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Power Toothbrush Technology

Toothbrushes have been around for a long time. Like, a really long time. In one form or another they’ve been around for thousands of years, being mentioned in Chinese literature as early as 600 B.C. Thankfully they have come a long way since then. One of the more notable recent changes is the advent of power toothbrushes.Very early “mechanical” toothbrushes were actually patented back in the mid 1800’s, but the power brushes you and I think of didn’t come around until the 1960’s. Then, in 1978, the first mass-produced power toothbrush came out from Oral-B. Over the next several years many different brushes were made as the demand grew. The ...

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Why Are You Poking My Gums?

You may have noticed that we sometimes take a few moments during your cleaning appointment to poke around your gums and then type something into the computer. Some of you may be wondering why we do this. The short answer that I often give patients is that I am taking measurements to check the health of their gums and look for gum disease, and that I am typing said measurements into the computer. Here’s a more in depth description of what we are doing.What am I poking you with?We use an instrument called a periodontal probe to measure the depths of the gingival sulcus (a.k.a. the space between your gums ...

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You’ve heard of fluoride, but have you heard of MI Paste™?

What is MI Paste™?MI Paste™ is a preventive topical treatment which contains Recaldent™. Recaldent™ is the given name for Casein Phosphopeptide-Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (CPP-ACP). Can you see why they gave it a better and shorter name? Recaldent™ offers a system for releasing the bioavailable calcium, phosphate, and fluoride in the saliva. It does this by using a casein (milk-based) protein that stabilizes calcium and phosphate in order to provide greater immediate and delayed availability of fluoride, calcium, and phosphate to be absorbed into the teeth. The paste is water-based, sugar free, and is applied directly to the tooth surface or oral cavity. MI Paste™ does not contain fluoride, but MI ...

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Don’t worry so much, it’s just a little radiation!

We got a new toy!Hey guys! I have to take a moment and use this blog to tell you about our exciting new piece of equipment at the office. We just got digital panorex machine! Oh, you probably don’t know what that is. Well, let me explain. A “pano” or panoramic radiograph is an x-ray which gives us a good overall look at what’s going on with your mouth. The x-ray shows everything from nose to chin and ear to ear. It allows us to see the roots of all of your teeth, and your jaw bones. It is recommended that everyone have a full mouth x-ray every 3-5 years, ...

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The Wand - A numb tooth without a numb jaw!

Ever had a lower tooth numbed for a filling? If so, you probably remember leaving the office drooling with that whole-jaw swollen feeling which lasted well into the evening. This numbness is especially troublesome when you have to return to work and actually talk to people. The whole time you’re busy explaining to everyone that you just had a visit to the dreaded dentist. Sure, you’ll receive a nice dose of sympathy by your clients and coworkers, but isn’t this a problem that you’d rather just avoid? Worse yet, you had to suffer ...

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Dental Caries - Are You High Risk or Low Risk?

What is "Caries?"Have you heard the word "caries" before? Probably not. Well, "caries" is actually the more accurate term for "cavities," and can be used to describe both the lesion and the disease process. Caries is a broad term, encompassing small changes which cannot be seen clinically, up to larger lesions which involve the internal structure of your tooth.We put our teeth through a lot with all of the things we put into our mouths every day. The enamel of our teeth is constantly going through a process of demineralization and remineralization, and we of course want more remineralization than destructive demineralization. By taking a look at your own ...

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When Do We Take X-Rays?

When do we take x-rays?If we are recommending radiographs (a.k.a. x-rays) for a patient, it is usually the first thing we do when they come in for their appointment. A patient will sometimes ask “do I need x-rays,” or even just tell me that they “don’t want them.” So, today I am going to write a bit about when and why we recommend radiographs, and hopefully that will clear some things up. Always keep in mind, every patient is different.The American Dental Association (along with the FDA) has well laid out guidelines for recommended radiographic examinations, which take into account many things, including radiation exposure. These guidelines are just an ...

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