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Botox and Dentistry

botoxTo say that Botox is a popular esthetic treatment is a vast understatement. Over 21 years has past since the introduction of botulinum toxin A injections (Botox) have been used for the unsightly frown lines between the eyes and smoothing of facial wrinkles. Botox treatments are the most commonly preformed minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in North America. There were nearly 2.5 million cosmetic procedures done with Botox in 2008 according to The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Women accounted for 92% of the total cosmetic procedures done. Botox cosmetic procedures accounted for 24% of all cosmetic procedures done in 2008. The safety records of Botox treatment is nearly unparalleled by just about any other delivered medication on the market. Continue reading Botox and Dentistry

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A “grill” Retainer that Plays Music through your Teeth

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Okay so the obvious first question I had was, “Does this hurt your teeth and/or brain?” But Parsons The New School for Design student Aisen Chacin assured me that, “No, the player does not hurt; all perceivable waves are in the form of sound. They are not felt as tactile information.” Continue reading A “grill” Retainer that Plays Music through your Teeth

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5 Ortho Practice Predictions for 2014

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1. Internet-connected equipment
I’ve mentioned my newest autoclave in DPR before. The Statim G4 from SciCan has all of the bells and whistles you have come to expect from SciCan’s top-of-the-line high-speed sterilization system. The new advantage it brings to the table is its ability to communicate.
The G4 has an Ethernet port that allows it to connect to your network by either a wired or wireless connection. It sends to the doctor, via email, all the pertinent info on sterilization cycles.
However, it also contacts SciCan and your preferred service technician if there is a problem. It will even notify them of what’s wrong.
There are a few other devices like this and more in the product pipeline. In 5 or 10 years, we’ll wonder how we ever got along without connected equipment. Continue reading 5 Ortho Practice Predictions for 2014

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Treating Gum Disease by Bringing Needed Immune Cells to Inflamed Tissue

The red, swollen and painful gums and bone destruction of periodontal disease could be effectively treated by beckoning the right kind of immune system cells to the inflamed tissues, according to a new animal study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. Their findings, published this week in the early online version of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offer a new therapeutic paradigm for a condition that afflicts 78 million people in the U.S. alone. Continue reading Treating Gum Disease by Bringing Needed Immune Cells to Inflamed Tissue

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Bacon Dental Floss

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Nothing makes me want to run to the nearest restroom to floss my teeth like the taste of pork. And that is exactly what this special bacon-flavored dental floss offers: a mouth-watering, crispy, grease-soaked fried bacon taste for a teeth flossing experience that can only be described as… um…. weird. Continue reading Bacon Dental Floss

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Cosmetic Procedures in Dentistry

Modern practices in cosmetic dentistry can range from color correction to replacing missing teeth.

  1. Teeth Whitening –Most teeth can be whitened . Vital teeth are bleached by direct contact with a safe and commonly used whitening agent. This can be done in the home or office. Continue reading Cosmetic Procedures in Dentistry
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Some Children get guaranteed dental coverage under the new health laws

Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires that individual and small-group health plans sold both on the state-based health insurance exchanges and outside them on the private market cover pediatric dental services. However, plans that have grandfathered status under the law are not required to offer this coverage. The changes in the health law apply specifically to children who get coverage through private plans. Dental services are already part of the benefit package for children covered by Medicaid, the state-federal health program for low-income people. But many eligible kids aren’t enrolled, and even if they are, their parents often run into hurdles finding dentists who speak their language and are willing to accept Medicaid payments.

Continue reading Some Children get guaranteed dental coverage under the new health laws

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12 unusual ways to use Dental Floss

 

Dental floss is something you should always have around — and hopefully you’re using it every day to clean between your teeth. But beside the dental duty, floss is also awesome as a stand-in for all sorts of common items. From hanging photos (Boston general contractor Tom Silva of This Old House recommends it over wire because dental floss does not mar wall paint) to acting as a micro-spatula, read on to find out all the ways that floss can help you around the house.

Continue reading 12 unusual ways to use Dental Floss

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Dental Lasers

 

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A dental laser is a type of laser designed specifically for use in oral surgery or dentistry.
In the United States, the use of lasers on the gums was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the early 1990s, and use on hard tissue like teeth or the bone of the mandible gained approval in 1996.

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10 new technologies in dentistry

1. VELscope—VELscope is a special type of light that a dentist will shine in a patient’s mouth to detect any abnormalities. This new form of technology is effectively used to detect early forms of cancer or disease during an oral cancer screening.

2. Digital X-Rays—Digital X-rays are faster and contain less radiation than traditional X-rays. When a patient has a digital X-ray done, the image appears on the computer in a matter of seconds. Your dentist can then zoom into the image to better assess and educate the patient regarding their oral health. Digital X-rays are also less harmful for patients as they contain up to 90% less radiation compared to traditional X-rays. Continue reading 10 new technologies in dentistry

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