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September 19, 2012

Inna was a former competitive dancer, now seeking a career as a nutritionist. When she came to see us for a consult,Inna explained that she had never had a regular dentist because her dance career required such extensive travel. She would live from a few months to a year in different locations throughout the world and then move on, so her dental visits were few and far between -- and mostly for emergencies. Inna explained that she often had dental procedures...

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September 12, 2012

For good or for worse, going through a major change is very difficult for most people. A smile makeover is no exception. One of the questions we are often asked is how will my temporary crowns or veneers look like. This question is usually asked either because of past experience or may have heard from friends that they are horrible and have to hide from the public. Unfortunately the perception is already set that they are in for a rough couple of weeks until they get the actual veneers or crowns. This definitely should not be the case. There are a couple of reasons why we place temporaries. One is for protection of the tooth. Second it...

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September 05, 2012

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to major health concerns such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease multiple sclerosis and yes, tooth decay.  Recently it has been shown that Vitamin D activates your immune system.  If Vitamin D is lacking in your blood your “killer” cells won’t be able to fight off disease causing pathogens.  Unfortunately cavities and gum disease are not regarded as serious diseases.  However, cavities and gum disease are associated with serious chronic health problems. A study from University of Helsinki in Finland showed that people with poor oral health lead shorter lives.

Now there is strong...

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July 25, 2012

 

In the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer introduced to literature the idea of gapped teeth and beauty in his description of the “gap-toothed Wife of Bath”.  Since then, diastema has

 been either a mark of beauty or to others, a problem to fix. In parts of Africa, diastema, a gap between the two upper front teeth is a mark of beauty. This has caught on in other parts of the world and in 2010’s Fashion Week in New York City, models...

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July 18, 2012

Did you know that approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth?  This is a common problem, and while this could be a result of both poor diet, and gum disease, there are also situations where the person’s lateral incisor teeth never formed. Those are the teeth right next to the two upper front teeth. What happens is that now the arch is bigger than the number of teeth occupying that space. The eye teeth (which are the sharp teeth at the corners of the mouth)...

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June 27, 2012

Have you ever considered plastic surgery to reduce the effects of aging? Does the thought of going under the knife frighten you? Perhaps you’ve considered less invasive forms of plastic surgery, such as Botox or collagen injections, and then realized that they are only temporary fixes that require frequent repetition to maintain results. Today, there's another option: years ago cosmetic dentistry was never discussed, let alone considered, as an alternative to plastic surgery.  But it has become one of the most highly sought-after treatments that can easily, and within two weeks or less make a dramatic impact in achieving a youthful...

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June 20, 2012

Black hole disease refers to the little spaces that appear between your teeth and gum exposing the root surfaces to decay. This problem appears in your gum tissue as a black hole, looking as if a poppy seed is stuck between your teeth. Like many things that start small, the black space can grow larger with time. Sometimes we see this problem after orthodontic treatment. The teeth are aligned nicely but, due to the anatomy of the teeth (they can be triangular or bulbous), a space exists above where the teeth contact one another, leaving a black hole instead of healthy pink gums. Or, after orthodontics the teeth are aligned properly but the...

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June 13, 2012

Your enamel is the hardest part of your body, and serves to protect the internal structure of your tooth. It is very important to preserve enamel because once it’s worn down; the only way to rebuild the structure of your tooth is by using veneers. When your enamel is worn down, it exposes your dentin, which contains the nerves and the blood supply for your tooth.  Worn-out enamel also exposes your teeth to bacteria. Given that your mouth is the gateway to your health, it is crucial to avoid any kind of infection; it can make its way to your bloodstream and might cause other health issues like heart disease. Thus, it is in your best...

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June 06, 2012

These silver/mercury fillings were first introduced in 1816. They are referred to as amalgam fillings because they are an amalgamation of different elements . No one at the time understood the hazard of this restoration.  It’s just that they were better than the alternatives.  Prior to amalgam fillings,thin sheets of lead were layered into a tooth’s cavity, not a great material. Variety of different fillers were experimented with,such as, cork, tin and resins like pine.  Now you see why amalgam mercury fillings became so popular.  Gold was also introduced but it was too expensive and not yet perfected. so amalgam fillings were...

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May 09, 2012

Our new patient, Ana, has accomplished more than 98% of most people in the world ever will in their lifetime. Ana is a journalist, producer, actress and a ballet dancer who has danced with several legendary companies such as the Stuttgart Ballet, and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Currently, she is a New York executive producer and an on-air host for a prestigious Brazilian talk show. Meeting Ana, it's not hard to see immediately why she's so successful. ...

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