GumChucks: New Innovation in Flossing

If you find flossing to be one of the biggest hassles in your dental hygiene routine, you're not alone. Many people don't floss regularly, largely due to the challenge associated with getting a small piece of dental floss between difficult-to-reach teeth. Unfortunately, this is a huge problem. Flossing every day is an important way to reduce your risk of gum disease. There's a new product on the market that may help make flossing much easier for you. It's called GumChucks. The flossing system
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New Toothpaste May Revolutionize Oral Hygiene

Most people don't put a tremendous amount of thought into their choice of toothpaste. They just use the same brand year after year, either out of convenience or preference for the taste. For the most part, there isn't much of a difference between the quality of most major toothpaste brands. However, a new startup company from Silicon Valley is trying to revolutionize the toothpaste industry by providing you with a product that is vastly superior to the alternatives currently on the market. This
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Should I Replace Old Metal Amalgam Fillings with Tooth Colored Fillings?

Many adults have old metal amalgam fillings in their teeth. The subject of replacing old metal fillings with tooth colored fillings frequently appears in the media. There is an on-going debate on the safety of amalgam fillings because they are known to contain up to 55 percent mercury. Whether or not dental fillings that contain mercury are dangerous to humans is still debatable, but many dentists no longer offer amalgam fillings to their dental patients. In Pittsburgh, Dentonics, Inc. offers
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Is Exercise Bad for Your Teeth?

We all know we should exercise. Study after study confirms the health benefits of regular exercise on your overall health. But is it possible that exercise is actually bad for your teeth? A recent study seems to suggest so, but we don’t recommend that you stop exercising. A much better approach for your oral health is to maintain a schedule of regular professional dental cleanings and practice good oral hygiene. According to a recent study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine &
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How often should I Visit the Dentist?

Patients visit the dentist for many reasons. From routine checkups and cleanings to complex orthodontic procedures, there’s no one-size-fits-all schedule. When you work with the dentists at Dentonics, we recommend your visits according to your individualized program of treatment. While the American Dental Association recommends that patients visit their dentist for a cleaning and checkup at least once a year, Drs. Quartuccio and Frye recommend coming in every six months for checkups. That’s
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Why Should I Work with a Family Dentist?

Finding a family dentist is extremely important if you have children. To serve the needs of your entire family, Dr. Frye offer dental services to patients of all ages, from young children to older adults. A family dentist is often referred to as a general dentist, and Dentonics focuses on all oral health issues, including prevention and detection of dental issues, and treatment of these problems. Our Pittsburgh family dentistry office is friendly and welcoming, and we have extensive experience
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Can Children get Dental Implants?

When a child loses a permanent tooth, he or she will face the same eventualities as adults: adjacent tooth slippage, uneven tooth wear, bite irregularities, and jaw shrinkage and collapse. As with adults, it is important to address missing teeth in children – though dental implants are not always ideal for younger mouths. Dental implants are inserted into jawbone where they act as a new tooth root. This allows implants to prevent jaw shrinkage while also restoring maximum strength and function.
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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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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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Mercury-Free Family Dentistry in Pittsburgh

For years, metal amalgams have been used for restorations such as fillings and crowns. Unfortunately, metal is an unforgiving material that can damage teeth. Worse still, metal amalgams often contain mercury, a substance that is known to be toxic to humans. The Pittsburgh family dentists at Dentonics, Inc. are pleased to offer mercury-free dentistry, a safer, stronger, and more aesthetically pleasing way to provide customized dental restorations to every member of your family. For more information
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