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Only a Dental Exam can Identify the Root Cause of Your Tooth Pain

A toothache means you have tooth decay, right? Not necessarily — your pain could be signaling a number of potential causes. Determining where, how much and how often it hurts will help us find out the cause and apply the appropriate treatment. A single symptom, for example, can mean many things. A twinge of tooth […]

Factors Besides Oral Hygiene that Influence Your Risk for Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is one of the world’s most prevalent diseases — and one of the most preventable. We’ve known the primary prevention recipe for decades: brushing and flossing daily, and dental cleanings and checkups at least twice a year. But consistent oral hygiene isn’t enough — you should also pay attention to your overall health, […]

The Details About Your Tooth Sensitivity Pain can tell you a Lot About the Cause

Tooth sensitivity can be quite uncomfortable. But the glancing pain you feel may be more than an irritation — it may also be telling you there’s a deeper problem that needs attention. As with other types of oral pain, tooth sensitivity can be a symptom for a variety of problems. Some of them are relatively […]

Take Steps to Reduce Mouth Acid and Avoid Dental Erosion

Your teeth’s hard, enamel coating protects them from environmental dangers or disease. But although it’s made of the hardest substance in the human body, enamel isn’t invincible — prolonged exposure to acid can cause dental erosion, a condition in which the enamel’s mineral content permanently dissolves, a process known as de-mineralization. De-mineralization occurs anytime our […]

Limiting Refined Sugar in Your Diet can Reduce Risk of Tooth Decay

“Cut down on sweets, especially between meals” is perhaps one of the least popular words of advice we dentists regularly give. We’re not trying to be killjoys, but the facts are undeniable: both the amount and frequency of sugar consumption contributes to tooth decay. Our concern isn’t the naturally occurring sugars in fruits, vegetables, grains […]

Fluoride is a Proven Weapon in the Fight Against Tooth Decay

In the early 1900s, a Colorado dentist noticed many of his patients had unusual brown staining on their teeth — and little to no tooth decay. What he unknowingly observed was the power of a chemical substance in his patients’ drinking water — fluoride. While commonplace today, fluoride sparked a revolution — and some controversy […]

Protect Your Enamel From the Damaging Effects of Acid

One of your teeth’s best defenses against tooth decay is its hard, outer layer made of a mineral-rich substance known as enamel. This great protector, however, has an enemy — acid — from the foods and drinks we consume as well as the acid byproducts from bacterial plaque. A high acidic level in the mouth […]

10 Facts You Should Know About Tooth Decay

If you have ever had tooth decay, you should know: Tooth decay is one of the most common of all diseases, second only to the common cold. Tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children ages two to five, half of those ages twelve to fifteen, and more than 90 percent of U.S. adults […]