The Benefits of White Fillings

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The question of whether to use amalgam or composite material when filling cavities is important to consider carefully. Amalgam fillings are the silver colored fillings, and have been used for over a hundred years. The more popular composite fillings are white, and made their way into common practice a little over three decades ago. For many, cost is the deciding factor when choosing which material to fill their cavities with. Amalgam fillings tend to be half of the cost of composite. Insurance plans typically cover the cost of amalgam while most plans will cover only a portion of the cost of composite fillings, but white fillings offer a range of benefits that may make them well worth the expenditure. Aesthetics One of the benefits that has made composite fillings a more popular choice is ...

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The Cat With Golden Teeth

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Golden teeth are often depicted on pirates, rappers, and nobility. The history of repairing damaged teeth with materials like stone chips, gold, or other metals goes way back.  When dentist Giovanni d’Arcoli suggested using gold leaf to crown teeth in 1483, they were a luxury only available to the wealthy. His first design protected teeth from decay better than previous materials because it was able to create a more form-fitting seal. When dentist Robert Arthur began using gold foil, a less expensive material, to protect teeth in 1855, golden teeth became available to a wider range of people. Neither dentist would ever have expected their design to be used on anything but humans. Fourteen Carat Persian In 2005, dentist Dr. David Steele received a Persian kitten—who he named Sebastian— from ...

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A History of Beautiful Black Teeth

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The demand for teeth whitening procedures has been on the rise in the United States for the past few years. Pearly whites are a sign of good health, dental hygiene, and beauty. Bright teeth can give people the confidence to smile wide in public, while dark teeth can cause embarrassment by giving the impression that a person has poor hygiene. White teeth were not always a sign of health and beauty, however. Throughout history, and even in some rural and urban areas today, various cultures have had a history of tooth blackening for cosmetic, spiritual, and practical purposes. In many of these cultures, white teeth were seen as undesirable. Black Teeth as a Symbol of Wealth Dental hygiene in England during the 16th and 17th centuries was not as refined as it is today. People didn’t know a lot ...

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Foods That May Aggravate TMJ Pain

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People suffering from TMJ know that hard foods like nuts and candy can aggravate joint pain.  Many people strategically avoid hard food in order to reduce pain exacerbated by eating. Sometimes, knowing what food will hurt your jaw is not as intuitive as it seems. Here are a few situations that can increase TMJ pain that many people might not think about, especially when eating out. Chewing Marathons When it comes to avoiding certain foods at mealtime, salad seems like a safe alternative to chewey steaks. What people don’t think about is just how long it takes to chew a salad. The leaves alone require a considerable amount of chewing. When you add toppings like bacon bits, grilled chicken, raisins, and radishes, you have more than doubled the amount of chewing required to get through dinner ...

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Can a Sugar Substitute Help You Fight Cavities?

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One of the biggest problems in America in terms of diet is the high amount of sugar that we eat on a daily basis. This matters not just when it comes to your waistline, but also when it comes to your teeth. One way to reduce your sugar intake is to substitute xylitol for sugar. Xylitol isn’t an artificial sugar, it’s a natural relative to sugars that has about a third fewer cavities, and it has another benefit–it has antibacterial properties that can reduce your risk of cavities or gum disease. Where Does Xylitol Come from? Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol. It’s found naturally in many different foods you eat, just in smaller amounts than other types of sugars. For example, it’s in oats, mushrooms, raspberries, and strawberries. But it’s not present in ...

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