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Clinician’s Corner: Dry Mouth

A healthy patient produces saliva at the rate of 1 ounce per hour.  In a person with xerostomia or dry mouth, the rate is reduced to approximately 1 teaspoonful per hour. Besides adding in chewing and digestion, saliva maintains the pH balance in the mouth by secreting bicarbonate ions,...

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Clinician’s Corner: Teeth Grinding

Bruxism refers to repetitive jaw-muscle activity characterized by clenching or grinding of the teeth. Stress and anxiety seem to be often listed as the cause. The symptoms of teeth grinding include: Clicking or popping jaw joints Eating disorders Insomnia Enlarged jaw muscles Earache dull headaches jaw pain and stiffness...

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Clinician’s Corner: Flouride

The risk of dental cavities is reduced due to the uptake of fluoride by enamel. This uptake of fluoride hardens the enamel and makes it more acid resistant.  Fluoride also has demonstrated antibacterial activity. Fluoride is most beneficial from birth to age 12 because unerupted permanent teeth are mineralizing...

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Clinician’s Corner: Denture Adhesives

Denture adhesives are pastes, powders or adhesive pads that may be placed in/on dentures to help them stay in place. In most cases, properly fitted and maintained dentures should not require the use of denture adhesives. Over time, shrinkage in the bone structure in the mouth causes dentures to...

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Mouthwashes — the finishing touch!

Now that we have brushed our teeth for two minutes with an ADA approved soft toothbrush, with a pyrophosphate free fluoride ADA approved toothpaste, as well as cleaned our inter-dental spaces with appropriate ADA approved dental floss, the question becomes can we get “kiss-ably close”! The final class of...

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Clinician’s Corner: Dental Floss

Flossing helps remove plaque by reaching areas that a brush cannot reach, but reports show that as few as 3% to 18% of patients floss daily. By cleaning these hard-to-reach tooth surfaces we may see a reduction in the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay. Dental floss was...

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