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What to Know About Whitening

A recent study by Philips Sonicare and USA Today revealed that, for 47 percent of people, the first thing they notice when they meet you is your smile. No pressure there or anything, right? Unless, of course, your smile isn’t quite as white as it could be. Thankfully, if that describes you, there’s plenty you can do about it – from whitening toothpastes to professional whitening treatments and even veneers, there’s no shortage of solutions to give you a bright, white, healthy-looking smile. But unfortunately, despite these myriad options, there are still a lot of misconceptions about teeth whitening. If you’re interested in polishing up those pearly whites, check out these lesser-known facts so you know exactly what to expect from your whitening treatment.

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Braces Aren’t Just for Kids!

Some common misconceptions we hear from adult patients is that "braces are just for kids" or "I’m too old to get my teeth straightened." But in most cases, those statements are simply not true. The truth is, you’re never "too old" for braces or aligners, but there are some things to consider when attempting to align teeth as an older patient. Whether you’re an adult who is considering braces or even one who thinks you’ve missed your chance at straighter teeth, don’t lose hope. Here’s what you need to know about getting braces as an adult.

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Could the TruthBrush Improve on the Toothbrush?

An estimated 268.73 million Americans use manual toothbrushes – at least according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But despite this overwhelming majority (only 101.4 million Americans use electric toothbrushes), very little innovation has been made in the manual toothbrush field since its first design in 1498. But now, a new invention from Cambridge Design Partnership is aiming to change that. It’s called the TruthBrush, and it was designed with a very specific purpose.

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Where Did Our Teeth Come From?

Our teeth are pretty amazing things, aren’t they? But have you ever stopped to think about just how fascinating they really are? They’re exposed bones that grow in, fall out and then grow in again. They finish developing when we're in our teens, but with proper care can last the entire rest of our life. The same teeth we get at around age 6 will be with us until we’re 96. Think of all the smiles they’ll make and foods they’ll chew in that time. When you really put it into perspective, teeth are incredible – but believe it or not, they’re even cooler than you may have realized. Teeth and their fascinating history are the subject of a new TED-Ed video by Pete Unger titled "How Did Teeth Evolve?"

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British Baby Born with Fully Formed Tooth

When little Cruise Horsburgh was born on January 27, 2018, he greeted the world with a surprise in his mouth – a fully formed tooth. Cruise's parents, Shannon MacAllister and Dean Horsburgh, were understandably shocked to see the bottom lower central incisor in their baby’s mouth, but they soon learned that it does happen - just not very often.

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All About Veneers

Is your smile dull, stained or discolored? Are your teeth broken, crooked or misshapen? You may be an excellent candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that permanently adhere to the front-facing surface of the teeth. Though they are similar to dental crowns in that they are made of the same material and cover a large surface of the tooth, the similarities between veneers and crowns end there. Here’s everything you need to know about porcelain veneers!

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Microbubbles May Soon Get Teeth Cleaner

You know that feeling you get when you leave the dentist’s office after a cleaning - that fresh, squeaky-clean feeling your teeth have when you run your tongue over them? That feeling may soon feel even better, if a new method of teeth cleaning that uses microbubbles is approved.

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A Popular Injectable Drug Could Help Stop Bruxism

For the approximately 10 percent of Americans who suffer from the condition known as bruxism, or teeth grinding, relief can often be hard to come by. While it is unknown exactly what causes bruxism, many factors, including stress, anxiety, and psychological and genetic factors, could be to blame. Currently the most common and effective way to treat bruxism is with a mouth guard or night guard. Unfortunately, despite their effectiveness, many people with bruxism either cannot afford a mouth guard, or simply forget or choose not to wear it.

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Could ‘Smart Braces’ Shorten Orthodontic Treatments?

Wearing braces is one of those rites of passage that nobody looks forward to - from the teens stuck wearing them to the parents stuck paying for them, most families would rather complete the process as soon as possible. Unfortunately, orthodontic treatments only go as fast as your teeth are willing to move. But a new spin on braces may help speed up the process.

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New Dental Material Could Improve Fillings

Plaque. Bacteria. Food residue. Our teeth come in contact with a host of cavity-causing materials throughout the day. For healthy teeth that are cleaned properly, most of these intruders are no big deal, but for teeth that are already weakened due to improper care, damage or enamel defects, these oral intruders can really take their toll. But now, a new dental material under development at the University of Pennsylvania may help take some of the power away from those nasty outsiders - and it could change the future of oral health.

