Archives for Preventive Dentistry

Don’t Let Halloween Treats Give You a Jackolantern Smile!

Don’t Let Halloween Treats Give You a Jackolantern Smile! October 10, 2018 The temperatures are dropping, and Halloween is just around the corner.  Fall is everyone’s favorite season, filled with football, cute scarves, and lots and lots of candy.  Don’t let your daily Pumpkin Spice Latte and all that Halloween candy give you cavities! This blog will give you some tips to avoid the bad report from your dentist after Halloween is over. Indulge Only in Moderation We don’t want to ruin all of your fun.  You certainly can enjoy a PSL every once in a while with no ill
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What Exactly is Preventive Dentistry?

What Exactly is Preventive Dentistry? August 8, 2018 There are many different categories within the realm of dental treatment.  In our opinion, the most important category is PREVENTIVE dentistry. At Prosper Family Dentistry, we are committed to practicing conservative and preventive dentistry.  We believe those two go hand in hand.  In order to be as conservative as possible, we need to help each and every patient prevent dental problems.  Big dental problems require extensive dental treatment.  By being preventive, we either intercept developing dental problems early or completely prevent them from happening! Why is Preventive Dentistry So Important? It Saves
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SDF: A New Way to Treat Cavities

  SDF: A New Way to Treat Cavities January 10, 2018  How Prosper Family Dentistry is Treating Cavities Without Drilling An exciting dental material has been in the news recently.  You may have seen it in a 2016 New York Times article. It was also featured just last week in a PBS Newshour special. The material is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), and the reason it is exciting is because it has the potential to stop cavities.  That’s right:  stop them. How Cavities Work Cavities, a.k.a. tooth decay, are caused by the acidic by-product of the bacteria in our mouths.  The
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Morning Sickness

Is Morning Sickness Ruining Your Teeth? September 26, 2017 What is Morning Sickness? Morning sickness is a commonly used term to describe the nausea and vomiting that affects many women during pregnancy.  It’s a bit of a misnomer, as most women who experience this phenomenon say it actually happens throughout the entire day and not just in the mornings.  Morning sickness affects between 70-85 percent of pregnant women!  While most women experience morning sickness in the first 16-20 weeks of pregnancy, some of the unlucky ones have symptoms throughout the entire pregnancy. Morning sickness affects a person’s ability to work,
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Do I Really Grind My Teeth?

Do I Really Grind My Teeth? May 24, 2017 Some of our patients are surprised when we inform them that we see evidence in their mouths of teeth grinding, or bruxism.  Many people have no idea that they are grinding their teeth.  And what happens very frequently is they come back in six months and say, “You know . . . I think I might be grinding my teeth.  Ever since you told me that six months ago, I’ve been noticing {insert symptom here}.” Signs vs. Symptoms In order to explain this phenomenon of a dentist telling the patient about
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Sealants!

  Sealants! November 2, 2016 What are sealants? Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. How does a sealant help prevent decay? Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the pits and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by filling in the grooves to prevent any accumulation of bacteria, plaque or food,
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Product Highlight: Xylitol

Product Highlight: Xylitol September 13, 2016 What is xylitol? Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants. Xylitol is not an artificial substance, but a normal part of everyday metabolism and widely distributed throughout nature in small amounts. It does not break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth. It also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth, increases saliva flow, and is shown to stimulate remineralization of teeth. Research studies have shown a linear reduction in the levels of Streptococcus mutans (the bacteria that causes cavities) in plaque
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Product Highlight: Periosciences AO Pro Gel

Product Highlight: Perioscieces AO Pro Gel May 3, 2016 Why are antioxidants important? There is a lot of hype about antioxidants these days, and most of you know that antioxidants are good for your overall health. Antioxidants are large molecules that pair with and inactivate free radicals.  In a normal, healthy body, there is a balance between antioxidants and free radicals.  When that balance is disturbed, the body has too many free radicals and can go into a state known as oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress is thought to be involved in various diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart attacks, chronic
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pH: A surprising cause of cavities

pH: A Surprisingly Common Cause of Cavities March 29, 2016 How does the pH of your mouth affect your risk for cavities? Most people know and understand that a diet high in sugar can be detrimental to their oral health. What a lot of people are unaware of is the dangerous effects of acid to tooth structure.  In recent years, we have seen an increase in cavities among adults with good oral hygiene and diets low in sugar.  How does this happen?  It’s all about the pH! Tooth decay starts with a process called demineralization, which is the softening of enamel
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