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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Respite with Chardonnay, sip the stress away! It’s carefree time. On the other side of the coin, white wine can also make your cosmetic dentist frown for your dulling smile. We are talking about the tooth stain effect from white wine – what’s that, you ask? White wine stains your teeth? You probably are already aware that certain foods can cause staining and discoloration to your teeth – but many foods or beverages without a strong or dark color (which look innocent) can still cause stains on y...Read More

Chilies and Chocolate to the Rescue

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Chocolate-covered chilies could have a great future in dentistry. Both chocolate and chili peppers prompt the release of endorphins, nature’s pain killers and mood boosters. Endorphins have been credited with enhancing our immune system, creating euphoria, removing superoxides that cause disease and ageing, and lowering blood pressure. When you are stressed and nervous about a dental visit, your blood pressure can go up so that you produce more adrenaline. This can make it harder for a...Read More

How Long Will It Last: Bonding vs. Veneers

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

“Does it hurt? How long will it last? How long will it take? How much does it cost?” These are common questions from patients looking for cosmetic dentistry. If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry to get yourself a winning smile, whether the problem is mis-alignment, cracked or chipping teeth, unsightly spacing, uneven or dark colored dentition, uneven or too much (or not enough) smile showing, or even gum erosion, the eternal question always arises: What would be the best solution? In the...Read More

Journal of Periodontology and The American Journal of Cardiology Develop Clinical Recommendations on the Treatment of Periodontitis and Atheroscleroti

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cardiovascular disease (CVD the leading killer in the United States, is a major public health issue contributing to 2,400 deaths each day. Periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys the bone and tissues that support the teeth affects nearly 75 percent of Americans and is the major cause of adult tooth loss. While the prevalence rates of these disease states seem grim, research suggests that managing one disease may reduce the risk for the other. A consensus paper on th...Read More

About Digital X-Rays

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays. Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that ...Read More

What Should I Do If I Have Bad Breath

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Many of us may not realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning. There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent. What may cause bad breath? Morni...Read More

Fluoride: Not Just For Children

Friday, July 3, 2009

The use of fluoride is beneficial for both children and adults. Young children were the main focus of early efforts to add fluoride to water. Now, research shows that fluoride applied directly to teeth is just as important for fighting decay in adults. It protects permanent teeth from decay and sensitivity and allows patients to keep their permanent teeth much longer. Some adults are at higher risk of decay than others. To find out if you might be one of them, consider these quest...Read More

Dangers of Chewing Ice

Friday, July 3, 2009

It may just be frozen water, but chewing ice can be very hard on your teeth. People who chew ice end up with a lot of fracture lines in their teeth. These slight cracks make teeth painfully sensitive to cold and biting pressure. Sometimes a whole piece of tooth will break off and the only way to save the tooth may be to place a crown. If the fracture lines are deep enough to threaten the tooth nerve, that can mean a root canal or an extraction. In addition chewing ice will wear off the enamel on...Read More

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