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Is Chewing Gum Healthy for My Teeth?

One of the easiest—and most fun—ways to help freshen your breath is to reach for a stick of gum. But could that gum actually be harming your oral health? Let’s take a look. The Sugar Problem Most gum flavors contain sugar, which is very harmful to your oral health. When plaque and bacteria feed on sugar left behind on your teeth, they actually release tooth-damaging acid at the same time, which speeds up the decay process. Because gum stays directly on your teeth ... Read more

What Are Canker Sores?

Do you ever develop painful, shallow sores inside of your mouth, maybe even a few times a year? They’re likely canker sores, which are small ulcers that occur in your mouth. Read on to learn more about what causes these painful little sores and how to treat them. How Do I Know If I Have a Canker Sore? If you feel painful spots in your mouth (including on your tongue and palate), have a burning sensation in your mouth, and/or see sores in ... Read more

What Is Causing My Gums to Bleed?

Brushing your teeth might not be very exciting, but it shouldn’t be painful. So should you be concerned if your gums start bleeding while you brush or floss? Yes! Read on to discover why. Stages of Gum Disease Red, swollen, and bleeding gums are usually a telltale indication of early gum disease. Gum disease occurs when your gums become infected by the bacteria trapped in and growing under the gum line. Gum disease develops over the course of 3 stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced ... Read more

Is Chewing Gum Good for My Teeth?

A common way to fight bad breath is to reach for a stick of chewing gum. But have you ever wondered if that gum is safe for your teeth? Here’s what you need to look for when finding a tooth-healthy gum. Sugar & Oral Health Many gums contain sugar, which is harmful to your oral health because when plaque and bacteria feed on sugar, they produce acid that in turn damages your tooth enamel. Because gum stays directly on your teeth for long ... Read more

Evolution of Dental Technology

Your oral health wouldn’t be where it is without modern dental tools, from your well-designed toothbrush to the equipment that you see in your dentist’s office. How long did it take for humans to develop modern dental technology? Ancient Times The earliest evidence that humans took interest in maintaining their dental health dates back to 3000 BCE. Ancient peoples like the Egyptians, Etruscans, and Greeks all used rudimentary dental tools like chewing sticks and toothpicks as well as toothpowders to clean their teeth. ... Read more
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