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April is Oral Cancer Screening Month

Part of our mission is to educate our patients about oral health and raise awareness about serious oral diseases. It is our hope that by sharing information and raising awareness, we will be able to help our patients identify, diagnose and treat oral cancer.According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal (throat) cancer this year alone. Public awareness is key to saving lives, which is why we are addressing this issue. Dentists have a unique opportunity to perform head and neck exams and oral screenings on each patient, helping ...

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2.8 million year old jawbone found in Ethiopia

The fossil of a lower left side jawbone, complete with 5 teeth, was discovered by an Ethiopian student in the Ledi-Gerau research area of Afar Regional State. This new discovery is significant for several reasons. For one, because of its age, it pushes the human line that was originally estimated to be 2.35 million years ago, back by 400,000 years. This links the fossil closer to the famous 3.2 million year old hominin (human-like primate) "Lucy" that was found in the same area in 1974.The back molar teeth are smaller than those of other fossilized hominins found in the region. These molars are a ...

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Study finds rinsing with mouthwash is a key step to keeping a healthy mouth

A recent study from Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Personal Products Worldwide concluded that the use of a germ-killing mouthwash, along with brushing and flossing, effectively removes plaque and reduces gingivitis far more than brushing alone.The study involved more that 130 people with mild to moderate plaque who were separated into two groups: one group brushed and used a germ-killing mouthwash twice a day and the other brushed and used a placebo mouthwash. The results were those using the germ-killing mouthwash reduced plaque by more than 26%, and 100% reduction in gingivitis.The study proved that ...

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How To Handle Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are no fun. They can be scary and painful. You should always call your dentist immediately if you have an emergency. We always try to see our emergency patients on the same day. However, if you have to wait, here are some steps to handle the emergency until you can get in to see the dentist.Pain and SensitivityThis can be caused by an abcess or exposed nerve from a lost filling or crown.What to Do?Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water to reduce the swelling. See your dentist immediately before infection spreads or worsens. If there is an abcess, you will need a root canal. If the damage is severe, the ...

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When Over the Counter Treatments Might Not Be Enough

Humans are creatures of habit. And many times, we will continue to use the same products as long as they keep working for us. However, as we get older, our old standbys might not be as effective as they once were and something stronger or better might be needed.Here are some instances where a stronger, perhaps prescription strength product, might be a better choice.Sensitive Teeth and Gums:If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity due to a receding gum line, you might benefit from prescription flouride toothpaste. These toothpastes have higher levels of flouride and can help lessen sensitivity and protect exposed tooth structure that is no longer protected by ...

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Get Out of My Dreams...Get Into My Car

If you live in the North Palm Beach area, there is a good chance you have seen this incredible limo driving around town. It belongs to a patient of ours and when he came in for his check up, the staff couldn't resist hopping in for a photo.The patient, Edward Boes, also known as Dr. Clock, is the owner of Anytime Clock Repair of Lake Park. If you are ever in need of clock repair, call the Dr!!!www.anytimeclockrepairoffl.com/561-584-3777

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HEALTHY GUMS ARE ESSENTIAL TO GOOD OVERALL HEALTH

It's hard to believe, but antibiotics destroyed Charlize Theron's baby teeth. "I had no teeth until I was 11," she says. Wow. Great smile now. How'd that happen? (Hint: Great dental care and flossing.)For most folks, though, it goes the other way: As you get older you tend to neglect your teeth (one-third to one-half of adults in North America don't make their yearly dental check up, and only 36% of women and 14% of men floss even four times a week), which is a big reason why 75% of adults have some form of gum disease.Gum disease increases the risk for kidney cancer by 49%, pancreatic cancer by 54% ...

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