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Why Yellow Teeth Might Be in Your Future

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We brush, we floss, we pay for the expensive teeth whitening system all in the name of keeping our pearly whites just that, white. But, according to science, no matter what we do, yellow teeth may be in our future. As we grow older our teeth will yellow, and while this could be because of a lifetime of snacks, meals, and drinks that have attempted to harm and wear away enamel, it could also be because of the changing structure in teeth. As we age, our enamel (the beautiful white stuff) thins, and the layer beneath that, the layer of … Continue reading

Social Anxiety and Teeth Grinding

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Thousands of people suffer from anxiety; in fact, it is fairly common for people to suffer from an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders usually affect the lives of sufferers in many ways and can be very difficult to manage. But, something that anxiety sufferers may not have realized is that their anxiety could be affecting their oral health. Roughly one in six adult Americans are affected by an anxiety disorder, and this number encompasses anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. A new study done by Tel Aviv University researchers found that anxiety … Continue reading

The Impressive Roots of Dentistry: Centuries-Old Evidence of Natural Fillings

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Dentistry is not a modern invention but an ancient form of medicine practiced by our ancestors. About 100 years ago, a 6,500 year-old man’s jaw was found in Slovenia. However, it was only recently that close examination revealed a layer of beeswax lodged in one of his teeth. Although this is not the first known evidence of dental work, this is the oldest discovery of a therapeutic dental filling to date and possibly the most ancient example of prehistoric dentistry in Europe. Researchers are now searching for similar cases in other Neolithic remains. If evidence can be found showing that … Continue reading

Filling Fun

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Getting a filling isn’t usually a fun endeavor, in fact, most people hate it, but if you have to get a filling then you might as well know what you’re working with. There are a lot of materials to choose from when getting a filling. It is important to keep in mind all of your options when choosing what is best for your oral health. Composite fillings: Composite fillings are great because they can be matched to the normal color of your teeth. They are great for cavities that are small or medium in size and for teeth that do … Continue reading

Will Whitening Harm Your Teeth?

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Repeated use of whitening strips might sound dangerous to your teeth, but, according to dental professionals, there is no harm to using whitening strips over time. Dr. Denis Kinane, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine said in a New York Times article that, “There is no indication that frequent, long-term use of teeth whitening strips cause damage.” This means that you don’t need to fear your whitening strips anymore. While some patients experience sensitivity to whitening due to sensitive teeth or issues with thinning enamel, most patients are fine using whitening strips for long-term periods. In … Continue reading

Why Add Mouthwash to Your Oral Health Routine?

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Maybe you’ve seen the multi-colored bottles of minty-fresh mouthwash in the supermarket and have been wondering what the benefits are of adding mouthwash to your routine. Mouthwash won’t be the answer to all of your oral health needs, so read on to figure out what mouthwash can, and can’t do for you. When adding mouthwash to your routine, be aware that it is not meant to replace brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an addition to your oral health repertoire, not a sole component. Mouthwash is primarily used to keep breath fresh. If you suffer from halitosis, also known as chronic … Continue reading

Does Cold Weather Hurt Your Jaw?

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Do you notice pain in your jaw when it is cold outside? Do you feel sharp pains in your jaw and teeth during chilly weather? If so, you may have a serious jaw issue that needs treatment by a specialist. If you experience jaw pain in cold weather then you might suffer from a temporomandibular joint disorder, known as TMD or TMJ. While cavities could be the source of your pain, it is also likely that it is an issue with your jaw. Other symptoms of TMJ or TMD include: EarachesHeadachesPain when chewingPain when opening your mouthClicking, grating, or popping … Continue reading

Staff Spotlight: Susan Folsom

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Susan is a Registered Dental Hygienist with a passion for helping people. She entered dental hygiene school right after high school, because she had fallen in love with being a dental assistant while in high school. She has been with Paxton Dental Care for 17 years and loves that she can interact with people one on one on a daily basis. She loves the social aspect of talking to her patients as much as the clinical aspect of cleaning their teeth. She says that, “Helping people have healthier mouths that in turn leads to healthier lives make me happy!” Here … Continue reading

Everything You Should Know About Teeth Whitening

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Have you ever thought about whitening your teeth? Teeth whitening products are currently in high demand; this is because people see their smile as one of their most important features. It impacts their social life, dating life, and could even affect how they are perceived at work. So, if you have been thinking of brightening up your pearly whites, here is what you need to know. There are a few different methods involved in teeth whitening. Here are two different procedures that you might try. Method 1: Bleaching procedures Whether you use an at-home kit or go to the dentist, … Continue reading

Smile Like A Celebrity

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Want to smile like a celebrity? Here’s how easy it can be! In today’s society, first impressions are everything. People are said to form judgments within milliseconds of meeting new faces! From clothing choices to our pearly whites, every aspect of our appearance helps strangers form opinions of us instantaneously. It’s not surprise that our smiles are incredibly important in portraying a favorable image. Teeth can play an important part in increasing our self-esteem if they are celebrity-like: pearly white, and perfect at every angle. Well, luckily, unlike wearing million-dollar Oscar outfits, the ability to smile like a celebrity is … Continue reading