General Dental

The Latest Concepts in Diagnosis and Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea

The big news in treating Sleep Apnea is that home sleep studies are now the accepted way to screen sleep disturbances, and dental offices can now bill your medical insurance for coverage.  Sleep Center exams are still needed to accurately diagnose the many other sleep disturbances, but we now can screen with a home sleep …

Confirmed Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

An article in a recent issue of the journal Infection and Immunity confirms the link between gum disease and heart disease.  This study looked at the effect of a dental bacteria that is found embedded in arterial plaques, the areas of buildup that clog arteries and lead to heart attack, stroke and death. In the …

Filling Materials

Dentists have been searching for the best filling material for hundreds of years.  In the mid-1800s, dentists started using a mixture of silver, tin, mercury and other metals.  They called it amalgam, meaning a mixture of metals.  The material was soft when mixed together, but then got hard over time.  Amalgam allowed the dentist to …

Latest News On Oral Cancer

The understanding of what causes cancer has changed.  We know that some cancers are genetic, while others are caused by exposure to radiation or certain chemicals.  In the last few years, we have learned that some viruses attack normal cells to turn them into cancer cells.  Until recently, the  most common types of oral cancer …

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