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    Last updated 3 months ago

    100% The best dental office!  Friendly,  professional ,clean & awesome!
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    Plaque HD: Highlighting plaque for effective home care

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Our office has been educating patients about the importance of plaque removal. Home care is difficult for patients with crowding, orthodontics, and limited dexterity, as well as, of course, for young patients. Chewable tablets and mouth rinse that stain plaque can be successful in identifying the plaque that has been missed from quick brushing; however, disclosing is not implemented on a daily basis. The new Plaque HD Professional Plaque-Identifying Toothpaste with Targetol Technology helps patients identify and remove all traces of plaque at home on a daily basis.
     
    Targetol Technology contains disclosing agents to color and identify the plaque present on the enamel surface.1 The technology enables patients to identify the areas that are being missed when brushing, therefore leading to more effective brushing. Also, offering fluoride, the toothpaste meets needs of high-risk patients while offering a solution aid in achieving effective home care.
    Daily use of PlaqueHD is recommended and easily achieved with the two-step process. The patient administers a pea size amount of paste on their toothbrush and brushes normally. Once the patient expectorates the extra paste, they evaluate their brushing using a mirror. The areas that are green highlight the plaque; the patient then brushes the green plaque away without adding any additional paste. Simply rinsing post additional brushing will allow the patient to have a plaque-free mouth!
     
    Plaque HD comes in a mess-free standing bottle in two flavors—Fresh Mint and Berry Bubble Gum.1 Based on personal usage, the product does not seem to compromise the color of the sink as other rinses and pastes can. Finally, a technology to keep children motivated and moms happy! 
     

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    Last updated 4 months ago

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    10 Surprising Habits Killing Your Teeth

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Are you destroying your pearly whites without realizing it? You might be doing permanent damage if you're a nail biter or using your teeth to rip off the price tag from that new dress. Stop and heed this advice: "Brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, regularly visit our office and have a good, balanced diet. Here are some surprising ways you're damaging your teeth:
     

    1. Overdoing sugary food and

    Forget cookies, cupcakes and candy. Those are obvious cavity-promoting foods. "Astonishingly enough, even things like throat lozenges can be bad; says Ruchi Sahota, a dentist in Fremont, California, and consumer adviser for the ADA. "But we also want to think about where we might be getting other sources of sugar, like sports drinks and not enough water." (You need water to wash your teeth of the sugar that creates cavities.) The good news is you can help stave off cavities by using toothpaste recommended by your dentist and keeping the sugary snacks to a minimum.

    2. Lack of water

    Skip the energy drinks, flavored sports waters and ice teas if you want to dodge cavities. Instead, drink H20. "Not only is it good to hydrate your body, but it's good to hydrate your mouth," Sahoto says. "A dry mouth can be an environment where it's easier for bacteria to cause cavities." Fluoride is found in tap water and some bottled water and can ward off tooth decay. That's why it's important to drink as much as possible.
     

    3. Nail biting

    Get your fingers out of your mouth. When we bite our nails, we put our jaws in a protrusive position, meaning the lower jaw projects out and moves in a repetitive, unnatural way, Sahoto explains. It can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw, plus wear down the enamel on your pearly whites. "It's also a very common cause for chipped teeth; Ferraz-Dougherty says. Need to kick the habit? Try using a bitter-tasting nail polish or reducing your stress levels.

    4. Heavy brushing

    "Brusha, brusha, brusha!" Jan had great intentions in the musical "Grease; but go easy on your chompers, Sahoto says. "Brushing aggressively can abrade our teeth," she says. Not only can it strip the teeth of their enamel, promoting cavities and decay, but it can also cause the gums to recede. "That doesn't look very nice, but it also exposes the roots.· Sahoto says. Think of brushing as a massage for your teeth and gums - gentle strokes will do the trick.

    5. Consuming acidic food or drinks

    People who have acid reflux or drink lemon water can expect to see damage to their teeth, says Genaro Ramo, a dentist in Chicago and consumer adviser for the ADA. "So often, [acidity) is overlooked; Ramo says. Acidic foods can strip the teeth of their natural enamel - the protective coating that blocks cavities and tooth decay. Citric fruits and fruit juices, sparkling water with lemon and even certain salad dressings are so acidic that they can cause the tooth's enamel to erode.

    6. Neglecting baby teeth

    Kids might lose their baby teeth, but that doesn't mean they're not an important part of their health. In fact, these first teeth help predict how healthy adult teeth will be, Romo says. Baby teeth are meant to fall out, but each tooth has a timeline. If a tooth decays and is pulled out too early, there may be insufficient space available for the adult tooth to grow. Losing a baby tooth prematurely can shift other teeth, forcing a child to need braces later in life.

    7. Using your teeth as tools

    You had that one friend in college who could pop open a beer with his mouth. Have you seen him since? Using your teeth as tools to open bottles, rip off tags or for any purpose besides chewing food can cause serious fractures. These can worsen over time and become infected, Sahoto says - check for discolored teeth in the days, weeks or months after a trauma.

    8. Thumb sucking

    It sounds innocent, but thumb sucking is considered a trauma, dentists say. The habit pushes on the upper palate, forcing permanent teeth to move or spread apart. And it's a hard one to break, Sahoto says. "That's why it's important kids see the dentist by age 1 or when the ftrst teeth appear; she adds. Dentists can talk to parents about proper dental care and ways to break the habit, such as using praise when a child doesn't suck his or her thumb rather than criticism when they do, or encouraging the child to limit their thumb sucking to bedtime rather than all day.

    9. Smoking

    This is a given. Smoking has proven health consequences - like increasing the risk for oral cancer and respiratory conditions - and that extends to teeth. "The chemicals found in tobacco can really create some very stubborn stains; Sahoto says, plus create bad breath. Huff1ng on cigarettes also increases plaque and bacteria, which can lead to gum disease. That's not good when you consider gum disease is the most common cause for tooth loss, according to Dentalhealth.org. The ADA suggests trying to quit smoking by exercising, chewing gum and staying occupied.

    10. Chewing ice

    You take a sip of your soda, catch a couple ice cubes in your mouth and what do you do? Chew them, right? Bad move. Don't do this often - or ever - if you want to prevent a painful injury. "Ice is very hard. It can cause breakage of teeth and fillings," Ferraz· Dougherty says. "It's a bad habit that people have, and it's not necessary. It's not worth the risk of breaking a tooth." Long-term effects also include jaw pain and tooth sensitivity.

     

     

    Link Between Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease

    Last updated 5 months ago

    A foundational science researchers at the University of Alberta School of Dentistry, has recently added to the existing research showing that patients with untreated periodontal disease are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

    In her research, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, Dr. Febbraio identified a new receptor on cells that interacts with bacteria in the mouth causing periodontal disease. This new receptor, called CD36, interacts with toll-like receptors—the immune system’s early-warning sentinels against infection—to produce a protein called interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β). The IL-1β then increases inflammation, which plays a role in both periodontal disease and atherosclerosis, providing a direct link between the 2 diseases.

    “Other studies established the link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease and showed that toll-like receptors were involved. But this study recognizes CD36 as an essential co-receptor in the inflammatory response,” says Dr. Febbraio. “Now that we have an idea of the players involved, we can try to direct therapies more specifically to avoid the unwanted side effects of medication used to treat inflammation.”

    With hope to further develop the research and ultimately find a way to treat or stop the progression of heart disease by targeting these receptors. “We can specifically try to intervene in the interaction between CD36 and toll-like receptors to block the inflammatory response to the bacteria. Our studies identify CD36 as a new potential therapeutic target.”

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