear them every day, so here is my attempt to clarify some of the most common dental myths: MYTH: Brushing my teeth several times a day harms the enamel. TRUTH: Usually, it is...
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For those of you who tend to “neglect” flossing (yes, I’m talking to you), there is an easy to use, and effective alternative to string floss with the Waterpik Water Flosser. Seventy percent of the population currently does not use floss, and those that claim they do, aren’t very effective with it. Patients who use...
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I found this on the Warlingham Green Dental Clinic Blog, and I think it makes a very clear point: Want to know how to save money at the dentist? – See a hygienist! It is as simple as that. Hygienists are super at detecting early dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. We...
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As most of my patients know, I am in love with Stim-u-dents. Now I agree that brushing and flossing have been the gold standard for dentists and patients since the beginning of time, but recently I have been introduced to Stim-u-dents, and I think they are a fantastic product that should be used in conjunction...
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Caring for you pet’s teeth. (From Healthy Pet: Winter 2009) Imagine for a minute if you couldn’t brush or floss your teeth. What if something you ate days ago was still stuck between your teeth, pushing its way under your gumline and causing pain, discomfort, and maybe even an infection? Think how bad your breath...
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