Posts Tagged ‘dental care’

Flossing has been in the news a lot as of recently. Several agencies have come out and stated that flossing is not important. The American Dental Association and several other US Agencies have said this not the case for great oral health. These organizations encourage flossing daily as inter-dental cleaners help address areas that cannot be reached with a regular toothbrush. Please read the following rebuttal from the ADA. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions you may have.


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Cancer, what a scary topic to discuss. A new study released goes on to explain that those who have cancer of the oral cavity or the pharynx, 47% can be attributed to cigarette smoking. Read more at: http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=sup&sub=orc&pag=dis&itemid=318017&wf=2328

We are happy to discuss any concerns you may have in regards to cancer of the oral cavity. In our office, we screen for oral cancer as a part of your routine dental cleaning and check up.

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Do you know when the first toothbrush was invented?

An article found on the Library of Congress site shows that the toothbrushes were invented and mass produced in 1938. There was no one person which was credited in the founding of the toothbrush.

Although toothbrushes were invented in 1938, the earliest known toothbrush goes back to 3000 BC. At this time, the ancient civilization’s used brushes called “chew sticks”. The “chew sticks” were made of thin twigs with frayed ends. Looks like dental home care was important then too.

Read more at: http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/tooth.html

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A new study, to be published in January 2015, describes how the saliva may be used for testing instead of blood. No more pricks or blood drawing? We would all love that! Using the saliva, the scientist can test for conditions such as Cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. Read more on Fox News. We are excited to hear about all of the advances in Dentistry.

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Who is more likely to seek dental care?

According to an article published in Frontiers in Public Health, women are 33% more likely to seek dental care than men. It was also found that non-smokers are more likely to seek dental care than smokers. 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Something fun to read for valentine’s Day. 


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Pregnancy and Oral Health

While you are pregnant, it is important to visit the dentist regularly. Some pregnant patients may come in once every three months during their pregnancy. This article talks about how a pregnant patient with Periodontal (gum) disease can have increased risk during pregnancy.

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Some foods can be acidic and effect your mouth. You want to create a neutral environment in your mouth. What foods are more acidic and what foods are more basic? Check out this image to find out where foods fall on the pH scale.
pH Chart

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Teeth vs Soda

Every one knows that soda is bad for you. The big question is how does soda effect your teeth? Soda contains many sugars and acids that can cause the mouth to become a more acidic environment. On a pH scale, the smaller the number, the more acidic it is and the higher the number, the more basic it is. Ideally you want your mouth be about a pH of 7. Enamel (or the outer shell of your teeth) can demineralize (or break down) at a pH of 5.5. Soda has a pH of 2.4. Check out this link to see how much sugar you are consuming with soda and how acid from soda can effect your teeth.

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ImageDr. Aiken will be embarking on a humanitarian medical mission to Kenya with International Medical Relief the first two weeks of August!  Be sure to check in with our Facebook page, blog, or directly on our website for updates and photos of her journey.

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