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Whitening: 5 Things to Know About Getting a Brighter Smile
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Fight With Flouride

Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in various concentrations in soil and drinking water.
Why is fluoride important?

Every day, a tooth’s enamel (the outer layer that makes a tooth hard) has minerals both added to it (remineralization) and removed from it (demineralization). During remineralization, minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are added to the enamel layer via foods and drinks that contain these minerals. These minerals are lost (demineralization) when acids — from bacteria in the mouth and certain foods and drinks — attack the enamel. Tooth decay occurs when the enamel loses more minerals than it receives.

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One of the great rewards of the dental profession will always be witnessing the positive transformation our patients go though following a procedure. For over six decades, our success as a Grand Rapids dental practice has always been measured by the positive results we’ve shown our patients. See some incredible before and after photos here:
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What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the technical term for grinding and clenching of the teeth that may cause facial pain. People who grind and clench their teeth, called bruxers, unintentionally bite down too hard at inappropriate times, such as in their sleep. In addition to grinding teeth, bruxers also may bite their fingernails, pencils and chew the inside of their cheek. People usually aren’t diagnosed with bruxism until it is too late, as many people don’t realize they have the habit. Others mistakenly believe that their teeth must touch at all times. About one in three people suffer from bruxism, which can easily be treated by a dentist.

Causes & Suffering

People who have otherwise healthy teeth and gums can clench so often and so hard that over time their teeth become sensitive. They experience jaw pain, tense muscles and headaches along with excessive wear on their teeth. Forceful biting when not eating may cause the jaw to move out of proper balance.

Bruxism is triggered in individuals with certain types of personalities. They may have a nervous tension and a hard time handling stress. Anger, pain and frustration can cause people to start showing the beginning signs of bruxism without them even knowing it. People who are aggressive, competitive and hurried also may be at a greater risk for bruxism.
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Soft Drinks & Hard Enamel

What do you reach for when you’re thirsty, pop or iced tea instead of water? You might want to think twice about that habit. It isn’t just cola’s empty calories — about 150 per 12-ounce can — you should worry about. Many of these beverages harm enamel, the protective shell around teeth.

A pilot study of the effects some of these beverages had on enamel, appearing in the July/August 2004 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal, found that over time, exposing dental enamel to carbonated beverages and non-carbonated canned iced tea weakens and permanently destroys enamel.

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Wisdom Teeth – What Young Adults Need to Know

Lake Michigan Dental knows that college students often suffer from wisdom tooth pain or impaction and need emergency care. Our Grand Rapids dental office is conveniently located on the Grand Valley bus route and our professional dentists are able to promptly help students who need immediate attention.

The following article will help you understand the ins and outs of wisdom teeth, and hopefully avoid inflammation.

Wisdom teeth are the third molars. Normally people have three permanent molars that develop in each quadrant of the mouth; upper, lower, right and left. The first molars usually grow into the mouth at around six years of age. The second molars grow in at around age 12. The third molars usually will try to grow in at around age 17 to 21 years. Since that is considered to be the age when people become wiser, third molars gained the nickname, “wisdom teeth.” Actually, they are no different than any other tooth except that they are the last teeth to erupt, or grow into the mouth. They are just as useful as any other tooth if they grow in properly, have a proper bite relationship and have healthy gum tissue around them. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
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Wondering when your child should come in for their first dentist appointment, when it might be time for braces, or what toothpaste is best for kids?
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Lake Michigan Dental’s full-service dental health practice has proudly served the West Michigan community since 1951. Through the years, families from Grand Rapids, Grandville, Allendale, Standale, Walker, Ada, Kentwood, Comstock Park and the surrounding area have continued to entrust our Grand Rapids dentists with all their dental care — from preventative to cosmetic to restorative dentistry.
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Brushing your teeth every morning and night doesn't guarantee you're giving your mouth all the attention it needs. Even a regular oral hygiene routine could be leaving gaps if you engage in a few not-so-great habits with your time at the sink. By understanding proper brushing technique and ensuring you have the right tools in your cabinet, you can make sure you have all of your bases covered when pursuing a more thorough clean. Consider the following dental hygiene tips to help you take your care routine to the next level.
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