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Why the New FDA Food Labels Are a Big Deal for Dentists

This Spring, new FDA Food Labels were announced to the public. While they look the same at first glance, the differences are pretty significant.

The new Nutrition Facts label will include the following.

  • An updated design to highlight “calories” and “servings.”
  • Requirements for serving sizes that more closely reflect the amounts of food that people currently eat.
  • Declaration of grams and a percent daily value (%DV) for “added sugars” to help consumers know how much sugar has been added to the product.
  • “Dual column” labels to indicate both “per serving” and “per package” calorie and nutrition information for certain multi-serving food products that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings.
  • For packages that are ...

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5 Top Apps to Help You Quit Smoking

With today’s technology, there are lots of resources to help you quit smoking. With one of these top quit smoking app, you could hold the key to regaining your health on your smartphone.
 
Smoke-Free

This free app has a 4.5-star rating on the iTunes store. In its description, it states that it has “over 20 different, evidence-based, techniques to help you become – and stay – smoke-free.” It has a clean interface where it shows you things like how much money you’ve saved, how many hours of your life you’ve regained, and things like how your breathing and circulation have improved. Some of the reviews mention how they like the ...

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How to Stop Biting Your Nails for the Sake of Your Teeth

If you have a bad habit of biting your nails, you run the risk of getting an infection on your finger called paronychia. Not many people realize that nail biting is also terrible for your teeth. Your fingernails can be pretty hard, and when you bite through one your teeth and smash together and one could chip. There have even been some cases of gingivitis caused by nail-biting. A good rule of thumb (not thumbnail) is, if it’s not food or an oral hygiene product, don’t put it in your mouth.

If you’re struggling to quit the bad habit of biting your nails, here are a few recommendations that may help.

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Contrary to Popular Belief, Dentists Don’t Use Novocaine

Novocaine was first produced back in 1905 by a German chemist, Alford Einhorn. He didn’t develop it for dental procedures, but rather for amputations. When surgeons preferred a general anesthetic, dental professionals ended up finding novocaine very useful for their procedures. Einhorn didn’t like that his development was being used in a way that was unintended, and he even toured dental schools around the country to advise them not to use it. Today, dentists don’t use novocaine. But it’s not because of Einhorn’s effort to get them to stop.
 
Novocaine is actually the brand name for procaine, which is the name of the anesthetic itself. Before it was synthesized, ...

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Materials Used in Fillings: A Rundown

Choice is good, right? Yes, you get to have the power to make the decision. But you also have to do some research and actually decide. Nowadays, when it comes to dental restorations, there are many different materials used in fillings. Here is a basic rundown of the materials that are most commonly used.

Amalgam (Silver (Fillings)

What is It?

Amalgam is a liquid mercury and metal alloy mixture. It’s a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. It has been used in dental restorations since the 1800’s because of its low cost, ease of application and durability. Amalgam fillings typically last 10-15 years.

Pros

  • Strong – It holds up to the force of chewing ...

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How Does Desensitizing Toothpaste Work?

The active ingredient in most desensitizing toothpaste is potassium nitrate. This chemical compound blocks pain signals that would normally travel from the nerve of the tooth to your brain.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

When teeth erupt, they have a layer of enamel which protects the dentin underneath. If this enamel is worn away, the parts underneath are more exposed and the nerves can now feel things like air and hot or cold foods. How does enamel wear away? Things like acidic foods and beverages, tooth grinding and decay. Once enamel is worn away it’s gone forever. There is no growing it back. There’s a chance your sensitive teeth could be a symptom ...

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An Oral Health Problem Could Be Causing Your Tension Headaches

More than half of the population suffers from occasional tension headaches. This means that a tension headache may appear less than 15 days per month. They can be described as mild to moderate, and a bit of rest and a pain reliever usually does the trick to treat these minor nuisances.
 
But for some people, tension headaches become more than just a nuisance. About 3% of the population suffers from chronic daily tension-type headaches. These are pains that appear every day and for up to 90 days in a row and will have a negative effect on their day to day activities. Chronic tension headaches can be so bad ...

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A Guide to Dental Professions

Dentistry is just one branch of medicine, but even on its own, it is a robust field. Everyone who has had a dental check-up is familiar with the job of a dentist, dental assistants, and hygienists. But all of these positions become even more specialized. Here is a list of descriptions of the different dental professions, and why you might need to set up an appointment with or be referred to one.

Dental Hygienist

A licensed dental professional who is registered with a dental association. When you set up your dental cleaning twice a year, it is a dental hygienist that takes care of you. In our office, we have two registered ...

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What Is a Dental Abscess?

A dental abscess is an infection. When it happens to a tooth, it will be at the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. When your body detects an infection, it sends white blood cells to the area. These white blood cells collect the infected tissue and all of the germs and turn everything into a liquid called pus. The pus builds up and makes the area swollen and painful.

An abscess on your gum is called a periodontal abscess. It is an infection in the space between the gum and your tooth. This occurs next to a living tooth, and is a sign of periodontal disease. ...

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The Symptoms of Dry Socket and How to Prevent It

A dry socket occurs when the blood clot has fallen out of your tooth socket after an extraction. The symptoms of a dry socket are not fun—they can be more painful than the extraction itself.
 
After you have a tooth extracted, there will be bleeding. A blood clot will form where your tooth once was. It sounds pretty gross, but that blood clot is the first step in your gums healing. If the blood clot isn’t there, the nerves in your jaw will be exposed. It is just as bad as it sounds. Anything, even air, can feel extremely painful on an exposed nerve.

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