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Green Tea Extract Could Fight Tooth Sensitivity

Green tea extract shows promise in preventing tooth sensitivity, according to a study headed by researchers at the American Chemical Society and Wuhan University.

The study details the benefits of green tea in protecting teeth from enamel erosion, the primary cause of tooth sensitivity.

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Get Great Gums with Cosmetic Laser Gum Reshaping

Get a great-looking smile with cosmetic laser gum reshaping.

When you think about the things that make a great smile, white and straight teeth probably come to mind. But, do you ever think about having great-looking gums? The teeth are naturally the focal point when you flash your pearly whites, but having healthy gums that look good is just as important. Dr. Caracioni offers patients cosmetic laser gum reshaping to keep gums healthy and give patients confidence when they smile.  

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Is it Sinuses or Something More Serious Causing Your Tooth Pain?

Your tooth pain could be sinuses or something more serious.


It’s not unusual to experience tooth pain when you have a cold or are struggling with seasonal allergies. Tooth pain occurs because the hollow cavities next to your nose, called the sinuses, fill with fluid and become inflamed. This inflammation, known as sinusitis, is usually painful and puts pressure on nearby teeth. This pressure may feel like a toothache, leading some individuals to make an appointment with their dentist to get checked out. Here are a few simple self-checks Dr. Caracioni recommends patients perform to help identify if the source of their pain is sinuses or something more serious.

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Bon Voyage…and Don’t Forget Your CPAP!

When making your travel plans for this year’s summer vacation, you likely have thought about all of the details of your trip. From the hotel you’re going to stay at, the sights you want to see, and how much fun you’re going to have at your destination. But have you thought about how to manage your obstructive sleep apnea on vacation? Dr. Caracioni can help treat your sleep apnea just in time for your next trip!

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Put Down That Cigarette and Save Your Teeth!

Are you a smoker? If you are, your doctor has probably been after you to quit, but has your dentist? Dr. Caracioni urges all her patients that smoke that it is in their best interest to quit to protect not only their health but their oral health, too.

The Health Impact of Smoking on Your Teeth and Mouth

Smoking has been proven to kill off the cells in your mouth that are designed to fight against bacterial invaders and other pathogens that make you sick. When these cells are damaged or destroyed, you have a greater risk of becoming ill. Without these cells, your mouth can’t fight against the growth of plaque. Plaque is the sticky film that covers your teeth and is home to millions of tooth decay causing bacteria. This leaves you at increased risk of cavities and pain.

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Oral Health Complications Getting Higher with Marijuana Use

Dentists may be seeing more patients with oral health complications because of increasing rates of marijuana use. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 22.2 million people in the United States have used marijuana in the past 30 days, and the rate of marijuana use is increasing as the stigma attached to using the drug is decreasing.

Recreational marijuana use is currently legal in eight states and the District of Columbia, and the medical use of the drug is now legal in 28 states.

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Sleep Apnea May Sabotage Your Dental Implants

Spanish researchers have found that obstructive sleep apnea increases the risk of implant complications in patients with dental implants. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, causes patients to stop breathing during sleep. In some patients, these episodes may occur just a few times throughout the night, but many individuals experience sleep interruptions of 30 or more times per hour.

OSA is also responsible for the development of bruxism, or tooth grinding, in patients while they sleep. This OSA-induced tooth grinding has a negative impact on dental implants and prosthetic restorations, according to the study.

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Great Gums Are Important, Too!

Brushing and flossing is often mentioned as a way to have healthy teeth, but what about healthy gums? Gums should not be overlooked during oral hygiene routines, as gum health is very important to both oral and total health. Finding out what healthy gums look like and what it takes to maintain them should be questions that every patient asks their dental care provider.

Patients should pay attention to their gums, because the gums have a very important role in the mouth. Gums protect the teeth from debris and bacteria, and prevent the teeth from moving during the act of chewing. Healthy gums surround the teeth, and protect the roots of the teeth from being exposed to bacteria and food that lead to infections.

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Want to Protect Your Teeth? Pass Up that Bottled Water

Bottled water is an increasingly popular beverage in the United States. While drinking bottled water helps to increase hydration, according to the American Dental Association it may also be increasing rates of tooth decay because it lacks fluoride that is necessary for protecting teeth.

Fluoride is a natural mineral that occurs in water, rocks and soil. Fluoride is especially important for the protection of teeth from tooth decay. It is absorbed into the tooth enamel, and remineralizes the teeth against decay caused by acid erosion. Acid erosion occurs when bacteria begin to break down food particles left behind in the mouth that were not removed by brushing or flossing.

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