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    Newly Developed Smart Material Could Mean Less Tooth Decay

    Most people who have a cavity and visit the dentist to have it filled leave feeling like everything is taken care of and there’s nothing else to worry about. Unfortunately, it’s common for bacteria to build up under fillings and cause a new cavity, also called recurrent caries. A recent study published in Scientific Reports by the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering reports that a team of researchers has developed a new material designed to help prevent cavities under fillings. New Filling Material Solves Common Problem  The filling material contains tiny particles of antimicrobial drugs that are designed to stop bacteria from accumulating around or under the tooth or filling area. In the past, one of the biggest struggles with this method has been the ability to distribute these antimicrobial drugs to the mouth for the entire life of the patient, or the life of the filling....
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    Could Cavities One Day Be a Thing of the Past?

    No one likes cavities. In fact, many people often attempt to ignore the pain a cavity causes for as long as possible to avoid the dreaded trip to the dentist for a filling. A report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 91 percent of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 had cavities in their permanent teeth, and by age 65, the statistics increase to 96 percent. It’s not just adults who are struggling to control cavities - the American Dental Association lists tooth decay as the most common chronic disease among American children. To put that into perspective, tooth decay in children is five times more common than asthma. It makes sense that so much time, money and effort is currently being poured into finding ways to prevent cavities rather than just waiting until they occur and struggling to save the affected...
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    Why Invisalign Is the Clear Choice Over Mail-Order Teeth-Straightening Clubs

    For those struggling with teeth that aren’t as straight as they’d like, it’s easy to be tempted with mail-order teeth-straightening offers. The idea of never having to go into the dentist’s office - instead straightening teeth in the comfort of your own home - while also saving money can make it seems almost too good to be true. The honest truth is, it can often be too good to be true. Mail-order orthodontic companies essentially offer an Invisalign knockoff without the actual supervision of a medical professional. If you haven’t heard of this concept before, here are the basics of how it works. After a start-up fee, often just under $100, you receive a kit in the mail to take your own dental impressions. After you attempt to take impressions, even though you’ve never done it before and likely have no idea exactly what to do, you mail them back along...
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    The Toothbrush of the Future?

    It’s no secret we’re living in one of the fastest-evolving technological eras of all time. Every day new technology is released that makes life easier and more complex at the same time. The latest innovative breakthrough in the dental world is a toothbrush that seems out of this world. Colgate, together with Apple, is releasing the next generation of electric toothbrushes called the E1. It will only be available on the Apple website or at Apple stores across the nation as Apple attempts to break into the health scene. The smart brush claims to provide real-time feedback about your brushing technique, including data that is collected and stored on an app on your iPhone called Colgate Connect. Promotional material about the brush boasts mouth-mapping technology, sonic vibrations and even brush coaching. What do all these things mean? Mouth-mapping uses the artificial intelligence in the brush to keep track of each tooth...
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    What Makes Our Team Different

    When you move to a new city or simply decide you’re no longer happy at the dental practice you’ve been visiting for years, it can be daunting trying to decide on a new place to make your dental home. We take pride in the environment we’ve created here at Arcadia Dental Arts. We’ve worked hard to create a space where our patients feel comfortable discussing all their dental questions and needs. And we believe it shows! Most of our new patients come from hearing about us from our existing patients. There’s no greater compliment than knowing that our patients are so happy with the care they receive that they share that with their friends, family and even sometimes with new people they’ve just met! Here are a few of the key areas we’ve worked hard on that set us apart from other dental practices: Making our patients comfortable. We know and...
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    There’s Hope for Floss Haters

    It’s no secret many people hate flossing with a passion. In fact, it’s so disliked in the United States that studies have been done to determine just how much we hate flossing. A national survey from the American Academy of Periodontology found that one-third of Americans would rather do unpleasant activities like cleaning house than simply floss their teeth. A surprising 14 percent of respondents said they would even rather clean a toilet than floss their teeth every day. Not only do we seem to hate flossing, but we also lie about it - 27 percent of survey participants admitted to lying to their dentist about how often they floss. The problem with this, of course, is that we can tell when you’re lying, because not flossing leads to food particles getting stuck between teeth, which can even turn into gum disease if left long enough. It also leads to bad...
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    This Common Symptom Could Be a Sign of Bullying

    Childhood bullying has been a serious topic making headlines in the last few years. It has been linked to serious negative outcomes in adulthood and even childhood suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Education define bullying as unwanted aggressive behavior, observed or perceived power imbalance and repetition of behaviors or high likelihood of repetition. According to Stopbullying.gov, one in four schoolchildren in the United States report having been bullied at school. The biggest problem is that only 20 to 30 percent of those who have experienced bullying report it to parents or caregivers. Nighttime Teeth Grinding Could Be Sign of Bullying in Teens  New research published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation shows that teenagers who were being bullied in school were four times more likely to suffer from nighttime teeth grinding, sometimes referred as sleep bruxism.  With the release of this new information, the Oral...
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    All About Hairy Tongue

