• Posted on February 15, 2019 6:28 am
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    Tooth Enamel

    We all want to preserve the gifts we naturally have, and our smile with 32 pearls is no exception. Our teeth are made of up various layers known as the enamel, dentin and pulp. Human teeth are subjected to numerous pressures and forces throughout the day. These mainly occur while chewing, biting on hard food, and having sweets, cold or hot food. The enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth, which shields the tooth from the external environment. For the wellness of your teeth, it is essential to preserve it. Here are some important facts and functions of the tooth enamel Enamel cannot regrow The tooth enamel is made during the early phase of life, while we are still embryos. Once the enamel is formed during these stages, it cannot be regrown. This is mainly because enamel does not possess active or living cells. Thus, utmost care should be taken to preserve the enamel. Acts as a protective shield The enamel forms a jacket around the more delicate parts of tooth, which are known as  dentin and pulp. It protects the tooth against heat, cold, external forces and thermal shocks.  Enamel is stronger than your bones and can help the tooth withstand all biting pressures, without getting chipped. Fights tooth sensitivity Dentin is a part of tooth that has abundant nerve supply and is very sensitive to hot or cold food items. Enamel, however, lacks sensation and protects the more sensitive dentin. Healthy enamel will make teeth less vulnerable to tooth sensitivity. Fights acids Acid found in food and drinks is the leading cause of damage to tooth enamel. Many acidic food and drinks make up our everyday diet, like fruits, fruit juices, coffee and wine. Acid is also produced as  digestive juices, which are secreted in the mouth when we chew food. These can weaken tooth enamel over time through  a process called acid erosion. Erosion of tooth enamel is common in at least one in three adults. It is in your best interest to protect your tooth enamel from erosion. Keeps teeth white Enamel, is the reason our teeth look pearly white. If the enamel wears off or gets chipped, the inner layer of dentin will become partially or completely visible, making your teeth look yellowish in colour. So, enamel is necessary to keep your smile sparkly white. In order to preserve your tooth enamel, you should be well aware of the tooth protectors and the damagers. Tooth damagers Sodas and acidic drinks Keep the intake of acidic drinks like sodas, citrus fruits and juices as low as possible. You can also opt for low acid orange juices. Too many sweets.  Bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar, and they make acid that can eat away at enamel. It is even more damaging when teeth are not cleaned regularly. Sour foods  Sour foods contain plenty of acids, so  it is best to avoid them. This will keep enamel erosion or wear at bay. Dry mouth Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by washing away bacteria and leftover food in your mouth. It also dilutes acids to an acceptable level. Tooth protectors As tooth enamel is irreplaceable, it is best to preserve it. Here are some ways you can protect it... When you are having acidic drinks make sure you have them with meals. This will reduce the frequency of acid exposure. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water right after you eat or drink something acidic. Make sure you use a straw for fruit juices or sodas, without swishing them in the mouth. This will help the acid bypass the tooth enamel. Go for sugar free gums. This will lower the amount of acid in your mouth. If you  have a dry mouth, make sure  to consume plenty of water during the day. Try to finish your meals with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese. This will counteract the effect of acids. Use toothpastes and mouthwash  containing fluoride. This will maintain a positive mineral balance in your  tooth enamel. Opt for a soft bristled toothbrush, rather than a hard one. Receive treatment for  your gastric disorders. Lastly, get a regular dental check-up and maintain dental care to keep your teeth healthy. If you are thinking of getting a dental check-up  done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental condition. Preserve your natural smile by availing the best dental solutions. For more information on enamel wear and sensitivity problems, consult Dr. Ron Lo at (253)-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com  You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/  for more information.

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  • Posted on February 8, 2019 4:22 am
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    tooth enamel

    Have you ever wondered what the strongest parts of your body are? Most of us perceive it to be our bones. However, did you know that your teeth possess something that is stronger than bones? Our teeth are made up of various layers of tissues. Starting from the outermost, enamel, followed by dentin and pulp. Enamel is a mineral containing tissue and can withstand more pressure than we can imagine. Healthy tooth enamel is the strongest substance your body can produce. So strong that the human bite can exert up to 200 pounds of pressure on its back teeth. Here are some  facts you need to know about tooth enamel… It is rich in minerals Enamel is predominantly made up of calcium and phosphate minerals, which are tightly held in numerous lattice structures. It’s mineral content is higher than that present in our bones. This gives the enamel strength and resilience to bear heavy chewing and biting forces. Enamel is formed only once The tooth enamel is formed  during the early phase of life, while we are still embryos. Once the enamel is formed during these stages, it cannot be regrown. This is mainly because enamel does not have active or living cells. These cells are lost once the enamel is fully mature. Thus, utmost care should be taken to preserve the enamel. Your teeth look pearly white…it is because of your enamel Enamel, being white in color, forms the outermost layer of your teeth. If the enamel wears off or gets chipped off, the inner layer of dentin will become partially or completely visible. This results in making your teeth look yellowish in colour. So, enamel is necessary to keep your smile sparkly white. Enamel loss can make your teeth super-sensitive The layer of tooth material lying below the enamel is called dentin. Enamel lacks nerves sensation. However, the dentin has a rich supply of nerve ends, making it very sensitive to thermal changes around the tooth. Enamel can get chipped off, due to very heavy biting forces, or can get eroded due to acids. Once the enamel is lost, underlying dentin is exposed, which causes tooth sensitivity. Your enamel can be lost due to various reasons Our enamel is subjected to a lot of acidic exposure. As we eat our food, enzymes present in our saliva mix with our food and digestion begins. During this process, acids are created, which can lead to loss of minerals from the tooth enamel. Teeth can also be exposed to acid attacks from beverages like carbonated drinks, health drinks or stomach conditions like  gastro-oesophageal reflex disorder. Are you interested in knowing the ways to Protect your Enamel? Here are some tips… When you are having acidic drinks, make sure you have them with meals. This will reduce the frequency of acid exposure. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water right after you eat or drink something acidic. Make sure you use a straw for fruit juices or sodas, without swishing them in the mouth. This will help the acid bypass the tooth enamel. Go for sugar free gums. This will lower the amount of acid in your mouth. If you have  a dry mouth, make sure to consume plenty of water during the day. Try to finish your meals with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese. This will counteract the effect of acids. Use toothpastes and mouthwash containing fluoride. This will maintain a positive mineral balance in your tooth enamel. Opt for a soft bristled toothbrush, rather than a hard one. Receive treatment for  your gastric disorders. Lastly, get a regular dental check-up and maintain dental care to keep your teeth healthy. If you are thinking of getting a treatment for tooth sensitivity or even a regular dental check-up, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental condition. Preserve your natural smile by availing the best dental solutions. For more information on enamel wear and sensitivity problems, consult Dr. Ron Lo at (253)-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com  You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/ for more information.

