Archive for July, 2012

Healthy Mouth, Healthy You

Did you know that having a healthy mouth could help to protect your overall wellness?  That’s right, a healthy mouth will help you feel and look younger for longer.  Science based evidence confirms that your oral health is connected to many other health conditions.  The mouth is a normal and natural breeding ground for bacteria.  If left unattended, harmful bacteria can grow out of control and lead to gum disease, which in turn releases bacteria into your bloodstream.  This may trigger many other problems in the body such as:
**heart disease
**lower birth weight
**premature babies, and
**oral cancer.
You can control bacteria and keep your gums healthy with brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits



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Dental Laboratories

Dentists could not be as effective as they are without an excellent support system. One of the most important partners of the Dental team is the Dental laboratory. Dental labs play a huge role in the day-to-day effectiveness of a dental office.

Dental laboratories work with the dentist to fabricate quality restorations for the Dentists clients. Even though you do not meet them personally the laboratory technicians feel that the Dentists client is their client also.

Most dentists use dental labs that provide materials fabricated in the United States.  All Materials used in the Dental offices and fabricated in American Dental labs are tested and approved by the American Dental association and The FDA.

Dentists and their laboratory partners are committed to utilizing materials of superior quality. They want the best for their clients.

If you have any questions about your dental restorations, please do not hesitate to ask your dentist or any of your dentist’s staff.


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Dental X-Rays

Could dental x-rays be bad for your health?  A study published in Cancer, a scientific journal of the American Cancer Society, associates yearly or more frequent dental x -rays with an increased risk of developing meningioma, the most commonly diagnosed brain tumor.  This type of tumor is usually not malignant.  The study has received widespread media coverage, and a number of the stories cite the ADA’s dental x ray recommendations that help dentists determine how to keep radiation exposure as low as reasonably achievable.  In addition, the ADA has also published in The Journal of the American Dental Association, recommendations on dental radiographic procedures. These include; the use of barriers and now digital x rays to significantly lower exposure by up to 90%.   The ADA issued a press statement about the study, noting that the findings were based on patient’s memories of x – rays taken years ago as to when and how many were taken; making the study inaccurate. The ADA has a long standing position that dentists should order dental x- rays for patients only when necessary for diagnosis and treatment.