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Flossing Health Claims Not Proven

do i need to floss everydayYou’ve probably heard a lot of hype in the news lately about flossing.  Certain claims say that flossing is not as important as once thought. In fact, a leading British dentist said there is only “weak evidence” that flossing prevents gum disease and cavities. He added that “more sophisticated trials” are needed.

An Associated Press research study said that evidence in leading journals was weak and unreliable. If you ask your dentist though, he/she will most likely tell you that flossing is still very important.  Some people may not have large enough spaces between their teeth to use an inter-dental brush so flossing is a good alternative.

Read more about flossing claims and studies in the Salisbury Journal.



Becoming an Emergency Dental Practice

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If you have thought about becoming an emergency dental practice, you should know that there are many rewards both financially and emotionally.  But there are also many personal and professional sacrifices. If you are considering it, you will want to have a good idea of what types of issues you may come across so you can prepare.

Pain – Patients looking for an emergency dental service are most often under a significant amount of pain.  They may have an abscessed tooth or even broken or damaged mouth and teeth from an accident of some sort.

Payment – Most people don’t plan on payment for an emergency dental issue, because, of course, it is unexpected. You may often run into patients who won’t be willing or be able to pay.

Extended and Early Hours – If you plan to enter the field of emergency dentistry you know that you will need to offer extended hours as well as early morning hours.  Most emergency practices stay open from 8 am to 9 pm on average.

One time patients – Being an emergency dentist also means that you will get more one time patients. Many of your patients already have a family dentist, but need to be seen after hours so you’ll only see them the one time. You will also see more patients on weekends.

As an emergency dentist you will see certain issues more than others. These include things like denture problems, trauma, tooth fractures, crown and bridge problems and pain diagnosis.  You will need to be proficiently trained in these things.

If you have thought about becoming an emergency dental practice, keep these things in mind and check out the article from The Dental Geek here: The Rewards and Sacrifices of Becoming an Emergency Dental Practice.

Testing Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

toothpaste and toothbrushesEvery morning you wake up and brush your teeth. You use toothpaste and a toothbrush. Have you ever wondered the process that went into getting you that toothpaste and toothbrush?

There are a large selection of dental hygiene products. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths. Bristles that are rounded, pointed, hard and soft.

There are various forms of toothpaste formulas that have been tested on artificial tooth enamels. In an article from the Dental Tribune, they explain the process of testing toothbrushes and toothpastes. Check it out here:

Add Milk To Tea To Avoid Tooth Stains

tooth stainsIf you love to drink coffee or tea, you may have noticed that it tends to stain your teeth. There are many whitening methods out there to help, but a recent study has shown that adding milk to your tea may help to avoid tooth stains.

The study, which appeared in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, states that the way tea is processed is what leads to tooth stains. But the study also showed that milk can lower its power to discolor teeth. It may be because of the casein that is in the milk binding with the tannins in the tea which prevents the teeth from being stained.

The study was done using extracted human teeth. Some of the teeth were placed in a solution of tea while others were placed in tea mixed with milk. The teeth were left for 24 hours and the color of the teeth was recorded before and after. Results of the teeth in the tea mixed with milk showed less stains.

Adding Milk To Tea May Limit Staining|Dentistry Today