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The Latest Technology in Oropharyngeal Cancer Screening!

Within the last 30 years, oral and oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancer has increased by 700%.  Why is this the case? According to the National Cancer Institute, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) prevalence is responsible for 70% of orophayngeal cancer cases.  While many are aware of the cancer risks associated with smoking…

CariFree Products: A Significant Breakthrough in Cavity Control Products

Our oral environment, as the rest of our body, thrives in a state of homeostatis, or balance. When an imbalance in our oral environment occurs, as risk factors for disease increase, and healthy protective factors decrease, caries (cavities) occur.  Dental caries are a communicable disease, and preventing caries requires not…

Xylitol: how is a sugar beneficial to our dental health?

Xylitol is a naturally derived sugar alcohol, found in many fruits, vegetables, hardwoods, and even in the human body. Because it has a structure similar to sugar (crystalline and granular), the same level of sweetness as sugar, and no unpleasant aftertaste, it is commonly used as a sugar substitute. The…

What mouthrinse do you recommend?

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As a hygienist, one of the most frequently asked questions I hear is “What mouthrinse do you recommend?” Like anything, there are a few things to consider. If you have a high decay rate, a fluoride mouthrinse such as ACT or a prescription strength fluoride paste will likely be the…

Temperature Sensitivity

As a hygienist, one of the most common complaints I hear from patients on a daily basis is that they experience either widespread or localized cold sensitivity. It may be transient in nature or happen regularly. There are a number of common factors in cold sensitivity and it’s generally a…

The Basics of Tooth Whitening

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The Basics of Tooth Whitening As a hygienist at SoundBridge, I get asked about whitening teeth probably more than any other topic. How does it work? Is it safe? What causes the discoloration in the first place? The list goes on and on… First, a little anatomy lesson. Teeth are…

Proliferative Verrucous Leukoplakia

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In recent months Dr. Bloomquist has referred a handful of patients for biopsy of lesions consistent with the clinical presentation of proliferative verrucous leukoplakia (PVL). In these cases early identification is key to protecting patients overall health. It is our hope that if you should see any of the following…
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