Dental Anesthetic; Lidocaine

January 24, 2019 - by uniteddentist - in Medical

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Oral viscous lidocaine is a pain reliever used to treat mouth sores or irritated throats due to cancer chemotherapy and certain medical procedures. In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to parents and caregivers not to use oral viscous lidocaine to treat teething pain in infants and young children. The FDA warned that

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Dental X-ray

January 18, 2019 - by uniteddentist - in Medical

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Dental X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool when helping your dentist detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam. How often X-rays should be taken depends on your present oral health, your age, your risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease. For example, children may require X-rays more

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Dentistry & Oral Cancer

January 13, 2019 - by uniteddentist - in Uncategorized

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Oral cancer is divided into two categories – those occurring in the oral cavity (your lips, the inside of your lips and cheeks, teeth, gums, the front two-thirds of your tongue and the floor and roof of your mouth) and those occurring in the oropharynx (middle region of the throat, including the tonsils and base

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Oral Health & Hormones

January 07, 2019 - by uniteddentist - in Uncategorized

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Your weight. Your mood. Your sex drive. Your dental health. There’s one thing that can make all these aspects of your health go haywire — hormones.  You may be surprised to learn that hormone surges may make you more vulnerable to gum disease. Here’s why: More female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) cause more blood to flow

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Dental Health & Aging

December 30, 2018 - by uniteddentist - in Health, Medical

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As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth and dental health. One common misconception is that losing your teeth is inevitable. This is not true. If cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime. Your mouth changes as you age. The nerves in your teeth can become

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Prescription Drugs in Dental Office

December 22, 2018 - by uniteddentist - in Health, Medical

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Sometimes after a dental procedure, your dentist may prescribe a narcotic analgesic, such as hydrocodone or oxycodone, to help relieve pain. When used as prescribed, you should know these medications are effective at minimizing post-operative pain. But using these drugs for any other purpose is illegal, dangerous, and can even be fatal.  Unfortunately, prescription medications have

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Dental Sealants

November 29, 2018 - by uniteddentist - in Health

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Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew (called molars). Molars are rough, uneven and a favorite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.  Still, there’s another

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Gum Disease

November 24, 2018 - by uniteddentist - in Health

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Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that

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