The Importance of a Cleaning

The dental term for a cleaning is a prophylaxis. The definition of prophylaxis is: measures designed to preserve your overall health and prevent the spread of disease beginning in your mouth. Nearly 50% of Americans (approximately 65 MILLION people) have signs of gum...

Medications that can have dental implications

1. Bisphosphonates – a class of osteoporosis medications – such as Boniva, Actonel and Fosamax – in a small percentage of cases, there may be a development of osteonecrosis of the jaw. ONJ – where the jaw bone does not heal especially after an extraction. More common...

Orthodontics

It is the study and treatment of malocclusions (improper bites) which may be caused by disproportionate jaw relationships, tooth irregularities or both. Treatment is most typical in adolescents usually after all of the baby teeth are lost. Usually 12-14 years of age....

Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally occurring element present in all water sources, even the oceans. Fluoride is often called nature’s cavity fighter and for good reason. It makes the outer surface (enamel) harder and more resistant to decay. Fluoride protects all ages against...

The Oral Connection to Influenza and Pneumonia

Could your oral health contribute to you contracting Influenza or Pneumonia? Overall health begins with your mouth. Several recent studies provide evidence that the oral cavity may influence the initiation and/or the progression of lung diseases such as pneumonia and...