5 Reasons to use digital impressions

5 reasons to use digital impressionsMembers of the dental team tell us why dentists ought to consider going digital.

The patients love them. Many labs prefer them. They are easier for clinicians and staff to take. Digital impressions have multiple benefits for a practice. Here are five reasons clinicians should give them a look:

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How technology is REALLY changing the dental workflow

How technology is REALLY changing the dental workflowFrom the operatory to patient care to oral surgery, here's how digital solutions have impacted every part of the dental practice.

Dr. Jason Watts, DMD, just bought a new car. Not long ago when you bought a car, GPS was optional. Today, it comes standard. In fact, his new car came with Google Chrome. As a young general dentist practicing in Coral Coral, Florida, his car’s features serve as metaphor for technology in the dental practice: technology isn’t an option for today’s dentist; it’s the standard.

Molecule in human saliva has potential for wound healing

Molecule in human saliva has potential for wound healingA study published online in The FASEB Journal delves into the mystifying fact that wounds in your mouth heal faster and more efficiently than wounds elsewhere. Until now, it was understood that saliva played a part in the wound healing process, though the extent of its role was unknown. The study examined the effects of salivary peptide histatin-1 on angiogenesis (blood vessel formation), which is critical to the efficiency of wound healing. Researchers found that histatin-1 promotes angiogenesis, as well as cell adhesion and migration.

Are there natural ways to prevent cavities?

Are there natural ways to prevent cavities?Cavities are small holes in the teeth caused by decay. Several home remedies can prevent this decay or stop it before it forms a cavity.

A buildup of food and bacteria form a film on the teeth. The term for this is plaque. If plaque is not removed, it will cause tooth decay.

Streptococcus mutans is a type of bacteria known to play a role in this decay.

Plaque builds up more easily in places such as:

What foods can I eat after wisdom tooth extraction?

What foods can I eat after wisdom tooth extraction?After wisdom tooth removal, the best diet will include liquids and soft foods because they require no chewing. Avoid firm foods.

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to emerge. They typically appear in people between the ages of 15 and 25 years old.

Wisdom teeth often only partially emerge from the gums or emerge at crooked angles. When this happens, they are considered impacted teeth.

A wisdom tooth becoming impacted can lead to decay, infection, and inflammation of the surrounding soft tissue. The medical term for this inflammation is pericoronitis.

Drug and Dental plans in Ontario 2018 budget

Drug and Dental plans in Ontario 2018 budgetThe Ontario government is promising a new drug and dental program aimed at closing the gap for people in the province who don’t have benefits, as Premier Kathleen Wynne aims to woo voters in the province.

The new spending announcement was outlined in Wednesday’s provincial budget, which contained several promises ahead of a provincial election just weeks away and with Wynne facing the lowest approval ratings of any sitting premier in the country.

Four causes of an orange tongue

Four causes of an orange tongueLooking in a mirror and seeing that the tongue has changed from pink or reddish to orange may be alarming.

Fortunately, an orange tongue is usually caused by something a person has eaten, such as an orange popsicle, gelatin, hard candy, or another type of food containing artificial coloring.

However, if a person has not recently eaten one of these foods, an orange tongue can indicate an underlying medical condition.

The following conditions and factors may turn the tongue orange:

1. Poor oral hygiene
If a person does not regularly brush their teeth and tongue, food and other debris can build up.

Ontario NDP promises pharmacare, dental benefits for all

Ontario NDP promises pharmacare, dental benefits for all

TORONTO -- Ontario's New Democrat leader unveiled parts of her platform at a campaign event on Saturday, saying the party would deprivatize Hydro One and offer universal pharma and dental care for all Ontarians if elected.

Andrea Horwath said the party would also focus on lowering wait times health-care services, raise taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Ontarians and convert student loans to grants.

The five policy points were part of a preview of the party's full campaign platform, which Horwath said would be delivered in the coming weeks.

How long will pain last after root canal?

How long will pain last after root canal?Most people associate having a root canal with a lot of pain and discomfort. However, while most people can expect some discomfort during and after a root canal procedure, excessive pain is not normal.

Modern technology and the use of anesthetics make this procedure quick, safe, typically pain-free, and an excellent way to help save the natural tooth.

However, to avoid needing root canal treatment, anyone who has a toothache should see a dentist promptly to prevent any infection from getting worse, forming an abscess, or spreading throughout the tooth root system.

Fast facts on pain after a root canal: