Category Archives: General Dentistry

7 Ways To Prevent Periodontal Disease  

Are you worried about developing periodontal disease and possibly losing your teeth? The truth is that gum disease is preventable with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits with our dentist at Artistic Touch Dentistry in Melbourne, FL.

What Happens When I Have Periodontal Disease?

When you are told that you have periodontal disease, you should know that it is the advanced stage of gum disease where your gums are actively receding and exposing the roots of your teeth. The first stage is gingivitis, which causes swollen, inflamed and bleeding gums. If your gums bleed for any reason while brushing or flossing or seem...
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How To Stop Bruxism or Teeth Grinding

Do you have bruxism? Bruxism is nighttime teeth grinding. You may have it if you wake up with a sore jaw or a headache or have symptoms of TMJ. While the symptoms of bruxism may seem mild, it’s important to understand that long term teeth grinding can wear down your teeth, making them unnaturally short. Thankfully, our dentist in Melbourne, FL can help you stop teeth grinding and protect your teeth from future bruxism damage and repair to teeth that are chipped, cracked, or excessively worn.

Signs of Bruxism

If you only grind your teeth at night, you may not realize you...
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8 Supplements For The Perfect Smile  

Did you know that increasing your intake of various vitamins and minerals can help you maintain healthy teeth, gums, and may even reduce your risk of developing cavities? Our dentist in Melbourne, FL recommends scheduling regular dental checkups and increasing your intake of the following minerals and vitamins listed below to get optimal oral health and maintain that perfect smile.

1. Calcium

Calcium is essential for healthy teeth. For babies and children, calcium helps with the formation of the teeth and helps maintain baby teeth. For adults, eating lots of calcium helps maintain healthy teeth. In order to...
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Oral Care and Substance Abuse Recovery  

You may not think substance abuse treatment and dental care are related, but the results of a new study say otherwise.

The Discovery

The FLOSS (Facilitating a Lifetime of Oral Health Sustainability for Substance Use Disorder Patients and Families) program was developed as a way to help dentists in training serve and learn about traditionally underserved populations. But after two years of providing root canals, extractions, dentures, and restorations at the University of Utah School of Dentistry, program directors noticed an interesting trend. "There is a powerful synergism between oral health care and substance use disorder," said Dr. Glen Hanson, professor of pharmacology...
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What Foods Ruin My Tooth Enamel?

The tooth enamel covering your teeth is the hardest substance in the body. It is comprised mostly of hydroxyapatite and helps protect your teeth against decay. The important thing to note about tooth enamel is that while it is replenished with minerals in your saliva, it cannot regrow once it is gone. One of the ways the enamel can be damaged is by eating and drinking foods that liquids that are highly acidic or filled with sugar. It's important to recognize the foods and drinks that are most damaging to your tooth enamel.

1. Energy Drinks

Many individuals use energy drinks for...
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