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Dental Discoveries

There have been quite a few amazing discoveries lately that concern our pearly whites. Read on for more information and links to the larger stories!

Did you know?

Weather can actually affect teeth! Nanoscale research out of Leipzig is showing that quartz dust is the major culprit in wearing away tooth enamel. Based on this new information, it appears that environmental factors like droughts and dust storms may have had a large effect on the longevity of teeth. Previously, it was believed that diet was the primary factor in dental wear and tear. Read more about it at Science Daily

Did you know?

When you bleach or whiten you teeth, it not only changes their color, but also results in a change at the molecular level. Researchers in Brazil took a molecular-level approach and found that high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide found in whitening products can have a dramatic impact on dental hard and soft pulp tissue. This is important to know, as over-whitening can cause dental problems. Read more at Dr. Bicuspid

Did you know?

Mussels may hold the answer to preventing tooth sensitivity! Three out of four adults have teeth that are sensitive to heat, cold, or pressure, and it’s a problem that affects millions. Sensitivity generally occurs when enamel and the dentin underneath are worn away, exposing nerves to more stimulation. Researchers in China have found that using a sticky gel, based on the adhesive mussels use to adhere themselves to surfaces, may be the key to solving the sensitivity issue. When teeth were bathed in a combination of the gel and minerals, they found that both dentin and enamel reformed, recreating the protective layer that keeps nerves from being exposed. Read more about it at Science Daily

If you are finding that your teeth are overly sensitive to heat, cold, or other stimulation, and it’s affecting your every day activities, please give our Ann Arbor dental office a call to schedule a consultation at 734-677-2156 or contact us via our website.

–Dr. Shannon Norman-Kotre, Ann Arbor Dentist


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