How to Prepare Children with Autism for Their First Visit to a Dentist or Specialist

How to Prepare Children with Autism for Their First Visit to a Dentist

Let’s look at how to prepare children with autism for their first visit. As we grow as a society and become more inclusive, more compassionate, health care providers like me are also recognizing the shortcomings of our training. A 2013 study indicated that around 60% of dentists don’t feel prepared to treat patients with additional […]

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Is Your Mouth Putting You at Risk for Developing Heart Disease?

heart disease and gum disease

Every 37 seconds, someone in the United States dies from heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s the leading cause of death for both women and men and across most racial and ethnic groups in the US. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for […]

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Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

You may be surprised to hear what the top-cited reason is for avoiding the dentist. For all the talk about the unpleasantness of even routine cleanings, it turns out there’s something that stirs a greater fear than all the scraping and prodding: the cost. Nearly half of adults ages 35 to 49 surveyed (43.4%, to […]

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Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?

Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt

The question I hear most often, by far, from patients right after I tell them they’re a good candidate for dental implants is: Is it going to hurt? A close second: How bad is the recovery? So, with this blog post, I want to offer some insight into both. (Spoiler alert: It’s not nearly as […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Peeling Gums

Dont Ignore Your Peeling Gums

Are you experiencing peeling gums? This may be a symptom of a larger health issue. Even before we learn how to hold a toothbrush on our own, we begin to understand the importance of keeping our teeth cavity-free. Not to say that’s always enough motivation to want to brush our teeth as often and for […]

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A Handy Guide to What Dental Specialists Do

What Dental Specialists Do

How much do you know about the various types dental specialists? You see the dentist twice a year for a cleaning, a standard exam, and the occasional filling. That much we know. (Or should know.) It starts to get a little confusing when dental specialists enter the frame. For one, how many are there? And, […]

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Are You Better Off With an Electric Toothbrush?

Are You Better Off With an Electric Toothbrush?

Evidence of toothbrushing dates back as far as 3500 BC. And toothpaste goes back even further, to 5000 BC. Sure, there were marked improvements in both along the way, but the act of applying paste to a brush and scrubbing your teeth was pretty straightforward for the last 5,500 years or so. But with the […]

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Brushing and Flossing: It Hurts So Good—But Should It?

Brushing and Flossing Hurts

When brushing and flossing hurts it may be something else. Know that slightly-sore-but-oh-so-satisfying feeling that can follow a good, thorough cleaning at the dentist? Too many of us look to replicate it at home on a daily basis. It’s a practice called over-brushing, and it could lead to some serious problems. About seven out of […]

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Why You Should Avoid Home Whitening Kits

Avoid Home Whitening Kits

Let’s look at home whitening kits and why you should avoid them. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we, as a society, value a good-looking smile. In a recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7 percent agreed that a smile is an important social asset. The flipside of that is that […]

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Meeting the Dental Needs of Transgender and Transitioning People

Meeting the Dental Needs of Transgender and Transitioning People

For the first time, the standard bearers of the dental field are asking themselves if we’re adequately prepared to meet the needs of transgender and transitioning people. The honest answer in most cases is we are not. In fact, as the transgender population blooms—one recent estimate put it at 1.4 million people in the United […]

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