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Studies Show That Athletes Have a Higher Risk of Tooth Decay

In recent years there has been more and more evidence illustrating that athletes have a higher risk of tooth decay and oral health problems. A 2014 study states that athletes have a higher risk for dental erosions, caries (cavities) and changes in their saliva. The study also found that there is a correlation between how often and how vigorously an athlete worked out and their susceptibility to tooth decay.

Some have speculated that athletes’ consumption of sports drinks could be the reason for their poor dental health, but it seems as though the changes in their saliva may be the root cause.

When someone exercises for a prolonged period of time, their ...

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Soft Foods Recipes to Eat After Dental Work

When you have extensive dental work done, it's important to remember you can’t eat an apple right after. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of tasty food you can still have. There are many delicious recipes well worth making even when you can’t chew. Here are some recipes for soft foods after dental work.

1. Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love a delicious mashed potato recipe? Add some bacon, parmesan or pepper jack cheese, and maybe some green onions, and you have yourself a delicious bowl of mashed potatoes.

2. Clear Fluids

Fruit juice is an easy fluid to consume – apple, cranberry, or grape are some great choices. Stay clear of citrus juices like orange, or ...

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What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a procedure done in cosmetic dentistry to improve someone’s smile. The tooth-colored resin is applied to the teeth and hardened with ultraviolet light. The UV light bonds the material to the teeth and restores their teeth and their smile.

Why might someone need dental bonding?

Bonding might be done on teeth if the patient has cavities, cracks or chips, discoloration, or spaces between teeth. Compared to veneers or crowns, bonding is for less severe dental problems and is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Since the resin used in bonding is not as strong as the material in a crown, it’s usually only done for small changes. It’s ...

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How Apples Affect Your Teeth

Everyone knows that apples are a tasty and healthy snack. But if you do a quick search for how apples affect your teeth, you may see some differing results. Some posts say that apples are great for teeth, and others warn about the high acidity and sugar content. So which is it? Are apples good or bad for your teeth?

The Good

The good—no, the great thing about apples when it comes to your teeth is that they work as a sort of natural toothbrush. Their crunchy texture and tough skin can stimulate your gums as would happen when you brush and floss. Of course, a natural toothbrush should never replace the ...

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Deep Teeth Cleaning or Scaling and Root Planning: What is It?

Your dental hygienist might recommend deep teeth cleaning if you have signs of periodontal disease. To test for this, your hygienist will measure the pocket depth of your gums where they meet your teeth.
 
At your dental cleaning every six months, you may notice your hygienist recording some numbers while they probe your gums. They are recording your gum pocket depth.

Healthy pockets should be no more than 3 millimeters deep. If your gum pocket depth is more than 4 millimeters deep, you could be prescribed deep teeth cleaning. This is a proactive treatment for periodontal disease and is crucial to prevent any further complications.

What is It?
 A deep teeth cleaning ...

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Receding Gums: Why It Happens and How to Prevent It

Most commonly, gum recession is caused by poor dental hygiene. But it can also be caused by hormonal changes or your teeth’s position. Here is a rundown of why someone may have receding gums and how you can prevent it.
 
1. Brushing your teeth too hard

When it comes to brushing your teeth, there can be too much of a good thing. If you’re too aggressive with your toothbrush, you can wear away your enamel and cause your gums to recede. We recommend you use a soft bristled brush and brush at a 45-degree angle.

2. Poor dental hygiene

If you’re not brushing and flossing enough, there will be plaque on your ...

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Opening Things with Your Teeth Is so Not worth It

For the human species, teeth are not meant to be used as tools. A general rule of thumb is that if you’re not going to consume it, don’t let it touch your teeth. Opening things with your teeth is so not worth it.

This scarlet macaw uses its beak as a tool–but humans should not.

Now, if you were a parrot and you had a beak things would be different. A large macaw has the bite strength of 500 to 700 pounds per square inch. They can crack open a brazil nut and have it be no big deal. But, just like fingernails, their beaks grow back if they are chipped or ...

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Why I Chose to Place Dental Implants

My patients are important to me. I’ve earned their trust during the 20-plus years I’ve been practicing at my location, and I want to continue to do my best for them. Whenever I have to send them to another practice to place dental implants, they aren’t that happy about it.
 
“I want you to do it,” they say. “Why can’t I have it done here?”

Who could blame them? Deciding to undergo a dental implant procedure is a big and often life-changing decision. They want to go through the process (the entire process) with someone they know and trust.

This is the main reason I’ve gone through extensive training, purchased the ...

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Do You Need a Crown or Filling? What You Need to Know

When your dentist recommends a crown, it is absolutely right for you to ask questions. And if your dentist doesn’t give you a comprehensive answer, it’s a good idea to seek a second opinion. Crowns are more expensive than fillings, so the reason behind getting one has to be worth the extra cost.

Why we recommend crowns.

1. A tooth is cracked.

A cracked tooth will not heal the way a cracked bone does. If a tooth is cracked, there is good chance the tooth will break and become irreparable. If the tooth breaks below the gum line, it could lead to needing an extraction and a dental implant. To prevent this from happening, ...

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What is a tongue scraper and why should I use one?

A tongue scraper is a device that is designed to remove stuff (bacteria, food, dead cells) from your tongue. Almost half of the bacteria in our mouths resides on our tongue. That means that flossing and brushing won’t get the whole job done. You can brush your tongue with your toothbrush, but since your toothbrush is designed for teeth, it might not be as effective.

Your tongue can be a good indicator of what’s going on with your body. Sometime when you wake up, you may notice that your tongue is white. This is because there are bacteria, food debris and dead cells that are trapped between the papillae on your ...

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