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Free Dental Advice

Sometimes we forget that dentists are also doctors and that we should be listening to their advice. Read on for some words of wisdom from dentists about common concerns around dental care.

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Maintaining good oral health is essential to averting trouble down the road

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Chew Your Way to Fresh Breath

Chew Your Way to Fresh Breath

If you want to reduce the bad bacteria in your mouth, you should be all over xylitol [a sugar substitute found in chewing gum]. It changes the chemistry of your mouth. Six or seven pieces of xylitol gum every day will help keep cavities away.

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Give White a Second Chance

Give White a Second Chance

Some people give up on tooth whitening because the gel irritates their teeth and gums. Just use a fluoride rinse or gel before and after-it’ll make your teeth much less sensitive.

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No Piercing

No Piercing

With any kind of mouth piercing, there’s a huge risk of infection if it’s not done in a really sterile environment. I’ve seen cases where we’ve had to cut out pieces of the tongue because the infection was so rampant. Even when things go well, virtually everyone I see with a tongue piercing has chipped front teeth. Don’t pierce your tongue.

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Mercury's an Urban Myth

Mercury’s an Urban Myth

Amalgam [silver] fillings do release a small amount of mercury but you’d have to have about 300 fillings for the level to get high enough to pose even the smallest risk.

Taking metal fillings out can release more mercury than leaving them in. There’s no proof they do harm. Convincing patients to remove fillings for health reasons is quackery.
 

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Classics Still Work

Classics Still Work

Composite (tooth-colored) fillings are popular, but a metal filling is going to be more durable, especially for bigger jobs.

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Stop Worrying

Stop Worrying

A lot of patients are worried that dental X-rays can cause cancer, but if you’re outside for an hour, you’re exposed to more radiation than you’d get from a full set of dental X-rays. What I worry about is that if I don’t take an X-ray, I might miss something serious.