Can Tooth Decay be Reversed?

Tooth decay is a common problem across the globe. In fact, tooth decay is the top reason people visit dentists each year. With that being said, many people wonder whether or not tooth decay can be reversed once the process has begun. Well, the answer is not as cut and dry as most would hope. In some cases, tooth decay can be reversed, but in the vast majority of cases, the best action is preventive measures to slow or stop the process of tooth decay. Fluoride Flouride has some efficacy in helping to actually reverse early tooth decay. Flouride, a mineral, can prevent mineral loss, and help to fortify the enamel on the tooth. While it cannot really reverse advanced tooth decay, many experts agree that fluoride treatments can help prevent further damage, and, in mild cases, prevent tooth decay that has already begun. Before starting fluoride treatments, or using a mouthwash rich in fluoride you should speak to your dentist about the health of your teeth. Some individ…
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How Smoking Effects Your Mouth

There's an increasing amount of social pressure for people to put out their cigarettes in public, and for good reason. Smoking can cause everything from bleeding gums and tooth discoloration to throat cancer. Smoking and Oral Health  Smoking can affect the soft tissue of the gums and even the bones that hold the teeth in place. On a cellular level smoking corrodes the gum's tissue and can lead to localized infections in the mouth. Cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products can also worsen preexisting cuts and infections in the gums and mouth by limiting blood flow to the gums. Overall, smoking just makes you that much more susceptible to developing a gamut of unwanted conditions. The chances of developing periodontal disease increased inflammation and plaque buildup, and even the corrosion of the actual jawbone can all be linked back to smoking. This is all troubling news since an estimated one-fifth of US eighteen-year-olds regularly smoke cigarettes, according to th…
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Why Go to the Dentist Every 6 Months?

The rule that you should see a dentist every 6 months is generic advice. Depending on your health, dental hygiene, and other factors, you may need to see the dentist more frequently. In rare cases where there are no dental or health concerns, you may be able to reduce your visits to once a year.

Why See a Dentist at All?

Your dentist does more than examine and clean your teeth. The regular dental examination is used to check your lymph nodes, the condition of your lower jaw, and to check your mouth and tongue for diseases that could affect your teeth. The more serious the condition of your teeth and mouth, the more often you will need a checkup.

There are 3 Parts to Your Checkup:

Head and Neck Examination. This includes an examination of your face and neck, including your lower jaw joints, lymph nodes, and to screen for oral cancer or indications of …
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The Good and Bad of Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic dentistry experienced a renaissance in the 1980s as more and more Americans purchased do-it-yourself products to bleach their teeth. Americans now spend approximately 15 billion dollars annually on over-the-counter products and professional tooth whitening services.

The Rising Popularity of Teeth Whitening 

The Food and Drug Administration claims that whitening restores the tooth's natural sheen whereas bleaching whitens beyond the natural tooth's color. That said, most people consider tooth whitening and tooth bleaching to be virtually synonymous terms.

Teeth whitening is now the most sought after procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Americans spend tens of billions of dollars every year in efforts to improve their smiles. In fact, over 100 million Americans, or approximately one out of every three people you see, are reported to make an effort to whi…

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How Does a Tooth Decay?

For many people, the thought of having dentures makes them follow their dentists’ orders and brush their teeth regularly. However, it’s still important to know how teeth decay in the first place. Each tooth has three layers. The center of the tooth is where the blood vessels and nerves are. It’s called the pulp. The dentin is the middle layer of the tooth. The part that you see is the enamel.

Tooth decay involves damage to the tooth when bacteria, or germs, in your mouth make acids. These acids actually eat away at your tooth’s enamel until there is a hole. This hole is a cavity. The tooth decay causes symptoms like infection, tooth loss and pain.

How a Tooth Decays

Step 1: The Beginning

You start by eating food or drinking a beverage with acid. Plaque, which contains, bacteria, forms on your teeth. This creates an acidic environ…

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Cosmetic Dermatology: Keep Your Skin Looking Its Best

When it comes to conditions of the skin, looks are often a factor when considering wellness. Whether your skin is damaged due to illness, disease, injury, or age, a cosmetic dermatologist can help. What Is Cosmetic Dermatology? Dermatologists are doctors that are trained in diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases of the skin, hair, and nails either with medications, topical applications, or surgery. Cosmetic dermatology is a specialized section that corrects flaws in the skin, hair, or nails to improve their overall appearance. The focus is on issues like wrinkles, texture of skin, skin tone, loss of skin volume and sagging, under eye circles, scars, and tattoo removal. What Are Some Conditions That Cosmetic Dermatology Treats? Sun damage. Damage from the sun can cause tan, brown, or red discolorations, wrinkles, and sagging. Pigment changes and discolorations. These can be caused from hormone changes due to birth control, pregnancy, or menopause, even if you use s…
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