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Lasers Could Help Prevent Cavities

Lasers have been used in many facets of dentistry since 1994. From drilling cavities to root planing and more, lasers have made both the dentist’s job easier and patients' procedures shorter and less painful. But now, a new laser procedure under development may be able to help patients prevent one of the most common and painful dental problems plaguing teeth today: cavities.

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Are Your Teeth Cleaner Than a Monkey’s Teeth?

Generally speaking, when someone likens your behavior to that of an animal, it’s not a compliment. But that may not ring true for one particular barrel of monkeys from Great Nicobar Island in India. The monkeys are long-tailed macaques, and they are said to have impeccable dental hygiene that rivals even the most hygienic of humans. A study conducted by scientists at the Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History in Coimbatore, India, followed approximately 20 monkeys to observe their eating habits. But it wasn’t what the monkeys ate that left the scientists surprised - it was what they did after eating.

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Dogs at the Dentist?

If you’re a dog lover, you probably already know the comforting feeling you get from patting a warm, fluffy canine in times of stress. A dental practice in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, is capitalizing on that comforting feeling and allowing patients to cuddle with an office dog during their dental cleanings. 

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Kids and Coffee

A recent headline in the United Kingdom’s Metro paper cautions, "You might want to stop feeding your kids Costa babyccinos if you want them to have teeth." Wait, what? 

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Answers to Strange Oral Health Questions

There are a lot of dental myths out there - and sometimes it can be hard to tell fact from fiction. Many of us have probably heard the common myth that if you swallow your chewing gum it will stay in your stomach for seven years. Thankfully, this myth isn’t true. While it is true that the stomach cannot break down or digest the resin compound used in gum, that doesn’t mean the gum stays in your stomach. In reality, your swallowed gum just gets sent down your intestines with the rest of the digested food in your stomach, and exits your body at the same time. 

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Tooth Stains May Come From an Unlikely Culprit

The pursuit of whiter teeth is a $1.4 billion-a-year industry, and it shows no signs of slowing down. With so many options out there promising a glowing smile, it’s hard to know what really works and what doesn’t. But studies have shown that some ingredients common in whitening toothpastes may be doing the latter - that is, staining your teeth while promising to whiten them.

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Got Digestive Problems? Oral Health Could Be Responsible

With an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the American population suffering from some form of bowel disorder, the medical community is always working to find a cure for these painful and often debilitating illnesses. Now, a new link has uncovered an unlikely contributor to digestive disorders: oral bacteria.

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After-School Snack Options Make a Big Impact

If you’re like most parents, you try to feed your children the healthiest food possible.  From a nutritious breakfast to a wholesome lunch and satisfying dinner, you strive to teach good habits that will encourage your children to make a lifetime of healthy choices. But a new study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine has revealed that all those efforts could be undermined by something you have little control over: the food options surrounding your child’s school.

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A Clearer View: Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

There are few things as predictable in life as going to your semi-annual checkup at the dentist office. It's almost always the same, every six months: fill out some paperwork, then head back to the exam room for X-rays, a cleaning and finally your exam with the dentist. You know the cleaning is important, as is the exam, but what about those X-rays? Are they really necessary, and if they are necessary, how safe are they?

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How the Mouth Affects the Singing Voice

You may not have known this, but Dr. Hill met his wife in college in Shreveport, Louisiana, singing in the choir. In fact, he’s still a choir singer with his church today! As a singer, he knows it’s important to not just warm up your vocal chords properly before singing, but also to take excellent care of your oral health. Why? Because, believe it or not, caring for your oral health can deeply affect your singing voice. Here’s how.

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The Importance of Continuing Education in Dentistry

It takes eight years of full-time education to become a dentist: four years of undergraduate work and four years of graduate school, plus written and clinical examinations. Once your dentist has completed those requirements, he’s done, right? Not if he’s Dr. Hill. In fact, since graduating from dental school, Dr. Hill has voluntarily logged an additional 1,000 hours of continuing dental training - and that’s not including the time he spent as an instructor, teaching other dentists how to craft beautiful smiles just like he does with his patients every day.

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Yes, Even Cannabis Can Cause Oral Health Problems

Often touted as a safe and natural drug, cannabis, or marijuana, can still cause gum disease, according to a study from Columbia University. The study followed 1,900 recreational marijuana users over a period of one year and found that those who reported higher marijuana usage also had higher instances of gum disease.

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More Reasons to Care for Children’s Teeth

Brushing your children’s teeth may not be one of your highest priorities, but a recent survey by Delta Dental has revealed one more reason it should be.

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A Tooth Decay Vaccine Could Be Right Around the Corner

Cavities have been called one of the most prevalent health conditions facing the United States today. They are so common that, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, an estimated 92 percent of adults have at least one cavity in their permanent teeth, and at least 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have at least one cavity in their baby teeth. But while some of these instances of tooth decay can be prevented by better oral care habits, some teeth are just more prone to cavities than others.

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Like Gum? Chew On This!

According to a 2016 survey by the U.S. Census and Simmons National Consumer Survey (SNCS), a mind-boggling 175.21 million Americans chewed gum (bubble or chewing) in 2016. In fact, an estimated 374 trillion sticks of chewing gum were made last year, weighing a total of 100,000 tons! With all that gum being produced, it’s easy to make the wrong choice when choosing a chewing gum. If you’re a gum chewer but want to make sure you’re taking care of your teeth while you chew, check out these tips.

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Mind the Gap: Gap Teeth Are Becoming Trendy

Gap teeth, or diastema, is a dental phenomenon that occurs in an estimated 95 percent of children in America. It is defined as a gap or space between two teeth, most commonly the top two incisors. Diastema can be caused by many things, including overcrowding of teeth, missing teeth, thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, a large labial frenulum and low muscle attachment.

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Chronic Gum Disease Linked to Dementia

A recent study by researchers at the Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan, has revealed that patients with the chronic gum disease periodontitis are at a 70 percent higher risk of developing dementia than those with healthy gums.

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Fillings May Soon Grow Some ‘Mussels’

When you think of mussels, what comes to mind? For most people, it’s probably the seashore or a big bowl of cioppino. But for researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Marine Institute, mussels also represent a strong bond, and a stronger, better dental filling. 

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Can This Chewing Gum Save Dental Implants?

For patients who receive dental implants, bacterial inflammation-related implant failure is a serious concern. Though inflammation-related implant failure only affects between 6 and 15 percent of dental implant patients, it can be catastrophic, causing patients to lose not just a costly implant, but also bone and tissue as well.

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Brushing Checkup: How to Optimize At-Home Oral Care

Have you ever gone to the dentist for your semi-annual exam and left stunned at what your dentist told you about the condition of your mouth? Whether it’s surprise cavities, gingivitis, an abscess or a root canal, bad news at the dentist can sometimes come out of left field, especially if you think you’re doing a great job caring for your teeth at home. If you’re concerned about your oral health and want to make sure you’re doing the best you can to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and worse, follow these tips for your healthiest mouth ever!

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