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What are the early signs of oral cancer?

Oral cancer can start in any part of the mouth including the outside of the lips. The earliest signs of oral cancer can be mistaken for anything from a cold sore to a toothache so it’s important that if symptoms persist for longer than 7-10 days, you make an appointment…

FDA Releases Final Ruling on Triclosan

On September 2nd the FDA released a final ruling on the use of triclosan and 18 other commonly used active ingredients in many antibacterial hand soaps. Manufacturers will no longer be able to market these products in the United States. Long term safety concerns including bacterial resistance and hormone disruption…

Treating cold sores in the dental office

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With summer weather starting to heat up, those suffering from cold sores (herpatic lesions) around the lips may notice more outbreaks due to increased exposure to UV light. Did you know that at SoundBridge Center for Dental Arts, your cold sores can be treated with the use of a diode…

Smile Safety- The importance of a custom made athletic mouthguard

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While helmets, goggles and knee pads protect our bodies, it’s also important to protect our teeth. An athletic mouthguard is an easy, reliable way to safeguard our teeth during sports and play. Mouthguards are especially crucial during contact sports such as football, hockey or boxing, where blows to the body…

Homecare tips for your oral health

Homecare recommendations for oral health As a hygienist at SoundBridge Dental Arts, I get asked multiple times a day what I recommend for homecare to maintain optimal oral health. For the most part, I give the same old tried and true answer which includes brushing twice daily for 2 minutes and…

The Role of Dry Mouth in Increased Decay Rates

Saliva offers a buffer to protect teeth from acidic attack by our diet and plaque bacteria. It also acts as a reservoir for calcium and phosphate ions which help to remineralize tooth structures more susceptible to decay. When an individual suffers from dry mouth (xerostomia) this buffer is gone. As…

Caring for your dental implant

Dental implant Today many teeth with poor prognosis are extracted and replaced with dental implants. It has become the treatment of choice for replacement of a single tooth, multiple teeth or even serve as attachment for an entire arch when used in combination with a prosthesis (denture). While an asset…

Toothpastes containing polyethylene (plastic microbeads)

In recent months there have been reports regarding an additive in many common toothpastes and it’s not fluoride garnering the attention. It’s plastic. Polyethylene to be specific. The very same polyethylene used in containers, packaging and plastic grocery bags.  These plastic microbeads not only do not break down in the mouth,…

Lifestyle Health and Wellness- Focusing on Obesity

In the first year of the Master’s degree program, there are 5 separate, 8-week long courses. So far, we have studied Theory and Behavioral change as it relates to lifestyle medicine. This course looked into one’s behavior that leads to certain lifestyles (healthy or unhealthy), how to change behavior if…
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