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Lasers Could Help Prevent Cavities

Lasers have been used in many facets of dentistry since 1994. From drilling cavities to root planing and more, lasers have made both the dentist’s job easier and patients' procedures shorter and less painful. But now, a new laser procedure under development may be able to help patients prevent one of the most common and painful dental problems plaguing teeth today: cavities.

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Are Your Teeth Cleaner Than a Monkey’s Teeth?

Generally speaking, when someone likens your behavior to that of an animal, it’s not a compliment. But that may not ring true for one particular barrel of monkeys from Great Nicobar Island in India. The monkeys are long-tailed macaques, and they are said to have impeccable dental hygiene that rivals even the most hygienic of humans. A study conducted by scientists at the Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History in Coimbatore, India, followed approximately 20 monkeys to observe their eating habits. But it wasn’t what the monkeys ate that left the scientists surprised - it was what they did after eating.

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After-School Snack Options Make a Big Impact

If you’re like most parents, you try to feed your children the healthiest food possible.  From a nutritious breakfast to a wholesome lunch and satisfying dinner, you strive to teach good habits that will encourage your children to make a lifetime of healthy choices. But a new study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine has revealed that all those efforts could be undermined by something you have little control over: the food options surrounding your child’s school.

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A Clearer View: Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

There are few things as predictable in life as going to your semi-annual checkup at the dentist office. It's almost always the same, every six months: fill out some paperwork, then head back to the exam room for X-rays, a cleaning and finally your exam with the dentist. You know the cleaning is important, as is the exam, but what about those X-rays? Are they really necessary, and if they are necessary, how safe are they?

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How the Mouth Affects the Singing Voice

You may not have known this, but Dr. Hill met his wife in college in Shreveport, Louisiana, singing in the choir. In fact, he’s still a choir singer with his church today! As a singer, he knows it’s important to not just warm up your vocal chords properly before singing, but also to take excellent care of your oral health. Why? Because, believe it or not, caring for your oral health can deeply affect your singing voice. Here’s how.

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The Importance of Continuing Education in Dentistry

It takes eight years of full-time education to become a dentist: four years of undergraduate work and four years of graduate school, plus written and clinical examinations. Once your dentist has completed those requirements, he’s done, right? Not if he’s Dr. Hill. In fact, since graduating from dental school, Dr. Hill has voluntarily logged an additional 1,000 hours of continuing dental training - and that’s not including the time he spent as an instructor, teaching other dentists how to craft beautiful smiles just like he does with his patients every day.

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More Reasons to Care for Children’s Teeth

Brushing your children’s teeth may not be one of your highest priorities, but a recent survey by Delta Dental has revealed one more reason it should be.

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A Tooth Decay Vaccine Could Be Right Around the Corner

Cavities have been called one of the most prevalent health conditions facing the United States today. They are so common that, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, an estimated 92 percent of adults have at least one cavity in their permanent teeth, and at least 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have at least one cavity in their baby teeth. But while some of these instances of tooth decay can be prevented by better oral care habits, some teeth are just more prone to cavities than others.

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Brushing Checkup: How to Optimize At-Home Oral Care

Have you ever gone to the dentist for your semi-annual exam and left stunned at what your dentist told you about the condition of your mouth? Whether it’s surprise cavities, gingivitis, an abscess or a root canal, bad news at the dentist can sometimes come out of left field, especially if you think you’re doing a great job caring for your teeth at home. If you’re concerned about your oral health and want to make sure you’re doing the best you can to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and worse, follow these tips for your healthiest mouth ever!

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When Looking to Lose Weight, Watch for Hidden Sugars

 With more than 60 percent of American adults considered overweight and one-third of all American adults considered obese, it’s no wonder many are trying to change their diets and lose weight. In fact, in the United States, we spend about $60 billion a year on weight-loss products and programs. With approximately 75 million people a year trying to shed extra pounds, that’s about $800 per person. But while many of the products sold to dieters can help make a significant difference in shedding those excess pounds, many people may not realize the toll those products could be taking on their teeth.

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