What to do to keep gums healthy

keep gums healthyPracticing good oral hygiene is the most important action that a person can take to prevent and treat gum disease. Most people tend to overlook their gums when it comes to oral health and focus on getting a bright, white smile instead. However, healthy teeth require healthy gums. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, a person can take many steps to prevent and even reverse gum disease. These include:

The state of technology in dentistry

The state of technology in dentistryChange is key to progress in any industry, and the evolution of technology in dentistry is definitely something to keep an eye on.

As the old expression goes, the only constant is change. As I type this, the days are getting longer and the holiday season is receding into life’s rearview mirror. Such is the way things go.

Effects of early preventive dental care in Medicaid-enrolled children: Greater costs

Effects of early preventive dental care in Medicaid-enrolled children: Greater costsResearch out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health suggests preventive dental care provided by a dentist for children before the age of 2 enrolled in Medicaid in Alabama may lead to more care long-term. Early preventive dental care was associated with more frequent subsequent treatment for tooth decay, more visits and more spending on dental care, compared with no early preventive dental care for children, according to a study.

New dental materials developed, with bioactive glass doped with fluoride, to stop degradation of demineralized dentin and evoke remineralization

New dental materials developed, with bioactive glass doped with fluoride, to stop degradation of demineralized dentin and evoke remineralization

Salvatore Sauro, Professor of dental biomaterials and minimally invasive dentistry at CEU Cardenal Herrera University, in Spain, has collaborated with several researchers from Finland, Brazil, Belgium, Germany and the UK on the development of innovative dental biomaterials for the regeneration of dental hard tissues.

Scientists develop material that could regenerate dental enamel

Scientists develop material that could regenerate dental enamelResearchers at Queen Mary University of London have developed a new way to grow mineralised materials which could regenerate hard tissues such as dental enamel and bone.

Enamel, located on the outer part of our teeth, is the hardest tissue in the body and enables our teeth to function for a large part of our lifetime despite biting forces, exposure to acidic foods and drinks and extreme temperatures. This remarkable performance results from its highly organised structure.

Effective school-based cavity prevention program

Effective school-based cavity prevention program

Both programs compared prevented cavities, but one combining techniques linked with less decay

School-based prevention programs can substantially reduce children's cavities -- but what type of treatment should be delivered in schools to best prevent tooth decay?

A new study by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry, published in the journal BMC Oral Health, suggests that cavity prevention programs with a combination of prevention strategies may be more effective than one alone for reducing tooth decay.

How to simplify endodontics with technology

How to simplify endodontics with technology Having the right technologies and tools in your arsenal can greatly streamline endo treatment.

Back when I was learning to do endo (of course this is when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and dirt had just started to form) there were not a lot of choices for any part of the procedure. Back then it was basically:

8 new technologies in periodontology

8 new technologies in periodontology

The future of digital dentistry is looking bright thanks to these technologies.

Digital dentistry can be defined as any dental technology or device that incorporates digital or computer-controlled components in contrast to that of mechanical or electrical alone. Several developments have been observed over the past few years that have enabled general dentistry to go to the next level. In this article, we’ll address a few such technologies.

Let’s take a look at some of the new technologies in the field of periodontology.

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Unpacking the differences in intraoral scanning options

Unpacking the differences in intraoral scanning optionsOur experts weigh the pros and cons of popular intraoral scanners.
“Dentists often ask me ‘What’s the best scanner?’” says Dr. Mike DiTolla, Dentsply Sirona, Director of Clinical Affairs. “That’s like saying ‘What’s the best car?’ It depends. Are you going to be thrilled by driving a Tesla or would you be happier having a four-year-old Chevy Suburban because you have to drag the kids around? It’s tough to answer what’s the best because it’s going to be a different answer for every dentist.”

Are digital impressions REALLY the better choice?

Are digital impressions REALLY the better choice?Looking at how intraoral scanners are changing the way dentistry is done—and the possibilities of care.

For years, dental experts have been telling dentists that intraoral scanners were going to be the wave of the future. That future is now here—the scanners are cheaper than ever, more available than ever and easier to use than ever. But are they worth the investment? Are digital impressions really that much better of a choice than traditional impressions? And will they help you practice better dentistry?

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