All Posts in Category: Dental Articles

How to Protect Your Child From Tooth Decay

Dental decay is preventable, and the war on tooth decay starts at their early age. There are a few conditions where the teeth come through poorly formed as a result of a genetic condition or a disturbance which happens around the time of birth but these are in the minority. Most of the children and young people I see have holes which could have been avoided. So is it just a case of eating fewer sweets? Well yes, and no. Yes, because diet is a big factor, but it is not the only one.

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What Causes Tooth Staining?

Age: There is a direct correlation between tooth color and age. Over the years, teeth darken as a result of wear and tear and stain accumulation. Teenagers will likely experience immediate, dramatic results from whitening. In the twenties, as the teeth begin to show a yellow cast, teeth-whitening may require a little more effort. By the forties, the yellow gives way to brown and more maintenance may be called for. By the fifties, the teeth have absorbed a host of stubborn stains which can prove difficult (but not impossible) to remove.

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Tooth Discoloration: The Two Types of Tooth Stains

There are two categories of staining as it relates to the teeth: extrinsic staining and intrinsic staining.

Extrinsic stains are those that appear on the surface of the teeth as a result of exposure to dark-colored beverages, foods and tobacco, and routine wear and tear. Superficial extrinsic stains are minor and can be removed with brushing and prophylactic dental cleaning. Stubborn extrinsic stains can be removed with more involved efforts, like teeth bleaching. Persistent extrinsic stains can penetrate into the dentin and become ingrained if they are not dealt with early.

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What to expect after a Root Canal therapy and its possible Complications

When it comes to a root canal, every case is unique. For some, root canal is a completely painless procedure, for others it is extremely excruciating. This is why every patient’s experience after the treatment varies. Here are some of the things that you can expect after the procedure:

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Understanding the Root Canal Procedure

Root canal is a dental treatment which saves a badly infected or decayed tooth by repairing it. A root canal becomes necessary when a nerve or the pulp of the tooth is infected.

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