Protect Your Health with an Oral Cancer Screening

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. It's an important time to raise awareness of the prevalence of oral cancer in the US, as well as informing people of the risk factors and prevention measures. These cancers commonly occur on the tongue, tonsils and oropharynx, as well as the gums, floor of the mouth, lips and salivary glands. According to their most recent statistics, the American Cancer Society says about 49,670 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer or oropharyngeal cancer this
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St. Patrick’s Day Causes Spike in Emergency Dental Visits

The slogan "Kiss me, I’m Irish!" is popular on St. Patrick’s Day – but for some revelers, this holiday can end with a mouthful of broken teeth. Pittsburgh-area dentists Dr. Joseph Quartuccio and Dr. Charles Frye are warning people that on the day after St. Patrick’s Day, emergency dental visits nationwide spike by 64 percent. This is based on the average of dental visits on March 18, or the first business day after if the holiday falls on a weekend, versus a full one-month average. A
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Oral Cancer Risk Factors

Oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed early. By knowing the risk factors associated with oral cancer, you can avoid putting yourself in jeopardy. The risk factors include: Tobacco: about 80% of people with oral cancer are tobacco users, and that risk increases the more you are exposed. Alcohol: about 70% of those diagnosed with oral cancer drink alcohol heavily. Users of both alcohol and tobacco are at a much higher risk then those who abstain from both. Men are twice
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Sparkling Water Can Damage Tooth Enamel

Over the last five years, sales of sparkling waters have doubled, and Pittsburgh residents have found a new love of the fizzy beverages. The advantage of these bubbly beverages over sugary sodas seems clear, but there is a down side to carbonated water and sugar free drinks as well. All the sugar in soft drinks is not the only reason they are so bad for your teeth and gums. Their low pH is also a major contributing factor to tooth decay. Often people sip these drinks throughout the day and don’t
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New Study Finds Sugar Free Drinks are Bad for Teeth

It is common knowledge that sugary drinks can result in tooth decay. But if you primarily drink sugar free drinks to avoid this problem, you should know that your efforts aren't actually helping to improve your oral health. A new study conducted at the University of Melbourne has found that sugar free drinks are just as bad for your teeth as their sugary counterparts. According to researchers participating in this study, many sugar free drinks are highly acidic and erode your tooth enamel in comparable
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Dr. Quartuccio and Dr. Frye Named Top Docs in Pittsburgh Magazine

Dentonics is proud to announce that both Dr. Joe Quartuccio and Dr. Charles Frye have been named to Pittsburgh Magazine's 2015 Best Doctors list. This exclusive list highlights 346 of Pittsburgh's top dentists across 9 different specialties. Both of our doctors earned this honor in the general dentistry category. This prestigious award is just one of the many ways our dentists are recognized for the exceptional treatment they provide to patients throughout the Pittsburgh area. At Dentonics, we
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How Much Do You Know about Your Dental Health?

You visit your dentist twice a year and receive valuable tips on how to care for your teeth and gums. You are also exposed to a tremendous amount of information both on TV and through print media discussing oral health issues. But how much do you really know about your oral health? The following quiz will test your knowledge of certain basic oral health concepts. See how well you do. If you get them all correct, congratulations! You're probably already doing a great job at caring for your teeth
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Tips to Promote Regular Flossing Habits

We all know that flossing is an essential step to good oral hygiene. Along with regular brushing and cleanings at our Allison Park dental office, flossing is crucial to preventing gum disease and tooth decay that can lead to a whole host of other serious health problems. For many of us, this knowledge is just not enough to create the habit, however. By following the steps below, forming a flossing habit should be easy. This will put you on the road to better oral hygiene, improving your total
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College Dorms Increase Likelihood of Toothbrush Contamination

Calling all University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and other Pittsburgh area college students: think your toothbrushes are clean in the dorms? Think again. A recent study has found that regardless of how you store your toothbrush, at least 60% of college students using a communal bathroom in the dorms have a toothbrush containing contamination in the form of fecal matter. That’s poop. Got your attention? An even higher percentage, 80% of those that are contaminated, contain contamination
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Foods to Promote a Healthy Smile

While maintaining good at-home oral hygiene practices and coming for regular dental checkups at our Pittsburgh general dentistry office are essential to maintaining a healthy smile, there are other things you can do on a daily basis to promote optimal levels of oral health. In particular, the foods you eat can go a long way to keeping your teeth and gums in great shape. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has developed a list of foods that will help promote a healthy smile. These include:
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