Piercings

March 23, 2019 - by uniteddentist - in Health, Medical

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Oral Piercings   Body piercing is a popular form of self-expression. Oral piercings or tongue splitting may look cool, but they can be dangerous to your health. That’s because your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection and swelling often occur with mouth piercings. For instance, your mouth and tongue could swell so much that

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The Human Papilloma Virus; HPV

February 09, 2019 - by uniteddentist - in Health, Medical

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HPV: Head, Neck and Oral Cancers The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, with 14 million new cases each year. According to the CDC, there are more than 40 types of HPV, but most are cleared from the body by the immune system without causing any health

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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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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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Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Heart Patients

November 09, 2018 - by uniteddentist - in Health, Medical

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At times physicians and dentists recommend that a patient take antibiotics before certain dental procedures. This is called “antibiotic prophylaxis.” But why do healthcare providers suggest this extra step?  We all have bacteria in our mouths, and a number of dental treatments—and even daily routines like chewing, brushing or flossing—can allow bacteria to enter the

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What is Root Canals Treatment?

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

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If you have a severely damaged, decaying tooth or a serious tooth infection (abscess), your dentist may recommend a root canal treatment. Root canals are used to repair and save your tooth instead of removing it. What’s Involved in Root Canal Repair? The pulp is soft tissue inside your tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels

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Wisdom Teeth

October 10, 2018 - by uniteddentist - in Health, Medical

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With age comes wisdom. Specifically, wisdom teeth. Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. One major dental milestone that usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars. Historically, these teeth have been called wisdom teeth because they come through at a more mature age.

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Baby Teeth

September 24, 2018 - by uniteddentist - in Health, Medical

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If you think your baby’s toothless smile is cute, just wait until their first few teeth make an appearance When Do Baby Teeth Come In? A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth and typically begin to appear when a baby is between 6 months and 1 year. Most children

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