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Nov
29

How Does Diet Influence Caries Risk: Part 1

written by CariFree

When discussing how diet influences dental caries risk, the number one dietary concern that comes to mind is sugar. What does the research say about the challenges we are up against when counseling patients about decreasing their sugar intake? Well, according to this study, the neurobiological response to sweet reward is more robust than that […]

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Category: Education
Nov
22

What About Behavioral Strategies?

written by CariFree

We have covered our therapeutic strategies, so now we wanted to move into the behavioral strategies. There are two types of behaviors, modifiable (home care and diet) and non-modifiable (medication use and special needs). One of the greatest behaviors we encourage in our patients is of course tooth brushing, but what does the research actually […]

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Category: Education
Nov
15

Should I Recommend Probiotics?

written by CariFree

There are certain times where probiotics are very effective, primarily with regard to gut and digestive health. However, the story of probiotics and dental caries is a little different. There have been numerous approaches to both the type of probiotics and delivery systems of them to treat dental issues. The challenge is getting the probiotic […]

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Category: Education
Nov
8

Silver Diamine Fluoride: An Important Tool

written by CariFree

We have discussed therapeutic treatment options over the last few weeks, but what about Silver diamine Fluoride? Where does it fit in the picture? Is Silver Antibacterial? We know that the Silver ion is a good antimicrobial. It inhibits the bacterial DNA replication process and interferes with cell membranes. It has been shown to be […]

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Category: Education
Nov
1

What about Nano HA?

written by CariFree

As we continue the discussion about therapeutic strategies, take a few minutes to go back and review our information on Sodium Hypochlorite, Xylitol and pH. Today we delve into the lesser known strategy of Nano Hydroxyapatite. Nano HA is what is found in the saliva,it is what the body uses to maintain the mineralization of […]

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Category: Education