Many years ago, if you went to the dentist and needed to have a tooth filled, your only option was an amalgam filling. Now, thanks to advances in dental technology, there is a safer, healthier option for fillings – tooth-colored composite or ceramic fillings. We will take a closer look at why amalgam fillings are so dangerous and why dentists, like Dr. Tiffany K. Shields at Smiles by Shields, prefers to use tooth-colored composite or ceramic fillings.
It is recommended that you schedule a regular dental checkup every three to six months, but is that really necessary? After all, you brush three times a day and floss nightly, so what could a dentist possibly do during these checkups? The answer is – a lot. Regular dental visits aren't just some made up concept done in an effort to make dentists more money. They are actually important in helping to improve or maintain your oral health. During regular dental checkups, your dentist can do everything from conduct an oral cancer screening to professionally clean your teeth to remove built up plaque and tartar; all of which is necessary to helping keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy. The following are just some of the many reasons why you should regularly visit your dentist.
A Professional Cleaning Removed Plaque and TartarEven if you brush three times a day and floss every evening,...
Autism is a neurological disorder affecting about one out of 68 children within the United States. Currently, researchers have found no one cause that offers a definitive explanation to why certain children develop autism, and if we’re going to figure out how to prevent this disease or improve autism treatments, it’s essential to understand the underlying causes. Recently, new research reported in Nature communications and done by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences discovered that in children with autism, their baby teeth contain higher levels of dangerous lead. Not only did the baby teeth contain more lead, they had less manganese and zinc, important minerals, than is found in most baby teeth.