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Acid erosion damage to teeth worsened by tooth brushing

Today’s word of the day is PERIMOLYSIS… the chemical or mechanical erosion of teeth caused by acid. In the medical dictionaries, perimolysis is most often attributed to patients who suffer from bulimia as stomach acids repeatedly come into contact with the backs of the teeth; yet in the day to day observations at our office,…
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Flossing Benefits in Question

A recent article was published over the summer which has led to several questions from our patients about the value of flossing.   It seems as if many people are eager to hear that they no longer need to make time for this worthwhile daily “chore”.  The interesting and perhaps misleading message behind that article was…
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Elements of our New Patient Exam- Oral Cancer Screening

We recently had a patient come in who was concerned with a sore spot on the side of her tongue.   She said the spot had been there for a few weeks and she was certain it was from accidentally biting her tongue.   She was young, healthy, and had no other symptoms or significant risk factors.…
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Elements of our New Patient Exam – Caries Risk Assessment

One of the most important elements of our dental exam is the time we take to assess a patient’s caries risk (risk for dental decay). By looking at signs within the mouth and speaking with patients about their dental history and habits, we can begin to understand their risk for future problems and make appropriate…
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