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Laser Focus: Dental Lasers and What They Can Do For You

What is a laser?

A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy, which, in dentistry, can be used to remove or shape oral tissue, including gums, teeth, and bone.


Supporting the Fight: Understanding the Oral Implications of Cancer Treatment

Most, if not all, people know someone who has or has had cancer. There are every few 6-letter words that provoke such primal fear and stimulate such a wide range of emotions within the patient and his/her family as "cancer".

With the initial diagnosis comes a flood of concerns, and oftentimes, for patients and their families, dental health is not one of them. But it shouldbe, because the cancer treatment will have an impact on the oral tissues - and on dental treatment planning, prioritization, and timing. Patients also may not realize that visiting the dentist must remain and integral part of their overall health care while they undergo cancer treatment.


Managing Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can occur along with certain medical conditions. For example, it is a key indication of Sjogren syndrome, a disorder in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own moisture-producing glands, including the salivary glands. This impairment results in dry mouth due to a lack of saliva. Certain emotional states, such as depression or anxiety, also can leave you feeling like your mouth is dry.


Tooth Trauma: Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can happen at any time. Oral injuries can be painful and should be treated by your dentist as soon as possible. 

What are dental emergencies and how can I avoid them?

A dental emergency is when your tooth breaks, cracks, becomes loose, or is knocked out completely. Sometimes, a dental crown can come off your tooth, or your lips , gums, or cheeks may be cut. Some emergencies can be avoided if you take simple precautions, such as wearing a mouthguard while you're playing sports and avoiding hard foods that can crack or break your teeth.


Technology in the Dental Office

There is a multitude of equipment in every dental office. It is this equipment, as well as advances in dental procedures, which allow us to provide you with the highest quality oral health care. With today's technologies, we are equipped to manage your dental health, all while ensuring your safety and comfort. 

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When the Smoke Clears: Protecting the Nonsmokers in Your Life

Even if you know smoking is bad for you, you still might not be ready to quit. But have you thought about the people around you who don't smoke? Your smoking is bad for them too. The smoke you exhale and the smoke that burns from a cigar, cigarette or pipe is called "secondhand smoke", and the nonsmokers around you can inhale it. It's as if they are smoking too. 

Implants: The New Normal for Single Tooth Replacement

Implants: The New Normal for Single Tooth Replacement What is a dental implant? A dental implant is a titanium post, which serves as a substitute for a natural tooth's root. The implant is placed in the jaw bone so that it may fuse with natural bone to become a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth. Implants can be used to replace individual teeth or to support a bridge or denture containing multiple teeth.

Sensitive Information: Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitive Information: Tooth Sensitivity What is dentin hypersensitivity? Dentin hypersensitivity, more commonly referred to as sensitive teeth, can be defined as short, sharp pains that come from exposed dentin (the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel that contains the inner pulp). Individuals with sensitive teeth may find that the pain can be triggered by hot, cold, sour, or sweet beverages or foods, forceful brushing or flossing, or even cold air.


Root Canals: The Root of the Problem

Anytime anyone mentions the words "root canal", the image and sensation of someone in severe pain usually comes to mind. However, this should not be the case with advances in dentistry and technology. Inside your teeth is a soft material called pulp that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. If this pulp becomes infected, it can cause severe tooth pain. In some cases, that infection will require root canal therapy.


What To Do About TMD Joint Pain?

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, approximately 5 to 12% of people suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, more commonly known as temporomandibular disorder (TMD). This encompasses a variety of conditions affecting the joints, muscles, and nerves in the jaw.


Tips for Improving Diet and Oral Health

Good nutrition is essential for good health, and that includes the health of your teeth. How does diet affect oral health? Tooth decay and cavities are caused by acid that is produced by interactions between oral bacteria and food deposits left on your teeth. Certain foods - especially sugary, starchy, and sticky snacks- are linked to higher levels of such acid-producing bacteria. Additionally, poor nutrition can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to other health problems, including gum disease.

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Oral Cancer Prevention and Detection

Oral cancer is a common form of cancer, with roughly 35,000 new cases reported annually in the United States. The most frequent oral cancer sites are the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the soft palate, and the tissues in the lips, gums, and back of the tongue. If not diagnosed and treated in its early stages, oral cancer can spread, leading to chronic pain, loss of oral function, irreparable oral and facial disfigurement following surgery, and even death. For this reason, it is important to regularly visit your dentist so he or she can perform a thorough screening for oral cancer.