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“Dental Tourism” Can Be Dangerous

“Dental Tourism” Can Be Dangerous

Due to the rising costs of dental and medical care, there is a trend for patients to travel to other countries for dental and medical care. Unfortunately, when one leaves the United States in search of a “cheap fix” the results can often be disastrous. In this country, we have the benefits of high-quality healthcare education, and healthcare professionals must…

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No Magical Age When Dentures Are Necessary

No Magical Age When Dentures Are Necessary

There is a common misconception that everyone will need complete dentures at some time in their lives.  I really believe that this belief is passed down from generation to generation.  Grandma and Grandpa had dentures “all their lives,” then Mom and Dad had dentures “all their lives” and so I know that I'll need dentures at some time.  The fact…

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Improper Restorations Common Reason For Root Canal Problems

Improper Restorations Common Reason for Root Canal Problems

Quite often, patients initially say "no" to root canal therapy because they know of someone who has had a bad experience. Although some people have heard that root canal therapy is painful, the most common horror stories are about endodontically treated teeth (those that have had root canal therapy) cracking, breaking, or shattering and the subsequent loss of the tooth.…

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Rejuvenation of Old Dentures May Be Possible

Many denture wearers avoid seeking care from a dentist when they have sore spots or their dentures feel loose. This is why there is a booming multi-million dollar denture adhesive market, with over-the-counter makeshift products that promise to solve all denture problems to no avail. In my opinion, denture wearers do not seek appropriate dental care because they assume that…

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New Technology Promises To Save Lives

New Technology Promises to Save Lives

Anyone can get oral cancer. If diagnosed with oral cancer, the five-year survival rate is 52%, which has not changed in 25 years. The major reason for such a poor survival rate is that oral cancer is often not diagnosed until a significant, persistent lesion prompts a patient to ask his or her dentist or doctor about it. Unfortunately, because…

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How Do You Fix A Cavity On A Tooth That Supports A Partial?

How Do You Fix A Cavity on A Tooth That Supports A Partial?

    One of the most difficult challenges that dentists must face is the task of retrofitting fillings and crowns to an existing removable partial denture.  For those who do not wear partials, a partial denture grips natural teeth with cast metal clasps.  Sometimes, these teeth break or develop tooth decay before the partial needs to be remade.  However, it is…

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What Is “Cosmetic Dentistry”?

What is “Cosmetic Dentistry”?

In light of reality television and many of the popular programs which inform people of the many reconstructive procedures that can be done medically, the term "cosmetic dentistry" has become a popular buzz word. Unfortunately, "cosmetic makeovers" are often done without considering the overall health, needs, and fundamental desires of each individual patient. In an era of evidence-based medicine, many of…

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Oral Hygiene | Why Are You Supposed To Brush Your Tongue?

Oral Hygiene | Why Are You Supposed to Brush Your Tongue?

Germs that cause gum disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay live in groups.  These bacteria are much less destructive when their groups, called colonies, are mechanically broken up with  a toothbrush.  Another problem caused by bacterial colonization is the production of foul odors.  This is why proper oral hygiene is important. The surface of the tongue is covered with many little…

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