Dental Health & Saliva

June 10, 2019 - by uniteddentist - in Medical

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  Saliva, or spit, plays a significant role in maintaining oral health. It is derived from blood and acts as the bloodstream of the mouth. What this means is, like blood, saliva helps build and maintain the health of soft and hard tissues. When saliva flow is reduced oral health problems such as tooth decay

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Is Genetic related to Dental Health?

May 30, 2019 - by uniteddentist - in Medical

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Can a genetic test predict your risk of developing future cavities or severe gum disease? The answer, at this point in time, is no.  There are commercially marketed tests that claim to measure risk of disease or susceptibility to future disease. Predictive genetic tests look for clues in your DNA that could indicate whether you

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Orthodontic Treatment: how does it work?

May 18, 2019 - by uniteddentist - in Medical

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  Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is the formal name of the dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, interception, guidance and correction of bad bites. The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthy bite—straight teeth that properly meet opposing teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to

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How does Dry Mouth Affect Oral Health?

May 04, 2019 - by uniteddentist - in Health, Medical

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Dry mouth—also called xerostomia—results from an inadequate flow of saliva. It is not a disease, but a symptom of a medical disorder or a side effect of certain medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, diuretics and many others. Saliva is the mouth’s primary defense against tooth decay and maintains the health of the soft

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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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