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Popcorn and Oral Health: Can It Harm Your Smile?

December 9, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmarini @ 4:23 pm
bowl of popcorn

Popcorn is a tasty treat that’s a favorite of many. Whether you like kettle corn, popcorn balls, special seasonings, or just classic salt and butter, this snack is undoubtedly engrained in our culture. That’s especially true when it comes to a night out at the movies or an evening at home watching a flick on your favorite streaming platform. If you’re a big fan of popcorn, you may be disappointed to hear that it doesn’t always affect your smile in the best ways. Continue reading to learn about the negatives of popcorn and oral health.


Dental Implants and Diabetes: Is It Safe?  

December 1, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmarini @ 6:35 pm
person with diabetes speaking to dentist about dental implants

Dental implants are the tooth replacement option of choice by doctors and patients alike for many reasons. For one, they have a 98% success rate. This means that complications are rare. Dental implants also offer durable, long-lasting, and lifelike results. Even so, not everyone is a great candidate for dental implants. Certain medical conditions may keep this treatment from being the best option for you, including diabetes. Continue reading to learn about the link between implants and diabetes as well as ways to lower your chances of experiencing implant failure. 


Can Cranberries Fight Cavities?

November 14, 2022

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Fresh cranberries in bowlCranberries are a tasty, nutritious treat that is considered a superfood because of their high nutrient and antioxidant content. Research supports their use for lowering the risk of urinary tract infections and preventing certain types of cancer. They can even improve your immune system and decrease blood pressure, but those aren’t the only benefits. Researchers have found a handful of cranberries can safeguard your smile from decay and gum disease.


Do Root Canals Cause Cancer?

October 18, 2022

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patient learning about whether root canals cause cancer

If you have a tooth that is severely infected, antibiotics and waiting for the infection to heal on its own won’t do you any good. The only way to repair an infected tooth is with a root canal. Though this procedure has a success rate of around 95%, there is a ton of misinformation about the treatment that’s spread throughout the years. In fact, some people have even been led to believe that they might develop cancer after undergoing root canal therapy. But do root canals cause cancer, or is this a myth? Read on to learn more about how the procedure works and if it puts you at risk of developing cancer. 


Root Canal vs Tooth Extraction: Which is Best?

October 1, 2022

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Woman talking to her dentist about tooth pain

Odds are that if you’re googling “root canal vs tooth extraction,” you’re in a fair amount of pain. In that condition, it can be a little bit difficult to make decisions about what’s best for your oral health.

For serious toothaches caused by infected pulp, there are two common options: a root canal and an extraction. Here’s how to decide which one would be best for you.


How Many Oral Bacteria Live in Your Mouth?

September 26, 2022

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dentist talking to patient about oral bacteria

Bacteria are everywhere. They’re in food, in plants, and in different parts of the body. As abundant as they are, many people are unaware that not all bacteria are bad. In fact, you naturally have many kinds of bacteria in your mouth. Some can cause cavities, but some can help keep your body healthy. Read on to learn about how many oral bacteria the average person has in their mouth and how they impact your body and smile.


Can Stained Teeth Be Hereditary? 

September 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmarini @ 5:42 pm
person with stained teeth having them whitened by dentist

Having a stained, discolored smile can make your pearly whites look anything but that. Feeling confident in photos and social situations are made much harder when you feel self-conscious about flashing a smile. There are several things that can cause stained teeth, including certain foods and drinks, medications, and tobacco use. Research shows that there are also some genetic factors that can cause dental discoloration. Read on to learn more about the relationship between genes and having a stained smile.


Stop the Stink with National Fresh Breath Day

August 11, 2022

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Woman with hand over her mouthDid you know up to 50% of adults have persistent bad breath? It’s normal for your breath to stink occasionally, like when battling nasal congestion or after eating your favorite garlicky dish. However, 60 million Americans suffer from chronic halitosis. You don’t have to be embarrassed by dragon breath anymore because August 6th is National Fresh Breath Day. The annual celebration raises awareness about how to keep foul odors in check with a solid oral hygiene routine. 


How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

August 9, 2022

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Dental bonding procedureYou don’t have to be rich or famous to invest in cosmetic dentistry. There’s a solution to fit all budgets because of the diversity of treatments available, like dental bonding. It offers a lot of bang for your buck because it’s effective, convenient, and affordable, but how long does it last? You can enjoy a confident, beautiful smile for many years with the right maintenance, and here’s how. 


Treat Gum Disease with Arestin

July 15, 2022

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Gum diseaseTooth decay isn’t the only threat to your dental health. Gum disease is also a leading cause of missing teeth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have the preventable infection. Although the initial signs of gum disease may not seem alarming, bleeding and swollen gums can progress to tooth loss. Thankfully, your dentist can stop the infection in its tracks with gum disease therapy, which may include a medication called Arestin. Here’s how antibiotic therapy can restore your gum health quickly. 


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