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  • Prehistoric Teeth Tell Much About Early Man’s Diet and Lifestyle

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    Recently, some prehistoric teeth were discovered in a cave outside of Tel Aviv, Israel. These teeth are estimated to be about 400,000 years old, and they are well preserved because the cave they were found in was well sealed off from the elements. What scientists were able to learn by examining these teeth and their plaque has …
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  • The Newest Dental Implant: Bottle Opener?

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    There have been surprising items that people have wanted to have installed in their mouths over the years. Gold, silver, diamonds… oh, my! From gold or silver teeth replacements to jewels set into teeth – not to mention the sharpening of canine teeth after the increase in popularity in vampire movies! – some dental implants and accessories may …
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  • Have Cavities? Blame your Genes!

    Posted on in Educational, Food & Health, 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 Fluoride Amounts in 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?

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    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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  • Proper Flossing Technique

    Posted on in Children, Educational, Family

    Flossing. Many people can be intimidated by it. How much floss do I use? How do I actually get that string in between my teeth? Is it supposed to hurt? Proper flossing on a daily basis should not hurt. In fact, if you do it well, it should help decrease the risk of any tooth or mouth …
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