No shots, no drilling, what is laser dentistry ?

Did you know it is possible to go to the dentist and not have to get shots or drilled on? Well you can and it’s called laser dentistry. Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1994 to treat a number of dental problems. Laser dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. If you consider …

Oral bacterium possibly associated with systemic disease in children

A systemic disease is one that affects a number of organs and tissues, or affects the body as a whole. Prevalence of a recently discovered serotype of oral bacteria was found with a possible link to a number of systemic diseases. This was found in a set of African American children in Southwest Alabama. This research was presented as part …

Anxiety Disorders and Bruxism – How Bitting Your Nails Can Lead to Teeth Grinding

Anxiety disorders can now be connected to teeth grinding also known as bruxism. Bruxism is the correct name for teeth grinding. Teeth grinding can cause tooth wear, fractures, and jaw pain. Most well-known anxiety disorders are panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Many with anxiety disorders tend to bite their nails ” According to the research, …

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Toothbrush contamination in communal bathrooms

The idea of a presence of fecal matter just can make any person want to change their toothbrush daily. However, according toLauren Aber, MHS (Graduate Student, Quinnipiac University)”when a toothbrush is contaminated with fecal matter from someone else, which contains bacteria, viruses or parasites that are not part of your normal flora.” Potential microorganisms that can be introduced are enteric …

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Missing teeth can help indicate chronic diseases

Most individuals do not think of much when they have missing teeth. Just means they are getting old and will one-day need dentures. However, according to researcher John Liljestrand missing teeth can be additional help general medical practitioners in indicating risk factors for chronic diseases. The National FINRISK 1997 Study is a Finnish population-based survey of 8,446 subjects, aged 25 …

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Mouth bacteria possible cause for oral cancer

Imagine being able to have early detection on possible oral cancer. According to the case study done by Case Western Reserve University shows how this can quite possibly happen. There are chemicals that are released from two bacteria that cause gum disease which can incite growth of deadly lesions and tumors which can trigger oral cancer. Individuals with high levels …

Website Relaunch

It’s an exciting time here at Progressive Dental. We have just re-launched our site http://www.progressivedental-ellenlimdds.com/. It boast a faster, sleeker design with still great features such as online patient forms, a way to book appointments online and gain information about dental procedures and problems. What we are also doing is also asking you, our views , for any feedback about …

Making Dentist Trips Easier For Children With Autism

Both parents and dentist can relate to the difficult interaction that happens with children who have autism. It is not because these children purposely cause issue it is due to the symptoms they have and what they are sensitive to. These children have heightened responses to sensory input, which this makes these sensations uncomfortable. When looking at it from the …

Natural sweetener xylitol in preventing tooth decay still unproven

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is promoted globally. This natural sweetener can be found in sugar free chewing gum, toothpaste, gels, lozenges, and sweets (Manchester, 2015). This natural sweetener is known to cause less damage to teeth than sugar, also suggest may help prevent tooth decay… or can it? According to the Cochrane library there is little evidence to …

Study in a spray Anesthetic Application Could Replace Needle

Most individuals hate going to the dentist because of the idea of drilling or having a needle injected to their gums. The most common reason people skip out on dental visits is dental anxiety. That is why the study of different types of anesthetic applications as well as the general topic of sedation dentistry has become popular in the last five …