8% of the U.S. population has diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease requiring continuing medical care and disciplined patient self-management to prevent complications. 20% of total health care costs or $116 billion, in the U.S. are attributed to diabetes.
Salt Lake City Dentist Blog
I can usually count on one hand the number of silver fillings that I do in a year. Most of my patients do not want silver fillings because they would prefer a filling that matches the color of their teeth. Silver fillings are considered unaesthetic. But do they last longer?
Fluoride has long been a part of children's dental appointments, but did you know that the latest research suggests that it offers many benefits to adults as well?
Of concern to many denture-wearing patients lately is their denture adhesives. Many denture adhesives contain zinc. Using denture adhesives improperly, by using too much adhesive, may lead to the ingestion of excessive zinc. Excessive zinc ingestion leads to lower levels of copper in the blood which may lead to nerve and blood disorders affecting general health and well-being. The relationship between using excessive zinc-containing denture adhesive and subsequent nerve and blood disorders is not completely clear and will require more research.
The grooves on teeth are often smaller than a single tooth brush bristle. Because the grooves are so small they can't be effectively kept clean and are a common place for people to develop cavities. A dental sealant is a resin (a special type of plastic) that is applied over these grooves. The dental sealant prevents food and bacteria from entering these grooves. Preventing food and bacteria from entering these grooves prevents cavities from forming. A dental sealant done well has historically been an excellent way to decrease the risk of having cavities. It does not do anything to decrease the risk of cavities from forgetting to floss.
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