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Nothing But The Tooth

A Dental Health & Wellness Blog

How to Choose the Right Pediatric Dentist for Your Family

Choosing a pediatric dentist is a challenge—and a general dentist isn't always the best option for your family. Many children have fears related to the dentist. Pediatric dentists need to modify their practice to accommodate children, often using special, modified versions of tools to help calm them. Here are a few things that you should look for when selecting a pediatric dentist.

Posted in: General and Family Dentistry

What’s the Difference Between Veneers and Lumineers?

If you wish to change the shade or shape of your teeth, there's no better solution than veneers. Veneers are small, porcelain pieces that fit onto your teeth, changing their appearance. In recent years, an alternative veneer-type product, known as "lumineers," has also become popular. Here are the differences between veneers and lumineers and how you can decide between the two.

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry | Dental Implants | Teeth Whitening

How to Decide If Invisalign is the Right Choice for You

If you're worried about the alignment of your teeth, you may have heard of an alternative to braces called "Invisalign." Invisalign is the branded name for clear-aligner treatment, a method of orthodontic correction that involves a set of transparent plastic aligners. Compared to traditional braces, there are both pros and cons. Here's everything you need to know about the Invisalign process and how you can determine whether Invisalign is right for you.

Posted in: Dental Health and Wellness | General and Family Dentistry

Celebrate National Dentist's Day on March 6

Did you know that March 6th is National Dentist's Day? While this day has been established to show appreciation for dentists, it's also intended to bring an awareness to the practices of dentistry and dental health. During National Dentist's Day, you can find out more about the process of dentistry, consider your own dental health, and show your dentist that you appreciate the work that they do. And if you've been putting off a visit to the dentist, now is a great time to schedule one.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Smile More Often

Smile! While you might not be on camera, there are a lot of reasons why you should smile more often. Smiling has physical, psychological, and social benefits—and even better, you can get those benefits by just making the choice of smiling. Here are some of the most important advantages of having a healthy, happy smile. 

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5 Resolutions for Healthier Teeth in 2019

It's 2019—and it's time for better health. You can start now with better dental care. If you want to improve the way that you're taking care of yourself and your smile, these resolutions can be your first few steps. Here are some simple, easy things that you can do to make sure that your smile remains bright and healthy.

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How Your Dental Health Relates To Your Diet

We all know that cookies and cakes are full of sugar, but did you know there is a "best" time to eat them? Many people don't realize that the effects generated by the food they eat can continue on long after the time it is originally consumed. Eating a sweet treat with dinner will do less harm to the teeth than when it is eaten as a separate snack. Preventing cavities is easier to do when you understand how food affects your oral health.

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What You Should Know About Accelerated Orthodontics

Traditional braces are a great way to have a beautiful smile, but the amount of time it takes can be disheartening. Luckily, there is the option of accelerated orthodontics. Accelerated orthodontics is available for anyone that doesn't want to wait 2-4 years to have straight teeth. The majority of patients have straight teeth within 3-5 months, though it can take up to eight months for severe cases. 

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Anxiety and How to Overcome It

It is a rare person indeed who actually enjoys an appointment with the dentist. Whether it's for a simple
check-up or for more involved surgery, it's only natural to feel at least some trepidation while settling into the dentist's chair. Unfortunately for some people, this natural uneasiness is amplified way beyond the level that most patients experience, and develops into a true phobia that makes a visit to the dental surgery an ordeal. This results in a reluctance to have dental problems checked and fixed, and when this reluctance grows into a refusal it can have long term consequences which can be costly, and cause severe pain and discomfort. However, like any phobia, dental anxiety is eminently treatable, and can usually be resolved fairly simply when the dentist and the sufferer work together to overcome it. Here are some of the best ways to do just that.

Posted in: Modern Dentistry

Brighten Your Smile with Dental Veneers

Few of us are luckily enough to have a natural film star smile with perfectly straight, gleemingly white teeth. Even if we start out with good teeth, the years can take their toll with staining, chipping and other damage. If you want a better smile, there's the option of using teeth whitening products or dental treatment to fit crowns.

