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What Is Tooth Enamel?

Have you ever wondered about tooth enamel? What is it? How important is it? How can you protect it? Here are the answers to all of your enamel questions. The enamel on your teeth is the hardest and most highly mineralized substance in your body. It covers the outer layer of each tooth and it is the most visible part of the tooth. The enamel is made up mostly of minerals, primarily hydroxyapatite. The color can vary from light yellow to a grayish white; since it is semi translucent, it is only partially responsible for the color of your teeth. ...
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Primary vs. Permanent Teeth: Understanding the Difference

Children begin losing their primary teeth around age 6 and should have 28 permanent teeth by age 13. Molars, commonly known as “six-year molars,” are the first permanent teeth to erupt in children, around age 6. Good oral care is important for primary and permanent teeth to build a lifelong routine so your child’s teeth last a lifetime. Your first grader came home from school bursting to share their newly discovered “loose tooth.” It’s definitely time to introduce the Tooth Fairy, but it’s also a good time to brush up on what this means for your child’s teeth. As your ...
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What All Patients Should Know About Dental X-Rays

Getting a dental X-ray is a normal part of routine dental exams at Brewery District Dental. Our dentists obtain them to detect dental disease (cavities or gum disease are simple examples) and to plan a course of treatment. We understand that you might have questions about what to expect during an X-ray, as well as concerns about radiation exposure. We would like to start by reassuring you that the amount of radiation your dentist uses in a typical X-ray is less than that used for airport screening, chest X-rays and other common scans. The Difference Between Intraoral and Extraoral X-rays ...
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Why use mouthwash

There are several reasons to make mouthwash part of your oral hygiene routine. Mouthwash can help get your teeth cleaner and whiter. Using a mouthwash or rinse can help prevent or reduce tartar, plaque, and gingivitis (early-stage gum disease). Some mouth rinses also contain ingredients to help whiten teeth. Mouthwash complements brushing and flossing. Mouthwashes and rinses can help remove any plaque that may still be left after brushing and flossing. They can also help rinse food particles out of the mouth. Mouthwash can help tame bad breath, which can have many different causes. Improper oral hygiene: Proper tooth and ...
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Preventative Dentistry

What Is Preventive Dentistry? Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings. To maintain optimal oral health, the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends visits to the dentist at regular intervals determined by a dentist. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age. Brush Your Teeth Daily The most important part of preventive dentistry ...
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