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How does the fluoride in toothpaste prevent cavities?

Acids from plaque cause the loss of minerals from the tooth – a process called demineralization – resulting in tooth decay.  The formation of small cavities, or carious lesions, can be reversed by remineralization.  Remineralization occurs when minerals are deposited into previously damaged areas of the tooth.  Topical fluoride, when applied frequently in low concentrations, […]


Cavities

24% of adults have untreated cavities today.  These tiny holes in the tooth surface start out often with no symptoms.  But with regular checkups, these areas of bacterial decay can be treated quickly and inexpensively, before the cavity hurts.  Once the cavity gets larger and deeper, affecting deeper layers of the tooth structure, you are […]


Cavities

Did you know? Tooth decay – cavities – rank in the highest of chronic medical conditions. Only colds are more common.


Dental Insurance

USE IT OR LOSE IT! Did you know, your dental insurance has an annual maximum, and what you don’t use, you lose. Most plans are on a calendar year, meaning that you only have until the end of December to utilize any remaining benefits. Do you have some cavities your concerned about? Is it time […]


Do you have tooth decay?

How do you know if you have tooth decay or a cavity? It can often take months for a cavity to develop.  Typically we can detect the beginning breakdown of the enamel of a tooth when slight brown stains appear.  These stains will eventually turn into a cavity as the bacteria and acid break through […]


Common places for tooth decay

Tooth decay can damage any tooth.  Even a tooth that already has a filling. Decay often occurs between the teeth, where it’s harder to keep clean.  This is why flossing daily is important.  Floss that glides between the teeth can remove food particles and bacteria that will build up and cause decay. The grooves in […]


Tooth Decay

You may think only children get cavities.  The truth is, all of us are at risk of tooth decay our whole lives.  By following a healthy at-home oral health routine, seeing your dentist regularly, and making smart food choices, you can lower your risk of getting a cavity. What is tooth decay?  Tooth decay is […]


Plaque, Cavities and Strep Bacteria

Saliva leaves deposits on your teeth, called a pellicle layer.  Certain bacteria in the mouth will stick to the pellicle and form colonies.  This is how dental plaque forms, and plaque is the most widely recognized precursor to oral disease. 80% of bacteria that colonize dental plaque are cocci, such as Streptococcus sanguinis and Streptococcus […]


Dental Insurance

Did you know?  Most dental insurances run on a calendar year.  That means, whatever benefits you have not used by December 31st, you will lose.  So, if you have dental insurance, and you haven’t yet used all of your allocated funds for 2010, consider having your checkup now, or if you have a cavity or […]


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