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Teeth Whitening as Part of Your Beauty Routine

Throughout an average person's life, it can be normal for teeth to become discolored or stained. Even with proper hygiene and oral care! Many people are interested in brightening their smile with professionally supervised tooth whitening treatments.  This can help turn back the clock on aging.  When you begin researching the process you will certainly learn that there are a variety of options for you. Here we will address some common concerns and questions you may have about dental whitening before scheduling your treatment.

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Does A Child's Poor Oral Health Equal Bad Grades

A study published by the American Journal of Public Health, and conducted by the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California, revealed a direct correlation between a child's dental health and their school performance. 

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More Than a Pretty Smile - Cosmetic Dentistry for Quality of Life

The term "cosmetic dentistry" makes many people think of actors and models trying to achieve perfection, but people in the performing arts make up only a small part of the clientele of a cosmetic dentist. Many more everyday people choose to seek out a dentist that can do cosmetic work, and often for reasons that are far more serious than having the prettiest smile.

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Are You Confident in Your Smile and Teeth

Many people are born with perfect teeth, but just as many suffer through life with a set of crooked, stained, or damaged teeth. Are you confident in your teeth and the way that they look? Are you happy with the whiteness of your teeth? Are you content with how straight your teeth are? Do you like to smile or do you need help with the appearance of your teeth? If you want to become more confident in the teeth that you have, take a look at the following suggestions.

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry

Getting a cavity filled or a dental filling

Having a dental filling or cavity filled is typically a two-step process. The first step involves removal of decayed matter within the tooth that is caused by bacteria and creates cavities or, under other circumstances, the removal of tooth material from injuries to the mouth. The second step is the dentist applying dental material where the portion of tooth was removed so the patient is able to fully use their tooth again.

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9 Tips From Your Mansfield MA Dentist For A Brighter Smile In 2015

Everybody loves a great smile, and studies have actually shown that people respond far more favorably – at work and socially – to those with good-looking teeth and smiles. If you've been unhappy with the way your smile looks, or if you just want to have better oral health habits overall, make a New Year's resolution to follow these simple steps to a brighter smile and healthier teeth and gums:

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9 Ways to Create Great Brushing Habits in 2015

Good dental and brushing habits are an important part of your overall health, and the earlier you instill good habits, the better off your kids will be. It’s easier than you think to create healthy and long lasting dental care habits – and the rewards will last a lifetime. Make 2015 the year you take control of your family’s oral health and give everyone the gift of great teeth.

Posted in: Pediatric Dentistry

5 Foods To Avoid For A Healthy Smile This Christmas

The holiday season means that you’ll be surrounded by plenty of tempting treats. While these goodies might be tasty, your mouth won’t appreciate the damage they can do to your teeth. Instead of finding out that you’ve developed a cavity or two at your next appointment with your Mansfield MA family dentist, avoid foods and drinks that are bad for your teeth and substitute them with healthier alternatives this holiday season. 

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All About Dental Implants: The Jaw-Dropping Facts

A healthy mouth is just as important to your overall health as diet and exercise are. Missing teeth don't just affect your physical health: tooth loss can impact your emotional health, lowering your self esteem, and even cause isolation because of embarrassment. Dental implants aren't just used for cosmetic reasons; they're also used for restoration.

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8 Celebrities Who Used Invisalign Treatment

A lot of people feel that, once they are adults or older teens, the time to improve their smiles with braces has gone by. But, thanks to advanced cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign allows many people to discreetly straighten their teeth without calling attention to the work.



Not convinced? Invisalign dentists straightened the smiles of all these celebrities while they were in the public eye:

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry

Back To School: 6 Dental Care Tips From Your Family Dentist

Did you know that neglecting your child’s dental health can cause an increase in missed school days? 

