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.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 16:26

For all the prominent warnings on tobacco packaging and advertisements, and for all the news stories about celebrities and athletes battling oral cancer, it's surprising to learn how few people recognize the causes, signs and symptoms. In an alarming study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, doctors found that oral cancer awareness may be even lower than we thought. Oral cancer, often referred to as head and neck cancer, or HNC, includes cancers of the throat, mouth and voice box.

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 11:30

In a recent report in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Council on Scientific Affairs for the ADA made a bold change to long-standing recommendations regarding fluoride toothpaste use for small children.

The Council reviewed data on tooth decay and fluoride use and found that fear of using toothpaste before age 2 is largely unwarranted. The report and accompanying review, "Fluoride toothpaste efficacy and safety in children younger than 6 years" introduced new standards.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:35

The Paleo diet has increased in popularity in recent years. Typically, its adherents avoid grains, refined sugars, dairy, legumes and processed foods in favor of more primal fare: grass-fed meats, fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables.

This diet mimics pre-agricultural diets, as an attempt to banish the ills that have come from farming, higher carbohydrate consumption and a more sedentary lifestyle. Up until this point, it was believed that incidences of cavities caused by the bacteria s. mutans jumped after the advent of farming. However, this article, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, forces us to look at the reality that even early man dealt with dental caries.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 15:09

Your wisdom teeth may never come in, and if they do, they may never pose a problem. If you are one of the people who get them extracted, you want to give yourself the best recovery possible.