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What to Consider When Considering Invisalign

Do you have teeth that are out of their ideal alignment? Do you have a bad bite? Are you interested in straightening your teeth, but unwilling to deal with traditional wire and bracket braces? Invisalign may be the solution!

Founded in San Jose, California, in 1997, Invisalign braces have quickly become a household name. In the 20 years since their founding, Invisalign braces have perfected over 2.6 million smiles around the world. But despite their popularity, there are still a few misconceptions about Invisalign. If you are interested in straightening your teeth without the hassle of getting traditional braces, check out these lesser-known facts about Invisalign.

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How Good is Good Enough When It Comes to Flossing?

If the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s 2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is any indication, people in America really don’t like flossing. According to NHANES, only about 30 percent floss their teeth daily, with another 37 percent reporting they floss less frequently than daily, and 30 percent stating they never floss at all.

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British Dental Health Crisis Highlights Need for Better Dental Access for Children Worldwide

Funding cuts to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) have left major shortages in dental access for British children. According to a new report by the British Dental Association, scores of children needing dental services ranging from regular exams to dental surgeries are simply no longer able to get them, as approximately half of Britain’s NHS-funded dental clinics have been forced to stop accepting new patients due to funding cuts.

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Another E-Cigarette Explosion Renews Questions About Safety

When Matt Yamashita of Pearl City, Hawaii, went to use his e-cigarette before hitting the basketball court, he got a surprise he won’t soon forget. That’s because instead of creating the steam vapor he was expecting, his cigarette exploded in his mouth, taking with it four teeth and requiring 40 stitches in his mouth. Yamashita will also require surgery for dental implants to replace the missing teeth once his primary injuries have healed. But what caused this explosion - and could it have been prevented?

Dr. Michele Simpson of Wilmington, North Carolina, has a theory, but she says most e-cigarette smokers aren’t going to like it.

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What’s the Deal with Apple Cider Vinegar?

It seems like you can’t read anything these days without hearing about apple cider vinegar and how well it works to cure a variety of ailments. But how can a condiment do so much? After all, apple cider vinegar supposedly works to cure everything from indigestion to hiccups, dandruff to acne. In fact, some people say it can lower cholesterol. On the cosmetic side, apple cider vinegar supposedly makes your hair shinier and your teeth whiter.

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Know the Warning Signs of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

Do you experience a weird clicking sound when you open and close your mouth? Does your jaw ache, or do you have trouble opening your mouth wide? Do you suffer from a sore neck or headaches that occur behind your ears? You could be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Often erroneously referred to as TMJ, TMD is a condition of the temporomandibular joint (the actual TMJ). So, how do you know if you have TMD? Check out this list of common TMD symptoms and see if you might be at risk.

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Why Cosmetic Dentistry Isn’t Just Cosmetic


If you’ve ever considered getting veneers to improve the color and shape of your front teeth, you may be surprised to learn that not everyone is a good candidate for them. That’s because veneers are simply a covering for your teeth. If your teeth need more than just aesthetic work, or if there are conditions present in the mouth that would lower the success rate of your veneers, Dr. Simpson may advise you to put your aesthetic dentistry procedure on hold until corrections can be made.

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Whiter Isn’t Always Healthier When It Comes to Teeth

A gleaming white smile is something we all aspire to. In fact, Americans spend over $1 billion a year on whitening treatments, strips, trays and toothpastes trying to get whiter teeth. But did you know that whiter teeth don’t always equate to healthier teeth? Here’s why.

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Could Hot Drinks Increase Cancer Risk?

Are you one of those people who just aren't awake without that morning cup of coffee or tea? Well, according to the World Health Organization, depending on how hot you drink your beverage of choice, you could be putting yourself at an increased risk of developing cancer. In a study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, researchers found a link between very hot beverages - exceeding temperatures of 149 degrees Fahrenheit - and esophageal cancer, which is the eighth most common form of cancer, and the sixth deadliest.

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Oral Bacteria Linked to Esophageal Cancer

Another important reason to take care of your teeth has just been revealed, and many dentists are hoping it will encourage patients to pay closer attention to their oral health. According to a study published in the December 2017 issue of the journal Cancer Research, when no other risk factors were present (such as the patient having a high BMI, or regularly smoking or drinking alcohol), patients who had certain oral bacteria in their mouth had an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. In fact, that same bacteria found in patients with gum disease was present in the esophagus of patients with esophageal cancer.