In a recent study published in the Journal of Public Health, it was found that between 58 and 80 hours of school were missed due to dental pain and toothaches out of every 100 students between the ages of 5 and 17.  The parents of those students missed an average of 2.5 work days to take their child to their pediatric dentist. 

Posted in: Pediatric Dentistry

How a Cosmetic Dentist Can Change Your Life

A cosmetic dentist can make a big impact on the quality of your life.  Have you ever considered improving your smile?  Everyday you look at your self in the mirror, do you take the time to consider how having a perfect, beautiful smile could effect your life?  Well, thankfully modern dentistry has many options available to recreate your smile! Listed below is a brief description of just some of the great procedures dental professionals can do to improve your smile.  It is always a good idea to discuss ways to make you happy with your smile with your dental provider during your bi annual cleanings and exams.

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry | Dental Implants | Teeth Whitening

Clean Up Your Mouth: 4 Steps to Fresher Breath

Unless you are commonly eating garlic, onions, and other foul-smelling foods, you may be at a loss as to why you experience bad breath so frequently. Fortunately, chronic halitosis isn't something that you need to accept, and there are several strategies that you can take to prevent this condition. Instead of letting bad breath rule your life, try following a few simple steps in order to freshen up your mouth.

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Top Reasons to Get One-Visit Cerec Dental Crowns

If you are in need of a crown, you might be concerned about the length of time and preparation work that it takes to get a traditional crown. Luckily, there are CEREC crowns, which are done in a single visit at your dentist's office. This is done by using advanced CAD/CAM technology to image the tooth and create a permanent crown restoration that is ready within a couple hours. Once it has been imaged and milled it is ready to be placed on your existing tooth right away. It is easy, fast can be made in house to match existing teeth perfectly and very convenient, especially because you don't have to go through messy impressions and wait 2-3 weeks with several visits to complete the process.

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry | Dental Health and Wellness | Modern Dentistry

Preventive Care: Dental Sealants

Dental sealants offer a simple, but generally effective preventive solution to the problem of tooth decay occurring on the biting surfaces of back teeth. These sinuous biting surfaces represent the business end of the chewing apparatus, and must withstand considerable physical
stress; within the grooves of molars and premolars, fissures and pits may develop,
trapping food particles and keeping resident bacteria out of the reach of the most persistent toothbrush.

Posted in: Pediatric Dentistry | Dental Health and Wellness | General and Family Dentistry

Infant Dental Care, Baby Teeth

It is a common misconception that dental health
becomes an issue only after the eruption of the first primary, or baby teeth. Tooth
development actually begins during the second month of prenatal life, and
pregnancy conditions can have lifelong consequences on dental health. Baby
teeth are almost fully formed at birth, and begin to erupt after about six
months to one year. Usually, all 20 primary teeth break out by the age of
three; they are not less important than the later, permanent teeth, and need to
be cared for accordingly.

Posted in: Pediatric Dentistry | Dental Health and Wellness

Overcoming Dental Fears

Let’s face it most of us don't enjoy visiting the dentist, and it's often a relief when that six monthly visit is over. While most of us will simply get on with booking an appointment, around 5 to 10% of the population will actively avoid seeking dental treatment, and some are prepared to put up with a substantial amount of pain and infection.

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Benefits of Getting Dental Implants

Many people cringe at the idea of getting dental implants. In the first place, it's difficult to envision losing a tooth even for a short period of time and putting in a replacement. It's also hard to lose a part of you that you've had since you were a child. Finally, it may be a challenge to grasp the idea of inserting an artificial tooth into your gums.

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The Link between Periodontal Disease and Low Birth Weight

Complications with one’s oral health unquestionably have an impact on systemic health, and poor oral hygiene can increase the likelihood of disease processes throughout the rest of the body. The length of time associated with healthy pregnancies, researchers have found, is often shortened due to infections in the oral cavity. Low birth weight, which affects the health of a newborn, is a result. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, “increasing evidence suggests that maternal gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (inflammation and disease of the structures surrounding the teeth) may be risk factors for preterm birth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes.” One characteristic of both of these conditions that may induce early labor is the presence of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are hormones that are responsible for prompting delivery following a regular nine-month pregnancy term.

