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Do Kids Get Root Canals?

Sometimes, if they haven’t done such a great job of maintaining a diligent daily dental hygiene regimen.

Or they eat too many sweets, or some other reason why their baby teeth have developed tooth decay that has progressed to the level of becoming infected.

Root canal canal treatment for children – and adults – helps save the tooth (or teeth) from bacterial infection or additional inflammation, pain, & decay.

Although kids have primary teeth which will eventually give way to their permanent teeth, a root canal still may be the most effective form of treatment to save the primary tooth – or teeth. Read More

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Eat This, Not That: The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth

The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth

The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth

You know who loves Halloween more than the trick-or-treating tykes tromping around your neighborhood?

The cavity creeps!

When our kids eat sticky, chewy, sugar-laden candies – and don’t take a break to rinse with some water – it serves up a feast for the cavity creeps.

Don’t just take our word for it, according to the ADA, when the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what can contribute to cavities.

But don’t hang up your costume just yet. “Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty.

It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.

So which candy is the worst… Read More

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Get a Great Smile: 3 Discreet Orthodontic Treatments for Adults

3 discreet orthodontic treatments for adults

Are you confident about your smile?

Perhaps you’re shy about flashing a broad grin or embarrassed about showing your less than straight teeth in public? If you’re an adult who missed out on orthodontic treatment as a teenager, it’s not too late.

Straightening teeth is about much more than mere aesthetics.

Poorly aligned teeth can affect their longevity as well as your overall oral health, being harder to keep clean and more likely to develop cavities, fractures and uneven wear.

Luckily, orthodontic technology and dental treatment options have come on in leaps and bounds over the last 15 years or so.

It is now possible to correct misaligned teeth, close gaps and much more in a way that doesn’t involve unattractive looking and uncomfortable ‘train track’ type traditional braces. Read More

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Do We Really Need To Floss?

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Is It Necessary To Floss Your Teeth?

YES! Enough said…now go watch a cat video. Despite recent breaking news, using dental floss is still recommended by probably every dentist on the planet.

Daily flossing has long been one of the most recommended tasks to maintain a healthy smile. According to the American Dental Association, flossing “is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums.”

But where is the proof that being diligent with your daily dental flossing actually works to maintain healthy teeth & gums? Read More

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Preventing Tooth Decay In America’s Children (And Adults Too)

Preventing Tooth Decay in America's ChildrenCavities in our kids are on the decline.

Yet, the majority of America’s youth have experienced tooth decay by high school, and there is a subset of youngsters who remain at very high risk of (more) cavities throughout adulthood.

Accordingly, filling decayed teeth remains one of the top 5 most common chronic diseases in America, and for the many who are uninsured or partly insured, the most expensive to treat.

In the American healthcare budget, more is spent on fixing decayed teeth than is spent on managing many cancers.

The conventional view is that if these at-risk children were to see a dentist frequently, there would be less decay. And this is probably true.

Another common argument is that if these kids drank less pop, ate fewer sweets and consistently brushed their teeth, there would be fewer cavities. Again, this is perhaps true.

These views are commonly expressed by professional dentistry and by articles such as this one: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/doctors-warn-parents-about-dangers-tooth-decay.

But is this a realistic, or indeed, scientific, approach to preventing cavities in America’s kids and even America’s adults? Read More

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Can Acupunture Aid TMJ Disorders?

Studies on EMG Finding from Pre- and Post- Acupuncture treatment in patients with dental malocclusion

Are you constantly experiencing neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain, headaches and migraines, pain in your jaw, locked jaw, pain your mouth that seems to constantly be moving around, clicking sounds in your jaw joints, chipped or worn out teeth, or even feeling that your ears are stuffed?

Then you may just be experiencing Temporomandibular joints disorder or TMJ disorder.

We understand and know this can be very painful to handle and live with; therefore measures must be taken such as surgery, injections of steroids, and physical therapy and so on.

But what if there could be a different way of handling the pain and stressors of TMJ disorder; a more traditional and alternative way? Read More

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