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Replacing Dental Fillings

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Why Does My Filling Need Replacing?

There are many different kinds of dental filling material and each has a different life span. Fillings can be made of gold, amalgam (silver) or composite (tooth colored) materials. A filling doesn't need to be elicting pain to necessitate replacement. In fact, the goal is to replace the filling before it gets to the point of being symptomatic.

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How Fresh is Your Breath?

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Bad breath or HALITOSIS is a common and serious issue that almost everyone worries about which causes personal embarassment and impacts social interactions. "Breath" can tell a lot about your health ranging from simply bad breath from foods such as onion and garlic to a warning of a more serious underlying condition. Bad breath is caused by Volatile Sulfur Compounds. They are released with the breakdown of food particles, which accumulate in the crevices of the hard and soft tissue of the mouth and primarily the back of the tongue. Tongue cleaning and the elimination of odor begin with a tongue scraper, which is designed to mechanically remove bacteria from deep pockets in the tongue where the toothbrush cannot reach. Proper tongue cleaning is the first order of defense, followed by brushing and flossing along with rinsing with a dentist prescribed mouthwash that has active ingredients such as zinc and sulfur neutralizing compounds.

Dry mouth, diets, medications, tobacco, and poor oral hygiene are additional causes for bad breath. Persistent bad breath may signal more serious conditions such as gum disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, acid reflux, liver and kidney aliments or oral pharyngeal cancer and should be addressed. If bad breath concerns you or a family member, call us to identify the cause and develop a plan to eliminate it. Bad breath can be uncomfortable for you and those around you and unhealthy too!

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Oral DNA Test Can Save Your Life

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A routine dental visit can provide more than "just a cleaning" with a life saving saliva test that can provide critical information about your entire body!

Just like urine and blood samples are used to detect disease and illness, a simple 30-second test, called Oral DNA, provided dental chair side (performed by swishing and spitting into a funnel attached to a test-tube and sent to a laboratory) could ultimately reduce the risk of oral disease as well as other bodily illnesses. 

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Benefits of Dental Sealants

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Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew (called molars). Molars are rough, uneven and a favorite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.

Still, there’s another safety net to help keep those teeth clean. It’s called a sealant, and it is a thin, protective coating (made from plastic or other dental materials) that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. They’re no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity.

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Say Ahh to Massage!

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From the moment you enter, the aromatherapy of fresh lavender fills the senses, calming music entices the ears, and the welcoming, nurturing enviornment transforms the dreaded dental experience to one of calming pleasure as I am offered massage. Am I at the dental office? Yes, Oh Yes! Today, like no other, our lives consist of running from one destination to the next whether it is picking up the kids on time, running to the soccer game from work or being stuck in traffic for an hour, our life can be full of anxiety....the American way. This lifestyle, leads to body aches, headaches, tooth grinding and general tensesness that leads to poor overall health.

We offer massage at Health Inspired Dentistry because patients experience comfort and relaxation before their dental treatment as well as an overall benefit for full body health. Massage provides a sense of well being, reduces heart rate, strengthens the immune system, reduces fatigue, increases energy, and can even be effective in weight loss! Our focus is to make patients comfortable and provide quality dentistry. The relaxed dental patient is the best dental patient. Massage therapy is really a fun way to practice dentistry; not only are we improving our patients lifestyles, but our patients are coming more often and improving their oral health too!

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