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What Is Ozone Dentistry & How Does It Work?

What Is Ozone Dentistry & How Does It Work?

Ozone dentistry is not what most people think of when they hear the word “ozone.” After all, ozone is the particular layer of our atmosphere that protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. But the ozone molecule also has uses in dentistry. According to a review in The Saudi Journal for Dental Research, the ozone…

What Is a Cephalometric X-Ray?

What Is a Cephalometric X-Ray?

A cephalometric X-ray — sometimes called a ceph X-ray — is one type of X-ray that is used for both diagnostic and treatment planning purposes in both dentistry and medicine. When used properly for evaluating patients, X-rays are considered safe and are often necessary to determine the cause of certain issues. The National Institutes of…

How Cleidocranial Dysplasia Affects the Teeth

How Cleidocranial Dysplasia Affects the Teeth

Cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD), also called cleidocranial dysostosis, is an extremely rare inherited condition caused by genetic mutations. A review in the International Journal of Dentistry estimates that it affects only about one in every 1 million people. CCD has a number of distinctive physical features, as well as implications on dental health. Here’s what you…

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

Apparently March is National Nutrition Month! I know- it seems like there’s a month, week or day for almost everything! But it does give me the opportunity to discuss some dentally relevant nutritional information, namely added sugars and sugary drinks. Obviously I’m not qualified to offer nutritional advice, but being a lifelong sugar addict, I…

6 Ways to Make Your Mouth Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day

6 Ways to Make Your Mouth Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day

I am happy to share this post from the ADA’s Mouth Healthy website which explains why bad breath may not be your only concern when kissing this Valentine’s Day. From the “Kiss Me” messages on tiny candy hearts to romantic songs on the radio, a kiss is probably on your list this Valentine’s Day. Before…

The use of Silver Diamine Fluoride in halting tooth decay

The use of Silver Diamine Fluoride in halting tooth decay

Last night I was pleasantly surprised to watch a feature on the PBS News Hour broadcast about the use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) in dentistry. SDF is nothing new to dentistry, having been used for many years in other countries, but is now thankfully making its way into the mainstream of dentistry in the…

The Great American Smoke-Out!

The Great American Smoke-Out!

Smoking is one of the worst habits for a person’s health. According to the American Cancer Society, “36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.” Each year November 16th is set aside as the “Great America Smoke-out” in an attempt…

Charcoal Toothpastes to Clean Teeth?

Charcoal Toothpastes to Clean Teeth?

There are now more than 50 toothpastes available in the U.S. containing charcoal in one form or another offering health and cosmetic benefits not available in other toothpastes. Manufacturers are making claims that these dentifrices can reduce tooth decay, help with tooth remineralization and even improve whitening of teeth. While only 4 of these toothpastes…