Food Allergies May Warrant A Visit To Your Dentist

If you have developed unusual oral symptoms unrelated to medical conditions or poor dental hygiene, you may have food allergies, and should see your dentist.

While some of the most common symptoms of food allergies are rash, hives, itching, and wheezing, they may also be responsible for abnormalities of teeth, gums, lips, and the lining of your cheeks.
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Do You Drive for a Living? Dismissing Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Have Serious Consequences


More than 25 million people in the United States experience sleep apnea, a condition that many don’t take seriously. While some people don’t consider it a serious illness, a new study is showing it can have deadly consequences on the roadways.

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Implant Dentures Can Transform Your Life

Implant dentures are a type of over-denture attached to and supported by implants.  They are used when a dental patient does not have teeth in his or her jaw, but does have enough jaw bone to support the implants. This type of denture stays secure by means of special attachments that snap directly onto implant attachments. The results can be life transforming.

The implant is created by means of a titanium replacement tooth root, an abutment that connects the root to the replacement tooth, and the replacement tooth that sits above the gum line. 

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Dental Sealants an Important Part of Preventative Dentistry

Sometimes the space between teeth is so narrow that it’s impossible to get the bristles of a toothbrush between them. It can also be difficult to keep the grooves and pits of the back teeth clean. Over time, plaque can accumulate in these spaces, leading to tooth decay and cavities. Dr. Raymond Sheridan recommends dental sealants to prevent this from happening. A dental sealant is a preventative dentistry procedure where Dr. Sheridan applies a coating on the back teeth to keep plaque and bacteria from damaging them. Receiving a dental sealant is a simple and painless procedure.

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TMJ: What is it, symptoms, causes and treatments

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What is TMJ? “Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called “TMJ,” are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement,” an article on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states.

What are the symptoms of TMJ? According to the Mayo Clinic, there are six symptoms that signal TMJ issues. These are:

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What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Fluoride

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You want your teeth to last a lifetime, and one substance that helps your teeth is fluoride. Fluoride strengthens teeth enamel and helps to prevent tooth decay. It’s available from several sources including toothpaste and drinking water. By using fluoride at home and having fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office, you get stronger and healthier teeth.

 

What is Fluoride?

 

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in soil, water, food and the earth’s crust. By eating foods with fluoride or drinking fluoridated water, the outer surface of your teeth (called the enamel) absorbs the fluoride. The most important facts about fluoride are that it makes the teeth stronger, and rebuilds weakened enamel. Fluoride also makes the teeth more resistant to the acids that lead to cavities. Fluoride can even reverse the early signs of tooth decay, reports the American Dental Association.

 

How Do I Get Fluoride?

 

Many people get fluoride from the public water supply. Just by drinking tap water, you get fluoride for your teeth. Most toothpastes also contain fluoride, and many mouth washes also have fluoride. You can also get a fluoride treatment in your dentist’s office. The dentist or dental hygienist applies a fluoride gel or foam to your teeth, and leave it on for a few minutes. This treatment usually occurs when you get your teeth cleaned.

 

Is Fluoride Safe?

 

Many respected organizations support the use of fluoride in dental care. The American Dental Association, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization all have decades of research that prove that fluoride is safe for both children and adults. In fact, the American Dental Association reports that fluoridated water helps to prevent more than 25% of all cavities.

 

People do benefit from fluoride. It’s an effective way to prevent tooth decay and strengthen the enamel. For more information about taking care of your teeth, call our office for an appointment.