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Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Dental Appointments

Prescribing antibiotics prior to dental procedures used to be commonplace for a multitude of health conditions. However, this may not be necessary anymore. Before taking a trip to the pharmacy, have a discussion with your Dentist or Primary Care Physician. Everyone has beneficial and harmful bacteria in the mouth. Chewing, brushing, and flossing allow these […]

The Connection Between Diet and Tooth Decay

Unfortunately, many foods and beverages that we consume every day can have negative effects on the enamel that protects our teeth. This damage can eventually lead to tooth erosion and decay. Even foods that seem harmless may contain sugars and acids that damage tooth enamel. On the pH scale, 1.0 is very acidic (battery acid […]

Electric Toothbrush vs. Manual

According to the American Dental Association, if used correctly, both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at removing harmful plaque that may lead to tooth decay and gum disease. However, many studies showed that electric toothbrushes decrease the amount of plaque buildup when compared to a manual toothbrush. In fact, one study showed that plaque […]

Flossing

“My gums bleed when I floss, so it stops me from doing it.” “I’m using an electric toothbrush that does a great job, so I don’t need to floss.” “I don’t have time to floss.” “Do I really need to clean in between my teeth?” These are just a few of the many questions and […]

The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

What kind of toothpaste should I use?  It’s a common question I’m asked several times a day by many of my patients.  With a million different products out there, the dental aisle can be a very confusing and intimidating place.  New trends without any evidence-based research can also lead people to products that may not […]