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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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  • Tips for Protecting Sensitive Teeth

    Posted on in News

    A person with sensitive teeth may forget about just how sensitive their teeth are until… Zing! If you have a sensitive tooth, you know all too well about that ache, that sharp pain, the lingering tenderness. Sensitivity is caused when the gums recede or pull back and expose the root of the tooth, called the tooth dentin. …
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  • Cavities Aren’t Just for Kids! Seniors Too!

    Posted on in Educational, Food & Health, News

    If you would ask any parent of a younger child, or especially the parent of a teenager or two, what health issues seem the most worrisome, you’d probably get the same answer repeatedly. Lots of sugar intake, and therefore, lots of cavities. Kids love sugar-laden cereals, guzzle sugary sodas and sports drinks, and chomp on sugar-loaded and …
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  • Lions, Tigers and Bears… and Their Teeth?

    Posted on in Educational, News

    Dentists the world over tell us we need to brush and floss to keep our mouths healthy. What might be news is that lions, too, need to take care of their teeth too. Seriously! Lions, and every animal with teeth, have many of the same dental troubles that people do. They can have gum disease and gingivitis, …
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  • Supervise Kids’ Tooth Brushing

    Posted on in Children, Educational, Family

    You all know the bedtime routine that many parents require of their children before tucking them in: wash face, brush teeth, and put on pajamas. As children get older, most if not all are allowed to complete this bedtime routine without any supervision. Some dentists, based on a study recently published in England, are now saying that unsupervised …
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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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