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Found: The Gene That Could Grow New Teeth

A breakthrough by scientists could see dentures bite the dust. Researchers have pinpointed the gene that governs the production of tooth enamel, raising the tantalising possibility of people one day growing extra teeth when needed. At the very least, it … Continue reading

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Tooth Regeneration Gel Could Replace Painful Fillings

Could this new gel be the biggest dental breakthrough since the introduction of fluoride? Dentists could soon hang up their drills. A new peptide, embedded in a soft gel or a thin, flexible film and placed next to a cavity, … Continue reading

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Flouride Treatments and Supplements

What Is It? Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that strengthens teeth. In doing this, it can help to prevent tooth decay. Experts say the best way to prevent tooth decay is to use several sources of fluoride. Fluoride is … Continue reading

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Fluorosis

What Is It? Your permanent teeth form under your gums in the jawbone during early childhood. They appear in your mouth after the primary or “baby” teeth are lost. The crowns of nearly all of the permanent teeth are fully … Continue reading

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Bottled Water and Fluoride

If I drink bottled water, am I getting enough fluoride? If bottled water is your primary source of drinking water, you may not be getting enough fluoride. While fluoride is added to public water supplies in much of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Adults and Fluoride

Can adults benefit from fluoride? New research shows that everyone can benefit from fluoride. Experts used to think that fluoride worked mainly by strengthening teeth while they were still developing. This meant that children were the focus of fluoridation efforts. … Continue reading

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Fluoride And Your Teeth

Fluoride’s Importance to the Teeth Enamel, the outer layer of the crown of a tooth, is made of closely packed mineral crystals. Every day, minerals are lost and gained from inside the enamel crystals. Losing minerals is called demineralization. Gaining … Continue reading

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What is Fluoride?

What is Fluoride? Fluoride is a natural mineral found throughout the earth’s crust and widely distributed in nature. Some foods and water supplies contain fluoride. Fluoride is often added to drinking water to help reduce tooth decay. In the 1930s, … Continue reading

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X-Ray Safety

The benefits of X-rays are well known: They help dentists diagnose relatively common disorders such as cavities, periodontal disease and infections. Without this ability to see inside a tooth and beneath the gums, more disease would go unchecked, patients would … Continue reading

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Types of X-Rays

X-rays are divided into two main categories: intraoral, which means that the X-ray film is inside the mouth, and extraoral, which means that the film is outside the mouth. Intraoral Radiographs The various types of intraoral X-rays show different aspects … Continue reading

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