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Jan
17

Q&A With Dr. Kim Kutsch: Saliva and Brushing

written by CariFree

Here are some questions posed recently to Dr. Kutsch and his responses:   Q: What is your baseline approach to a saliva compromised patient? For the patient with reduced salivary flow, which may be a result of age and or medication use, my approach is to make sure they understand the importance of keeping the […]

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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
Mar
29

Dental Caries Treatment with Antimicrobials

written by CariFree

Dental Caries and Antimicrobials John D. Featherstone, Kim Kutsch, DMD   Dental caries is a dysbiotic biofilm disease that is characterized by prolonged periods of low pH in the mouth that results in net mineral loss from the teeth. There are many documented risk factors that play a role in this disease. These risk factors include […]

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Category: Education
Mar
1

pH and your oral health

written by CariFree

An acidic environment is a dangerous environment – not only in your mouth, but in the rest of your body. The acidity level is also referred to as the pH level. An acidic environment is a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and disease – acidity in the mouth is the primary cause of tooth decay […]

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Mar
1

Test the pH of my drink to win a new grill? No way!

written by CariFree

YES WAY! HERE IS HOW: How to enter: #1) Pick up free test strips by stopping by our office: Advanced Dentistry by Design 403 W. Nye Lane, Suite A; Carson City, NV 89706 Phone: 775-883-7244 #2) 2 Ways to Enter! 1) Go to our Facebook page at: Facebook.com/AdvancedDentistryByDesign and post a photo of the drink […]

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Dec
1

Stop blaming sugar for your decay; THIS is what’s actually causing it

written by CariFree

By V. Kim Kutsch   One of the primary misconceptions about the decay process is that folks seem to confuse what is actually causing, or selecting for demineralization. The term is selection pressure:   Selection pressure can be regarded as a force that causes a particular organism to evolve in a certain direction. It is not […]

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Category: Education
Aug
25

The Perfect Coffee for Teeth Lovers

written by CariFree

Coffee has long been a beverage that we preach to drink  in one sitting rather than sip all day due to it’s low pH. The low pH of hot brewed coffee is typically between 4-5 (remember demineralization occurs at or below 5.5). However, for all the coffee lovers that also love their smile, cold-brew may be an alternative that […]

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Category: Education
Aug
4

Diabetes and Dental Caries Risk

written by CariFree

It is widely understood by dental professionals that diabetics are at increased risk for periodontal disease. But did you know they are also at risk for dental caries? A recent post by The Brain Bank highlights the connection between Diabetes, hypo-salivation, low pH and dental caries. From the article:   One final problem in diabetic […]

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Category: Education
Mar
1

National Nutrition Month – Win a FREE iPad Mini!

written by CariFree

Test the pH of your drink for a chance to win an iPad mini!

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Feb
10

A definitive answer to the question…”How do cavities happen?”

written by CariFree

How often do you hear the question: “how did my cavities happen?” Often people have a simple understanding of the process which goes something like this…”sugar eats away at your enamel”. Or, “food get’s stuck in your teeth and causes teeth to break down”, or “I just have soft teeth.” While these answers aren’t wrong per se […]

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Category: Education