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What Are The Dangers of Fluoride Ingestion?

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Today we dive into a question that has been a sensitive topic for a long time. We are talking about the dangers of fluoride and providing some advice for the best practices for parents wondering about steps to take to prevent their children from ingesting the chemical.

Can Breastfeeding Give my Child Cavities?

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As the parent of a young child, there is a lot of internal and external pressure to give them the best possible start in life. But what if it’s not always clear whether something will have a positive or negative impact?

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What fixes pulpitis?

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While many of us have experienced tooth pain, it seldom becomes fatal. This was not the case in the past, and world history would probably be vastly different if we had 21st-century dental care readily accessible across the ages.

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What’s The Future of Functional Dentistry?

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As a functional dentist, Dr. B is used to being asked what functional dentistry is. However, this week, this question comes with a twist as fans ask Dr. B what he is most excited about in functional dentistry.

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How to Stop Clenching to Prevent Gum Recession

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For today’s episode, we are focusing on clenching, looking at some of the root causes, risk factors, and links to gum recession. This is an important and complex topic that comes up a lot in dental work, with some notable progress being made in understanding it in recent decades.

Why Do Some of Us Get More Plaque than Others?

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If you have ever been in a situation where your partner or a friend, who is not as careful with their oral health as you are, comes back with a clean report while you’re struggling with cavities, you know how frustrating this can be. So, why do some people get more plaque than others?

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What is Sjögren’s Syndrome?

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Sjögren’s is an autoimmune disease that wreaks havoc on your immune system. One of the major symptoms of the disease is a dry mouth, the result of attacks on your saliva glands. As saliva plays a pivotal role in speaking, swallowing, and eating, having a dry mouth can be highly problematic.

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Gum Recession

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Gum recession is something that affects many people of all ages. Today, Dr. B explores this common issue, what the symptoms are, and gives insights into the most common causes of the condition. These include aggressive orthodontics, food trauma, and tongue and lip-ties, among others.

Hydroxyapatite Vs. Fluoride: How Do They Compare?

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Dentists have recommended fluoride toothpaste for stronger cavity-resistant teeth for decades. It is still considered the “gold standard” in dental schools, despite its safety concerns. But there’s a new ingredient in town proven to be just as effective as fluoride and completely non-toxic.

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Metal or Plastic Fillings?

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Fillings are very common procedures and while they are preventable, they still happen. So, if you are getting a filling done, should you go with metal or plastic as your material of choice? Today, Dr. B outlines these two materials and weighs up the pros and cons of each.

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Should You Get Sealants For Your Child?

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When it comes to making dental health decisions for yourself or your children, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. There is no absolute right or wrong decision, so it is often about finding the lesser of two evils.

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The Oral Microbiome

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There is a rising body of knowledge about the importance of the oral microbiome for the maintenance of oral health, but we are still a long way off from understanding things in their entirety.

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What Is PAP and Is It A Safe Teeth Whitening Method?

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This episode is all about one of the most hyped-up topics in dentistry: whitening.

The Frenum Attachment

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Today on the show Dr. B gets a question from a listener about whether it is necessary to do surgery on a one-year-old due to the formation of their frenum attachment. The frenum, in simple terms, is the web-like skin tag that connects the upper lip to the upper gum.

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Cavitations

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Cavitations are not widely recognized in the field of dentistry, despite a growing body of evidence to support their effects on the body.

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Diet Matters More than Brushing for Strong Teeth. Here’s Why.

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Ancient vs. modern diets. What’s missing? The role of saliva. Why is brushing important? Bottom line. Brush, floss, mouthwash, and go to the dentist. That’s what we’re often told is the “key” to oral health. If you want fewer cavities, just follow that prescription… Right?

Fluoride For Kids & Cavities: The Myths & The Science [Parent’s Guide]

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Recent fluoride news. Fluoride sources. Does it prevent cavities? In toothpaste vs. water. Varnish pros & cons. Questions to discuss with your dentist. Fluoride toxicity. Fluoride myths. Bottom line. You don’t need fluoride in your toothpaste, or in your water, or in your mouthwash.

What Is The Best Toothpaste?

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The majority of consumers take it as a given that all kinds of toothpaste from major brands are safe and effective. But as Dr. B will attest in today’s episode, this is not necessarily the case. Most toothpaste brands use harsh surfactants and chemicals to keep their manufactured batches homogenous.

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Craze Lines and Fractures

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Welcome to the first episode of Ask the Dentist, hosted by Dr. Mark Burhenne. The premise of this show is the same as that of askthedentist.com : to help patients inform themselves so that they can play an active role in the maintenance of their oral health.

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Are Permanent Retainers the Right Choice for You?

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How Do Permanent Retainers Work? How Much Do Permanent Retainers Cost? What Are The Benefits of Permanent Retainers? What Are The Benefits of Removable Retainers? What Are The Drawbacks of Permanent Retainers? . What To Do If My Retainers Just Snap Off? How To Clean and Floss My Permanent Retainers?

Benefits of Oral Probiotics & Best Strains

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What are they? vs. Gut probiotics. What are the best probiotic strains to take? Benefits. How long do they take? How to take. How to choose. Probiotic foods. Side effects. The oral microbiome. Right for you?

What is Miswak?

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If you haven’t heard of miswak, you are not alone. Despite its prevalence in many Muslim and Arab countries, it is not widely known around the world. Miswak is a tooth-cleaning twig or chewing stick made from the roots of the Arak tree, Salvadora persica.

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Mercury Fillings Dangers, Who Is At Risk & Removal Checklist

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Are they still used? How much mercury they contain. 34 dangers. Why are they still used? Health agency positions. Who is at risk? Should you have them removed? Mercury fillings are used to fill cavities. They are made up of various metals, but typically contain 50% mercury by weight.

