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Your dental health is important to us, and as dental health professionals, we want you to be confident in our training and expertise as skilled clinicians. In order to maintain the high level of service and results that you demand and deserve, we are continually updating our education by participating in dental lectures, meetings, and conventions so that we remain in full awareness of any new techniques, products, and equipment that become available so that we can provide the highest level of care for our patients.


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By Dr. Alina, Sep 22 2017 11:10AM

This toothpaste has rapidly emerged over the internet marketplace and we have had many patients question the viability of this product and several that have been using or have tried it. I was not aware of any research on Black Charcoal Toothpaste until I ran into an article that discusses 13 studies on the use of charcoal and charcoal-based products. The article found that the creators of the black toothpaste claim a lot of properties as a form of advertisement; antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, repairing cavities, whitening and oral detoxification.

In regards to cavity prevention the comments were that the teeth where clean but displayed concave cavities in the dentine on the surface towards the cheeks, which means that the charcoal has very abrasive properties. The lack of fluoride in the Charcoal Toothpaste also influences the rate of cavities.

The studies failed to identify scientific support that the topical application of charcoal can provide any detoxification benefits to the teeth or the oral mucosa.

For the antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties there is no evidence in literature to support these claims.

About the whitening, the producers claim that the content bentonite clay gently polishes and scrubs teeth and acts as a sponge and that bacteria are drawn into the sponge. This is not the case; the researchers say that charcoal is an abrasive mineral and raises concerns about damage to the teeth and the potential loss of enamel would increase caries susceptibility.

Overall there was insufficient scientific evidence to demonstrate the cosmetic, health, or safety benefits of Charcoal Toothpaste.

However, in our practice we have seen reduced staining among our patients brushing with charcoal toothpaste, and that would be the only benefit for now.

By Dr. Alina, Nov 3 2015 02:00PM

Healthy gums mean that you are doing a fantastic job in taking proper care of your oral hygiene no matter what you brush with. As long as you have healthy gums the only thing that you have to take into account is the toothpaste that you use. To prevent the future erosion of your enamel please take into consideration the abrasiveness of your toothpaste. Dr. Alina recommends any toothpaste with an abrasiveness value of 70 or less. Please see the chart below for our recommendations:

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease our recommendations are a little different because you are dealing with a lifelong disease that you can never fully eliminate, but you can keep it under control with proper care. In this case the type of toothbrush that you use is very important. The presence of plaque is the factor that makes microbes stick together and produces inflammation. The plaque is what we need to eliminate entirely by proper brushing. We recommend and electric toothbrush in this situation because of the number of brushstrokes that they provide. The number of brushstrokes that an electric powered toothbrush can provide in a minute of brushing is far more than that of manual toothbrush.

The most important thing to remember in regards to your toothbrush is to change it every three months, be it the head of an electric toothbrush or the entire manual toothbrush. After three months the bristles start to wear off and the amount of plaque that the toothbrush can effectively remove is reduced by up to 27%!

Happy Brushing Everyone!

By Dr. Alina, May 4 2015 04:16AM

My passion for dentures has come from my time in dental school. I took an elective course at the VA Hospital under the supervision of the most inspiring professor, who ended up being one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. His passion for every little detail, groove, bump and edge was mesmerizing. Giving patients back the look of a normal face and letting people show their teeth when they smile is one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever had. Comments such as; “Wow! These look like my original teeth!” always make my day so much brighter.

My real purpose in writing this blog is that I want to tell you what research now proves with what happens with the bone under the dentures. The longer that a patient goes without NATURAL teeth the more the bone resorbs, which means it is difficult for the denture to adhere because there is no bone to support it. There will also be a decrease in the support for the lips, cheeks and the distance between the upper and lower teeth will decrease.

A good alternative to natural teeth are implants, especially in patients with the need for an overdenture. Implant placement to anchor an overdenture or fixed appliance alleviates bone loss and provides an extremely stable prosthesis. A traditional denture may seem like the most affordable option, but the long term costs and benefits of the traditional denture vs. the implant denture should always be considered.

By Dr. Alina, Feb 17 2015 04:00PM

Hormones - the cause of many problems and the solution of many illnesses! Everybody knows about pregnancy and perhaps everybody knows that all the bodies’ hormones go wacko during this period of time. What you may not know is that beside the body’s hormones your gums suffer a lot of tragedy too.

Yes, the gums become inflamed giving you pregnancy gingivitis. What happens when you have inflamed gums? A lot of food and bacteria gets trapped under the inflamed gums and cannot be removed just by brushing or flossing. It stays there for days, gives off a bad odor, makes your gums sore, there is a lot of bleeding with brushing and this is the happy case. If you follow up on your cleanings and be rigorous in your dental hygiene AND you are lucky enough to not have a genetic component you can get rid of it. What the research is saying now is that there is a significant relationship between a variation in the gene associated inflammatory response and spontaneous preterm birth. Another study looked at a specific oral bacterium called Fusobacterium Nucleatum, found in gum disease but also in infections of the fetal-placental unit, and discovered that this bacterium may be linked to pregnancy complications including pre term birth, sepsis, etc.

We all love our children...and now that you have read this blog you know that YOU can have a better impact on your baby's life by simply taking care of your dental needs.

-Illustration by Lillian Chan-

By Dr. Alina, Jan 16 2015 03:00PM

Is your child snoring, breathing through the mouth while sleeping, having trouble concentrating in school, tossing and turning in his/her sleep, or having trouble saying certain letter sounds?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then your child may have sleep apnea or a breathing habit that can have a profound impact in the development of the face and breathing ducts.

Your child may be a very smart and insightful kid but is having trouble focusing in school. If so you should consider a screening for sleep apnea. Are you thinking that Sleep Apnea doesn’t happen in kids? My child can’t sleep with that big noisy machine, that’s for old people! That is not necessarily true. If a child has big tonsils and polyps, those can obstruct the airways and the result is sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea causes a lack of oxygen to the brain which can result in ADHD.

Besides tonsils and polyps another contributing cause of sleep apnea can be a tight tongue, which means that the tongue doesn’t rise up during breathing to create a free airway but also refuses to push laterally on the teeth which does not allow your child’s arches to develop properly, thus creating a “chipmunk” like face.

Please pay attention to your child’s sleeping patterns. As early as 3 years you can start to see the signs of sleep apnea. Taking preventative measures early can spare your child a life full of the frustrations of ADHD and medications.

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