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sleep

It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of those cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) undiagnosed. Obstructive sleep apnea can be seen in all age groups, including children, and is defined as intermittent airflow blockage during sleep. More specifically it…

fillings

It wasn’t that long ago that metal fillings were the only option to restore teeth affected by tooth decay. While these restorations were once considered the standard of care for treating cavities, in the last decade or so, tooth-colored restorations have become more popular.  While some individuals choose to replace…

wisdom teeth

Patients who had their wisdom teeth removed often had an improved tasting ability many years after having the surgery, says a new study published in June 2021 in the journal Chemical Senses. The study, conducted by Penn Medicine, challenges previous research that suggested that the removal of wisdom teeth negatively…

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Patients who had their wisdom teeth removed often had an improved tasting ability many years after having the surgery, says a new study published in June 2021 in the journal Chemical Senses. The study, conducted by Penn Medicine, challenges previous research that suggested that removal of wisdom teeth negatively affected…

tmj

We see a lot of patients living with the pain of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJD/TMD, and get questions from them about their treatment options. One of the questions we hear frequently is, “Do I need braces to fix my TMD?”  Most people cringe at the thought of braces or…

dental plaque

A team from the University of Washington recently identified and classified the different ways people respond to the buildup of dental plaque. The study is the first of its kind to look at how individuals respond to the bacteria-filled, sticky biofilm that accumulates on teeth. The team’s work, published in…

teeth brushing

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: brush and floss your teeth. Not just occasionally, but every day! It’s kind of a non-negotiable for us because, well, we’re dentists, for one, and for two, we know what can happen if you skip brushing.  We’re not talking…

missing teeth

New research from NYU’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing has found that tooth loss is a risk factor for cognitive impairment and dementia.  Not only that, but with each additional tooth loss, the risk of cognitive impairment also increases.  The study was published in JAMDA: The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care…

cosmetic dentistry

If you polled 100 people you know and asked them what they thought about their smile, they may tell you the things they want to fix about their smile’s appearance. Next, ask them what they think about cosmetic dentistry and see what they have to say. The words cosmetic dentistry…

tooth loss

Artificial intelligence is everywhere we turn these days. We tell our Alexa to add stuff to our shopping carts or ask her to play music; automated teller machines have been dispensing our money for years, and self-service machines have been handling our grocery checkouts for at least the last decade.…