<![CDATA[Being a dentist and being surrounded by a lot of dentists, I’ve had the opportunity to try a lot of dental products over the years and learn the opinions of my friends, family and colleagues about these same products. I decided to compile a list of my absolute favorite, tried and true, dental products on the market. Of course I’m always open to try something new, so if you have any favorites, please let us know!
<![CDATA[Many celebrities are believed to have had orthodontic treatment to help them achieve their big screen smiles.
Using both Invisalign and traditional braces, we’ve seen their smiles change over the years and sometimes even caught them in the process. So who has had Invisalign and who has had braces?
InvisalignKatherine Heigl: There have been many sightings of the starlet wearing Invisalign and some great pictures of her putting the aligners in. Gisele Bündchen: An interview with Elle Magazine reported that she had worn Invisalign to straighten her shifting teeth. Justin Bieber: The teen crooner is currently wearing Invisalign and was spotted wearing aligners to the UK premiere of “Never Say Never.” Cheryl Cole: The English pop star has said during interviews that her worst habit is not wearing her Invisalign aligner at night. Other rumored to have altered their smiles using Invisalign include Oprah Winfrey and Zac Efron.
BracesOther celebs take the traditional route and wear conventional braces. Browse through our gallery of celebrities in braces. I bet you’ll be surprised to see who has worn them and how old they were when they took the plunge.]]>
<![CDATA[From time to time, we refer patients to specialists for treatments such as extractions, root canals, and dental surgeries. Often, our patients ask us why this is necessary. Dentistry is a very broad field, and while your general dentist may be very skilled at a variety of procedures, a specialist's skills are necessary for complex, difficult, and unusual cases. Your dentist should be able to explain why your particular circumstance requires a referral, possible treatment alternatives, and risks associated with not going to specialist. You should not interpret a referral to mean that your general dentist cannot or should not be performing a particular procedure but rather a specialist is more experienced with the particular procedure and has dealt with a higher number of similar cases. Procedures performed by a specialist can be more expensive, which often makes patients hesitate. But if your general dentist has referred you to a specialist, it's because they are an expert in that particular area of dentistry and deal with atypical cases.]]>
<![CDATA[Xylitol is a natural organic sweetener found and extracted from fibers of common fruits and vegetables. You may know it as an ingredient in most commercial sugarless gums. The continuous use of Xylitol will decrease the amount of harmful cavity causing bacteria in your mouth over time. It is safe for adults to consume 50-100 grams of Xylitol a day but the dental benefit plateaus at 10 grams. 100% Xylitol can be consumed in many different product forms: mints, gum, lollipops, and granular just to name a few. Many commercial sugarless gums, which are not 100% Xylitol, contain approximately .5 grams of Xylitol per piece. It is recommended that 6-10 grams of Xylitol be consumed daily by children and adults. Therefore, it is recommended that a product with 100% Xylitol be consumed instead. Products with 100% Xylitol can be difficult to find at your everyday local grocery store but you can usually find 100% Xylitol at health/organic food stores and on the Internet. Xylitol is also recommended for infants and can be started with a few grams a day once the teeth begin erupting, working up to 6-10 grams as all the teeth have fully erupted. Since babies cannot chew gum/lollipop/mints, we recommend Xylitol be introduced in a granular form mixed in water. A wash cloth bathed in this solution can be used to clean the newly erupted teeth. Speak with your dentist or a pediatric dentist before introducing Xylitol.]]>
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