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To Floss or Not To Floss? That is the Question.

Should You Floss or Not? Just Floss…It’s Not Going to Hurt!   The U.S. Department of Health’s latest decision to not include flossing in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, coupled with the Associated Press’ recent report that the recommendation for flossing lacks evidence that flossing helps is creating a lot of confusion…but don’t throw out your […]

Spread the Word…April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral Cancer is Not as Rare as You Think… Join Us in Raising Awareness.   Do you know that approximately 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers this year? And that of the people newly diagnosed, only about 60% will live longer than 5 years? When cancer is detected and treated early, […]

April is National Facial Protection Month

Today may be April Fools’ Day… but Facial Protection is No Joke!   Research estimates that about 2% of all children or adolescents who participate in sports eventually will suffer a facial injury severe enough to require medical attention. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Policy on Prevention of Sports-related Orofacial Injuries, sports […]

Safety First

Recent news of the Connecticut dentist charged in the death of a 64-year old patient during a procedure has unfortunately put a spotlight on the safety and role of anesthesia in dental procedures. It is helpful to understand the reasons why patients need dental anesthesia. Beyond the obvious need to control and appropriately manage pain […]