An App for Dentists

Dr. Tiffany Shields is constantly keeping tabs on changes and advancements in the dental field. The ADA recently released an application specifically to aid dentists in diagnosing certain conditions. The app is called ADA Oral Pathologist and is considered a “chair-side reference” in diagnosing patients. The user can search for a specific condition or search by inputting patient symptoms. Over 200 conditions are detailed within the app. The app can be found in the Apple App Store or on Google Play. You don’t have to be a dentist to download the app, but with the cost at $59.99, you may want to leave it to your dentist. If you see your dentist reaching for their phone, don’t jump to the conclusion that they’re texting their friends. Smart phones have become tools throughout most industries and the dental industry is no different. While Dr. Tiffany Shields does not rely on applications such as...
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Snack on cheese for stronger teeth!

Did you know that the snacks you choose can impact your oral health? Nutrition is essential for good health, and Dr. Tiffany Shields wants you to know that there are superfoods you can choose today to help fight disease-causing bacteria in your mouth. Cheese is one of the most decadent ways to protect your teeth!

Cheese is low in sugar and high in calcium, which helps protect the enamel of your teeth. Cheese also contains casein, a protein found in milk that is particularly useful for fortifying the tooth’s surface. The casein in cheese can work to “remineralize” teeth, which is especially important if you’re prone to cavities. Yogurt also contains casein, calcium, and phosphates that can remineralize the teeth.

So in between your dental visits, be sure to much on some cheese and yogurt to provide your teeth with a boost of casein. Remineralization can even mean...

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What is a root canal?

Dr. Tiffany Shields is your Jacksonville FL dentist to help you maintain good oral health. Occasionally, even with effective brushing and flossing, a root canal may be required. A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Mouth Healthy explains that, “root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, our dentists remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.” Causes of an infected pulp could include:
  • A deep cavity
  • Repeated dental procedures
  • A cracked or broken tooth
  • Injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
A root canal is a relatively...
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