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What Happened to my Beautiful White Teeth?

Has your smile lost its sparkle? Are you embarrassed by stained or discolored teeth? You take good care of your teeth and follow proper oral hygiene, so what’s going on?

Teeth can lose their bright appearance for a number of reasons. It’s not always possible to prevent this from happening, but professional teeth whitening can restore your smile to its beautiful, youthful appearance.

So Where do Those Stains Come From, Anyway?

There are basically two types of staining:

Extrinsic Stains

Extrinsic stains sit on the surface of your teeth and are the result of habits you can control. These stains occur when you consume stain-producing foods and beverages like coffee, dark teas and ...

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Medication Side Effects and Your Oral Health

Oral HealthAccording to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 70% of Americans are taking some sort of prescription medication, with antibiotics and antidepressants topping the list. You may be surprised to learn that these and many other medications — including antihistamines, vitamins, and even herbal preparations - can have an unwanted effect on the health of your mouth.

Prescription Medications and Dry Mouth

A number of medications (both prescribed and over-the-counter) indicate dry mouth as a potential side effect. Some of these are decongestants, high blood pressure medication, and antidepressants. Dry mouth is a nuisance, but it ...

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Dental Technology – It's Not Just Fancy Gadgets!

Dental TechnologyWe’ve seen some amazing advances in dental technology over the last several years. Innovative new treatments and state-of-the-art equipment allow us to provide you with the very best that dentistry has to offer.

You know that it’s nice to have the best technology available, but you may wonder why all these fancy gadgets should matter to you. Consider the cost benefits; using updated technology, we can diagnose and treat problems long before they become complicated and costly to fix. Because we can pinpoint problems with greater accuracy, dental treatments are also more efficient ...

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Top Five Reasons to Consider Invisalign Treatment

Okay, your crooked teeth are really starting to get to you. Actually, they’ve been driving you crazy for years, but now you’re at the point where you can’t stand another minute of living with those lopsided teeth.

Of course, you’ve heard of Invisalign. In fact, you know a friend who knows a friend who had her teeth done and couldn’t be happier with the results. Now it’s your turn, but you would like to learn a bit more before you jump – what makes Invisalign so great, anyway?

We think they’re pretty great, too, so ...

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Finding the Right Dentist for You

DentistryToo many people have had an unfortunate experience with a dentist that has left them with a bad taste in their mouth (pun intended.) To help you avoid this kind of situation in the future, we want to share the qualities to look for before you choose a dentist.

No matter where a dentist gets his or her training, dental school alone is not enough to prepare anyone to be an outstanding dentist. Being a great dentist takes years of practice, hours upon hours of continuing education, and enough sense to listen to and ...

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Look at Those Pearly Whites!

Teeth WhiteningEver wonder how movie stars get those bright white smiles?  Sure, most of the brightness they get is just from regular checkups and cleanings, but what if you wanted to get that extra white smile?  There are certainly plenty of options to choose from and that's why we're here!  Whitening and bleaching can take many forms and can vary in the results.  Generally, teeth that are yellow will benefit greatly whereas teeth that are naturally more gray may not bleach well.  Whitening toothpastes are a great place to start, but will usually only remove ...

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Is Chocolate Good For Your Teeth?

Dental Cleanings Wilmington DEThis time of year is full of sweets and candies and chocolates, which can lead to cavities and an upset tummy if we aren't careful.  BUT, there is some good news!  Scientists have recently developed a toothpaste made with a compound derived from the sweet goodness known as chocolate.  One of the active ingredients of the toothpaste, theobromine, is found in chocolate and has been shown to help remineralize enamel and decrease sensitivity, all without fluoride.  Don't start brushing with chocolate quite yet though, I'm not sure that has the same effect......

Until next time!

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