Michael Warren Dentistry Blog

Mouth Burns: Ouch!
01/31/2018
There is no magic cure for the pain and inflammation caused by mouth burns from hot drink or food, but there are a few steps patients can take to prevent mouth burn pain and inflammation from getting worse.
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Using the Right Toothpaste?
01/31/2018
What kind of toothpaste to use is very personal to an individual's particular oral health needs. Find out the best toothpaste to use for sensitive teeth, tooth decay or gingivitis. Whitening toothpaste is popular but may not be ideal, and natural toothpaste may not contain chemicals or fluoride, but using them long-term can damage tooth enamel.
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Trying to Choose Between Dentures and Implants?
01/22/2018
The benefits and drawbacks of dental implants and dentures for replacing teeth.
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Does Poor Oral Health Contribute to Frailty?
01/20/2018
Not only can poor oral health lead to tooth loss, but a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has also shown a connection between poor oral health and the development of frailty in seniors. Frailty can cause overall weakness, difficulty performing daily activities and is a contributor to an increased number of falls.
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Does Periodontal Disease Increase the Risk of Esophageal Cancer?
01/20/2018
Researchers at NYU Langone Health have found that the presence of the bacteria that cause periodontal disease increase the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Periodontal disease also has connections to other cancers like blood cancer and oral cancer. Periodontal disease is also connected to other conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis and dementia.
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Take Time to Learn About Tonsil Stones
01/16/2018
Tonsil stones are a source of bad breath for some individuals.
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Don't Forget to Floss
01/16/2018
Flossing your teeth may seem like an inconvenience, but skipping it can cause serious health problems for your teeth and gums.
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A New Filling Material May Mean Fewer Cavities
01/16/2018
A new study by the University of Pennsylvania analyzes a new composite dental filling material shows its ability to reduce the bacteria that cause tooth decay and repel dental plaque compared to other types of filling material. Dental plaque is one of the primary contributors to the development of cavities and gum disease.
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The BOST Procedure Gives Gums a Boost
01/16/2018
To treat her persistent periodontal disease, British actress Samantha Womack recently underwent BOST, a homeopathic dental procedure designed to treat gum disease without surgery. Dental researchers estimate that over half of American adults have a form of gum disease. Periodontal disease is linked to tooth loss and other serious health conditions.
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Best Ways to Cure Bad Breath
10/13/2017
Some popular and common breath-freshening methods like gum chewing and mouthwash temporarily mask bad breath, but when used too frequently can even lead to tooth decay, gum disease and more bad breath. Practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing can keep breath fresh and bacteria that cause tooth decay at bay.
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Happy Smiles Are Healthy Smiles
10/13/2017
Do you want to be happier and feel better? It’s easy — just smile more. Smiling has been identified by the American Psychology Association as a way to improve your mental health as well as lift the mood of those around you. Smiling has also been said to boost your immune system to help you fight off illness. Although smiling has significant mood-enhancing benefits, many people don’t feel like smiling because of the state of their teeth. Dr. Warren works to give every patient the smile of their dreams, so they not only look great but feel great, too.
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Handle With Care: Home Whitening Kits May Cause Damage
10/12/2017
Home tooth-whitening kits may do more than whiten teeth - they may cause unintended damage to tooth enamel and mouth tissue. Concerns about safety are increasing regarding using tooth-whitening products purchased online or over the counter because the level of whitening ingredients is largely unregulated.
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Tooth loss and poor oral health were once thought to be a problem for seniors, but a new report from the American Dental Association shows that 30 percent of people between ages 18 and 35 have untreated tooth decay, more than any other demographic.
10/12/2017
A new report by the American Dental Association has found that millennials are missing dental appointments more than any other group and suffering serious consequences. Tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease not only cause pain and poor oral health, but also keep millennials away from relationships and even interviewing for jobs.
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How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
09/20/2017
When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to buy a new one. Most people do not maintain a regular toothbrush replacement schedule. But, just like making and keeping your dental checkup appointments with Dr. Warren, taking care of your toothbrush ensures that your mouth is healthy.
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Who's a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
09/20/2017
Porcelain veneers can improve the smiles of many people. Good candidates for smile rejuvenation using porcelain veneers often have stained, chipped or cracked teeth or crooked teeth. To correct stains, chips, cracks or crooked teeth and achieve a rejuvenated smile, porcelain veneers may be the best choice for smile restoration.
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E-Cigarettes Have Negative Oral Health Effects
09/14/2017
Despite popularity, e-cigarettes and vaping are not a safe alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes, according to a study by Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Although e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, they still contain nicotine and chemicals that are damaging to the mouth, teeth and gums.
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Want to Avoid Cavities? Stick to Fluoridated Water
09/14/2017
Drinking bottled water could lead to increased cavities, according to a study published in the International Journal of Dental Research. For the first time in history, bottled water surpassed soda consumption in the United States: Americans drank a record 12.9 billion gallons of bottled water in 2016, according to research from the Beverage Marketing Company.
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TMJ
08/01/2017
Have you ever heard someone say that they have TMJ? What does this mean? Technically, TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the mandible, or lower jaw, to the skull. When this joint is traumatized or damaged, it can lead to pain and any of a multitude of symptoms. These symptoms include, but are not limited to, pain or tenderness of the jaw, pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints, aching pain in and around one or both ears, difficulty chewing or pain while chewing, aching facial pain and locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth completely. TMJ disorders can also cause a clicking, popping or grating sensation when you open your mouth, chew or yawn.
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