1. Discolored Teeth: Five Foods that Cause Stains

    by Margie Monin Dombrowski Proper oral hygiene is of course indispensable for maintaining a bright smile, but there is one other important bit of advice: Watch what you eat and drink. Certain foods and beverages can discolor teeth. If you want to protect your pearly whites, read on for some common culprits that stain your teeth. Pasta Sauce Because of their acidity, bright red hue and tendency to …Read More

  2. Toothache Causes, Remedies and Relief

    What Causes Tooth Pain? You’ve probably experienced tooth pain at some point, whether from a loose tooth, impacted wisdom tooth, or sensitivity when you bite into an ice cream cone or a hot potato. If you notice consistent pain in a tooth that lasts for more than a day or two, see your dental professional; you may need some dental work. Tooth decay causes pain in children, too, so the same rules…Read More

  3. How to Get Rid of Plaque and Remove Tartar Buildup

    How to Remove Plaque at Home Removing plaque at home on a daily basis lessens your chances of tartar buildup and experiencing more serious dental problems such as cavities, gingivitis, and bad breath. Healthy dental habits, such as brushing for two minutes twice daily and flossing after every brush, can help you prevent the harmful effects of plaque buildup. If you have kids, remember: It’s n…Read More

  4. Food for Teeth – the Christmas Way!

    As Christmas approaches, the thought which pops in our mind is Christmas gifts, Christmas cake, cookies and children being on their best behavior to be on Santa’s ‘Good List’ and avoid Santa’s ‘Naughty List’. In all this excitement we tend to forget about our teeth. So this Christmas we made our own list just like Santa. We often hear and know about food items which are good for our he…Read More

  5. Should we blame our genes for the bacteria behind tooth decay?

    By Catharine Paddock PhD The composition of our oral bacteria when we are very young is predominantly influenced by our genetic background. But as we age, this heritable factor wanes and non-heritable ones such as diet and oral hygiene play a stronger role in shaping the oral microbiome. This idea is supported by a new study - led by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in La Jolla, CA - which …Read More

  6. Gingivitis: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

    By Christian Nordqvist Dentist working on a patient Gingivitis is a common type of periodontal disease. Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of a film of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth - plaque; this is known as plaque-induced gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can progres…Read More

  7. Small molecule inhibitor prevents or impedes tooth cavities in a preclinical model

    University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have created a small molecule that prevents or impedes tooth cavities in a preclinical model. The inhibitor blocks the function of a key virulence enzyme in an oral bacterium, a molecular sabotage that is akin to throwing a monkey wrench into machinery to jam the gears. In the presence of the molecule, Streptococcus mutans -- the prime bacterial ca…Read More