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Fluoride

The fluoridation of water has been shown to prevent tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. The CDC has hailed the advent of treating community water with fluoride as one of the ten great health achievements of the 20th century. But what exactly does...

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Bad Breath Blues

Should You be Concerned? Ever since Listerine published it's advertisement back in the 1920s depicting the loveless fate of those with stinky breath, we've been obsessed about keeping our breath minty fresh. The science behind bad breath can be pretty complex. There's...

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How Honest are You about Flossing?

A Dreaded Chore Flossing. More than one in four Americans lie to their dentist about doing it. One in three say they would much rather file their taxes every day instead. According to a Harris Polls survey, some people even reported that they would rather listen to a...

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Restoring your Smile

Despite their best efforts, it is not uncommon to for even the most vigilant to lose a tooth. Losing a tooth can be difficult - both physically and psychologically. Luckily, there are many solutions today to make it seem like it never happened. Here are three common...

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My First Whitening

This week we have a guest blogger, Jordan Muir from WestChester.Guru. She came in for her first teeth whitening last week and this is what she had to say: The other day I had my very first teeth whitening. I’ve heard many stories that teeth whitening can increase...

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Stay Away from Stains!

Keeping your teeth white is a struggle in today's world. Your teeth are built like a sponge and certain things are proven to stain teeth. Here are some common culprits to avoid to keep your smile nice and bright: Coffee: One of the most common causes of stains, coffee...

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Whitening Methods

Keeping your smile bright requires daily brushing and flossing, and even the best of us have a hard time keeping up! There are many different ways to stain your teeth, but don’t worry. With today's technical advances there are more ways than ever to help keep your...

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Are implants right for you?

As dentists, our goal is to give our patients the care and support they need to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. However, accidents or other complications do happen. When a tooth is missing, it's important to find the best solution for you. Missing teeth can...

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TMJ Awareness Month — Week 4: Prevention

All this month we have given readers information on temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), tips to talk about your concerns with TMJ to your doctor, as well as some simple tips to alleviate symptoms. For this last posting, we believe that an ounce of prevention is...

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Strengthen Your Teeth

Strengthen Your Teeth

Are you prone to chipped teeth or simply want to put your teeth in good standing for when you are older?

First a look inside what teeth are made of. Teeth are made of enamel and dentin. Enamel is the hardest, white outer part of the tooth. It is mostly made of calcium phosphate, a rock hard mineral. Dentin is a layer underlying the enamel. It is made of living cells, which secrete a hard mineral substance.

Many often have the misconception that teeth are in fact bone. This is false. Teeth and bone are made up of similar minerals such as calcium and phosphorous but both have other minerals the other does not.

What can you eat or drink that will strengthen your teeth similar to eating certain foods to strengthen your bones?

Like bones, calcium and vitamin D help enhance the strength of teeth. Calcium helps strengthen the enamel of your teeth by preventing it from wearing out. Foods rich in calcium and vitamin D include dairy products like milk and cheese. Other foods that don’t immediately come to mind:

  • Celery
  • Animal protein or tofu
  • Sesame seeds
  • Egg yolk
  • Fish

These foods are packed full of nutrients for a strong teeth. A healthy diet does more than help with weight loss, every part of you wins even down to the teeth.

 

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Saldivar received a B.S. at Penn State University and a D.D.S. at University of Maryland. With over 10 years of experience, Dr. Saldivar is certified in the United States Dental Institue (Orthodontic Program) as well as Invisalign certified. She is fluent in Spanish, Tagalog-Filipino, and volunteers her services for Give Kids a Smile, a program that is part of the American Dental Association.
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How to Drink Soda

How to Drink Soda

As much as we advise you to quit drinking soda or decrease the amount, we know it isn’t going to happen overnight. In the mean time there are ways you can decrease the effect soda puts on your teeth.

Many have heard of pH level and acidity but what does it really mean? The pH scale is recognized as a scale from 0-14, 7 being neutral (water is neutral). The lower the pH level the higher the acidity level. When you consume food and drink that contain sugar, the bacteria in your mouth uses the sugar for fuel and produce an acid that causes your pH level in your mouth to lower to a level that can dissolve enamel. Enamel begins to dissolve when the pH level is below 5.5 (the level of coffee and milk). Soda is listed at level 3 on the pH scale, lemon juice and vinegar at 2, hydrochloric acid at 1, and battery acid at 0. As you can see soda is well below the healthy level, making it almost dangerously acidic.

Once you have consumed a food or drink containing acidic properties it takes 20 minutes for your body to return your mouth’s pH levels to normal levels. The longer the mouth stays below 5.5 the more enamel will be dissolved and the more vulnerable the teeth will be to cavities and other oral complications.

It’s common to slowly enjoy your drink throughout the day but each time you take a sip from your soda you are delaying the balance of your mouth another 20 minutes. If we create a scenario where you sip your soda every 10 minutes and it takes 10-15 sips to finish, your mouth’s pH level will not be balance for 3-5 hours. During this time period your teeth are vulnerable to cavities.

The next time you’re thirsty reach for water. If a soda is too tempting be smart and drink it all in one sitting using a straw to decrease the amount of sugary liquid touching your teeth.

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Saldivar received a B.S. at Penn State University and a D.D.S. at University of Maryland. With over 10 years of experience, Dr. Saldivar is certified in the United States Dental Institue (Orthodontic Program) as well as Invisalign certified. She is fluent in Spanish, Tagalog-Filipino, and volunteers her services for Give Kids a Smile, a program that is part of the American Dental Association.
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Teeth Whitening: Professional or Take Home?

Teeth Whitening: Professional or Take Home?

People want a bright Hollywood smile but which is the best way to achieve this smile, professional treatment or take home kit? Whether it’s a professional treatment or an over-the-counter kit the principle is the same. Both methods use a whitening agent that is applied to the teeth to bleach stains.

A professional whitening treatment is done ‘in house’ at the end of your cleaning. This allows the dental hygienist to clear the teeth of anything that may produce an uneven outcome. During a professional whitening treatment a laser light is often used to speed up, increase the whitening process, and cause less post whitening sensitivity.  

Another option to brighten your smile would be a kit bought from your dentist, grocery store, or convenience store. An over-the-counter treatment can come in various forms such as; gels, trays, rinses, and strips. These options can be more convenient and at a more appealing cost.

While both can have the same brightness level, a professional treatment gives quicker satisfaction and takes away the fear of not doing the process correctly yourself. There are many things that can interfere with a successful outcome with an over-the-counter kit. It’s possible the whitening agent isn’t applied correctly or evenly, the teeth may not have been cleaned properly before bleaching, or an excess or lack of whitening agent isn’t applied to reach a desired outcome.

One of the most important things to remember when doing the whitening process in-house or at home is not to over bleach. Many are unaware of the permanent damage excessive whitening can do to their teeth and gums. When teeth are bleached excessively the edges of the teeth can turn an irreversibly bluish-translucent color. The teeth can become very sensitive and gum tissue can burn away. Remember, everything in moderation.

As you can see there are many options to have your teeth whitened. If you are unsure of which option is the best for you consult with your dentist.

 

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Saldivar received a B.S. at Penn State University and a D.D.S. at University of Maryland. With over 10 years of experience, Dr. Saldivar is certified in the United States Dental Institue (Orthodontic Program) as well as Invisalign certified. She is fluent in Spanish, Tagalog-Filipino, and volunteers her services for Give Kids a Smile, a program that is part of the American Dental Association.
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