In a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Louisville and Henan University of Science and Technology, the link between gum disease and esophageal cancer was confirmed. Specifically, Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacterium behind gum disease, was found in 61% of the tissue... Read More
Dental plaque is a biofilm that forms naturally on the teeth. Within this biofilm are bacteria that feed on food particles and sugars in the mouth. The byproduct of this bacterial feeding frenzy are acids that erode tooth enamel and cause cavities. By removing plaque through brushing and flossing,... Read More
As we’ve discussed on our blog before, there is no discernable difference between the damage done to teeth by sugar-free and sugar-filled sodas. New research now suggests the same is true of sparkling water and other carbonated beverages – even when they don’t contain flavors or sugar.
Turns our... Read More
Fluorosis is a cosmetic imperfection caused by the consumption of too much fluoride as permanent teeth are developing. Producing a mottled or ribboned appearance underneath the enamel, fluorosis may actually become accentuated by topical teeth whiteners – even the professional options offered by... Read More
Mouthwash with astringent ingredients such as alcohol and witch hazel can loosen the bonding that holds porcelain veneers in place. This makes it important that you choose your mouthwash carefully after having this particular dental restoration placed. If you are concerned about which mouthwashes... Read More
Veneers are among the strongest and most reliable dental restorations and, when cared for properly, there is no reason they should not last for several years. Forever, however, is unlikely. Even with the best of care, porcelain veneers can only retain their bright and attractive appearance for 10-... Read More
TMJ refers to any disorder that causes jaw misalignment. In most cases, this condition can be treated with treatment options such as oral appliances, dental restorations, and muscle relaxation therapy. In some cases, TMJ may require surgery for complete correction, but this is seldom necessary.
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A persistent metallic taste in the mouth can be caused by a number of oral health problems. Among these is TMJ, a condition caused by misalignment of the jaw. In addition to a metallic taste in the mouth, symptoms of TMJ may include:
Clicking or popping in the jaw
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A team of researchers from the University of Groningen in Holland has found that chewing sugar-free gum immediately after eating can have profound benefits for oral health. In their recently published study, these researchers document sugar-free chewing gum removing up to 100 million potentially... Read More
How does ClearCorrect™ work?
ClearCorrect utilizes a series of customized aligner trays to gently push teeth into alignment. Every few weeks, you will visit Austin dentist Dr. John Schmid for your next set of aligners. These visits also allow us to check the progress of your treatment and make... Read More
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