General Dentistry

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    From Yum to Yellow Teeth: The 5 Worst Foods and Drinks for Staining Teeth

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    First impressions are everything. And there’s no better way to strike a positive chord than with a dazzling smile. But that dazzling smile can be hard to keep when there are everyday foods that stain teeth. Want to keep your teeth looking their best? Read up on which drinks and food can stain your teeth the most. What is Teeth Staining? In the simplest terms, teeth staining is when your teeth are any color other than their pearly whites. These other unsightly colors found on your teeth may be black, yellow or brown. Teeth develop these stains either on or below the tooth’s surface. Teeth staining can be caused by a number of health factors ranging from poor brushing to medication. Teeth staining falls into two main categories: extrinsic and intrinsic stains. Read further to find out how each of these categories can rob you of your beautiful smile. Extrinsic stains Extrinsic staining occurs when particles accumulate on top of the tooth enamel that covers each tooth. Compounds that give food and drink their natural color then cover your teeth. Acids found in food and drink can also wear down your tooth enamel and make you susceptible to staining. Intrinsic…

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    Top 4 Signs You Have a Dead Tooth

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    What happens if you suddenly find yourself with a painful or discolored tooth? These symptoms can point to a dead (or “non-vital”) tooth, which is a tooth that has lost or is losing the blood supply to its soft tissue, or “pulp.” In addition to discoloration or darkening, a dead tooth can also be extremely painful and sensitive. Some teeth die due to past trauma, like a sports injury (wear those mouth guards!). Other teeth die due to untreated decay that has penetrated into the soft tissue. Either way, the tooth is likely to become painful. And, since it can also cause an infection in the tooth or gum, it’s vital to see a dentist as soon as you can. Are you worried you may have a dead tooth? Here are the top four indications. Toothache Most people know what it’s like to have a toothache — that constant, dull throbbing pain resonating through the tooth and up into the gums. If you have a dying or dead tooth, you may have a toothache. It may come and go or be constant. You might find it’s triggered by hot, cold, or sweet foods. In any case, it’s likely this may…

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    Top 7 Worst Foods for Your Teeth

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    Apart from keeping your teeth white and healthy, good oral hygiene also helps towards your overall health. But even if you keep up a good oral hygiene routine, you can still dame your teeth with the foods you eat. That fur that sits on the surface and makes your mouth feel gross after you eat a candy bar? Well, that’s not the only thing to avoid. Here are 7 of the worst foods for your teeth. 1. Sour Candies We all know candy’s terrible for our teeth. It’s been drummed into us since we were kids. But sour candies are the worst kind. Why? Because the sour coating is actually full of acid. This soft, sugary, acidic mix washes over and sticks to your teeth, delivering a double-whammy of bacteria and tooth decay. 2. Citrus Fruits While an apple a day keeps the doctor away, too many oranges, lemons or other citrus fruits might make trips to the dentist more frequent! The citric acid in these fruits can cause your tooth enamel to be damaged and break down. 3. Sugary Soda There are over 9 teaspoons of sugar in a regular 12oz can of Coke. Yup, you read that right.…

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    How to Prevent Tooth Stains

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    There’s nothing like that cup of fresh, hot black coffee to bring you to life every morning, or a relaxing glass of merlot at the end of a long day. Unfortunately, these beverages — along with many other substances — can stain your teeth. We all want the whitest, brightest smile possible, so read on to learn how to prevent tooth stains! Stop Smoking One of the worst culprits when it comes to stained, yellow teeth is cigarette smoking. If you are a smoker (or if you chew tobacco products), you not only at putting yourself at risk for a number of health problems, but you’re doing your smile a disservice, as well. Limit Beverages That Stain Aside from the aforementioned coffee and red wine, other beverages that can cause tooth staining include colas, iced tea, and dark fruit juices — like cranberry or prune. If you are in the habit of sipping on coffee during the morning hours, having a soda or two in the afternoons, and then switching to red wine after work, your teeth are going to be stained. Limit your intake of these beverages, or drink them through a straw to minimize contact with your tooth…

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