Be ‘Best Buds’ with Taste Buds

Here’s a riddle: Name someone or something who will never leave you, is right there hanging on every word you say, and who knows your taste 100 percent. Give up? It sounds like your best bud, right? Well if that’s your answer you’re close: It’s your taste buds!

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How to Winterize Oral Health Routine

With fall here on an ever-so-brief stopover on our way to winter, even here in San Diego temperatures are dropping a bit - and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to winterize your oral health routine. Here’s how:

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Get Teeth Ready for Winter!

Sure, winter in Southern California isn’t exactly unbearable, but despite the mild temperatures here, the changing seasons can still affect our teeth, especially if they are sensitive to hot and cold. Couple that with ski vacations and pumpkin spice lattes making their triumphant return to coffee shop menus everywhere, and sensitive teeth don’t stand a chance. This fall and winter, don’t let sensitive teeth stand in the way of enjoying all the season has to offer. Try these ideas for protecting your sensitive teeth.

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Treating Sleep Apnea at the Dentist’s Office

Have you been told you snore or even stop breathing while you sleep? Have you been diagnosed with or told you might have sleep apnea? If any of these sound like you or someone you love, getting a diagnosis and/or treatment for sleep apnea could be the difference between life and death. But if you’ve been putting off treatment because you don’t want to go through the hassle of a sleep study, there’s no need to put it off - it’s as easy as going to the dentist.

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Why Is Saliva Important?

Saliva. It’s not really a pleasant topic - in fact, it can be kind of gross. But very few people know much about it or why our bodies create it. So, what is saliva? Why do we get it? What is its purpose? Here’s everything you ever wanted to know (and maybe some stuff you didn’t) about saliva.

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Is This Nanoparticle the Future of Oral Health?

Play-doh. Microwaves. Penicillin - and now ferumoxytol. What do these four things have in common? Well, with the exception of the latter (for now), they’re all household names. But they also all hold the distinct honor of being products with uses that were discovered entirely by accident.

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Is It Possible to Over-Whiten Teeth?

We all want a whiter, brighter smile, and thanks to a multitude of products on the market, it’s now easier and more affordable than ever. But how much is too much when it comes to a white, healthy smile? Is it possible for teeth to be "too white," and are all those over-the-counter whitening products really safe?

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Healthy Halloween

What’s not to love about Halloween? Money spent on a costume that gets worn one time. Walking around your neighborhood past bedtime on a school night. Excessive amounts of candy that will likely cause its fair share of battles – and cavities. Sure, that’s a pretty sardonic look at one of childhood’s most beloved traditions, but the truth is, for some families, Halloween can be a real nightmare! This year, don’t let the Halloween battles of years past put a damper on your fun. Here are some practical tips that will make getting your kids to loosen their grip on Halloween treats as easy as taking candy from a baby.

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What Is a Molar Root Canal?

There are very few dental procedures that inspire as much fear as a root canal. A root canal is a procedure that removes dead or dying tissue and bacteria from the inside of a tooth. This happens when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected following an injury or severe untreated cavity.

The root canal procedure itself is somewhat complicated, but it's routine enough that most dentists perform them frequently. To do this, a dentist or endodontist must first numb the tooth. Then, they must drill into the tooth and, using a small tool, remove the infected tooth pulp. The remaining structure of the tooth is then irrigated and treated with an antimicrobial treatment. The tooth is then dried and filled with a substance called gutta percha. The dentist may next place a temporary crown on the tooth, to be replaced by a permanent crown within several weeks.

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Don’t Forget These Back-to-School Supplies This Fall

You’ve bought the new backpacks, replaced last year’s paper and pencils, and you’ve even taken care of the back-to-school haircuts. But if it still feels like you’re forgetting something important, when was the last time you checked up on your child’s oral health? Here are some oral health updates that you should consider before sending your children back to school this year.

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Now Is the Time for a Smile Makeover

With children of all ages heading back to school, some parents are no doubt breathing a collective sigh of relief, while some are trying to be brave and not cry as they bid farewell to their kids in this new chapter in their lives. But whether your child is heading off to school for the first time or leaving the nest for good, now is the perfect time to focus on someone who probably hasn’t gotten a lot of attention lately: you.

