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Gum Disease: No Big Deal-Right? Wrong!

Posted on June 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

Gum Disease: No Big Deal-Right? Wrong! While many value the benefits of having healthy teeth and do all the right things to keep their gums in shape, there are those who feel, “Hey, they’re only teeth.” The latter, while never volunteering to have their teeth removed, do not attribute any major importance to them. For instance, untreated periodontal disease may …Read the Full Article

Pregnancy And Oral Health

Posted on June 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

Pregnancy And Oral Health There are two major dental concerns for pregnant woman – avoiding dental emergencies and treatment in the last trimester and preventing periodontal [gum] disease. If you are trying to become pregnant or have recently learned that you are, try to schedule a dental check-up and a prophylaxis [cleaning] within the first trimester. It is better to …Read the Full Article

Carbonated Beverages Are Bubble Trouble

Posted on June 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

12Carbonated Beverages Are Bubble Trouble The single biggest source of calories [7%] in the American diet is from carbonated soft drinks. A carbonated beverage is one that releases carbon dioxide in normal atmospheric pressure. Artificial carbonation was first introduced in 1767 and after 1830, the sweetened and flavored lemon-lime, grape and orange carbonated drinks became very popular. Today, heavily sweetened, …Read the Full Article

Energy Drinks Healthy Or Not?

Posted on June 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Energy Drinks Healthy Or Not? Sleep and exercise are proven stress relievers and help promote health. But, over 90 million Americans don’t get a good night’s sleep, and many find difficulty developing daily exercise routines. People are constantly seeking new products and looking for more ways to become energized. Many athletes, weekend warriors, business people and homemakers have turned to …Read the Full Article

Xylitol: The Tooth Friendly Sweetener

Posted on May 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Xylitol: The Tooth Friendly Sweetener Xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and taste like sugar. It is found naturally and can be extracted from birch, raspberries, plums, corn and mushrooms. Technically it is not a sugar but a sugar alcohol that is sometimes called wood sugar or birch sugar. Our bodies produce up to 15mg everyday as part …Read the Full Article

Child Safety: Poisoning

Posted on May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

Child Safety: Poisoning A poison is anything that you eat, breathe or touch that could cause illness or death. In the United States a child is poisoned every 30 seconds and 60% of those children are under the age 6 who are curious by nature and attracted to colorful materials and packages. Most accidents involving poisons occur in the kitchen, …Read the Full Article

Does My Dental Insurance Pay?

Posted on May 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

  Does My Dental Insurance Pay? If you have dental insurance coverage, like most people, you want to know how much of the treatment will be covered and how much out-of-pocket expense will I have?   Most dental benefit plans arise from an agreement between an insurance company and a plan sponsor [employer or union]. There are literally hundreds of …Read the Full Article

The Headache Question

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Headache Question Chronic symptoms of the head and neck can often be attributed to:   Headache — the temporalis muscle (it closes and clenches the jaw)   Sinus pressure and pain — the lateral pterygoid muscles (it moves the jaw side to side and/or forward)   Neck stiffness and pain — trapezius muscle (it stabilizes the skull during jaw …Read the Full Article

Smokers More Likely to Need Root Canals

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Smokers More Likely to Need Root Canals It’s never fun to hear the words “root canal” coming out of your dentist’s mouth. But if you’ve recently been diagnosed as needing a root canal treatment, it may be comforting to know that you’re not alone. Like you, it’s estimated that about half of the adult population in the U.S. will need …Read the Full Article

The Great Amalgam Debate

Posted on April 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Great Amalgam Debate For over a century, dentists have been using mercury/amalgam alloys as fillings for cavities. Amalgam restorations (silver fillings) consist of a combination of the metals silver, tin, copper, and zinc. They also contain mercury (and some of the older amalgam restorations contain considerable amounts of mercury). The fact that amalgam is inexpensive, durable, and easy for …Read the Full Article