Archive for December, 2011

Dentistry in the News – Surprising Discoveries about Oral Health

Let’s face it – dentistry doesn’t ring with too much mystery. Teeth and gums seem pretty straightforward, and when it comes to the inner workings of our mouths, well, we leave that to our dentists. But there’s a lot more to oral health than what we imagine. Researchers the world over are dedicated to studying the field of dentistry, and their findings continue to prove that there’s a far greater connection to dental hygiene and the rest of the body than conventional knowledge has shown. In addition, the future of our dental visits is subject to change as a result of ever-evolving technologies. Here are some of the most attention-grabbing headlines in the field of late. (more…)

December 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm 2 comments

It Only Takes Two Minutes

Photo by Mitikusa, Flickr Creative Commons

The dentist says brushing should last two to three minutes – the same duration as a song – so why not play your child’s favorite song while he brushes his teeth? Along with fetching a stepping stool and squeezing out a pea-sized drop of toothpaste, booting up the MP3 player and doing a little dance can all be part of the brushing routine.

Singing may be a simpler, more traditional route. Some parents like to mix things up by making up their own songs, especially when the lyrics are goofy enough to get a laugh out of the foam-filled mouths. Here are some other ideas to help make brushing fun: (more…)

December 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm Leave a comment

What Are Teeth Made Of?

What are teeth made of? One day, your kids may ask this question, and you may realize you don’t exactly know the answer. Are teeth and bones made of the same thing? How long do teeth last? Are some teeth stronger than others? Well, Alameda Pediatric Dentistry has got some of the answers!

What are teeth made of?

The actual make-up of teeth is something of a mystery. Teeth are far more complicated than they seem. In short, they are made up of layers. At the very center, there is a substance called pulp, where connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves are located. The pulp extends into a tooth’s root, as does dentin, the next layer, which makes up the majority of the tooth. Dentin protects teeth from the wear and tear of chewing, guards against temperature changes and supports tooth enamel. Enamel, even harder than dentin, coats the whole tooth above the gums, while cementum, coats the roots which hold teeth in place beneath the gum line. (more…)

December 2, 2011 at 4:09 am 5 comments


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