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The Truth about Fluoride

Your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment for your children during their regular preventative appointment. Many parents wonder why fluoride is necessary and whether there are any risks involved in fluoride treatment. To understand the dental benefits of fluoride, we must first understand the process of tooth decay. Acids are produced by plaque and sugars in the mouth. When acid comes in contact with tooth enamel, it results in demineralization, or a breakdown and compromising of the protective enamel coating of the tooth. When minerals like calcium and fluoride are deposited, the enamel is remineralized, or restored. Minerals like fluoride
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4 Home Remedies for a Toothache

Anyone who has experienced a sudden toothache knows how debilitating the pain can be. A severe toothache can be caused by a variety of conditions including gum disease, tooth decay or an infection called an abscess. All of these conditions worsen over time without treatment, potentially causing further complications. While home remedies will not address the underlying problem, many natural home remedies using items you have around the house will temporarily relieve pain. Home remedies for dental pain are often a viable solution for temporary relief while out of town or on the weekend. If you develop a sudden toothache,
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3D Dental Image

Viewing an object in three dimensions provides a vastly different picture than a two dimensional view. This is especially true with dental x rays. Technology has been advancing rapidly over the past several years to produce a machine that would capture images that are extremely precise. Dental cone beam images are similar to the medical CAT scan images but require only about a tenth of the radiation. The cost is only a fraction of what a CAT scan image would cost. These machines are still quite expensive and consequently not found in most dental offices. They are available to anyone
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Best way to replace a missing tooth…implant.

These devices provide a great option for missing teeth. Not too long ago the only practical way to replace a missing tooth was with a removable appliance or a fixed bridge. These procedures provide a reasonable service and in some cases they still may be the best option. Removable partial or full dentures often are hard to get used to. Some patients never get used to them. Fixed bridges work well except they require the adjacent teeth to be prepared for a crown covering them and the missing tooth and the adjacent crowns are made in one piece. The disadvantage
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Antibiotics Before Dental Procedures

We live at a wonderful time in history. Medical advances allow us to live longer lives. We can be much more comfortable and more mobile because of the marvelous appliances and techniques available today. Great physicians perform procedures which replace worn out hips and knees and shoulders and various other body parts with amazing  success. Not too many years ago people with severe hip and knee problems would suffer much pain and would be crippled, only able to get around with wheelchairs or crutches. One of the biggest concerns and causes for failure with these prosthetic joints is infection. Over
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Toothbrush Buzz

We seem to be into Pickles these days, but Brian Crane in a recent cartoon gives some great advice on tooth brushing. In the cartoon Opal is telling her grandson that he can still brush his teeth even though the battery is dead in his electric brush. We all become quite dependent on our modern devices. For years we all brushed our teeth with a manual toothbrush and did quite well. They still work very efficiently when used properly. As is often the problem with any tool if it is not working right we need to first look at the
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aCute Gingivitis

The other day in the “Pickles” cartoon Opal was telling Earl how cute their grandson, Nelson, was. Earl responded that he was called cute when he was younger also. In fact he said just recently his dentist had said he was cute. Opal corrected him saying the dentist told him  he had “acute gingivitis”. Gingivitis is certainly not cute. In our country more than half the population has gingivitis in various stages of severity. Gingivitis is an inflammatory condition in our mouths that has direct correlation with other inflammatory diseases in our bodies. Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, low
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