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Preventing and Treating Exposed Dentin

Exposed dentin can be problematic for almost anyone. Dentin is the layer of the tooth directly beneath the enamel, which is the outer coating of the crown of the tooth. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body and usually helps insulate the teeth from sensitivity. Dentin, however, is considerably softer and is made up of thousands of microscopic tubules that contain nerve endings that connect directly to the inner pulp of the tooth. The dental pulp contains only one type of nerve fiber: one that interprets everything as pain! This means that cold, heat, pressure or almost anything can ...
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10 Useful tips to look after your teeth

Keeping good oral hygiene and regular visit to your dentist will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. Here are some tips to help you look after your teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day. Don't forget to brush your teeth after meals. Choose a toothbrush that has a small head for easy access to back teeth. Soft bristles are kinder to your gums. Use toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride reduces the risk of tooth decay, and it also helps to harden tooth enamel. Brush your teeth between two to three minutes. Don't forget to floss daily. Use a slow and ...
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Knocked-Out Tooth (Avulsed Tooth)

Dentists refer to a knocked-out tooth as an "avulsed" tooth. This is one of the most serious dental emergencies for permanent teeth. However, the damage can be fixed. If you act quickly, there's a good chance the tooth can be saved. What You Can Do When a tooth has been knocked out, the nerves, blood vessels and supporting tissues are damaged, too. The nerves and blood vessels can't be repaired. That is why all avulsed teeth will need a root canal. However, the bone can reattach to the root of the tooth once it's put back into place. The odds ...
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Dental Scaling and Root Planing to Keep Your Teeth and Mouth Clean

You visit the dentist every six months for your dental check-up and professional cleaning, then one visit the dentist tells you that you have gum disease. Gum disease is inflammation of the gum tissue that could affect the teeth and supporting bone in your mouth. Plaque, bacteria, acids and certain foods all contribute to the development of gum disease. Fortunately, two common methods exist to reverse the disease — dental scaling and root planing. Dental scaling occurs with manual hand instruments, ultrasonic instruments or both. The dentist will start the procedure with a thorough examination of your mouth. Next, an ...
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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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