THE HOLE TRUTH

It is important to distinguish between caries, the Latin word for decay, and a cavity, which is the hole that occurs if the caries has destroyed the tooth enamel and penetrated the tooth’s dentin. Caries may first appear as a white or brown spot on tooth enamel. It is an indication that bacterial acids have

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Replacement Teeth

Once the average American adult has reached age 50, he or she has lost 12 permanent teeth to decay, injury, or gum disease. It is important that these missing teeth be replaced so that the bite will not be altered and the jawbone will not weaken. In order to address all these potential adverse consequences

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GUM DISEASE DANGER

Recent research has indicated that gum disease poses more of a risk to health than the potential for tooth and bone loss. The severe form of gum disease known as “periodontitis” increases the risk of heart disease and other life-threatening conditions. The most recent evidence of a link between oral health and chronic diseases comes

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Over-Brushing

The term “toothbrush abrasion” refers to brushing one’s teeth so vigorously that tooth enamel becomes damaged and gums recede. This overly energetic brushing leads to thinning enamel and exposed roots that become overly sensitive to hot and cold foods and drink. Avoiding this potential problem begins with selecting a toothbrush with soft bristles that flex

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