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Making your smile as good as new with teeth recontouring

With so many advanced dentistry techniques seemingly becoming even more accessible, some of the more simpler procedures are perhaps becoming forgotten. It could be argued that teeth recontouring falls into this category and if you have a slightly damaged tooth, it’s something that should be considered over some of the more invasive procedures that are available. If you were to ask what any dentist Fareham has to offer what the easiest way to ‘fix’ a deformed tooth is you’ll most certainly be providing with the recontouring answer. Strictly speaking, it’s referred to as odontoplasty or enameloplasty in the dentistry world, but the results are the same – it’s something that can act as a quick but efficient fix. Considering the somewhat-unknown nature of teeth recontouring, we’ll now take a look at the procedure in complete detail through the course of this page. Who is recontouring designed for? As you may have already gathered, this is a procedure which is designed to fix minor problems with teeth. These could be anything from small chips which have occurred over time, right the way to smoothing out any other inconsistencies which are affecting their shape. Something that few people know is that there […]

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Teeth whitening: Debunking the top myths

Teeth whitening is one of the most mainstream dental procedures around. It has become so mainstream that a lot of options are do it yourself based. While you can find dentists in Ballymena or your wherever you may live, there are other ways in which you can apply an in-home treatment and reap the benefits. Admittedly, the latter isn’t quite as potent and the whiteness might not be as satisfying, but the option does exist. As this is a procedure which has become so popular over recent years, it’s hardly surprising to see that there are umpteen myths and misconceptions that are around. Bearing this in mind, some of the most common myths surrounding teeth whitening are highlighted below. Myth #1 – You can use fruit to whiten your teeth Strawberries and lemons seem to be the most commonly referred to foods to help with teeth whitening. On one hand it’s completely understandable as in some ways, both strawberries and lemons can be used to whiten your teeth. Looking at the situation in the wider picture, it’s not really the case though. These are two foods which contain a considerable amount of acid, which over time will eat away at the enamel […]

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Is it Possible to Regrow Teeth Enamel?

According to the National Institutes of Health the most prevalent form of chronic disease is tooth decay. Janet Moradian-Oldak at USC has  investigated methods to regrow tooth enamel which is a difficult undertaking as tooth enamel is not a living tissue. She collaborated with Sauma Prajapati and others to investigate matrix metalloproteinase-20, an enzyme found only in teeth which facilitate organized enamel crystal formation. Her team is the first to define the function of an enzyme for preventing protein occlusion inside a crystal. MMP-20 is released at a very early stage of enamel formation. MMP-20 chops up proteins during the crystallization of enamel. Together with other enzymes, it gets rid of ‘sludge’ so the enamel making cells in the body can add more mineral and make enamel, the hardest bioceramic in the human body. The team also looked an amelogenin-chitosan hydrogel which could repair early tooth decay by growing an enamel-like layer that reduces lesions by up to 70%. The team feels that MMP-20 can help in understanding the mechanisms of enamel formation and help in dental restoration and repair. The researchers feel that one day it may be possible for people to use an overnight mouth guard or teeth strips saturated with hydrogel to regrow enamel-like substances […]

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High Acid Drinks Can Damage Teeth

So I have previously written about how sports and energy drinks can cause permanent tooth damage. See the post http://blog.teethremoval.com/sports-and-energy-drinks-can-cause-permanent-tooth-damage/ where it is mentioned that the high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel. Similar sentiments are echoed in a more recent article titled “Three-dimensional profilometric assessment of early enamel erosion simulating gastric regurgitation,” appearing in the Journal of Dentistry in 2014 written by Chelsea Mann and et al. The researchers in this more recent article present results to show that lifelong damage is caused by acidity to teeth within the first 30 seconds of an acid attack. The researchers state that dental erosion is often detected clinically after extensive tooth wear has already occurred. Furthermore, the researchers state that drinks high in acidity like sports drinks, soft drinks, and fruit juice when combined with night time tooth grinding can cause major and permanent damage to teeth. The researchers also discuss a triple threat: where those under age 20 consume drinks high in acid, grind their teeth at night, and also have an undiagnosed regurgitation. The researchers encourage parents to keep an eye on how much fruit juice, sports drinks, and soft drinks their children consume. The researchers say that even […]

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Using Teeth to Determine Where you are From

An interesting article titled “The Pb isotopic record of historical to modern human lead exposure,” appears in the journal Science of The Total Environment written by George D. Kamenov and Brian L. Gulson (vol. 490, pp. 861-870, 2014). George Kamenov is a University of Florida geology professor. The article describes how trace amounts of lead present in teeth can give clues about what geographical region the teeth (and the person) came from. What is interesting about this article, is that the lead in the teeth can be used to pinpoint the geographic area where the teeth originated from. This is because lead is composed of four different isotopes which fluctuate in different rocks and soils around the world. As children grow they inhale dust and ingest soil which contains the different isotopes of lead. As tooth enamel forms during childhood, it locks in the lead signals from the environment. The first molar has its enamel formed by around age 3, incisor and canine enamel is formed by around age 5, and third molar (wisdom teeth) enamel is formed by around age 8. If a child moves geographic regions during this time, the different teeth can persevere the lead in the environment […]

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