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Why Do I Need To Come In For A Cleaning Instead Of Just Brushing Them Really Well Myself?

Why do I need to come in for a cleaning instead of just brushing them really well myself?

A good friend of mine asked me this question just the other day.  It's worth writing about because he voiced the same question that many think but don't express.  Quite frankly, this is not an unreasonable question because unless you're in the dental profession, most people don't understand the skills that are involved a professional dental "cleaning" and that they are…

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Who Is That Person Who Takes My X-rays?

Who is that person who takes my x-rays?

Like the old saying goes, the chief is only as good as his helpers. Dental auxiliaries can make or break a dental office.  The quality of care that a dentist can provide is directly related to the skills of his/her team members. The ability to relate to people is an essential quality of any dental assistant.  Their duties vary but usually include collecting and managing…

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What’s Better, Saving A Tooth With A Root Canal Or Replacing It With Dental Implants?

What’s better, saving a tooth with a root canal or replacing it with dental implants?

Dental implants have proven over the past 20+ years to be a fantastic alternative to many traditional dental therapies.  They have proven to be between 88% and 96% successful in replacing one or many teeth.  However, they do tend to be more costly than traditional dentistry in many situations, require specially trained dentists and surgeons, and cannot be placed in…

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Children’s Dental Health | How Old Should A Child Be Before They Can Go To The Dentist?

Children’s Dental Health | How old should a child be before they can go to the dentist?

The answer to this question is quite simple....  as soon as they can comfortably sit in a dental chair by themselves or lay back on a parent's lap.  Dental schools often state a magic age of 3 years old.  However, this has absolutely no scientific foundation. Unfortunately, many parents wait until their child has a toothache or an obvious cavity before…

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Dental Anesthetic: You’ll Use Novocain, Won’t You?

Dental Anesthetic: You’ll Use Novocain, Won’t You?

Novocain (procaine), has not been used in dentistry since the 1940's as a dental anesthetic.  It was a direct derivative of cocaine, which was the original surgical anesthetic discovered in the 1860's.  Although procaine was not addictive, it was a poor anesthetic because it took a long time to work once injected and wore off very quickly once it did. …

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