Archive for 'tooth decay' Category

The End of Drilling?

Fillings, tooth decay

Some say that in the future we’ll all work at home, drive flying cars, and never need to have a cavity drilled. Actually, one of those predictions may be coming true sooner than you think. Researchers at King’s College in London are presently testing a device that may one day more...

The Army’s New Secret Weapon — Against Plaque

tooth decay

Uniform? Check. Service weapon? Check. Toothbrush and floss? It’s no surprise that soldiers in the field don’t always take the time to maintain good oral hygiene. And that, as any dentist would tell you, can lead to a serious conflict… with cavities. In fact, a recent study in the journal more...

Sugar Wrecks More Than Teeth

Nutrition, tooth decay

Most of us know that sugar is a major contributor to tooth decay. Now, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) want to make sure word gets out about how devastating sugar is to our general health as well. Their effort, called SugarScience, has distilled 8,000 scientific journal more...

Why Are Dental Fillings So Important?

Fillings, tooth decay

We try to brush and floss regularly, and to avoid sugary between-meal snacks... but sometimes we just can't seem to avoid tooth decay. According to a branch of the National Institutes of Health, tooth decay is the #1 chronic disease of children and adults in America. If you haven't had more...

Tooth-Colored Fillings: How Things Have Changed!

Fillings, tooth decay

Once upon a time, when your dentist gave you a filling, you ended up with a silvery-gray spot of metal in the center of your tooth. But times have changed. Today, in many instances, you may have a choice: standard “silver” (dental amalgam) fillings, or nearly invisible tooth-colored fillings made more...

Tooth-Colored Fillings Offer Invisible Strength & Protection

Fillings, tooth decay

What if you had a filling — and nobody knew it was there? That's one of the best things about tooth-colored fillings: They match the color of natural teeth so well that it's almost impossible to tell you have one. But the true beauty of a tooth-colored filling isn't just more...

More Choices than Ever in Dental Fillings

Fillings, tooth decay

Most everyone knows the procedure for filling a cavity: After the suspicion of tooth decay has been confirmed by an exam and X-rays, you recline in the chair while your dentist numbs the tooth being treated, and then removes the decay with a dental drill or another handheld instrument. After more...

Make Tooth Decay Go Away By Following These Guidelines

tooth decay

Dental caries — more commonly known as tooth decay — is the result of having too much acid-producing bacteria inside the mouth, which causes cavities to form. Unlike other medical conditions that can directly be linked to genetics, tooth decay is mainly caused when the delicate balance between disease causing more...

6 Tips to Help Prevent the Erosion of Tooth Enamel

Fun Dental Facts, tooth decay

Don't rush to brush: Waiting for 30 to 60 minutes after sipping on a soda gives teeth time to re-mineralize (essentially re-harden) after the acid softens the surface enamel. Basically, the saliva neutralizes the effects of the acid, by serving as a buffer. Intuitively you might think that brushing right more...

Your Favorite Drink May Be Causing Dental Erosion

Sports Dentistry, tooth decay

Today dentists are seeing more and more patients with dental erosion making it an important topic that needs addressing. When confronted with this issue, patients are typically shocked to discover that one of the main culprits may be their favorite soda, fruit juice, or sports drink! Dental erosion is the more...