    It may be hard to believe, but hairy tongue is an actual medical condition. It’s pretty harmless, but as the name implies it’s not something anyone wants as it can certainly be embarrassing. The American Academy of Oral Medicine estimates 13 percent of Americans are affected by hairy tongue, but it’s more common among some groups than others. Drug users, tobacco users and older Americans seem to suffer from this condition more than others. What Exactly Is Hairy Tongue? Contrary to what the name implies, actual hair has nothing to do with hairy tongue. The name comes from the hairy appearance on the tongue when a buildup of filiform papillae occurs. Filiform papillae are cone-shaped projections on the surface of the tongue that shed and regrow often, just like skin cells. In hairy tongue, the filiform papillae do not shed and instead continue to grow, causing a hair-like appearance on the...
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    The Benefits of In-Office Dental Implants

    Missing a tooth or several teeth can make life difficult. Not only can it be challenging and even painful to chew or speak, but it can also be embarrassing. If you’ve considered dental implants in the past but just weren’t sure, you’ll love how easy the process has become over the years because of advances in technology. Thanks to CEREC Dental Crowns same-day implant technology, it’s now possible to have a customized implant crown created right here in the office in one visit. The two biggest benefits of having the technology and training available to create and place dental implants in the office is fewer appointments needed and a better-looking end product. Fewer Appointments  We're all short on time, and no one likes to come to the dentist more often than necessary. Dr. Pappas understands this, which is why he has invested his time, money and continuing education in order to...
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    What’s the Going Rate for the Tooth Fairy These Days?

    It’s a parenting moment that often catches moms and dads off-guard: How do you decide how much the tooth fairy should leave behind the first time a child loses a tooth? Many parents first think back to their childhood and start there. However, it’s common to find that you and your spouse or you and your friends had different luck when it came to the coins or cash left under your pillow after the loss of a tooth. Whatever amount you got per tooth, you can’t forget about inflation. While the final decision on the price tag of a tooth is different for each family, Delta Dental has been conducting a Tooth Fairy Poll every year since 1998 to track the changes in the tooth fairy market. Surprisingly enough, when the national average is compared to stock market activity, the numbers rise and fall in almost perfect unison, which seems to...
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    New Study Adds Confusion to Tap Water Debate

    It’s been a controversial topic for some years: Is it better to drink tap water or bottled water? Last year, bottled water sales outdid soda for the first time in history. Public awareness campaigns fighting America’s out-of-control sugar consumption seem to be helping steer habits in a healthier direction. It’s been a controversial topic for some years: Is it better to drink tap water or bottled water? Last year, bottled water sales outdid soda for the first time in history. Public awareness campaigns fighting America’s out-of-control sugar consumption seem to be helping steer habits in a healthier direction. A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has good and bad news for those who prefer tap water to bottled. According to the research, children and teens who don’t drink fluoridated tap water are more likely to experience tooth decay, but those who do drink tap water have elevated levels...
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    New Dental Material Effective at Reducing Plaque Buildup

    Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have discovered a new dental material that kills bacteria and is capable of resisting biofilm growth. Their study was recently published in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Biofilms are communities of bacteria that form and stick to surfaces, especially wet ones, said Dr. John Pappas, DDS, of Arcadia Dental Arts in Phoenix, Arizona. "Plaque is actually a sticky biofilm that forms on teeth," he said. "It can even form on the restorative materials we use in dentistry such as composite fillings." Testing the New Material Against Composite  The research team tested this new material against a typical composite material used in dentistry today and found that the biofilm was removed easily on the new, experimental material while it took four times the force to remove the biofilm on the composite material. When it came to killing and preventing a buildup of bacteria, only...
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    Years of Mismatched Dental Work Can Leave Bites Out of Whack

    Have you visited the same dentist your entire life? Most people haven’t. Life happens. You take a new job, you decide to make a fresh start and you move. When you do, you find a new daily routine, a new doctor, grocery store and even dentist. Over the years, dental work done here and there, as needed, can cause changes in the overall fit of teeth. A crown here, an implant there, some fillings over there ... it can create a shift in the balance of your bite. When your bite is out of alignment, things can get painful. Misaligned Bite Can Cause Pain and Even TMJ Disorder  Malocclusion, or a misalignment of the bite, can occur for many reasons. Some of these include: Pacifier or thumbsucking as a child Extra teeth Missing teeth Impacted teeth Misshapen teeth Cleft lip or palate Not only does a misaligned bite cause pain, but...
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    'Bleachorexia' Is Real

    It’s safe to say we all want whiter teeth. But what happens when it becomes an obsession? "Bleachorexia" occurs when teeth whitening gets out of control. Bleaching teeth repeatedly and excessively can cause irreversible damage. It weakens the enamel, which is what protects the dentin and pulp of the tooth. Over time, excessive bleaching can even make teeth yellower because once the enamel is thin enough, the yellower interior of the tooth begins to show through. Over-the-Counter Whitening Products   The biggest concern is over-the-counter whitening strips, pastes and trays that are used without the supervision of a trained dentist. Professional whitening services are ideal because Dr. Pappas can monitor your progress and ensure treatments are safe and effective. Teeth Whitening Is All the Rage  It’s no surprise that over-whitening has become a problem as viral videos with at-home chemical concoctions abound on social media and television commercials challenge watchers to...
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    Alzheimer’s Medication Could Help Retire Dental Drills for Good

