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Fluoride is a mineral that helps reduce dental decay. Fluoride is present in fluoridated city water and also in toothpastes , mouthwashes and chewing gum. Certain foods such as seafood, fish, water, tea, gelatins , chicken , milk, breast milk , salt, green vegetables and potatoes contain small amounts of fluoride. Topical applications of fluoride…


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Many patients want to replace their old silver fillings for white, natural looking restorations, and many patients also ask, “Which one is better?” This article seeks to educate patients about composites or “white fillings” and amalgam or “silver fillings”. Amalgams Dental amalgam, or “silver fillings”, has been used by dentists for the past 150 years.…


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Most patients come to the dentist when they are already in pain. This normally translates into more expensive and extensive dental treatments. A regular check up appointment, or “cleaning” should include x-rays and a complete exam of all your teeth, soft and hard tissues to allow early detection of oral disease. At this appointment, the…


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Once a tooth has been lost, there are basically three ways to restore it: 1) with a bridge, 2) with an implant and crown, 3) with a removable partial denture. A dental implant is an “artificial tooth root” that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an…


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When is a Root Canal Needed? When the nerve inside the tooth dies, becomes severely infected or inflamed, a root canal treatment is necessary if you want to keep your tooth. The other alternative to a “root canal” is to have the tooth removed. Many people are afraid of “getting a root canal”; however, once…


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We all wish that our elderly relatives and even ourselves are able to maintain good basic personal hygiene. Unfortunately, many elderly patients need others to help them maintain their personal hygiene. Elderly conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, arthritis, etc, make simple tasks such as hair brushing, teeth brushing and keeping good oral health very difficult…


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The daily interaction with my patients has enriched me in both professionally and personally. After 15 years of practicing dentistry I have seen time and again how people that smile are happier, look healthier and live longer. These patients generally take few or no medications and have a “clean” medical history. When I run into…


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Many patients make their appointments for a “cleaning” and don’t know that there are different types of dental cleanings. There are basically 4 types of dental cleanings: Prophylaxis o “regular cleaning” “Gross debridement” “Deep Cleaning” or Scaling and root planning and Periodontal maintenance. The type of cleaning needed must be determined by the dentist after…


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In these hard economic times, many people are looking for ways to improve in their work or find better jobs. It is well known that people that like their smiles and the appearance of their teeth are not afraid of smiling, have a higher self-esteem and appear more confident. These people generally have better chances…


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Some of you might have seen or heard about the recent news regarding a Tulsa, Oklahoma dentist whose use of unsanitary instruments and procedures resulted in possible exposure of his 7,000 patients to HIV and hepatitis viruses and other diseases. Some patients seek cheaper dental treatment by unlicensed dentists that either go to their homes…

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