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Feb
14

What is that black stain?

written by CariFree

Actinomyces/Black Stain Have you ever had a young patient come to your office with strange black staining? Something we see from time to time are children who present with superficial black stains on the teeth. Parents will always ask what causes it, and usually we discuss things like water and vitamins, but often we throw […]

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Category: Education
Feb
7

Science Update Series: Saliva, Dental Caries and Periodontal Disease

written by CariFree

It was an interesting year in Dental Caries research. For this update series we started with about 100 articles, and pared it down to 50 that we believe broaden our knowledge and will help us better diagnose and treat our patients. Over the next several weeks we will walk through the research, feel free to […]

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Category: Education
Jan
3

How to Work with Stubborn Patient Behaviors and Get Positive Results

written by CariFree

We know counseling patients can be challenging. Today we offer a few reasons why it can be so hard, and a few strategies that work to help patients really make change. One of the greatest forces working against us (and our patients) is called proactive interference. Old habits are a significant force keeping us from […]

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Category: Education
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
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
Oct
25

The Prescriptive Phase: pH as Therapeutic Strategy

written by CariFree

Why is pH important? We know that long periods of low pH select for acid producing bacteria. Thus, the makeup of the biofilm can shift as a result of the pH of the oral cavity. Additionally, ‘good’ bacteria, if given the right environment (low pH) start behaving like ‘bad’ acid producing bacteria. pH is important […]

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Category: Education
Sep
27

Are Your Teeth Safe? Infographic

written by CariFree

We had a wonderful submission from Bright Side Dental, sharing a simple-to-read infographic about food and oral health. We wanted to share their message to patients with you today for inspiration and sharing! Most people would probably agree that proper dental care is an important aspect of your overall health, unfortunately not everyone takes the […]

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Category: Education
Sep
20

Patient Success Story: Lauren W.

written by CariFree

Check out this encouraging message we received on Facebook from CariFree patient Lauren.   “Hi guys! So if you ever need a spokeswoman or a real story of success from CariFree, I am your poster child. It started in November with a failed crown (came out by┬áthe post) and somehow spiraled down a path of […]

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