Pediatric Dentistry

In a recent article we discussed the connection between Alzheimer’s disease and periodontitis. For one group of patients, this link may create a significant risk of dementia in later life, and that group is people with Down syndrome. Down syndrome patients are often infected with...

Hypodontia is a surprisingly common disorder of the teeth. Hypodontia involves the absence of one or more primary or permanent teeth. This problem is present from birth, thus it is also called CMT (Congenitally Missing Teeth). The number of teeth missing determines the severity of...

A common complaint against water fluoridation is that fluoride contributes to bone fractures. Many studies have been completed on this subject, with varying results. In some cases, populations from the same country would show a negative effect while others would report no negative effect whatsoever,...

Do They Affect Your Facial Appearance? Or Is It Just About Your Smile? A common misconception about orthodontics is that they are just about straightening your teeth. In truth, when your jaws and arches are properly formed, it does more than improve your smile and your bite....

Ideas for Reluctant Dental Patients The basics of healthy dental habits haven’t changed in a very long time.Brush your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush after every meal, or at least twice a day. Floss or use a device to remove food particles and plaque...

Researchers from Brazil recently tested the effectiveness of customized mouthguards against off-the-shelf mouthguards. As the Sacramento Dentistry Group has often stated, customized mouthguards proved to be significantly better at safely distributing stresses that might otherwise have broken teeth. Both types of mouthguards, however, were found...

Valentine’s Day sees chocolate sales surge. ABC News reported that for 2017, Americans spent $1.7 billion for February chocolate and candy. Japan was not far behind. Despite a much smaller population, Japanese sales totaled $1.2 billion for Valentine’s chocolate alone! What do dentists think of...

The news media has extensively publicized the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announcement that some children are using “too much fluoride” toothpaste. Some media headlines declare that the amounts used are “unhealthy” and create a frightening tone around an important daily activity. Just what has...

No Fluoride Means More Cavities Community water fluoridation prevents cavities in children. That is the conclusion of a team of medical researchers from the University of Alaska and Walden University in Minnesota in a recently published study. The report examined statistics for the city of Juneau,...

A bill promoting dental health care was recently passed by Congress and signed by the President. In the Action for Dental Health Act (ADHA), the concept of a “dental home” is promoted as beneficial for children and adults. What is a dental home and how...

What It's Good For! Part 2 of a 2-part series In our last article, we discussed a recent University of Washington scientific review that studied toothbrushing and dental caries. The study concluded that simply brushing the teeth does not prevent cavities. Fluoride in the toothpaste is required...

What is it Good For? Part 1 of a 2-part series A recent study led by University of Washington dental professor Philippe Hujoel is popping up in newspapers and media reports across the United States. This scientific review comes to the conclusion that simply brushing the teeth...