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Advancements in Tooth Whitening

The demand for whiter teeth has spurred the development of many innovations in professional oral health care technologies, as well as in over-the-counter (OTC) products. Discoloration can present in various ways, and, depending on the…

Tips for Integrating Technology Into Practice

Digital technology plays an influential role in the delivery of oral health care, and treatment is evolving rapidly as a result of ongoing advances. Digital radiology and photography, for example, help improve diagnostic capabilities and…

Tips to Manage Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects approximately 26% of adults between the ages of 30 and 70 in the United States. It occurs when an apnea or hypopnea causes the anatomical structures in the back of the throat (tongue, soft palate, and…

Maintain Fitness and Reduce Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk

The body requires care and main­tenance to effectively function. Although every body features the same anatomy, an individual’s degree of physical fitness, response to muscular movements, and ability to recover from physical strain and…

DNA and Systemic Diseases

With the completion of the human genome project in 2003 and the decreased cost of DNA sequencing, DNA testing is becoming available and affordable to everyone. More than 1,800 genes associated with disease have been discovered.

Importance of Instrument Selection

The mechanical removal of deposits—from plaque biofilm to calculus —is key to effectively caring for patients with different oral health statuses, including those with a healthy periodontium, gingival inflammation, or impaired junctional…

The Role of Sports Drinks in Demineralization

Demineralization occurs when mineral ions are compromised and removed from dental enamel. The process progresses due to low pH in the saliva and when the oral environment is deprived of minerals in relation to the tooth’s overall mineral…

Supporting the Success of Sealants

Choosing the right sealant material depends on a variety of factors, including patient needs. Dental sealants were developed in the 1960s by Michael Buonocore, DDS, and dental scientists at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York.