Coffee and tea provide much-needed pick me ups in the morning, but if you’re interested in getting whiter teeth, you might be wondering if you need to give up your go-to caffeinated beverage. Read on to find out whether coffee and tea are friends or foes to a beautiful, healthy smile. First, let’s take a look at staining.
From the distinct scent of pumpkin spice variations burning in the crisp air and to the hay rides and mugs of warm apple cider, there’s something about the fall that transports all of us back to childhood. If you’re an adult and are reading this, those childhood memories of the Halloween season most probably included gobs of sugar-inundated candy bars that kept you up all night from the sheer sweet-induced rush. Today, parents are a lot more health-conscious when it comes to their kids, and this extends to Halloween, as well.
Here we’ll take a look at the effect sugar has on children’s teeth and how it contributes to tooth decay and cavities. And while some candy is fine in moderation, of course, we’d like to offer parents 10 ideas for candy alternatives when passing out treats this Halloween – you can still be considered the “cool house on the block” while keeping neighborhood children (as well as your own) healthier. [Read more…]
Your gums are important for the health of your teeth and your entire body. Gum disease a very real problem that can have a dramatic effect on your life. Gum disease usually occurs in stages and starts with a condition known as gingivitis. You should know what gingivitis is, the signs of periodontal disease and the ways to prevent it.
Tooth decay is a very real problem facing everyone in the country today. The reality is that over 86 percent of people have had some form of decay on at least one tooth by the age of 39. The good news is that this problem is largely preventable if you take the right steps. You should understand what causes tooth decay, how to identify it and how to prevent it from occurring.
Hypomineralization, with regard to teeth, refers to the effect of too much exposure to fluoride; in bones, it refers to the effect of too much calcium. Depending on the time of exposure and the “peak amounts” of fluoride, the result may be mottling of the tooth, which shows up initially as “white spots.” These progress into permanently stained, brown mottled teeth because the enamel has become subject to decay – this also leads to the formation of caries, lesions or cavities. As the tooth becomes more porous, its porosity is increased relative to the degree of fluorosis.