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15 Amazing Dental Facts About Teeth and Dentistry

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

May 9, 2014 2:12:00 PM

When it comes to your smile, you'll be surprised to learn some of the amazing dental facts that surround our teeth and the practice of dentistry. From science to history, teeth have always played an important role in our existence. Read and learn more about your pearly whites.  You'll discover some amazing details about them. 

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7 Easy Tips for Healthy Gums

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

May 7, 2014 2:27:00 PM

The number of people with gum disease is increasing and this is because people are unaware of how to maintain healthy gums. Gum disease can result in cavities and if the disease is not treated, it can cause tooth loss. If you are not taking care of your gums, you are compromising your overall health.

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5 common dental diseases that can cause serious problems

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

May 2, 2014 2:10:00 PM

What problems can dental diseases cause?

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is an all-to-common symptom of dental diseases that has many causes. Many people address this issue by covering up the problem with mouthwash or breath mints. This does not solve the underlying problem. If you are experiencing chronic bad breath, your best bet is to see a dentist. There are a number of reasons your breath is bad, and some of these causes can mean serious health issues. For example:

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6 Top Reasons Why Cleaning Teeth is a Must

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

Apr 28, 2014 1:45:00 PM

What you eat has an effect on the color of your teeth. If you are the kind of person, who loves his red wine and black tea, you can be sure your teeth will not be white and sparkling. Even tobacco smoking, gravies, dark-colored juices and colas stain teeth. A rule to remember is if what you put into your mouth is dark in color, you will be left with not-so-pearly-whites! That is why cleaning teeth is a must and not just any cleaning – it should be professionally cleaned.

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9 Tips to Have Healthy Teeth for Life

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

Apr 25, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Your smile is your treasure. Imagine, if your teeth were riddled with cavities? Wouldn’t that be awful? Decayed teeth mean you will not be able to chew food properly and this could lead to malnutrition and digestive problems. You also will suffer from image issues and have bad breath. Good news is you can have healthy teeth that sparkle each time you smile.

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Dental Caps- Your Key to a Brand New Smile

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

Apr 22, 2014 9:33:00 AM

Individuals who have always wanted to transform the look of their smile, may find that dental caps are their key to success. A smile is an important tool and one that can give  confidence, impact appearance and help make a friendly first impression. Unfortunately, most people are not born with the smiles they wish they had. Many times teeth misalignments, damage, and deformations can prevent a person from having the smile that they want. This is where caps, or crowns, come in, as they are a powerful way to correct common teeth issues and to help any person have the beautiful, dazzling smile they have always wanted.

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8 Dental Questions You Should Know

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

Apr 17, 2014 9:40:00 AM


There are some dental questions that are asked more often than others. These are questions that you should know to enhance your knowledge and bust myths and misinformation. Here are some of the questions that dental patients often want answers to.

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Oral Health and What Patients Can Do to Prevent Dental Erosion

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

Apr 10, 2014 9:11:00 AM

In this day and age, many people understand that certain types of junk foods can have a serious impact on oral health.  It would be hard to find anyone who does not grasp the fact that sodas, candy bars, and similar treats can damage tooth enamel, especially when good dental hygiene is not part of the daily routine.  What some people may not know is that foods and snacks that are considered healthy alternatives can also lead to a condition called dental erosion.

What is Dental Erosion?

Dental erosion is term used to describe the gradual loss of enamel and dentin from the surface of the teeth.  This type of condition is serious, since it weakens the overall structure of the teeth and increases the odds of developing cavities, chipping teeth while chewing, and a host of other problems.  The thing to remember is that once the natural enamel is lost, it is gone forever.  While modern dentistry can use various processes to strengthen the teeth and partially compensate for that loss, there is no way to restore the enamel.