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What Is A Dental Bridge

Dental bridges are used to bridge the gap caused by a missing tooth or multiple teeth. A dental bridge consists of a false tooth (called a pontic) fixed between two crowns. These two crowns will be attached to the healthy teeth that abut the gap caused by a missing tooth. The crowns will act as anchors and secure the false tooth into place.

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How to keep your teeth healthy and clean - for life!

While there are all kinds of products claiming to give you that million dollar smile, often basic dental hygiene is all you really need. Here are some tips that will help you keep your teeth pearly white and healthy for life. 

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Vitamin E & Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease affects the tissues that surround your teeth: your gum tissue, or gingiva, the ligaments that hold your teeth in place, or the bone that surrounds and stabilizes each tooth root. The disease might develop due to poor oral hygiene, exposure to environmental toxins or as a side effect of an underlying disorder. Vitamin E, an essential nutrient in your diet, might prove beneficial in helping to control the development or progression of periodontal disease.

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18 Ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy

If your teeth and gums have never suffered from any significant problems, you probably never give your dental health a second thought. However, some of your everyday habits may be slowly and insidiously damaging your mouth. As it turns out, brushing your teeth several times a day is not the only thing that you can do to help ensure that you keep healthy and pain-free teeth well into old age. The following dietary and lifestyle factors are overlooked by many people, but will help you preserve your dental health for as long as possible.

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Dental Implants

There are several specialties in dentistry. One of these specialties is implantology. Implant dentists replace people's broken, decayed, or missing teeth with permanent artificial ones. Not all dentists are qualified to do implants. They need to train in implantology as well as complete the regular dentistry course prior to becoming certified as an implant dentist. Only after these educational requirements are met  may they  perform various implant procedures, including the most common one, the titanium implant. In this procedure the implant is attached to a titanium screw embedded in the jawbone.

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Diet and your teeth

Each of your teeth are a tiny living organs that are as much a part of your body as your heart.  So what can you do to bring health to these mini miracles?

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The Diabetic Patient's Guide to Oral Health

Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for everyone but even more so for people with diabetes. Because of their illness, diabetics are more prone to developing gum problems and other dental disorders. This is why they must practice proper oral hygiene at all times. Aside from the regular brushing and flossing that we all should do, a typical oral health care routine for diabetics includes the management of blood sugar levels, specialized dental care, and visits to the dentist at least every six months.

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Your Teeth Are Alive And Hungry! Part 1

You brush, floss, rinse and see your dentist twice a year or more. You have a couple of cavities each year, maybe a crown, post or root canal. You would be totally willing to do more at home for your oral health if it would cut down on those dental visits, right?

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Frequently Asked Questions on Dental Implants

Having missing teeth can make ordinary activities such as eating and talking difficult.  People often feel self-conscious if the gap is quite visible. This is why most people get dentures, partials or bridges to replace the missing teeth. These are all decent tooth replacement options but there are times when dentures, partials and bridges can be an inconvenience. For example, they can stick to certain types of food and they may even fall off in the middle of a meal. They can also be quite tedious to clean. If you have the budget for it, a better alternative to dentures are dental implants.

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All about periodontal disease

According to the National Institutes of Health, 80% of adults in the United States are affected by some form of periodontal disease. Most people don't even realize they have this problem, dismissing it as ordinary gingivitis.

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Is an Electric Toothbrush worth it?

Who wants to spend more time in the dental chair than they have to?  That’s why preventive dental care is so important. If you don’t care for your teeth and gums now, you could pay for it later with costly restoration work. You already know the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day, and you can do it the manually by using a manual toothbrush or tap into the power of an electric toothbrush.  Are there benefits to using an electric toothbrush over a manual one?