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How to Help Kids Ace Their Dental Exams This Back-to-School Season

When most kids think of summer vacation, they think of staying up late, sleeping in and endless hours of outdoor play. What they probably aren’t thinking much about - but you should be thinking about - are exams. No, not math tests and chemistry finals, but dental exams! The end of summer is a great time to schedule your child’s annual or semi-annual dental exam and cleaning. In fact, a recent study by Delta Dental found that 31 percent of school-aged children have missed at least one full day of school to deal with a dental problem.

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What Is the ADA Patient’s Bill of Rights?

Whether you’re starting at a new dentist (welcome!) or a longtime patient, it's vitally important as a patient that you know your rights. That’s why organizations like the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and, yes, even the American Dental Association have their own "Patient’s Bill of Rights" to show patients what they can – and should – expect when being treated by a clinician.

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Does ‘Oil Pulling’ Really Work?

A question we hear a lot around here is, "Should I be oil pulling?" Well, the answer to that may come as a surprise to some.

Before we get into the good and bad of oil pulling, let's discuss what exactly it is. Oil pulling is an ancient ayurvedic practice that has been done for centuries to draw toxins from the body. Recently, it has become popular in mainstream culture as a way to whiten teeth and clean the mouth. The idea is you put coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes a day, and voila - instantly whiter smile! But does it work?

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The Truth About Chewing Gum

According to Wikipedia, chewing gum has been around in some form since the Neolithic Period. In fact, a 6000-year-old piece of birch bark tar that was used as chewing gum was recently found in Kierikki, Finland in 2007, proving that chewing gum- or something like it- has been a favorite pastime for centuries.
But today, despite its popularity there’s still a whole lot of misinformation out there about gum. In honor of summer winding down and school starting up in the coming weeks, here are some fast facts about this fascinating product that’s almost as well-known for its dislike by teachers as it is for anything else!

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Sleep Apnea May Have Contributed to The Death of This Pop Culture Icon

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has released what they believe to be the cause of Carrie Fisher’s death: "sleep apnea and a combination of other factors."  Known best for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise, Fisher died on December 23, 2016, four days after experiencing a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She was 60 years old.

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The Hidden Dangers of Oral Piercings

It’s not exactly new information that oral piercings can be bad for your oral health, but a new study from the University Center for Dentistry at the University of Basel in Switzerland has just revealed that oral piercings may be more dangerous than oral health professionals initially thought.
What we did know about oral piercings is that in addition to the piercing itself leaving the mouth vulnerable to bacterial infection, the jewelry itself can often cause damage to the teeth in the form of cracked and chipped teeth, or even temporary or permanent speech impediments if worn for too long.

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Today’s Gum Treatments Are More Comfortable Than Ever

If you’ve ever experienced the painful effects of periodontal disease, you probably know that sometimes the treatment can be just as agonizing as the illness itself. Or at least that’s how it used to be, anyway. Today, with the help of laser technologies like the kind used in laser-assisted new attachment procedure (or LANAP), treating periodontal disease doesn’t have to be painful anymore.

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Brush Up on Back-to-School Oral Health

As the summer starts to wind down and our focus starts to shift from beach days to backpacks and binders, it’s also a valuable time to remember our kids’ oral health. Whether you’re sending your student off to college or just starting his journey in kindergarten, incorporating a dental exam into your child’s back-to-school preparation is essential. Here’s your back-to-school oral health checklist.

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The Fluoride Debate

There’s no shortage of controversial topics on the news most evenings, but there’s at least one topic that shouldn’t be as controversial as it seems. It’s the great debate many towns across America are facing these days: to fluoridate or not to fluoridate the water - that, as they say, is the question. So, who’s right: The anti-fluoride activists who claim that fluoridating the water supply can cause everything from low IQ to cancer, or the medical community who say fluoridating the water helps reduce dental caries (cavities)? Decide for yourself.

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