    Dental drills and fillings are one of the reasons many people avoid or dread a visit to the dentist. New research may have found a way to treat cavities without the pain and anxiety of the drill. Alzheimer’s drug Tideglusib is currently being used in clinical trials to encourage brain cell growth. Now a research team from King’s College London have successfully used the drug to regrow dentin, the layer of tooth that protects the pulp, in mice. How Does It Work? The drug works by switching off enzyme GSK-3, which prevents our bodies from regrowing dentin. The King's College team soaked collagen sponges already on the market in Tideglusib and placed them into cavities in mice. As the sponges disintegrated, constantly releasing the medication, the teeth began to form new dentin, healing the decay. Researchers are hopeful that because the drug is already being used in clinical trials, it may...
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    High-Sugar Diets Costing Billions in Dental Treatments

    It’s no surprise that experts say Americans consume far too much sugar each day. New research from a study conducted by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Biotechnology Research and Information Network AG says it’s a worldwide problem. According to their research, the cost of dental treatments globally are approximately $172 billion U.S., or 128 billion euros. The research teams looked at data on tooth decay, gum inflammation and tooth loss. They also evaluated the consumption of white household sugar and the hidden sugars found in nearly all processed foods, drinks and condiments. Finally, they looked at the cost of treatments in relation to dental concerns commonly caused by sugar consumption. Just How Much Sugar Are We Consuming? According to the results of the study, every 25 grams of sugar consumed per person per day caused an increase of $100 U.S. per person per year. To put that into perspective, 25...
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    5 Things to Do Besides Brushing for Whiter Teeth

    Few people would answer no to the question, "Do you want whiter teeth?" We all know brushing helps, and professional teeth whitening can make a huge difference as well. But what about other ways we can achieve whiter teeth on a day-to-day basis? Avoid the Stainers - Or at Least Rinse After If you just can't avoid tooth-staining favorites like coffee, wine and soda, you can at least minimize the impact by rinsing your mouth with water after indulging. It also helps your teeth to drink it all in one sitting versus sipping slowly over the course of an hour. Chew Sugarless Gum  This may seem like an odd recommendation coming from a dentist, but chewing gum actually stimulates your body’s production of saliva. Saliva is so important to oral health because it helps wash away debris and bacteria. A cleaner mouth means whiter teeth. Floss Some patients are surprised to...
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    A Clear Alternative to Braces for Adults

    More adults than ever are taking measures to perfect their smiles. For some, traditional metal braces just aren’t something they want to consider. Thanks to the invention of clear aligners, there are now options that never existed in the past. Most of Dr. Pappas’ adult patients simply don’t want to wear metal braces. For some it’s about professional appearance; for others the uncomfortable wires and brackets aren’t something they want to deal with just for the sake of a better smile. When clear aligners entered the playing field, they truly filled a need in dentistry, and since then they have given many patients the opportunity to achieve the straight teeth they’ve always wanted. Benefits of Clear Aligners The most exciting part for many patients is the fact that clear aligners are almost invisible. One of the major drawbacks to traditional braces is how much they change the wearer's day-to-day life. From...
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    Study: Some Kids at High Risk for Tooth Decay Regardless of Lifestyle

    New research published in the journal EBioMedicine reports that some children may have a higher risk than others for developing caries, also known as tooth decay or cavity, because they carry particularly severe and destructive variants of the Streptococcus mutans bacterium that is responsible for decay. The research team from Umea University in Sweden conducted a five-year study that monitored the oral health and saliva from a large number of children.  These children were much more likely to develop decay regardless of their lifestyle in regards to diet and oral hygiene. These variants are particularly concerning because of their unique adhesive capabilities that help them survive longer than normal, even against the antibacterial properties of saliva. Of the study sample, one in five children were high risk and did not respond to traditional preventative or treatment methods for tooth decay.  Childhood Caries a Common Chronic Disease Worldwide The American Dental Association defines...
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    Solutions for TMJ Disorder Pain

    The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is what connects your jaw to your skull. It works as a sliding hinge that can be felt by placing your hands in front of both ears on either side of the face. According to the TMJ Association, disorders involving the TMJ are poorly understood, even though 12 percent of the American population have them.  Natural Solutions for TMJ Disorder  The National Institute of Health recommends a conservative approach when treating TMJ disorders. Simple, reversible treatments should be attempted first before considering aggressive, permanent options, according to Dr. John Pappas, DDS, of Arcadia Dental Arts in Phoenix, Arizona. "Every time you talk, swallow, chew, yawn or laugh, your TMJ is in use," he said. "Sometimes, something as simple as correcting posture or learning exercises for your jaw can bring huge relief to this overused joint." Surgery for TMJ Disorder Often hailed as a last resort, jaw...
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