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The Paperless Dental Office

Okay, a lady never reveals her age, but I can tell you that when I started in dentistry, you could trade chickens for your dental work and Highlights magazine was a new publication. Remember the Timbertoes? You probably don't but I do.

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The History of the Toothbrush

Wow, sonic technology to clean our teeth!That's what we have now, and it makes it easy to have cleaner, whiter teeth and healthier gums. The sonic technology drives the bristle tip velocity so that fluids can clean into tight spaces and the gum line. Healthy gums translate to a healthier heart. The toothbrush has come a long way.

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Flossing and Heart Health

New Year's is always resolutions time.  But why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?  How about a new super healthy habit?  “Flossing Your Heart!”  That's right, don't just stop at your teeth, but really get in there where it will make a difference.

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Want to be a millionaire? Go see your dentist today!

You can buy a lottery ticket or becomes a contestant on a game show, but the odds of winning that cool million are slim to none.  Did you know that seeing your dentist regularly all your life is the easiest way to sock away a million dollars.   And anyone can do it!

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Dental Insurance for Dummies

When your medical or dental insurance sends you an explanation of benefits (EOB) in the mail, do you throw it unopened on a pile of paperwork that includes the deferment paperwork for your student loans from 1962?  Or are you thinking "What the heck is an explanation of benefits?"  If you do open it, does it hit you like a Rorschach Inkblot test? You think there is something important you are supposed to be able to see, but you can't quite figure it out.  When you ask your HR person at work to explain the basics of the group dental plan does he or she say "It covers some stuff" or "We have a group dental plan?"

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Afraid of the Dentist? Dealing With Dental Phobia

There is a cartoon with a dental patient waiting to see the dentist and he is sitting next to the grim Reaper. The caption reads "I'd rather be dead". With over 15 years in the dental field I have heard all the "I'd rathers.." The most popular being "I'd rather be giving birth" (Women) or "I'd rather be audited" (Men). But the interesting part is not so much WHAT is being conveyed in these statements, but in WHO is conveying them. The people making these "I'd rather.. " statements are first timers who have not had a modern dental experience. I used to take it quite personally because the team makes such an effort to ensure our patients comfort. The truth is there is little to no pain in a modern dental office, unless it is brought in by the patient.

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Night Guards - Headaches, Teeth Grinding and Clenching

Many people aren’t even aware they’re doing it until their dentist discovers the all too familiar signs of teeth grinding. Nighttime grinding, or as it’s professionally called Bruxism, is a serious disorder that can lead to enamel being worn away from the teeth. When there’s not enough enamel a tooth becomes weakened eventually cracking or breaking.

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White Fillings (composite) Versus Silver Fillings (amalgam)

Your dentist has told you that you have a cavity and need a filling. Your dentist only places composite resin fillings (tooth-colored or white) and does not do amalgam (metal or silver) fillings. The tooth-colored fillings are a more expensive.  How do you make a good choice?  Here's a brief history of fillings that will help put it  in perspective.

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What is a deep cleaning or scaling?

Don’t be worried, this is a wonderful thing your dental office is doing for you by giving you the treatment that will really benefit your oral and overall health. When a hygienist does a regular cleaning, which is called a prophylaxis they are taking the tartar and calculus buildup off of your tooth.  They are working on the part of your tooth that you can see, the part that is above the gum line.  But, like a glacier in the water, your tooth extends below your gum line.  The foundation and strength of your tooth is what you can’t see.  Under the gums is the root of your tooth that is embedded in your jawbone. This is where periodontal disease can be hiding.  Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that destroys the support and structure of your teeth.  Once it destroys the gums it moves on to the root of your tooth and then the bone that keeps your tooth attached to your jawbone.

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Dental Health: Encouraging Kids to Develop Proper Dental Hygiene

Dental problems such as bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay are very common in adults and children. Many dental procedures can be used to solve these problems but as with most health issues, the best way to deal with them is through prevention. Dental problems can be avoided by practicing good dental hygiene, especially if it the practice begins in early childhood. Dental experts recommend the regular cleaning of a baby's gums and tongue even before teeth start to grow. This dental health practice helps prevent the growth of bacteria in the mouth, which can cause all sorts of oral health problems.