Healthy Snacks and Enamel Loss

Many people choose to find substitutes for sugar-laden snacks like soda and candy bars.  Often, the new snack of choice is some type of fruit or fruit juice.  This does make a lot of sense.  After all, fruit is loaded with plenty of nutrients that the body needs.  It also stands to reason that fruit juices are better choices, especially when they do not contain any type of artificial preservatives or sweeteners.

While these are better choices overall for the body, they are not without some dangers for the teeth. In fact, the natural sugar and the citric acid in fruit and fruit juices can also break down tooth enamel over time.  Learning this fact can leave people wondering if there is anything that they can do to protect their teeth and still enjoy a snack now and then.

Good Oral Hygiene to the Rescue!

The key to preventing eroded teeth is the development and maintenance of good oral hygiene.  Many people already know that brushing after meals is part of the process.  Along with brushing regularly, there are some other ways to help minimize the impact of citric acid and sugar on the teeth:

  • Don’t hold the fruit juice in the mouth.  It’s fun to let the juice linger for a few seconds and then swallow.  The problem is that this provides more time for the acid to attack the teeth.  Sipping and swallowing is a better approach.
  • Rinse after every snack.  While it may not be practical to brush after a mid-afternoon piece of fruit or a glass of juice, it doesn’t take much effort to rinse the mouth with a little water.  This will help to dilute any traces of the acid that are still lingering on the gums and teeth.  
  • Chew gum.  There is evidence that the use of xylitol gum can help to reduce the acid level in the mouth.  While the gum is not a substitute for brushing and rinsing, it will come in handy when other methods of freshening the mouth are not readily available.
  • Flossing.  Flossing is something that should be part of the daily dental hygiene regimen. It is also one of the elements that people are most likely to leave out of the equation.  Make it a point to floss after brushing the teeth at the end of the day.  When combined with brushing and the use of a good quality mouthwash, there’s very little chance of any lingering sugar or citric acid to damage the teeth.
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Summertime Treats that May Damage Your Teeth!

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

Apr 4, 2014 9:55:00 PM

WHEN IT’S WARM OUTSIDE we all enjoy our favorite warm weather foods and beverages! Have you ever considered how some of these affect your smile? You may be surprised. Here’s a short list of foods that can damage your teeth if you’re not thoughtful about it.

Warm Weather Foods To Be Aware Of:

Iced Coffee

Many people not only start the day drinking iced coffee, but continue to sip on it throughout the day. Because your teeth are very porous, coffee can leave significant stains on your teeth. Lightening up your coffee with cream or milk helps a little.

Pickles & Pickled Vegetables

Pickles are typically made with lots of vinegar and sugar—two things that can be harmful to your teeth. The vegetables are pretty healthy but the brine is what can do some real damage.

Sports Drinks

People are a lot more active during warm weather months. Do you turn to sports drinks to stay hydrated? Just be careful. Many are full of sugars and acids.

Diet Soda

These drinks may seem harmless because they don’t have sugar, but they still have a lot of acidity and other harmful substances that can affect your tooth enamel.

Barbecue Sauce

Most barbecue sauces contain lots of sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, and (in some cases) dye which can contribute to damage or stains.

Helpful Tips:
  • Don’t swish around sport or fruit drinks, or hold them in your mouth.
  • After drinking sports drinks, wait an hour before brushing your teeth so you don’t harm the softened enamel.
  • Eat more fresh vegetables such as cucumbers and celery.
  • After eating barbecued foods or foods that stick between teeth, chew sugar free gum and/or rinse your mouth with water.
And Just For Fun
Check out these summer hacks (especially the ones that encourage all of us to drink more water and eat more fruit)!

Enjoy the warm weather! And, if you have questions about this information, please let us know and let’s visit!

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Everything You Need To Know About Dental Sealants

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

Apr 3, 2014 9:34:00 AM

By taking preventive measures to protect your teeth you can reduce the risk of tooth decay and other serious dental issues in the future. Dental sealants are a dependable and affordable treatment option that adds a thin layer of material over your teeth's chewing surfaces in order to protect their enamel. 

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