Is It Sinus Pain?

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This week’s listener question concerns the relationship between sinus infections and tooth pain. Our skulls can often be compared to a laptop, not just because of its processing power, but also because it has so many intricate parts compressed inside a small space.

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How Does Oral Microbiome Affect Gum Health?

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One of the most flattering things is knowing that there are fellow functional dentists who listen to the show. Today’s question is from an aspiring functional dentist, and Dr. B dives into the oral microbiome.

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What Are The Best Prescription Toothpaste Alternatives?

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If you have ever been prescribed toothpaste such as PreviDent 5000, you might have wondered how they work and whether there are any non-fluoride alternatives. The good news is there are, and they are extremely safe to use.

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Saliva: Functions and Benefits for Oral Health

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What is saliva? Functions of Saliva How Your Mouth Produces Saliva How to Maintain Healthy Saliva. Saliva is one of the most neglected factors in your oral and overall health. The normal secretion of saliva is also vital to a healthy mouth, free of cavities , and to proper digestion.

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Should My 14-Year-Old Use Sleep Tape?

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If your child is having difficulty with anxiety or concentration it is a good idea to consider whether poor sleep is the culprit. Today on the show, Dr. B responds to a question from a listener in which she asks if it is a good idea to suggest mouth taping to her 14-year-old daughter.

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How to Avoid Fluoride

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Oral health is about so much more than cavities. It is linked to our overall health, and there are ties between a lack of oral health and chronic health struggles later in life. Fluoride is a controversial topic, and in today’s episode, Dr. B talks about this prevalent neurotoxin.

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New Study: Low-Level Laser Therapy Can Be as Effective as Formocresol In Saving Primary Molars

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Specifics About the Study Pulpotomy Procedure Discussion A Final Note. Dental decay is one of the most common oral problems affecting children across the globe.

11 Home Toothache Remedies: Evidence-Based Relief That Works

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Salt Water Rinse. Painkillers. Benzocaine. Clove Oil. Elevation. Cold Compress. Acupressure/Acupuncture. Peppermint Tea. Knotted Floss. Guava Leaves. Wheatgrass Juice. How to Sleep. Remedies to Avoid. Causes. Prevention. When to See Your Dentist.

What Is Geographic Tongue?

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Geographic tongue is a common, easy-to-spot oral condition, where the tongue takes on an atlas-like appearance. There are white borders around patches on the surface of the tongue, and in some cases, the condition can be painful. So, what causes this problem?

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Sleep Bruxism: Thinking About this Problem Differently

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Grinding your teeth at night, or sleep bruxism, is a common problem, and dentists have typically taken a teeth-protection first approach through night guards or TMJ splints. As research emerges around the topic of sleep bruxism, findings show that there is a link between sleep and nighttime grinding.

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Breastfeeding & Jaw Development: How to Prevent Braces

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Breastfeeding & jaw development. Science review. How long? Common problems & solutions. Other ways to prevent braces. Takeaway. Somewhere between 25-50% of children require braces or other orthodontic treatment during childhood.

Photodisinfection Is Revolutionizing Gum Disease Treatment

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What is it? How does it work? Who can benefit from it? . How it treats gum disease. Scientific evidence. Procedure. Contraindications & side effects. Other health benefits. The use of light-activated therapies in medical treatment has grown in popularity for decades.

Do You Need to Premedicate?

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An issue that causes a great deal of confusion is whether or not patients need to premedicate before a dental procedure. While your physician may recommend one thing, your dentist might say another, and as a patient, this can be stressful and anxiety-inducing.

The Top 3 Manual Toothbrushes I Recommend to Patients

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Q: What's the best manual toothbrush? A: I get asked this a lot. For something as basic as brushing twice daily, we sure have made it complicated! Here, I’ll walk you through… 1. What actually matters when choosing a brush. The three that I most commonly recommend.

Gum & Tooth Abscess Home Remedies: What Works & What Doesn’t

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Painkillers. Acupressure/acupuncture. Tea bags. Benzocaine. Essential oils. Cold compress. Wedge pillow. Saltwater rinse. Baking soda. Oil pulling. Remedies to avoid. Gum vs. tooth abscess. When to see a dentist. Prevention. A dental abscess can cause excruciating tooth pain.

How to Treat a Topical Cavity

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There are many factors that can attribute to cavities, many of which, play an important role in the management of oral hygiene. In today’s episode, Dr. B goes dives into an explanation behind the factors that need to be addressed when taking oral care into consideration.

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Tonsil Stones: Symptoms, Causes, and How to Remove

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Pictures. Causes. Symptoms. Diagnosis. How to remove. Treatment. Prevention. Complications. What are tonsil stones? Tonsil stones (also called tonsil calculi or tonsilloliths) are yellowish or white calcifications that develop on the tonsils.

The future of dentistry is functional. Here’s why.

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Dentistry is not separate from medicine. Diet & lifestyle. Periodontal disease & chronic disease. The oral microbiome. Sleep & airway health. How functional dentistry offers hope. Benefits of a functional dentist. Principles of functional dentistry. Are you ready for the future?

5 Sleep Apnea Questions

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Finding the right advice and navigating the system when it comes to treating sleep apnea can be frustrating. So, today, Dr. B is addressing five relevant questions related to sleep apnea.

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Healing Craze Lines and Fractures with Hydroxyapatite

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What are craze lines? What causes craze lines? Craze lines vs. craze fractures What are the symptoms of craze lines and craze fractures? How can dentists help treat craze lines? What exactly is hydroxyapatite? Conclusion. Cracked teeth are the third most common reason for tooth loss.