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Does More Fluoride in Toothpastes Lead to Better Cavity Prevention?

Fluoride toothpaste has been proven to help prevent tooth decay. The level of fluoride concentration that is effective for this purpose is 1000 ppm (parts per million), so that’s what most toothpaste with the ADA symbol of approval use. Although toothpastes often deviate from their stated fluoride levels, a fluoride toothpaste should [...]

Dental Problems on Holiday: Can They Wait?

Christmas is a great time to get out and enjoy some travel with the family (and, let’s be honest, without the extended family). With the kids off for an extended break, you can decide to hang around at home, maybe with a little trip to Manly beach, if you don’t mind the crowds. But it [...]

Can Behavioral Therapy Help You Improve Your Oral Hygiene

For many years, there has been a powerful stigma attached to any kind of psychological therapy. It was believed that this solution was only appropriate for people with serious mental health issues. Therefore, anyone who was seeking therapy must have problems, so people were reluctant to get therapy, and, when they did, they were reluctant [...]

Metal Fillings: Unsafe, or Just Unattractive?

For over a hundred years, amalgam fillings — also called silver fillings or metal fillings — were standard fare for dentists treating cavities. These fillings are made from a mixture of metals, including elemental mercury. Debates have been raging since the 1850s over whether or not amalgam fillings are safe, and now that fillings are [...]

By |February 15th, 2018|Cavities|

Gap Teeth: Trendy or Risky?

If you’ve flipped through Vogue lately, you may notice a surprising trend among the otherwise flawless women who model clothes: Gaps between their front teeth. Once considered a flaw, gap teeth are quickly becoming a charming quirk. Madonna and Elton John were early to embrace the gap. Although Lady Gaga is happy she got hers [...]