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Bad breath?

Have you ever noticed that your friends or co-workers take a step back when you say hello?  Do they turn away from you when you talk to them? This could be a sign that you have bad breath.  Bad breath can come from many things. The food you eat and sinus problems are two common reasons. But more likely your bad breath is caused by periodontal disease (gum) disease.  Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. The word periodontal literally means "around the tooth." Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque causes the gums to become inflamed.

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How To Choose The Right Toothbrush

You’ve probably noticed that toothbrushes have different bristle firmness ratings - soft, medium, and hard. This tells you how firm the bristles are and how much pressure they put on your teeth and gums when you brush. It also makes it more confusing when you select a toothbrush. Which is a better – a soft or hard toothbrush?

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How To Brush And Floss Properly

We have all heard it before, but I cannot express the importance of proper brushing technique and regular dental checkups. Periodontal disease has now been connected to heart disease and other major ailments. Removing bacteria by flossing and brushing are two parts of good oral hygiene. 

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DMD VS DDS: What's The Difference?

Your local dentist may be a DDS or a DMD. Did you ever wonder what the difference was? Dentists wonder too!  The acronym DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery where DMD stands for Doctor of Dental Medicine. The training each dentist receives is very similar. 

Originally, in ancient times, medical practitioners were divided into two groups - surgeon and medicine. Surgeons used tools to care for and treat ailments while the medicine providers used pills, ointments, powders etc.

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Improving Your Smile with Dental Bonding

A brilliant smile can improve how your look. However, if your teeth are chipped, cracked, stained, decayed, or simply have an odd shape, you may not find it so easy to flash a winning smile. Fortunately, such dental flaws can be repaired with the help of dental procedures.

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How Dental Insurance Works

If  you have dental insurance then you probably do not fully understand how it works. Don't worry you are not alone. First of all every dental insurance company has it's own set of rules. 

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Teeth Whitening at a glance

Teeth whitening.  Everyone is doing it.  At the mall, with over the counter strips and on cruise ships. You can purchase whitening toothpaste, mouthwash and gum!  I'm not a dentist, I'm a just another teeth whitening fanatic.  There are several types of whitening systems available, I already mentioned whitening strips, these can be purchased at your local drugstore or a stronger version can be had at you dentists office.  I have tried both - the dental office version was better but neither gave me the results I hoped for.  Next I tried the whitening pen.  Paint it on your teeth and let it dry..Voila! Not so much.  The pens are best used for touch up applications after your teeth are already white.  Then there is Zoom or Bightsmile (same company, same procedure, same results) these are the in office, one hour systems you see in the mall and at your dentists office.  You are relegated to a chair with your mouth agape while being doused in blue light.   The results are quick and fairly impressive.  However I was left with extreme sensitivity and the effects seemed to wear off rather fast.  The other new, in office, one hour option - which can only be provided by your dentist it is called Dash - it is similar to Zoom and Brightsmile but there is no need for a light. Turns out (I guess) that the light is not really all that important?? This system is also made by the same company that makes Zoom and Brightsmile and the procedure is the same.  When I had this done, I saw the results immediately and I did have some sensitivity it didn't linger but the results did.  My teeth were gleaming!   The best results came from my first foray into teeth whitening.  I went to the dentist had some custom trays made up and placed the teeth whitening solution in the trays for 1 hour a day - 14 days.  Barely any sensitivity, great results and long lasting.  For touch up I simply wore the tray's for a few days.  Although the in office no light solution is quicker and does provide an easy way to get white teeth, I choose to wear my trays every now and then.  For me it provides the longest lasting, most comfortable and is the easiest solution to maintain. Oh ya - I still use whitening toothpaste and chew whitening gum!

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