Oral Health

Ask the Doctors - If flossing hasn't been proven to work, do I really need to do it?

April 13, 2018

Ask the Doctors – If flossing hasn’t been proven to work, do I really need to do it?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctors: If there’s no proof that flossing is beneficial, do I really need to do it? You’re referring to an article published by the Associated Press and other media outlets last summer, which revealed that the studies cited by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology to recommend daily flossing are scientifically inadequate. […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, brushing your teeth, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, flossing, oral health


Ask the Doctors - Are electric toothbrushes worth the extra cost?

March 19, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Are electric toothbrushes worth the extra cost?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctors: My husband, who never met a gadget he didn’t like, wants our family to switch from regular toothbrushes to electric ones. He insists it’s worth the cost because electric toothbrushes do a better job. Is he right, or is this just an excuse for another fun toy? Can it be both? Research in […]

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Tags: bacteria, brushing your teeth, dentist, dentistry, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, electric toothbrush, gingivitis, gum disease, plaque, teeth, tooth


Tips for taking control of your oral health during pregnancy

March 8, 2017

Tips for taking control of your oral health during pregnancy

By Brianna Aldrich Brianna Aldrich

Maintaining optimal oral health is important in all stages of life, but it’s even more important when a woman becomes pregnant. Pregnant women can experience negative, and often unexpected, changes in their oral health that have long-term repercussions. These can include an increase in cavities due to frequent snacking; heightened gum sensitivity and bleeding exacerbated […]

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Tags: children, children's health, dental disease, dental exam, dental radiographs, dental x-rays, Dr. Salina Massei, newborns, oral health, pregnancy, prenatal care, radiation


Alternatives to homeopathic teething tablets and gels

October 23, 2016

Alternatives to homeopathic teething tablets and gels

By Brianna Aldrich Brianna Aldrich

Beware of those homeopathic teething tablets and gels. That’s the word from the Food and Drug Administration, which recently warned parents that the products may pose a risk to infants and young children. In fact, the agency said, consumers should immediately stop using the products. But fear not. Parents who want to help their children […]

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Tags: dentistry, FDA, homeopathic, oral health, pediatric dentistry, pediatrics, teeth, teething, tips, wellness


Halloween treats can play tricks on your child’s teeth

October 17, 2016

Halloween treats can play tricks on your child’s teeth

By Brianna Aldrich Brianna Aldrich

No doubt about it: Halloween is a fabulously fun holiday, especially for children who come home with a bag of candy after a night of trick-or-treating. But it’s also one of those holidays that can be easily overdone. That is, eating too much candy can lead to stomach aches, sugar highs – and cavities. “Naturally […]

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Tags: candy, cavities, children's health, dentistry, diet, food, Halloween, healthy holidays, oral health, wellness