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  • The Effects of Sugar on Your Teeth

    Posted on in Educational, Food & Health, News

    A school in England made the news recently, and teachers (and dentists!) are cheering. They are happy because the school has banned students from drinking sugary drinks at school. Students’ drink choices are limited to water and milk while on school grounds. So, what’s the big deal with sugary drinks? Everyone will tell you drinking too much …
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  • Creative Kids and Their Loose Tooth

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    It’s a rite of passage for every kid: the wiggling of a loose tooth and then losing that tooth. It can be a difficult experience for some kids, and many parents lessen the possible stress by telling them about the Tooth Fairy. Other kids have no problem with losing teeth. They instead want to hurry them out …
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  • Have Cavities? Blame your Genes!

    Posted on in News

    Let’s be honest: we all know that person who isn’t good to his or her teeth. They don’t brush regularly, don’t know how to use floss, drink soda by the barrel… and never have a cavity. Then there are the folks that religiously brush twice a day and floss, never eat candy or cake or anything sweet… …
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  • U.S. to lower amount of fluoride in drinking water

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    About 70 years ago, scientists discovered that people who drank water that had more fluoride actually had fewer cavities! So, in 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first city in the world to add fluoride to its drinking water. Research done six years later showed that kids there had significantly less tooth decay. The same year, the U.S. …
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  • Is Lemon Water Hurting Your Teeth?

    You’ve tasted the trend, no doubt, in an upscale restaurant or in your own home: Lemon water, or water flavored by the juice of a lemon, or accented by a sunny lemon slice. Most would say that it makes water, which is understandably bland, just taste better. Many would say that drinking lemon water every morning is …
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  • Your Tooth Enamel… Came From Fish Scales?

    Posted on in Educational, News

    Tooth enamel is one of the hardest materials in your whole body. It protects your teeth as you eat, and it protects your teeth from sugar and other foods that try to eat away at your teeth, causing cavities and other tooth troubles. Tooth enamel isn’t found anywhere else in your body, and scientists have long wondered …
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