Is all candy bad for your teeth?

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Q. Is all candy bad for your teeth? A. Yes, most types of candy will harm your teeth. The decay rate is dependent on many key factors: the plaque buildup of cavity forming bacteria; low pH; lack of minerals(Calcium,fluoride ions); the consumption of sticky retentive food; the morphology of the teeth (familial genetics); lack of saliva flow (xerostomia); lack of brushing and flossing. Consumption of any sugar (candy) or starch will generally produce an acid environment within 30 minutes in Read More…

Why would I choose cosmetic fillings over amalgam silver fillings?

Cosmetic Fillings

For environmental reasons, we recommend cosmetic fillings, which are considered the greener choice. Cosmetic fillings have already been accepted  as the better choice by many countries including Europe, which completely banned the use of amalgam fillings about ten years ago. As silver fillings age in a tooth, the non-precious metals will rust and stain your teeth internally, creating a darker tooth.  This creates a challenge to restore a tooth the deeper the stain penetrates the dentin, but we have new Read More…

Is there a process that whitens teeth and lasts for the rest of one’s life?

Teeth Whitening

Q: I heard that there is a process that whitens teeth which lasts for the rest of one’s life.  Is this true and if so, what is the cost?  Does it work on sensitive teeth and how many “applications” are necessary?  - Heidi L. A: Great question Heidi!!  Sounds like you’re really interested in enhancing your smile or you know someone who would benefit.  If you could whiten your smile in the most permanent way with great results with a Read More…