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Have You Heard All the Hype About Dental X-Rays?

Recent media coverage on dental X-rays has had the dental community in somewhat of an uproar. There is always good cause for concern when exposing our bodies to radiation, that much is true no matter how you spin it, but, some of the media?s ?matter of fact? take on certain issues are misguided and misleading.

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

What is cracked tooth syndrome? This oral condition is best described as pain while either biting down or releasing a bite.  The crack may or may not be visible and is rarely seen on an x-ray.  If it is visible, it is usually seen as a vertical hairline crack; if it is not visible, it can usually be detected with the assistance of a ?tooth sleuth?.  If your tooth is cracked, it usually causes you to chew your food on the opposite side of your mouth and/or avoid certain foods on the affected side.  The diagnosed condition is called ?Cracked … Continue reading

Cold Sores

Cold sores are never any fun, here is some information explaining what a cold sore is, where is comes from and how it can be treated. What are cold sores? Cold sores, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth, they can also develop on the inside of the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen and sore. In some cases, the blisters may break open and leak a clear fluid and then scab over after a few days. The healing time for a cold sore can be anywhere from a few days to … Continue reading

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is believed to be the world’s most common habit, with about 100,000 tons of it being chewed each year. Although some people may find it annoying, there are also some benefits. Surprisingly, chewing gum can actually be helpful to your dental health. Chewing gum in various forms has been around since ancient times. The Greeks chewed sap from the mastic tree, called mastiche. On the other side of the world, the ancient Mayans favored the sap of the sapodilla tree called tsicite and the Native Americans chewed the sap from the spruce tree. Today, the base used for most … Continue reading

A Burning Feeling

Here is another informative article from the AGD about GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). More than 10 percent of Americans experience the burning discomfort of heartburn every day. What many don’t know is that heartburn, or acid indigestion, is a common symptom of chronic acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).