Dr. Kelly Clarke, DDS
Kelly R. Clarke, DDS

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Zing! What's Causing Your Sensitivity - And What We Can Do about It

That painful twinge you feel in your tooth when you eat or drink cold foods can greatly diminish your quality of life. After all, how can you enjoy your favorite treat - ice cream?

There are a number of things that could be causing your condition, and your dentist in Bradenton, FL has some answers that may help you get to the "root" of your problem.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Determining the cause of your sensitivity will give your dentist a better idea of the best course of action for treatment. Some culprits may be:

  • Excessive wear to your teeth caused by bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth
  • A crack or fracture in your ...

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If You're Sipping on These, You Could Be Harming Your Teeth

Drinks That Could Harm Your Teeth | Laser Dentistry

Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is important for achieving and maintaining optimum oral health; however, did you know that your favorite daily beverages could be negatively impacting your teeth? It's true! Your family dentist in Bradenton, FL shares the worst culprits.

Dark Colas

Dark colas such as Coke or Pepsi present a double whammy of sorts for your teeth because they are both highly acidic and sugary. Acid eats away at enamel, while sugar fuels the bacteria producing the acids. This is a combination sure to end in tooth decay!

Coffee, Tea, and Red Wine

High on the list in the staining department is coffee, black tea, and red wine. These beverages cause ...

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The 5 Worst drinks for your teeth

The Worst Drinks for Your Teeth | Laser Dentistry

Most of us realize that the food and beverages we consume directly affect our oral health; however, certain drinks are worse for your teeth than others. It is our hope that by educating our patients about their oral health we can help you avoid the devastating effects of particular beverages. Here are the five worst offenders.

Soda or Soft Drinks

Soft drinks, especially dark colas, are the worst beverages for your teeth because they are both acidic and very high in sugar content. The combination of sugar and acid work together to eat away at your enamel and cause cavities.

Coffee and Tea

Coffee and tea are one of the worst culprits when it ...

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What to Look for in a Dentist You Can Trust

What to Look for in a Dentist You Can Trust | Laser Dentistry

Finding a trusted dental provider can prove to be challenging, especially when you have kids to think about.

Wouldn't it be great to find a provider who can meet the entire family's needs? This would be much less stressful for you and more comfortable for you family.

How do you know who you can trust when you're looking for a new dentist? Here are a few helpful tips to consider:

Tour the Office

Taking a tour of your prospective provider's office can give you a good idea about whether it feels welcoming for children. Don't be afraid to ask the staff questions to learn more about the practice.

Does the office feel clean and modern? ...

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Options for Healthier Workplace Parties

Options for Healthier Workplace Parties | Laser Dentistry

We all look forward to those office parties or birthday celebrations because the delicious treats and goodies can give us a quick boost or "pick me up" during the day.

Well, your dentist might feel differently! Those yummy, sugary treats are detrimental to both your overall health and your oral health. Dr. Kelly Clarke has some tips for healthier workplace parties.

Opt for Fruits and Veggies

Instead of cupcakes, why not bring a refreshing fruit salad to share with your co-workers? Fruits and veggies actually neutralize the harmful acids in your mouth that can cause cavities. A veggie tray with a variety of tasty dips is also a good choice. Fruits and vegetables ...

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