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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

David Miller DDS reminds parents that their children can avoid cavities. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth daily, eating a healthy diet that limits sugary beverage and snacks, and seeing your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease are the keys to a lifetime of[...]

Dental Erosion

Dental Erosion is the loss of tooth enamel caused by acid attack. Enamel is the hard, protective coating of the tooth, which protects the sensitive dentine underneath. When the enamel is worn away, the dentine underneath is exposed, which may lead to pain and sensitivity. Every time you eat or drink anything acidic, the enamel[...]

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Thought on why we have wisdom teeth. Our ancestors had a different diet than us mostly consuming coarse food such as nuts, raw meat, leaves and roots which required extensive mastication force. They had larger jaws and three pairs of molar teeth. Since we now boil, steam, bake, chop and cook our food, the extra[...]

Tooth Replacement

Do you have dentures? Consider tooth replacement with dental implants. They can give you a beautiful, natural smile.  Dental implants are fixed in place, so they won’t move, click or shift. A dental implant feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. In addition, dental implants allow you to bite naturally, eat virtually anything, and brush[...]

The Wisdom Behind Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Just because someone is not experiencing wisdom teeth pain that does not mean that they are not affecting one’s health. Even wisdom teeth that are symptom-free pose an increased risk for chronic oral infections, periodontitis and tooth decay, according to results of a seven-year clinical trial conducted by researchers for the American Association of Oral and[...]

Keeping Your Bones and Teeth Strong For Life

You can take the following steps to promote oral health and keep your bones and teeth strong for life. Eat a healthy diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy products. • Maintain a healthy weight. Get 1000 to1200 milligrams (mg) of calcium each day from calcium-rich foods and[...]

Tooth Replacement

If you have had a tooth extraction and are considering a tooth replacement, you may be facing the sometimes difficult decision of how to replace the missing tooth and whether to do so at all. The case for replacing a natural tooth after tooth extraction is a strong one. Patients can suffer a number of[...]

Sports Safety Tips for National Facial Protection Month

We are calling all MVPs, team captains, full roster players, practice squads, coaches, teachers and parents/caregivers to pay attention to sports safety. Five of the nation’s top dental associations want to remind everyone to play it safe during recreational and organized sports to help prevent serious, painful facial injuries that can take the fun out[...]

Exploding E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes are designed to resemble conventional cigarettes, but are touted as a healthier alternative. From 2009 to January 2016, the Food and Drug Administration identified 134 US incidents of E-cigarette batteries overheating, catching on fire or exploding. In the 134 incidents from recent years, more than 50 people were injured, and at least 67 of the[...]

Wisdom Teeth Management

A recent press release from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) addressed the importance of wisdom teeth management. Third molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, usually emerge in young adulthood between ages of 17 and 25. This period known as the “age of wisdom” brings with it many decisions. “It is[...]

Medications and the success of dental implants

Each year, about 500,000 North Americans get dental implants. If you are one of them, and are preparing to have an implant, it might be a good idea to discuss medications with your Oral Surgeon. A body of research indicates that in order to raise the odds that dental implants will attach properly, there are clear[...]

Dental Implants Month is August

Dental implants are often the best treatment for missing teeth and are the closest you can get to a healthy, natural smile. They restore the ability to confidently eat, smile, laugh, talk, play and enjoy all regular activities of everyday life.   According to the Centers for Disease Control NHANES Study, prosthodontists estimate that more[...]

Your dentist can tell if you are stressed out

  Did you know that stress can affect your mouth, teeth, gums and jaw?   More and more signs of stress are showing up in the dentist’s office. During routine dental examinations and cleanings, dentists are able to detect oral symptoms of stress, including orofacial pain, bruxism (teeth grinding), temporomandibular disorders (TMD), mouth sores and[...]

Celebrate World Oral Health Day with Good Oral Hygiene

World Oral Health Day is celebrated every year on March 20th. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene for everyone from the young to old.Numerous recent scientific studies indicate associations between oral health[...]

Fillings of the Future

A few years from now millions of people around the world might be walking around with an unusual kind of glass in their mouth, and using it every time they eat. Engineers have made some promising findings about the ability of ‘bioactive’ glass to help reduce the ability of bacteria to attack composite tooth fillings[...]

New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

Have a brighter healthier smile in the new year! Eating well is important to your dental health. A diet including fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, helping to protect your teeth and gums. Quit smoking tobacco and smokeless tobacco. Because of new trends in smoking E-cigarettes and[...]

The Superpowers of Fluoride

The following excerpt was obtained from the American Dental Association on www.mouthhealthy.org Fluoride hails from the planet Earth. It’s found naturally in rocks, soil and water, but fluoride doesn’t exist on its own. Like so many superheroes, it’s created through a scientific process. When you eat things like candy, crackers or noodles, cavity-causing bacteria starts feasting[...]

Medication Related Jaw Bone Problems

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are beginning to see a growing number of patients with symptoms of osteonecrosis of the jaws, an often painful condition characterized by exposed dead or dying bone in their jaws.  Further investigation revealed a link between these cases and the use of bisphosphonate and other antiresorptive drugs. Biophosphonates are a class[...]

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Heart

A recent study published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism on April 16… Oral infections are the most common diseases of humankind and are also a key risk factor for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death worldwide. In a review article published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism on April 16, researchers[...]

