Friday, September 19, 2014 - 10:05

Pinterest users can't get enough of the beautiful photos and seemingly great ideas found on the website to improve their homes, health and lives. We know a person doesn't have to be a professional baker to teach someone to make a scrumptious cake, but can self-proclaimed health enthusiasts offer sound dental and medical advice? In this feature, we look at ideas from the blogosphere made famous on Pinterest and give you our take.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 16:36

We often remind our readers that oral health is tied to overall health. Often, key nutrients that reduce risks for heart disease, cancers and diabetes are found to benefit oral health as well. Remember our post on Brussels sprouts? Well, here's another reason to eat them.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:00

From game-based exercise programs to simple actions on your TV and home computer, touchless video game technology has moved from all play and no work, to all work, all play, and everything in between. And soon, you may be able to see it in action at your dentist's office.

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 09:13

So what's your routine? Floss, brush, spit, swish? Or maybe it's floss, swish, brush, spit, swish? Or are you more of a brush, spit, swish, floss, swish kind of person?

So much of what we do to encourage good oral health is habits—brush regularly, floss regularly, schedule dentist appointments regularly. A healthy mouth and teeth are not necessarily in the details of how you do those things, but that you do them, day in and day out.

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:35

The use of lasers has changed so many aspects of technology and dentistry. Soft-tissue lasers often replace the scalpel, and some dentists use hard-tissue lasers in place of drills for preparing cavities. What if—instead of being part of filling cavities—lasers were used to reverse them?

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 13:31

We have mentioned in other posts how much variety there is now in orthodontics. No longer simply brackets and wires—although those still work—the possibilities in orthodontic treatment have skyrocketed. In modern orthodontics, teeth can be aligned earlier, or later, less invasively, and less noticeably with advancements like interceptive orthodontics and Invisalign.

Well, we've recently run across another interesting development to bring straighter smiles to more people. Claiming to reduce treatment time by up to 50 percent, a new FDA-approved device speeds up the straightening power of braces, retainers, trays and other appliances.

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 10:36

This time of year, marketing starts to shift from an orientation around summertime to a focus on the school year. If you look at advertisements around you, you'll notice instead of hot dogs, condiments, sodas and ice cream, ads for breakfast pastries, cereals and lunchbox snacks.

The common theme is convenience and portability. What busy parent or caregiver doesn't want convenience and portability? The trouble is many of the lunchbox favorites are laden with sugar and other refined carbohydrates, which can contribute to tooth decay. So how can you make good choices to fill lunchboxes without filling their mouths with cavities?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:28

While you are filling those last sweet weeks of summer with preparation for the school year, check your calendar for those important appointments for your child. Set aside a specific time to make the calls you need all at once. You may need to take care of some of these appointments before school starts, while others can be scheduled in advance for convenient dates during the school year or a break.

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 17:02

In research conducted by several European institutions, the patients experienced no nervousness, but then again, they didn't get to feel the end result. These patients weren't really patients at all—they were ancient skeletons. While your dental staff gets rid of any plaque buildup right away, these researchers went in with the intent to examine the centuries-old crud.

And what they found excited them.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 16:44

Modern dentistry would not be where it is today without anesthetics. Dentists can do procedures—from filling a cavity to removing wisdom teeth—while patients relax and feel little to none of the discomfort formerly associated with dental work.

However, many patients still deal with anxiety when it comes to needles. Small children especially tend to fear the pokes and pricks. But a new drug is awaiting FDA approval, a drug that could change all of that.