Third molars may have another use after their extraction An article published in the September 2019 Journal for the California Dental Association reported that extracted third molars (wisdom teeth) may be useful for patients in their future because they contain stem cells. These cells are the beginning of all cells that have specialized functions. They […]
October is National Dental Hygiene Month and we want to give a shout out to our excellent team of dental hygienists; Melanie Anderson who has been with us for 31 years, Marie Benson (25 years), Kaylin Cannon (21 years), and Elizabeth Saputo (6 years). Regular comprehensive dental hygiene visits are essential for good oral health […]
For the first time in history, female first year enrollment in U. S. dental schools exceeded male first year enrollment. The ratio was 50.8% female, 49% male, and .2% other or unknown. When Dr. Alyson and I went to dental school our first-year class of 144 students contained only 17 females or 11% female. Great […]
Dry mouth can describe both the feeling of dry mouth (xerostomia) and the physical reduction in the flow of saliva (hyposalivation). Dry mouth can be caused by many things, including medications, disease, radiation illness, aging or even stress. Consistent dry mouth not only can impact your quality of life by making it difficult to swallow […]
In the January 2019 issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, the article entitled “Dietary Influence on Inflammation” reviewed recommendations for what vitamins may be best for us to consume to reduce the likelihood of having inflammation, including periodontal disease which is a very common inflammatory disease. Vitamins A, C, D and E are found in […]
Those cute, colorful and tasty gummy vitamins seem like a good invention but if it’s in a candy form, one wonders if it’s really a good option for consumption. According to an article by a website called healthline, the author states first that vitamins are not necessary for a person to take if he or […]
Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore on the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses and throat. The most common symptoms include: swellings, lumps, rough spots, white or red patches and unexplained bleeding. Other symptoms include pain or tenderness in head or neck, persistent sores lasting over two […]
New research has linked psoriasis with increased periodontal disease. Patients with psoriasis reported more bleeding when brushing their teeth and had significantly worse periodontal health than those without psoriasis. Therefore, psoriasis management should include regular dental check-ups and periodontal maintenance.