Recent Advances in Orthodontics

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Modern orthodontic practices have evolved considerably over the last 20 years. Back then, tooth extractions were all too frequent and large, traditional one-size-fits-all brackets and wires were the standard of care. Continue reading Recent Advances in Orthodontics

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Fear of Dental Work

The idea of having dental work performed can provoke anxiety in people of all ages. It can make us nervous to think about someone else putting tools in our mouth. It seems easier to avoid the pain and expenses, doesn’t it?fear

If you think ignoring your dental issues is the answer, think again. Avoiding the dentist can lead to oral health problems. Continue reading Fear of Dental Work

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Misconceptions About Periodontal Health

images (17)What causes bad breath? Is it normal for gums to bleed? Should pregnant women avoid the dentist?

“There are still many myths about oral health that people truly believe,” said Dr. Kenneth Bueltmann, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. “If we can dispel these myths and educate children and adults about the real facts of proper oral hygiene, we might be able to help save teeth and produce a lifetime of smiles.” Continue reading Misconceptions About Periodontal Health

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Instruments weren’t being cleaned properly.

060522-N-9389D-149In Tulsa Oklahoma,  health official said that thousands of patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon should undergo testing for HIV and hepatitis after officials looking into the source of a patient’s viruses discovered the dentist’s instruments weren’t being cleaned properly.

The possible exposure happened at the dental practice of Dr. W. Scott Harrington in Tulsa, Okla., and Owasso, Okla. Officials are sending letters to 7,000 patients who have visited the facilities.

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Signs and symptoms of Oral Cancer

Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and pharynx (throat), can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.mouthcancer21jpg-w500h427_1

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

Swellings/thickenings, lumps or bumps, Continue reading Signs and symptoms of Oral Cancer

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Orthodontic Tools 101

Have you ever been sitting in your orthodontist’s chair, wondering what on earth that big, shiny, scary-looking tool on the tray is called, and what it’s going to be doing inside your mouth? Me too!Orthodontic-Tools

To calm my anxiety, I decided to do a little research to find out what a few of those commonly-used tools are for. I found out that orthodontic tools aren’t nearly as scary as they look. Here are a few tools you’ll undoubtedly encounter on your braces journey: Continue reading Orthodontic Tools 101

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Its time to start flossing

floss5Flossing removes impacted food particles and plaque between the teeth and gums which cannot be easily removed with the aid of tooth brush. Any tooth cleaning process is incomplete without regular flossing because it usually clears the deeply located plaque which is often a site for the periodontal or gum diseases.  According to the research, it has been identified that only 12 percent of people in America regularly floss their teeth. Surprisingly, majority of them are hardly aware of the importance of flossing. Moreover, the rest of them have a strong belief that one can maintain healthy teeth and good oral hygiene with regular brushing.

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MYTHS ABOUT ORAL HEALTH PART 2

Mythes-2-0-Meme-Quebecois-Office-National-du-Film-du-Canada-ONF-Juin-2013Last week we wrote a post about popular myths that are currently plaguing the oral health community. It was a very popular post and there are many more myth floating around that need to be set straight. As John Adams said “Facts are stubborn things;” and we are going to get the facts right about these topics.

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Raising Tooth Decay In Children

brushteethTooth decay is making a comeback and its aiming at our young ones.  In 2004 a new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) survey of tooth cavities found a noticeable increase in tooth cavities in children under the age of five: from 24% in the mid-1990s to 28% in 2004. The LA Times also reports that over 50% of children will have some tooth decay by the age of 5 and that oral infection is the number one chronic disease in kids.

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