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Take Care of Your Teeth

You know your smile can make or break a first impression. You brush, floss, rinse, repeat, and regularly visit your dentist. But dental science has come a long way since the Tooth Fairy last paid you a visit — does your dentist know the drill?

Closer Looks Lasers may be pushing that clunky old dental x-ray machine aside. Diagnostic lasers can reach hard-to-see spots on and below the tooth?s surface that x-rays can miss. "Only about 15 percent of dentists use this technology, but it should be 100 percent," says Chris Kammer, D.D.S., of the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Madison, Wisconsin. Like other laser tools, this one will become more widely available as professionals learn more.

Zoning In The ozone is making a comeback — in dentistry, at least. A promising new treatment uses these highly reactive oxygen molecules not only to kill bacteria but to reverse tooth decay. Belfast University studies showed that exposing teeth to ozone killed 99 percent of viruses, fungi, and cavity-creating bacteria. Currently available in Canada and Europe, it isn't expected to be FDA-approved before 2006.

Mint Condition Two new toothpastes are also worth a look. Cuprident contains a copper-based compound that inhibits plaque formation on the tooth surface for 16 hours and kills bad breath, says Thomas K. Hedge, D.D.S. And Mentadent Replenishing White with Liquid Calcium can help restore tooth enamel as you brush. It fills in microcrevices with calcium and phosphate and prevents stains. Cuprident, $15; Mentadent Replenishing White, $3.50 , drugstores nationwide
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