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The Latest Technology in Oropharyngeal Cancer Screening!

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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 and excessive alcohol use, the […]

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

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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 World Health Organization has given […]

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Fluoride FAQs

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Dental caries, or cavities, remains a significant health problem in the United States today. Tooth decay is the most common health problem in U.S. children, five times more common than asthma, and children with poor oral health are 3 times more likely to miss school as a result of dental pain. Among adults, dental caries […]

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 answer. Your hygienist will point […]

Temperature Sensitivity

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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 pretty easy complaint to address. […]