Anesthesia Options

As a patient at the office of Dr. David Miller you have the option of three types of anesthesia to make your procedure pain free. Local anesthesia, also known as novocaine, is an injection in the mouth that makes the area numb. This can be used alone or together with either of the next two[...]

Oral Biopsy

In general, you should take note of any changes occurring in the gums, the tongue, the floor or roof of the mouth, the skin on the inside of the cheek or any swelling in the bony areas of the mouth or face. You should look for discoloration, ulcerations and growths. If you or your dentist[...]

Bank On Your Cells

Similar to the way umbilical cord blood is now being stored, we can offer you an opportunity to protect your future health as well as the health of your loved ones. The collection of stem cells from your healthy teeth is now here. Parents that saved their children’s cord blood when they were born have[...]

Oral Health and Calcium

Calcium is a mineral your body needs to help build strong bones and healthy teeth. Low-fat and fat-free milk and dairy products are especially good sources of calcium. Even before baby teeth and adult teeth come in, they need calcium. As the teeth are coming into the mouth, they continue to take in calcium so[...]

Short Dental Implants

A New Solution to an Old Problem Have you been told that you don’t have enough bone height for a dental implant? Bicon short implants may be the answer. Many people want implants in the back part of the jaws. However, due to bone loss over the years, there may not be enough bone. Bicon[...]

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards not only protect the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, and tongue. Why are mouth guards important? Mouth guards not only protect the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, and tongue. They help protect head and neck injuries such as concussions and jaw fractures. When should someone wear a mouth guard? Someone should wear a[...]

Tooth Extractions

The following are some of the reasons that you may need a tooth extracted: ·Severe tooth decay or infection ·Severe gum disease ·In preparation for orthodontic treatment, braces ·Teeth in the fracture line ·Fractured teeth ·Prosthetics; teeth detrimental to the fit or appearance of dentures ·Insufficient space for wisdom teeth (impacted third molars) ·Cosmetic; teeth[...]

Care Following Oral Surgery

After dental or oral surgery follow these simple instructions. 1. Leave the gauze in place for at least 30 minutes, then remove. If abnormal bleeding occurs, fold a sterile gauze, place over socket and bite down on it for 30 minutes. Keep head elevated. (Slight oozing is normal for up to 24 hours.) 2. Nothing[...]

Preparing For Oral or Dental Surgery

What to Expect – before, during and after. To be better prepared for your oral or dental surgery and to make you feel more at ease, we would like to explain the entire process to you. Feel free to bring your headphones with you. What to Expect Upon arriving at the office, you will be[...]

Top 10 Reasons For Removing Wisdom Teeth

Infection and inflammation are common even when there are no apparent symptoms. 10. Because there is limited space for wisdom teeth to erupt and because the surrounding gums are difficult to keep clean, infection and inflammation are common even when there are no apparent symptoms. Research shows that once inflammation takes hold, it is almost impossible[...]

Dental Implants are Here to Stay

Using dental implants to replace missing teeth and to support dentures is a very important part of dentistry today. But it took some time for it to be this way. When I was in my Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program in the late 1980s, dental implants were the “new thing.” Very few people knew[...]

Dental Implant Factoids

When wealthy Egyptians had missing teeth their teeth were replaced by extracted teeth from slaves or poor people. George Washington who suffered from infected and abscessed teeth and inflamed gums, had only one tooth left by 1789   His first set of dentures was spring loaded with a base made of hippopotamus ivory and teeth formed[...]

Dental Implants

Has the tooth fairy knocked on your door too often? The fact is that a person should have thirty-two teeth in their mouth, four being wisdom teeth.  As we all know, with age come problems with our teeth.  Over time and for a variety of reasons, we may have lost some of those precious teeth. [...]

Wisdom Teeth

How to get wiser without wisdom …  Wisdom teeth do not improve with age.A common refrain from the parents of teenagers is that they have big mouths. Although that might be true, those mouths are usually not big enough for wisdom teeth to grow.  Early extraction can avoid complications and other health problems. Statistics are[...]

Make Your Denture Patients Happier

Dental implantology is an important component of modern dentistry. Increasing experience and research have demonstrated the predictability of dental implants, and more dentists are becoming involved in their use. While traditional fixed or removable prostheses can offer viable treatment solutions in many cases, often implants are the treatment of choice. Approximately forty million Americans are[...]

What To Do With Wisdom Teeth – Third Molars

Whether or not your patients need to have their wisdom teeth removed can sometimes be a difficult question. Many times the third molars cause distinct clinical problems and there is an urgent need to have them removed.  Other times the symptoms can be more subtle and it is not obvious if the third molars are causing[...]

Oral Lesions

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of oral lesions. There are a large variety of lesions that can develop in a patient’s mouth. From minor sores to large ulcerations, from small bumps to large growths, or various discolorations of the tissues, your patient will want to know what it[...]

Third Molar Transplant

Report of a Case C.Q., a 21 year old female, was referred by her dentist to evaluate her mandibular first molars. She stated that she has been having problems with these teeth for several years. Teeth #’s 19 and 30 were previously treated with root canal therapy and had posts and crowns. At the time of[...]

Dental Implants for Replacing Missing Teeth

More patients are seeking viable solutions to replacing missing teeth with implants Dental implantology is an important component of modern dentistry. Increasing experience and research have demonstrated the predictability of dental implants, and more dentists are becoming involved in their use. While in many cases traditional fixed or removable prostheses can offer viable treatment solutions,[...]