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Why Is Sugar Bad for My Teeth?

Sugar = Food for Bacteria Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that coats your teeth as the bacteria multiplies. But how does it get there in the first place? Plaque makes a home on the surface of or in between your teeth when it has something to feed on: sugar. When plaque breaks sugar down, it releases an acidic by-product that in turn dissolves your tooth enamel. In other words, sugar itself isn’t what is bad for your teeth, but the ... Read more

Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

Everyone wants a beautiful, white smile—after all, that’s a good sign of strong, healthy teeth. But teeth don’t just turn yellow because of neglect. In fact, there are many things that can wear down your tooth enamel, which gives your teeth a yellowed appearance. Certain Foods & Drinks You are what you eat! Some foods and drinks can wear down and stain your enamel. The main culprits are acidic foods like citrus, candy, berries, and even pasta sauce, as well as drinks ... Read more

Is Chewing Gum Safe for My Teeth?

Chewing gum may seem like an easy way to freshen your breath and curb food cravings, but can it damage your teeth? Sugar Can Damage Your Teeth Many brands of gum contain sugar, which is well-known for its damaging effects on your teeth. We all have bacteria on the surface of our teeth, but when that bacteria comes in contact with sugar, it releases a harmful acid as a byproduct that is damaging to our teeth and increases our risk for tooth decay. ... Read more

What Are Cavities?

Have you ever had a cavity? You’re not alone: one report shows that nine in ten Americans have cavities in their adult teeth! But how exactly do we get cavities, and what can make them go away? Causes of Cavities Cavities are small areas of tooth decay that are usually form holes in your teeth. Tooth decay happens easily if you eat a carbohydrate-rich diet without taking proper and consistent care of your oral health. This is because plaque and bacteria release harmful ... Read more

5 Tips to Start Healthy Oral Habits for Kids

It’s never too early to establish healthy habits for your kids’ oral health routines. In fact, you should take your child to their first dental appointment as soon as their first baby tooth erupts or by their first birthday. It can be hard to convey the importance of positive oral health habits to your kids early on, so here are a few ways to make the process easier. Establish a Routine Brushing and flossing should always be part of the routine. Encourage your ... Read more
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