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The early years of dentistry and teeth

Although there have been huge advances in dental care in recent years, there are records of people dealing with teeth going back over thousands of years. Here are some of the key dates from the early years in the development of dentistry. 5000 BC: A Sumerian text describes tooth worms as the cause of dental […]

How to overcome problems with teeth grinding

When under stress, many people find themselves grinding their teeth or clenching their jaws. This habit actually has a name – bruxism – and often it’s something we do when we sleep. It can be caused by stress and anxiety and it can also be due to sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or missing and […]

How sugar in your diet affects your teeth

The sugar content in the food you eat has a big effect on your teeth and gums. When bacteria (plaque) come into contact with sugar in the mouth, acid is produced, which attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more. This can eventually result in tooth decay. That’s why drinking sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, […]

How a baby’s first teeth develop

A newly born baby usually has no teeth visible but most have begun to develop primary or baby teeth. These generally begin to appear about six months after birth. Over their first few years, they will develop all 20 primary teeth and will usually have them all in place by age three. The teething process […]

Why a dental abscess should be treated quickly

If you have any kind of swelling in your gum, it almost certainly indicates a serious infection that should be treated urgently. Dental abscesses result from a bacterial infection in the teeth or gums. For example, it may come from an untreated cavity. Cavities result when some of the bacteria in our mouths mix with […]

Making your teeth look better with veneers

Everybody wants the best smile possible and there’s no need to have it spoiled by gaps in your teeth or by teeth that are stained or badly shaped. Whether the problem was caused by nature or by an injury, you may be able to have a veneer placed on top of your teeth to restore […]

How orthodontic treatment could help you

Orthodontic treatment is the process of straightening out crooked and crowded teeth, often using appliances such as braces. Most dentists are trained to treat some minor orthodontic problems but, if they feel a patient needs specialist treatment, they will provide a referral to an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, […]

How sealants can give your teeth extra protection

Sealants are made from plastic material applied to the back teeth to protect the enamel from plaque and acids. The plastic bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth – premolars and molars. Although thorough brushing and flossing can help remove food particles and plaque from […]

Common mouth sores: causes and cures

Mouth sores can be very annoying and painful and can have many causes. The causes can range from infections – bacterial, viral or fungal – to a loose orthodontic wire or a denture that doesn’t fit or a sharp edge from a broken tooth or filling. But mouth sores may be symptoms of an underlying […]

Diabetes and your dental health: How your dentist can help

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, its important that you let your dentist know so that they can give you the best care possible. As more than 15 million Americans have diabetes, your dentist will be familiar with the issues and will give you the specialist care you need. This is important because diabetes can […]