Dr. Richard Keech, DDS
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What is a preprocedural rinse?

A preprocedural rinse is exactly what it sounds like; a mouth rinse used before a procedure.  In 2003, the CDC described preprocedural mouth rinses as antimicrobial mouth rinses used by patients before a dental procedure. The point and purpose of this rinse is to reduce the number of microorganisms that a patient might release in the form of aerosols and splatter that can contaminate the dental health care professional or patient.  

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Which Sensitivity Toothpaste Should I Buy?

Patients often tell us that they have sensitive teeth.  This sensitivity can vary greatly.  Sometimes they don't even notice it except during their cleaning.  Sometimes they are only bothered by cold things here and there.  Other times, it effects their eating and drinking consistently.  You should never let teeth sensitivity alter your lifestyle, when it's often so easy to improve.  The first step towards relief is using a sensitivity toothpaste, and that's what we're talking about today.  Not all sensitivity pastes are created equal, especially since so many toothpastes claim to help with everything!  So, what should you look for in ...

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Does Your Toothbrush Look Like This? Your gums may be receding!

Does Your Toothbrush Look Like This?  Your gums may be receding!

 

As soon as I see that a patient has gum recession, the first question I ask is whether or not their toothbrush looks like this (flared out like the picture), or like this (bristles still nice and straight).  If your toothbrush bristles become frayed and flared out after a while, you are brushing too aggressively which often leads ...

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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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