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Words From Our Hygienists: Current Issues in Oral Hygiene Part 1

Minnesota developed the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner to make a positive impact on the lack of access to oral health care. The Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner has been said by the American Dental hygienists Association to be, “The answer to the oral health crisis in America by safely providing cost-effective, diagnostic, preventive, therapeutic and restorative […]

Words from Our Hygienists: Antibiotic Pre-Medication Part 2

This is the second half of a blog in Words from Our Hygienists detailing antibiotic premedication. If you haven’t yet read it, check out the first part of this antibiotic premedication blog! I visited http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3047051 this is the American Heart Association website and it had great information for both dentists and patients. This site did […]

Words from Our Hygienists: Antibiotic Pre-Medication Part 1

The antibiotic premedication is used in dentistry to prevent infective endocarditis in patients with heart conditions, and to prevent an infection in patients who have total joint replacement. The premedication guidelines recently changed in 2010 affecting which patients are being treated. The new guidelines state that taking preventive antibiotics is not necessary for most people […]

Xerostomia Management

This is the second part of a two part blog on Xerostomia. If you haven’t yet read part one you can check it out here! In the previous blog we talked about the problems associated with xerostomia, or dry mouth, and how it is diagnosed. This blog will be focusing on management of dry mouth. […]

Xerostomia Diagnosis

Xerostomia, more commonly known as dry mouth, can cause many issues related to the oral cavity. These issues can include difficulty swallowing, chewing, speaking or wearing dentures. Patients may experience burning or tingling sensation, sores in the oral cavity or cracked lips. Beyond these discomforts, dry mouth can be a leading factor in dental caries, […]

Brushing, Flossing and… A Low Dose of Aspirin?

Many people around the world suffer from periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease. In American approximately 50 percent of adults have some degree of periodontal disease, according to a sample of 3,743 adults aged 30 and older. The disease is even more prevalent as we age, estimating that 70 percent of adults aged 65 […]

The Best Of Both Worlds; E.Max

E.max is an extremely strong porcelain material that is used for restorative procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays and implants. Prior to e.max patients had to choose between esthetics and strength. At Cedar Cliff Dental Center, we have been using e.max for years, giving you the best of both worlds. Patients often ask, “What […]

Sweet, Delicious and Great For Your Teeth?

Would you believe me if I told you brushing your teeth with sugar could have significant health benefits? Much like there are good fats and bad fats, not all sugars are bad for your teeth. In fact, one sugar in particular has been proven to destroy harmful, disease-causing oral bacteria. Xylitol is a naturally occurring […]