From the Dentist's Chair

Look for ADA Seal of Acceptance

Posted on March 19, 2018

In an effort to help consumers, in 1930 the American Dental Association, or ADA, adopted guidelines to evaluate dental products for safety and effectiveness. Continue to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance in choosing your dental care products.

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Exciting frontiers in dental research

Posted on March 12, 2018

If tooth decay is not treated before it advances to the pulp chamber in the center of the tooth, the pulp will become infected, and currently a root canal is the only way to save the tooth.

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A patient’s health is transformed

Posted on March 5, 2018

We all know the mouth is the window to the body, and infections in the mouth don’t stay there. Bacteria cause inflammation, and the byproducts of inflammation enter the bloodstream, accumulate in the lining of the blood vessels and contribute to plaque in the vessels. The good news is that dentists have the ability to treat oral infections and help prevent chronic diseases. Today dental care is painless, and gum disease is easier to treat than the health problems that can result from allowing oral bacteria to cause damage.

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Toothpastes and cavity prevention

Posted on February 26, 2018

The main ingredient effective in preventing tooth decay and gum disease is fluoride.

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Month devoted to kids’ dental health

Posted on February 19, 2018

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Good oral health is dependent on effective year-round dental care.

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Vitamins and minerals are key to good oral health

Posted on February 13, 2018

Good oral health relies as much on getting the proper nutrition as it does on avoiding food that cause cavities.

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Using Botox for nighttime tooth grinding

Posted on February 5, 2018

Injecting Botox into the facial muscles associated with chewing, researchers suggested, temporarily block the signals that tell these muscles to contract, thereby relieving the grinding and clenching. While this sounds promising, the study was funded by the company that makes Botox so additional studies need to be done before this method becomes the first line of treatment.

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Another weapon against tooth decay

Posted on January 29, 2018

Silver diamine fluoride is useful for children and adults. However, it’s not a replacement for traditional fillings.

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Bacteria in mouth cause bad breath

Posted on January 15, 2018

The most common form of chronic bad breath originates in the mouth, called intraoral halitosis. This problem is easy to treat because it is caused by gram negative bacteria that live on the tongue or the gum tissue surrounding the teeth.

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New candies fight tooth decay and help dry mouths

Posted on January 8, 2018

Having a dry mouth is both annoying and a major cause of tooth decay. Saliva has many functions, including cleaning and protecting the teeth. Licorice root is effective at reducing tooth decay, so candies sweetened with this natural ingredient is preferable to help stimulate saliva.

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