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9/2/2017 3:11:52 PM

A new study by dental plans.com found that aside from proper home care, visiting the dentist is one of the best ways to ensure that a child will have a successful school year.  Tooth decay is the single most common chronic disease for children and adults.  According to the CDC, 42% of children in the United States have had cavities in their primary teeth (baby teeth).  And 60% of adolescents have had decay in their permanent teeth.  The study found that children with chronic oral health problems are 3 times more likely to miss school.  And even when they are in class, dental pain makes it difficult to concentrate and adversely affects their educational success.  So the back to school season is the perfect time to focus on enhancing the entire family’s dental health.  Don’t delay, schedule a check up today.




8/24/2017 9:10:32 PM

Tinnitus is becoming a more prevalent problem.  Researchers have some suggestions to lessen the annoying buzz.  The first is a sort of self physical therapy called the knuckle stretch.  Slowly open and close your mouth 10 times.  Then bend your index finger and place the middle knuckle between your upper and lower teeth for 30 seconds.  Once you can do it comfortably, stack your middle finger atop the index finger and hold for 60 seconds.  They recommend this exercise 6 times a day.  Certain foods and supplements are also reported to help.  The herbal extract Ginko Biloba is a rich antioxidant that has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow in the inner ear.  Also recommended are bananas, yogurt, spinach and sweet potatoes which are all rich in potassium which can regulate fluid flow thruout the body.  Pineapple helps reduce inflammation, which can lessen the effects of tinnitus. And foods rich in B12 and Zinc are reported to help.  B12 rich foods are salmon and red meat.  Zinc rich foods include yogurt, lamb, cashews and chicken.   Foods that can have a negative effect include salt, sugar, sulfites (in dried fruit and wine) and fast food.  Big surprise there, eh?




8/15/2017 5:34:32 PM

Researchers have identified an ingredient in green tea extract (EGCG) that is able to plug the microporosities in exposed root surfaces and thus decrease hypersensitivity.  The ingredient was shown to stand up to tooth erosion and brushing for 96 hours and also prevented the formation of plaque biofilm.  Based on these findings, researchers feel the material could be a good candidate for combating sensitivity and cavities.  But as always, further study is needed.   But it couldn’t hurt to drink more green tea!!!




4/17/2017 9:15:51 PM

It has been known for a long time that a virus is responsible for the occurance of cold sores [herpes labiallis].  But the causes of canker sores have been more elusive, although they have often been treated the same.  New research out of Sweden shows that there are complex and multiple interacting factors in the development of recurrent apthous stomatitis [RAS], commonly known as canker sores.  A number of different genes have been identified as being of importance.  And the bacterial flora seems to be different in RAS sufferers.  Food allergies and the role of a persons immune system can also play a part.  But as of now symptomatic relief is the only effective treatment.  In our office we have found a concoction known as “magic mouthwash” can provide some relief.  It consists of a mix of antibiotic, antifungal, and steroid solutions with Benadryl.  Hang in there canker sore sufferers, more research is in the works.




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11/21/2016 5:37:02 PM

There have been 5 cases of spontaneous explosions of e-cigarettes causing damage to the oral cavity. Please be aware of this potential hazard as the use of this product has increased in the past few years.




10/17/2016 5:50:27 PM

  • 1. Prosthetic Cardiac valve                 2. Previous case of infective endocarditis.                                     3. Congenital heart disease that has required surgery with shunts or residual defects                                                4. Cardiac transplant.                    5. Total prosthetic joint replacement.                                    6. Compromised Immunity including HIV, SCIDS, imunosuppression, sickle cell anemia and poorly controlled type I diabetes 



8/27/2016 5:02:58 PM

This is a case of don’t believe everything you hear. A good study on flossing hasn’t been done in a long time. (1968) . And studies that old would not be found in a computer based search. Personally , I think this is an instance of the media jumping on an inconsistency for the sake of headlines.  Not a shock to anyone I’ll bet. A recent study at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia (2005) concluded that gum disease, like any other chronic infection puts stress on the body’s immune system that can gradually lead to vascular disease,ie, heart attack and stroke.  Your best defense against gum disease has always been to brush and floss regularly to eliminate dental plaque.  So keep flossing and brushing while our government tries to figure out whether butter or margarine is worse for you!!




12/3/2015 6:00:21 PM

A bright smile isn’t the only reason to clean your teeth. Good dental hygiene could help keep the rest of you healthy. Nearly half of all American adults have some degree of gum inflammation , or periodontitis, and bacteria linked to periodontal disease can travel to other parts of the body. Current studies are focused on the link between plaque and toxins like C-reactive protein an inflammatory marker released into the blood when people have poor oral health. Smoking increases periodontal disease risk because it constricts blood vessels. Diabetes is a risk factor because it slows circulation. The ADA suggests brushing 2-3 minutes twice daily using soft rounded bristles. Electric toothbrushes generally fight plaque better than hand brushing. Floss daily to remove anything missed during brushing. Foods high in omega-3s and vitamin C reduce gum disease. Avoid sugary or acidic foods, sticky candy and fizzy pop.  “A healthy diet, daily home care and visits to your dental professional are important to ensure good oral health”. (Excerpts taken from EnergyTimes magazine)




7/14/2015 9:38:18 PM

Signs and symptoms of ASD include heartburn snoring ADHD weight gain HBP night sweating morning headache teeth grinding and cardiovascular disease Dentists can detect areas that are indicative of ASD such as a large scalloped tongue uvula and tonsils a narrow dental arch mouth breathing and deep overbite . Please ask at your next dental visit if you suspect that you or a loved one May be experiencing ASD




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