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Braces and Sports

If you or someone you love is new to sports or to braces this winter, there are a few things you should keep in mind before getting active. Just like your naked teeth, your braces-wearing mouth needs protection while playing many common sports. From football to hockey, basketball, wrestling and roller derby, it is essential that you properly protect your teeth and your braces if you participate in sports. But before you reach for that trusty old boil-and-bite mouth guard, make sure you read this guide to choosing the right guard for braces.

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Sealing the Deal: Do Kids Really Need Dental Sealants?

If you’ve ever been told by your dentist that your child’s teeth will benefit from sealants, you may be wondering what they are, and if they’re worth the expense. If you’re curious about sealants, here’s a guide to everything you’ve ever wondered about this beneficial treatment option.

What Are Sealants?

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted on to freshly cleaned teeth to form an invisible barrier that protects teeth from decay. They are primarily applied to molars, and the procedure is totally painless.

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National Children’s Dental Health Month: Teens and Teeth

If you’re like most parents, you probably struggle to get your teen to talk to you about pretty much anything, let alone oral health. But oral hygiene habits begin at home, and even though your teen thinks he or she is an adult, it’s still up to you to make sure your teen is doing his or her best to maintain oral health. In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, here are some tips about helping your older children take proper care of their oral hygiene - even when you don’t care for their tone.


 

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FDA Approves Sleep Apnea Implant

If you’re one of the estimated 22 million Americans with sleep apnea, you are probably already aware of the lack of comfortable options to treat the condition. From awkward and uncomfortable sleep masks to breathing tubes and oral appliances, many patients choose to simply not wear their apnea device, even though wearing it could save their life.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. According to research from the University of Wisconsin, untreated, severe sleep apnea can increase a sufferer’s risk of death by three times the rate of those who don't have the disorder. Worse yet, having sleep apnea can worsen other medical conditions. Data have shown that of the roughly 610,000 people who die of heart disease each year, an estimated 38,000 also had sleep apnea. Having sleep apnea can even increase your risk of hypertension, stroke and heart attack.

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Surprising Reasons Fillings Could Fail

For many people, there are few things more frustrating than hearing they need an old filling replaced. After all, you already went through the pain to have it put in the first time - who wants to go through that again for the same tooth? Unfortunately, despite what we may have been led to believe, fillings aren’t meant to last forever. But for some people, filling failure happens more often and in some cases sooner than anticipated. So, what causes this premature failure, and what can be done to prevent it? 

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Healthy Lessons for Girl Scout Badges

Whether you’ve been a Girl Scout yourself or are lucky enough to be raising one, you’re probably already aware that there are ways to earn badges for almost everything under the sun. But while interests change with each passing generation, there are some badges that remain evergreen in both interest and importance. Girl Scouting can teach your daughter many valuable lessons about how to care for herself and her community. 

If you are looking for ways to teach your daughter more about excellent oral health and hygiene, check out these popular Girl Scout badges and some ideas about how to earn them!

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Why Bedside Manner Matters

Imagine this: You’ve been experiencing a great deal of pain in one of your back molars for several days. You thought you could wait out the pain in hopes that it would go away, but instead it only seems to get worse. You’re already somewhat afraid of going to the dentist, but you can’t take it anymore, so you check Google for a top-rated dentist in your area and call the practice. 

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When Is the Right Time for Kids to Get Braces?

If you’re the parent of a child with a less-than-perfect smile, you may be considering straightening your child’s teeth with braces. But with so much misinformation out there about these orthodontic devices, it can be hard to tell if and when your child actually needs braces - and what kind of braces are best.

Whether you’ve discussed braces with Dr. Simpson or with an orthodontist, or you’ve never considered braces before, here are some indicators that your child may be ready to start straightening his or her smile.

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Did Teeth Really Grow in a Man’s Throat?

Teeth can grow in some pretty strange places. They have been found everywhere from tumors to eyes to even in brains. But an unusual case in China now has people asking, Can teeth really grow in the throat?

The case involved a man referred to only as Mr. Zhang, who began to have difficulty breathing. Zhang went to Dr. Zhu Xiangping at Jiangsu Subei People’s Hospital in Jiangsu Province, China, where it was revealed that Zhang had what appeared to be dozens of teeth growing in his throat.

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Could Aspirin Cure Cavities?

If you’re one of the 91 percent of Americans with dental caries or cavities, you know what a pain they can be. But good news may soon be on the way from a team of researchers at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland. The study, which was discussed at the British Society for Oral and Dental Research annual meeting in September, claims that dentists may someday be able to use aspirin to heal dental cavities.

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Michele Simpson DDS

Wilmington Dental Office

3317 Masonboro Loop Rd • Suite 140 • Wilmington, NC 28409

(910) 550-3959