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The Ramifications of Skipping the Floss When Brushing Teeth

By: Lee Ladyga, When it comes to good oral health, most adults across the country understand that brushing their teeth is a must along with regular dental checkups. Yet when it comes to flossing, people are closing their medical cabinets without performing this necessary dental health procedure in their home. The facts speak for themselves in the 2009 to 2012 data that has been gathered by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Survey. In this conducted research, it has been discovered that one-third of adults from the age of 30 and over are not flossing their teeth. Flossing the teeth involves the process of using a filament material to get in-between teeth to clean…

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Dentists adopting drill-and-fill alternative

By Kathleen McLaughlin, Preschoolers, elderly people and others who are ill-suited to go under a dentist’s drill have an alternative that proponents say will stop their tooth decay quickly, painlessly and cheaply. A subsidiary of Advantage Dental of Redmond has been marketing since last spring a silver fluoride product called Advantage Arrest, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved to treat dental sensitivity. Its real purpose, however, is to stop tooth decay, and it’s about to become even easier for dentists in Oregon and across the country to use it. The American Dental Association approved a new billing code that can be used for silver fluoride treatments starting in January, said Gary Allen, dental director for Advantage, which…


13 Things To Do When Eating To Ensure Your Breath Stays As Fresh As Possible

By: Isadora Baum, There are a few things that can ruin a date or meal out with company, and bad breath can certainly be considered one of them. Not only can bad breath make our parties’ inch away, but it can also make us feel insecure to speak freely in conversation. Thus, it’s important to take note of which habits that can keep breath fresh during mealtime, so that everyone at the table can feel confident and secure. While some foods can cause stinky breath, most health foods and eating habits can actually promote great, fresh breath and can assist in cleaning and whitening teeth. Proper dental and tongue rituals can enhance wellbeing in the mouth, which will eliminate…


Alternative for fill and drill treatment of cavities

By: Andrea K. McDaniels, Heather got a big surprise when she took her 4-year-old son for a routine dental checkup — young Eli had several cavities and needed eight crowns on his back teeth. The Baltimore mom worried about her child undergoing such a complex medical treatment, which the doctor said would require general anesthesia. “I could not wrap my head around the fact that my kid would have to go through a procedure of this magnitude,” Powell said. Desperate for an alternative, Powell began searching the Internet for other options. She discovered a handful of dentists around the country who use a mixture called silver diamine fluoride to freeze cavities, preventing the infection from spreading. The clear concoction…