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HOW TO PREVENT TOOTH DECAY

Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth structure and can affect both the enamel (the outer coating of the tooth) and the dentin layer of the tooth. Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches), such as breads, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy are left on the teeth. Bacteria that live …

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Right braces for you

The impressions have been made, and the appointment has been set: It’s time for getting braces. Once all the prep work has been done, your orthodontist has to actually apply the braces to your teeth, something which might jangle your nerves. Whether it’s you or your child in the orthodontist’s chair, knowing what to expect …

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Trivia

When did the enamel that covers our teeth evolve? And where in the body did this tissue first appear? In a new study, researchers combined data from two very different research fields -- paleontology and genomics -- to arrive at a clear but unexpected answer to this question: enamel originated in the skin and colonized …

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Tips on keeping healthy teeth

Your mouth has a bacterial ecosystem of both good and bad bacteria. Healthy bacteria work to protect your mouth and limit tooth decay. Harmful bacteria will cause tooth decay but the good bacteria should dominate, providing you don't snack on sugary processed foods between meals. Better yet, don't eat sugary processed food at any time …

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