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  • Posted on January 16, 2019 3:30 am
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    Teeth Whitening

    Know about the whitening agents There are various agents like whitening toothpaste, tooth whitening strips, whitening pens and teeth whitening custom trays. All of these can be self-applied with a prescription and direction of your dentist. The other types of teeth whitening agents are used in a dental office by professionals. The main ingredient of most whitening agents is hydrogen peroxide which reacts with the minerals in the tooth and liberates oxygen. This lightens the hue of teeth. The types of tooth whitening There are two types of tooth whitening techniques that are known as intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic tooth whitening ‘Intrinsic’ refers to whitening the inner part of the tooth, which soaks up hydrogen peroxide gel (also called whitening gel or bleach) and becomes lighter. This is mainly done for teeth which have suffered injury or trauma and have undergone cell death. When the inner part of the tooth is whitened, the colour is reflected through the outer layer of enamel on  your teeth, making the teeth look brighter Extrinsic tooth whitening In extrinsic teeth whitening, the surfaces of teeth are cleaned of all the stains, debris and tartar present. Then the surfaces are treated with various chemical or mechanical agents. Followed by this, the bleaching agent is applied. Tooth bleaching or whitening may require several appointments. Your dentist will guide you with the appointments and the aftercare required. It is important to know that tooth whitening may have temporary results and you may have to revisit your dentist for long-lasting results. Other than that, it is a completely safe, health-restoring procedure that dentists recommend. Do’s and don’ts after a tooth whitening procedure: Once you’ve completed a whitening treatment, there are a few steps you can take to maintain your whiter smile: Quit smoking  Smoking tobacco can cause discolouration of teeth. Eliminating tobacco can help keep your teeth healthy and bright. Avoid stain-causing foods and beverages  Coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks, hard candy, berries and tomato sauce are all foods that can cause tooth discolouration. Avoid too much of these foods and beverages in order to maintain the white color of your teeth. Use a straw  While drinking beverages, try to use a straw. This will keep stain-causing dyes away from your teeth. If you are thinking of getting a teeth whitening done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental condition. Brighten up those pearly whites and boost your confidence! For more information on teeth whitenings, consult Dr Ron Lo at (253)383-1551 or tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com  You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/  for more information.

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  • Posted on September 26, 2018 6:55 am
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      Tooth decay is one of the most common tooth related problems. Tooth decay affects people of all ages and also known as ‘dental caries’. Here are some of the facts and signs which you should know if you or your child is suffering from tooth cavities. What is tooth decay or tooth cavity? When bacteria is formed in the mouth infect the tooth, it results into tooth cavity or tooth decay. What causes tooth cavities? Cavities in your teeth can be caused due to various reasons: Having sweets too frequently. Having sticking snacks like chips and biscuits Lack of fibrous foods like vegetables and fruits Irregular brushing habits Not maintaining adequate oral hygiene. Can tooth cavities occur in children? Cavities are one of the most common dental problems that children have. Children have higher chances of developing tooth decay because of continuous snacking and not rinsing the mouth after eating. fg. What are the signs and symptoms of cavities? You should consult your dentist if you experience any of the following sings: Blackening of teeth Tooth pain Food lodgement in teeth Visible tooth cavity What is the treatment for tooth decay? The treatment of the cavity will depend on the severity of tooth decay - For small cavities: If the cavity is small, it is filled by a tooth-colored material called composite. - For larger cavities: If the cavity is large, the dentist will first take an x-ray and then decide the proper treatment. If the cavity is deep and painful the dentist may perform a root canal treatment or dental extraction procedure. For more information visit https://tacomadentalgroup.com/. Can tooth decay be prevented? Yes. Tooth decay can be prevented if you take adequate care of your teeth. Brushing twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride, cutting down on snacking between meals, having fibrous foods and visiting your dentist regularly can help prevent tooth decay.  

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