Sharecare News posted a story about Dentistry:
TUESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Dentists, as it turns out, may have one more reason than the rest of us to be wary of alligators. The toothy reptiles may one day put those who install implants, bridges and dentures out of their jobs.
Alligators continually make new teeth to replace t...Full Article
Does teeth whitening solution remove tooth enamel?
Professional tooth whitening products do not remove tooth enamel. Actually, some professional products not only whiten your teeth, but are good for them as well. These products, in addition to the whitening agent of either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, contain fluoride, and sometimes potassium... Full Post
How do dental sealants help prevent tooth decay?
Sealants are a coating that is bonded into the deepest crevices, or grooves, on the chewing surfaces of molars. These grooves are typically so deep and narrow that even the best toothbrush cannot get to the bottom of the groove to keep it clean and free of harmful bacteria that can cause decay. Some studies... Full Post
Do I have to see my dentist if I am also seeing my orthodontist?
Yes, it is important to see your general dentist while under the care of an orthodontist. Your general dentist and their hygienist will make sure your teeth are kept clean, check the condition of your gums, and check for cavities. General dentists and orthodontists work as a team for you and your oral health.... Full Post
How can I see an aesthetic dentist when my budget is tight?I would suggest you seek treatment at a dental school. You can get excellent care, under the supervision of highly trained specialists who are instructing the dental students. Your other option is to ask the dentist you are being treated by if they accept payment plans, and if this could be arranged... Full Post
What can I do to reduce my tooth sensitivity?
The first step to take in addressing tooth sensitivity is having a dentist examine your teeth, to take care of any areas of decay or possibly cracked or broken teeth. If those issues have been addressed, and you just have sensitivity that is not lingering or painful, you can do a few things yourself, such as using... Full Post
Why is a temporary crown used?
Temporary crowns are used to protect the tooth after being prepared for a permanent crown while the patient is waiting for the permanent crown to be made for them. The temporary crown also helps to prevent the prepared tooth from shifting in it position; when teeth are not contacting other teeth... Full Post
How does tooth decay damage teeth?Tooth decay is the damaging result of harmful bacteria that has been on a tooth surface long enough to cause trouble. Plaque, that sticky substance that accumulates on teeth, contains bacteria that can produce acids that attack enamel, the hard outer layer of the tooth. This starts the decay process.... Full Post
Is OTC tooth whitening different from professional teeth whitening?
There are a few differences between OTC and professional tooth whitening products. The key to successful tooth whitening is having a strong enough product being in contact with the tooth surface for a sufficient amount of time to get a result. The active ingredient in both OTC and professional products... Full Post