Category Archives: Tooth Decay

DENTAL MUMBO-JUMBO

[mp_row] [mp_span col="12"] [mp_row][mp_span col="12"] YOUR DENTIST SAYS… “You need a MOD on#18, MIFL on #8, DOFL on #15, a MAOFADLJFLKDFJ on...”HUH?  OMG! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? The lingo Teeth are described by surfaces.  Much like a box, teeth have five visual sides within the mouth. M – Mesial:  The side closest to the midline D – Distal:  The…
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Dental SUPERPOWERS

[mp_row] [mp_span col="12"] DENTAL….SUPERPOWERS Though my patients and staff have not elevated me to superhero status... yet… I have access to one superpower:  X-Ray Vision (with a help of a few machines). So what are all these types of radiographs used by dentists and what do they mean? The FMX or full-mouth x-ray series is…
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THIS IS YOUR TEETH ON DRUGS: THE EFFECT OF ILLICIT DRUGS ON THE DENTITION

We all know illicit drugs affect our brains from the ad campaign “this is your brain on drugs” showing an egg bubbling in a frying pan. But your mouth takes a “hit” too. Let’s touch on just 3 of the culprits:  Heroin, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine. Heroin works in the central nervous system’s reward center.  Users…
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BRACE YOURSELF TO STRAIGHTEN UP!

TEENAGERS HEAR IT CONSTANTLY….straighten up!!! …And it is no different when they go to the dentist. Tooth straightening options The options most widely used today include brackets bonded to the teeth and archwires (straightwire) or a series of aligners (such as Invisalign).  There are many straightwire adjuncts used such as palatal expanders, temporary anchorage devices…
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