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Tooth Decay 101

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Fall is here, which means cooler winds, falling leaves, and holiday traditions. Some of these holiday traditions may include foods that aren’t the best for your oral health. As we head into the cozy season of Halloween candy, pumpkin pie, gingerbread, and candy canes, it’s important to protect yourself against tooth decay. Read on to learn how tooth decay develops. We also suggest a few cavity prevention tips.

How Tooth Decay Occurs

Enamel, the outer layer of teeth, demineralizes and breaks down with poor oral hygiene and an unhealthy diet. When oral bacteria consume your dietary sugar, they produce damaging acids that erode enamel. These bacteria accumulate into a sticky film called ...

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Tips to Reduce the Chance of Cavities

Doesn’t it feel like a nice achievement when you visit the dentist and they tell you that you don’t have any cavities? We want you to always enjoy that feeling and a cavity-free smile! To help guide you to a future without dental decay, here are some cavity-prevention tips you can keep in mind:

1. Brush & Floss Daily

Seem like an obvious one? Maybe so, but it works. Brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis is really the best thing you can do to reduce your chance of developing tooth decay and cavities. To take it a step further, make sure you're using proper technique with your brushing and ...

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Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

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Do your teeth feel sensitive when you sip a hot coffee or when you have a bite of ice cream? If so, you could be suffering from tooth sensitivity. But what does that mean and is tooth sensitivity a sign of something worse?

What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

First, let’s discuss what tooth sensitivity is. Tooth sensitivity is a painful sensation that occurs when you consume certain foods or drinks (like those that are very hot or very cold) because your tooth’s dentin or cementum is exposed. Dentin is the layer underneath your tooth’s enamel, the hard shell that covers and protects your teeth, and cementum is the material that protects the roots ...

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Why Do My Teeth Feel Rough?

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Have you ever had the experience where your teeth feel rough? If so, it could be an indication that your tooth enamel may be eroding. Here, we’ll explain what it means if your teeth feel rough and what exactly enamel erosion is.

What Is Tooth Enamel?

Before we dive into enamel erosion, let’s talk about enamel itself. Tooth enamel is the hard, outermost layer of your teeth that protects them against all kinds of damage, such as decay and trauma from impact. Though it is incredibly strong, enamel is not impervious to acids, which wear away at and erode your enamel and lead to tooth decay.

What Causes Enamel Erosion?

There are a number ...

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Simple Ways to Care for Your Child's Teeth

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If you have children, it’s important to teach them as early as possible to take good care of their teeth and gums. Read on for a few simple suggestions!

1. Provide Your Child with a Healthy Diet

Help your child have a healthy body and healthy mouth by providing them with a balanced diet high in essential vitamins and minerals, like calcium and phosphorus. These minerals help remineralize enamel and will make their teeth stronger. Teach them to moderate their intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates, which can lead to tooth decay. And whenever possible, encourage them to drink water or milk instead of acidic and sugary drinks.

2. Stop Pacifier Use & ...

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Is Gum Bad for Your Teeth?

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When you think about gum, you may think that your dentist wouldn’t like you chewing it. However, here we’re going to discuss how a certain type of gum is not bad for your teeth, but is actually beneficial. Read on to discover which kind of gum is safe for your oral health!

Sugar vs. Sugar-Free

Chewing gum is only good for your teeth if it’s sugarless. Do not chew gum that contains sugar or you will be harming your teeth by allowing the sugar to linger in your mouth. This sugar is then eaten by your oral bacteria, which produce acidic byproducts that will weaken your tooth enamel. And weak tooth enamel ...

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The Importance of Modern Dental Technology

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Today we are fortunate to experience modern dentistry that makes our mouths healthier and more beautiful. Technology has helped take what was once a crude practice of brushing teeth with crushed up bones and using animal teeth to construct dentures to complex procedures that include realistic-looking biocompatible dental implants, professionally teeth whitening, and virtually painless root canal therapy. Here, we’ll explain some of the amazing modern dental technology that we have to improve your dental experience here at North River Dental Care

Our Laser Scanner Detects Cavities Early

At North River Dental Care, we have a laser scanner that helps us detect cavities at the very early stages. This allows us to fix ...

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How Does Aging Affect Your Teeth?

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It’s a fact of life that with aging there comes changes to your body, and your teeth are no exception to that rule. While everyone’s situation is unique, there are a couple common changes to your teeth you can expect as you get older.

Changes in Enamel

It shouldn’t be surprising that a lifetime of wear and tear can leave some effects on your teeth. All that biting and chewing and grinding you do over the years can wear down your enamel, the outer layer of ...

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Root Canal Therapy FAQ

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If you need root canal therapy, you may feel worried because you've read or heard negative things concerning the procedure. Here, we’ll explain what root canal therapy is and debunk some common myths.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

If bacteria has reached the inside of your tooth and damaged the sensitive pulp and nerve, you'll need root canal therapy. This is a procedure that is used to preserve a damaged tooth that is badly decayed and/or infected. An abscess is when a small pocket of pus develops from an infection. ...

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The Science Behind Teeth Whitening

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If you’re interested in having a smile that is white and bright, you may be considering getting your teeth professionally whitened. And you might also be wondering how exactly teeth whitening works. Here, we’ll explain the science behind teeth whitening and discuss your whitening options here at North River Dental Care.

What's the Science Behind Teeth Whitening?

Over the years, your teeth can become discolored by things such as poor dental hygiene, teeth grinding, tobacco, and dark-colored drinks like coffee, red wine, and soda. As you age and consume foods and beverages that are sugary or ...

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