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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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Clinician’s Corner: Sensitive Teeth

Last week we discussed in detail the characteristics of the toothpastes that we sell in our pharmacies. Sensitive teeth, known as “dentin” hypersensitivity occurs when stimulus (hot, cold, chemical or physical) is applied to tooth. Dentin becomes exposed by gingival recession or enamel loss. Enamel is the hardest surface...

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Clinician’s Corner: Toothpaste

Every morning and every evening before going to bed, we put a dollop of this stuff called toothpaste on our toothbrush.  Here is what is in it that amazing stuff that makes our teeth so white, and our mouths so sparkling clean: Mild abrasives that “scrub” the teeth. Fluoride...

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Clinician’s Corner: Toothbrushes

We are all aware that proper brushing twice daily and flossing at bedtime are the preventative measures to keep our teeth strong and healthy.  This week we will focus on the toothbrush, which really does all the work. Toothbrushes should be soft, to decrease abrasion and irritation to the...

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