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Why do my teeth look translucent?

Have you ever taken a closer look at your teeth and wondered why the edges appear clear or translucent? Believe it or not, translucency at the edges of your teeth is actually quite normal! Our teeth are made up of an outer layer that we can feel & touch known as enamel, which is not completely opaque. Underneath our enamel is a layer of dentin which does not completely extend to the edges of our teeth. Therefore, that void can appear clear or translucent. The level of translucency is dependent on your diet including the amount of acidic foods and drinks you consume and underlying health conditions like coeliac disease.  While the translucency is normal, there are some treatment options...

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Do you ever get that urge at work for a snack? Like always? So do we! As much as we love snacking, it can significantly increase the likelihood of tooth decay. This is because the bacteria that lives in our mouth is constantly breaking down sugars in the foods we eat and drink which lowers the pH levels in our mouth making it quite an acidic environment. It takes a minimum of 20 minutes for the pH level to neutralise! So if you love snacking, we’ve put together our favourite 5 sugar – free work snacks for you to enjoy!   Roasted Chickpeas & Edamame Unsweetened Yoghurt & Berries Corn Thins, Almond Butter and Banana CARROTS & HOMMUS DATES STUFFED...

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Chewing on Ice? Stop it!

Are you that person that walks to the freezer, grabs an ice cube and starts chewing? Satisfying right?  Chewing on ice can actually cause a whirlwind of problems to your dental health starting at your enamel. While your enamel is tough, the temperature causes contractions and expansions in the enamel which will in turn cause tiny cracks within it making it more prone to decay and a lot more sensitive. The dental effects of chewing on ice include but are not limited to : Causing cracked or chipped teeth Damaging restorative work like fillings or veneers Increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks Dental Trauma If you are chewing on ice frequently or know of someone doing it frequently, it...

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Like the colour of our skin, the colour of gums have their own diverse colour range.. So what affects the colour of our gums and why aren't they all the same? Known as racial pigmentation, the colour of our gum tissue can vary from a coral pink to dark brown and black. The colour primarily depends on the number of melanocytes deep within our gum tissue. If you have a darker skin tone you are likely to have a larger number of melanocytes within your gum tissue reflecting in brown as your natural gum colour. If you are of a fairer skin tone, your gum tissue is likely to reflect a lighter pink tone.     1) Racial Pigmentation in people of...

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