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How safe are Dental X-Rays?

X-rays are the primary and the most essential diagnostic tools used in most medical fields including dentistry. They help assess your oral health and diagnose any underlying issues. They use minimal levels of radiation to record the interior of the teeth and gums. However, whether or not they are safe has been a topic under debate for quite some time. Why you need X-rays? They are important to identify oral problems which are not visible to the naked eye. Or even problems which can go unnoticed by either the patient or even the dentist. Some common dental problems that require X-rays are: Too... read more

It’s no secret that tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems in the United States. Approximately 90% adults experience tooth decay at least once in their life. However, it is also one of the easiest to prevent and treat diseases and research shows new and improved solutions to combatting tooth decay. Xylitol: What is it? This is where Xylitol comes in. It is a substitute for sugar and comes from the fiber in xylitol plants. It is also found abundantly in lots of fruits and vegetables. While it looks and tastes exactly like sugar, it doesn’t have any of the negative impacts of sug... read more

Wisdom teeth are so called because they are one of the last teeth to come in, probably between seventeen and twenty-one years of age. There are two sets of two on both the top and bottom and the last four teeth to complete a set of adult teeth. However, over the years, with a change in the kind of preferred diet, the importance of wisdom teeth has declined. This is also the reason why not everyone has an equal number of wisdom teeth. Approximately, 2% of people don’t get them at all. Others tend to have ones that grow irregularly and don’t have enough room to make it out of the gum. Hence, a ... read more

Remember all those visits to the orthodontist when you wished your braces would come off sooner than later? Surprise! If you thought you were done with the braces life for good, it’s time to burst your bubble. Retainers are small devices that keep your teeth aligned after your braces are removed because it takes up to a year or more for the ligaments to become permanent. What are the different types of Retainers? The next step in your orthodontic journey is to wear a retainer. It’s up to you to choose which type of retainer is more convenient for you. Here are your options. Permanent bonded: ... read more

Most children develop thumb or finger sucking habits during early childhood as a means to soothe themselves. The jury is still out on whether it’s learned behavior or comes to them naturally, but it does make them feel more secure. It also helps them connect with and learn about the environment they are in. However, after a certain age, when permanent teeth come in , excessive and vigorous sucking on the thumb, finger or a pacifier, can impact the alignment of teeth. The shape of the jaw as well as the roof of the mouth can be impacted as well. Moreover, the more prolonged the habit is, the m... read more