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Do Your Teeth Look Older Than You Do?

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What is tooth demineralization … and what can be done for it?

As we age, the enamel on our teeth begins to weaken and break down. Known as demineralization, it is a natural process caused by your teeth’s exposure to dietary acids from food or beverages, as well as bacteria which naturally reside in the mouth. As the enamel thins, the dentin layer beneath may thicken and darken, and the tooth surface becomes rougher with ridges or grooves.

What causes demineralization of the enamel?

A highly acidic environment: Consuming a lot of coffee, tea,…

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Lemons in Water

The Dark Side of Lemon Water: A Case Study

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Many health advocates and nutritionists tout the myriad benefits of lemon water, including promoting hydration, supporting weight loss and providing a source of vitamin C. The National Kidney Foundation also notes that the citric acid in lemons may help prevent kidney stones.

But it’s important to read beyond the headlines, as lemon water can be a case of more is not always better.

The dark side of lemon water

The juice of a lemon is about 5-6% citric acid. Over time, exposure to the acid from lemon water can cause meaningful damage to the tooth enamel,…

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The Truth About Dental X-Ray Exposure

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Let’s assume that you floss, brush, and rinse daily, and get your teeth cleaned twice per year. If you don’t feel any pain or have any “issues,” are x-rays *REALLY* necessary?

The short answer is YES. The long answer is … still YES!

Dental x-rays enable us to see the tips of your teeth roots and bone underneath your gums (which are not visible to the naked eye). Dental x-rays are used within a routine examination to rule out dental disease, and they also help us diagnose any dental problems you may be experiencing….

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7 Dental Home Remedies

7 Home Remedies for Dental Issues

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Maintaining your oral health requires both strong home care habits and regular dental hygiene appointments for professional preventive care.

In non-emergency situations, a home remedy may serve you well – particularly as an interim solution until you can see your dentist.

1. Knocked-out or broken tooth

Whoops, you’ve had an embarrassing face plant. Worse yet, you broke — or lost — your front tooth when your face hit the floor. Losing a tooth is an undeniable emergency, but there are some interim steps you can take to minimize the damage.

Home remedy (interim)
If it’s a baby tooth,…

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TMJ Therapy

What is TMJ Appliance Therapy?

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By Dr. Steven Tonelli.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. The joint is used when moving your jaw up and down or side to side. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).  

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