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Industry Spotlight: American Dental Association

ada-2The American Dental Association (ADA) is the largest association of dental professionals in the United States. Since its establishment in 1859, the nonprofit organization has grown to comprise a membership of more than 159,000 dentists and has become the leading source of oral health-related information for both dentists and the general public.

Member Benefits & Professional Development
The ADA provides a wide range of benefits for its dentist members, from college loan refinancing to health and retirement plans. Additionally, the organization supplies a wealth of educational and data resources to help professionals stay current with the latest developments in dentistry. Some of these include online continuing education courses, informative websites like its Center for Professional Success and publications like its award-winning Journal of the American Dental Association. By keeping its members educated and up-to-date, the ADA demonstrates its commitment to promoting professional excellence in the dental field. Continue reading “Industry Spotlight: American Dental Association” »

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Children’s Dental Care: Frequently Asked Questions

Over the past few months, we’ve published a number of blogs concerning children’s health care—or, to be more specific, children’s dental and vision care. These posts have proven popular enough to warrant follow-up. So, just in time for summer, we’re scouting out answers to some of your frequently asked questions about children’s dental and vision care. This week: children’s dental FAQs.

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It’s never too early to start teaching your child about proper dental care. Image: American Ratings Corporation, 2016

When should I bring my child to his or her first dental exam?
The American Dental Association recommends bringing your child for its first exam by age 1 at the latest. Continue reading “Children’s Dental Care: Frequently Asked Questions” »

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Learning About Your Orthodontic Options

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Whether you’re considering braces for your child or yourself, make sure you know the full extent of your options. Photo: Braces for Pretty Faces (2015)

Whether they proactively address dental problems in adolescence or correct them later in life, braces are one of the most effective methods for improving the appearance and functionality of your teeth. If you’re considering braces for your child or yourself, make sure you know the different styles available and the pros and cons of each.

Metal braces
Stainless steel braces are the most basic style, but they’re also the most functional and economical. If you find the prospect of conspicuous metal brackets off-putting, keep in mind that modern brackets are smaller and less prominent than the ones you may have worn in your childhood. Also, for children, the choice of colored bands offers a fun opportunity for self-expression. Continue reading “Learning About Your Orthodontic Options” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Dental Tips

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From orthodontics to cosmetic and restorative dentistry, today’s dental industry encompasses a wide variety of specialization. Photo: Isaac Lin, DDS (2015)

Most of us would like to think maintaining good oral health is as simple as brushing and flossing, but in reality, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The true complexity of the matter is reflected in the wide range of specialization comprising today’s dental industry, from orthodontics to cosmetic and restorative dentistry. When it comes to navigating such a diverse domain, a little helpful expertise can go a long way, which is why we’ve compiled this sampling of useful tips and essential practices from six Diamond Certified Expert Contributors.

1. Floss first, brush last: Dr. Isaac Lin of Isaac Lin, DDS
To maximize the effectiveness of brushing, make it the final step of your oral hygiene routine. Always floss before you brush—it’ll remove food particles from the spaces between your teeth and allow for better brushing coverage. If you use mouthwash, do so in between flossing and brushing. Ideally, there should be a small amount of toothpaste in your saliva when you go to bed, which will allow its effects to extend beyond the bathroom. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Dental Tips” »

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The Hazards of Over-Brushing

Regularly brushing your teeth is an important part of dental health, but you should be careful not to overdo it. Photo: Dr. Stephen Ostwald, DDS (2014)

Regularly brushing your teeth is an important part of dental health, but you should be careful not to overdo it. Photo: Dr. Stephen Ostwald, DDS (2014)

Most people are aware of the critical importance of dental hygiene, but what isn’t so well-known is the danger of overdoing it. While routine brushing and flossing are crucial for maintaining dental health, brushing too vigorously and too often can actually harm your teeth and gums.

Whether you brush too fast, too hard or too often, over-brushing can lead to several adverse effects, including enamel abrasion, which is when a tooth’s protective enamel layer breaks down. Continue reading “The Hazards of Over-Brushing” »

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