Eating Weeds for Healthy Teeth?

If you live in Pennsylvania, you know the purple nutsedge as a noxious and impossibly difficult to kill weed. If you lived in ancient Sudan, this same weed may have been the reason your teeth were so healthy. Only one percent of the recently analyzed skeletons from a 2,000 year old burial site in Central Sudan have signs of tooth decay. This means no cavities, abscesses, or other indications of poor oral health commonly found in pre-Mesolithic teeth. Researches have attributed this unusual oral
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Ear Pain, Tinnitus, Headaches, and TMJ

Many of the symptoms of TMJ are seemingly unrelated to the jaw. Chief among these symptoms are headaches, though tinnitus and ear pain are common as well. If you are experiencing chronic ear aches or frequent ear ringing, one of the neuromuscular dentists at the Pittsburgh office of Dentonics may be able to assist in both treating the condition and preventing a reoccurrence. In the absence of infection, TMJ is one of the leading causes of ear pain and ringing. Much of this has to do with the trigeminal
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The Oral Health Benefits of Invisalign®

During your Invisalign® treatment, you will be able to remove your aligners for daily tooth care. Unlike braces that require special instruments for tooth cleaning, Invisalign requires only your traditional toothbrush and floss. This allows you to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy and strong during your treatment period. The Pittsburgh dentists at Dentonics, Inc. strongly recommend you visit our office every six months for professional cleanings and examinations during Invisalign treatment
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Preventing Jaw Collapse

The roots of your teeth serve many purposes, but one of the largest is sending signals to your body that minerals are needed in the space they occupy in your jaw. These minerals not only allow your roots to anchor teeth in place, they make up the structure of your jawbone. When you are missing a tooth, its root is gone as well. Along with the root, the signals indicating minerals are needed cease. When signals cease, the body reabsorbs minerals, allowing the jaw around missing teeth to shrink
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Types of Dental Implants

Endo steal are the most common dental implants used for replacing single teeth. These implants are inserted directly into the jawbone, allowing them to provide the strongest and most reliable hold for your dental restorations. While endosteal dental implants offer distinct advantages, they also require sufficient jawbone for support. If you are lacking sufficient jawbone, a bone grafting procedure may be required before this type of implant can be placed. If you are a good candidate for dental
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A Record Number of Adults Now Seeking Orthodontic Care

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 1.2 million adults sought orthodontic care in the United States in 2012. That number marks a 14 percent increase over 2010 and is largely due to options such as Invisalign®. For years, adults seeking orthodontic treatment have had very few attractive options. Braces can be obtrusive and painful. They can also take years to accomplish proper alignment in adult mouths. By contrast, Invisalign treatment is completed with clear aligner trays
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Dental Health in Pennsylvania

According to Gallup, 66.9 percent of adults in Pennsylvania report having visited the dentist at least once in the past 12 months for dental hygiene and tooth cleaning appointments. This is slightly higher than the national average of 64.7 percent. In a related poll conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation, Pennsylvania ranked 29th in the nation for overall dental health. Taking Care of Your Teeth There is a direct correlation between maintaining routine dental visits and retaining your natural
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Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers® in Pittsburgh

Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers® are placed over the front of teeth to correct cosmetic imperfections. The primary differences between these two options are their thickness and how they are affixed to teeth. Lumineers are incredibly thin. So thin in fact they can be applied to the surface of teeth without any preparation. While avoiding tooth preparation may sound attractive, it comes at a cost – Lumineers are too thin to cover more pronounced cosmetic imperfections such as larger gaps
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Zoom® Teeth Whitening in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh cosmetic dentists at Dentonics are pleased to offer Zoom® teeth whitening as both an in-office and take-home solution for our patients. Zoom in-office whitening is among the most effective teeth whitening options available today. With this solution, our cosmetic dentists can lighten teeth eight to ten shades in a single office visit, producing a bright and beautiful smile you’ll be proud to show the world. What’s more, because in-office treatment in provided by one of the experienced
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Neuromuscular Dentistry Headache Treatments

It is estimated that over $4 billion is spent annually on over-the-counter pain medications for the treatment of headaches. Millions more is spent on prescription medications to address severe headaches such as migraines. Medications can certainly play a role in headache treatment and may indeed be best for some patients. However, many people who suffer from chronic headaches are actually suffering from TMJ – and no amount of medication can correct this common disorder. Treating TMJ Headaches Headaches
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