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Why are xrays important at the dentist?

Digital xrays are a very important component of your dental visit.

 

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Memorial Day 2014

Our office will be closed on Monday 5/23. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday. Have a great Memorial Day!

Digital dental x-rays offers less radiation to patients

Did you know that our office offers digital x-rays?

Digital x-rays offers benefits to our patients. How?

1. Reduced radiation (up to 90% less) with higher quality pictures
2. Environmentally friendly (no processing chemicals required)
3. Faster appointments (no processing time)

Call today to schedule your cleaning and exam appointment today!

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http://www.1800dentist.com/digital-radiography/

 

 

Tooth decay is a leading chronic childhood disease

According to the Center for Disease Control, tooth decay is a leading chronic childhood disease – more common than asthma. And because of this, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), recommends a child’s first dental visit when their first tooth erupts. This first visit, normally by the time they are 1, allows the dentist to talk to the parents about risks of developing cavities, and how to lessen these risks. These early visits also allows the child to become familiar with dental visits, so that as they begin their regular check ups (normally by the age of 3), it is not too much of a stressful time for the child. Want more information?

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/28/health/baby-dental-health/index.html#cnn-disqus-area

Cheese And Dairy Products May Prevent Cavities

Consuming dairy products is vital to maintaining good overall health, and it’s especially important to bone health. But there has been little research about how dairy products affect oral health in particular. However, according to a new study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), consuming cheese and other dairy products may help protect teeth against cavities.

The study sampled 68 subjects ranging in age from 12 to 15, and the authors looked at the dental plaque pH in the subjects’ mouths before and after they consumed cheese, milk, or sugar-free yogurt. A pH level lower than 5.5 puts a person at risk for tooth erosion, which is a process that wears away the enamel (or protective outside layer) of teeth. “The higher the pH level is above 5.5, the lower the chance of developing cavities,” explains Vipul Yadav, MDS, lead author of the study.

The subjects were assigned into groups randomly. Researchers instructed the first group to eat cheddar cheese, the second group to drink milk, and the third group to eat sugar-free yogurt. Each group consumed their product for three minutes and then swished with water. Researchers measured the pH level of each subject’s mouth at 10, 20, and 30 minutes after consumption.

The groups who consumed milk and sugar-free yogurt experienced no changes in the pH levels in their mouths. Subjects who ate cheese, however, showed a rapid increase in pH levels at each time interval, suggesting that cheese has anti-cavity properties.

The study indicated that the rising pH levels from eating cheese may have occurred due to increased saliva production (the mouth’s natural way to maintain a baseline acidity level), which could be caused by the action of chewing. Additionally, various compounds found in cheese may adhere to tooth enamel and help further protect teeth from acid.

“It looks like dairy does the mouth good,” says AGD spokesperson Seung-Hee Rhee, DDS, FAGD. “Not only are dairy products a healthy alternative to carb- or sugar-filled snacks, they also may be considered as a preventive measure against cavities.”

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/261550.php

4 ways to improve your oral health

Sure, brushing AND flossing can never be replaced for good oral health, but here are a few tips in addition to your normal brushing and flossing routine.

1. Chew sugar free gum after meals. How does this help? By increasing salivary flow, this helps wash away acid on teeth, thus reducing chances for a cavity

2. Cleaning your tongue while brushing. This would include brushing your tongue, or even using a scraper for your tongue. Why? Cleaning your tongue in addition to your gums and teeth helps reduce bacterial count which can help with bad breath – also called halitosis

3. Do a self exam periodically.  – A great way to see the effectiveness of your brushing is to use a disclosing tablet or solution. These products temporarily stain plague on teeth. When used after brushing, you will be able to see where you missed, and also can see how much more you need to brush, when you try to remove the stained plague. Disclosing tablets are also great to test the effectiveness of new products and techniques

4. Drink more tap water. Why? Bottled water and some filtered water may be missing fluoride which help strengthen teeth.

Want more information?

http://www.hivehealthmedia.com/fresh-oral-health-resolutions-brushing/

Are kids today getting the amount of fluoride needed for healthy teeth?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted an increase in the number of preschoolers with cavities in a study five years ago. This increase, the first in 40 years, brings up a question of why? Although there are no studies linking bottled water and an increase in cavities, bottled water may not have the fluoride that tap water contains, and children may not be getting the fluoride needed to keep their teeth healthy. Some studies reported that up to 70% of parents give their children bottled water to drink, either alone or with tap water. So, are children getting the amount of fluoride needed? Follow the links to read more.

 

http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/21/10778671-bottled-water-may-boost-kids-tooth-decay-dentists-say?chromedomain=moms

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46641428#.T3CSxNW2adA