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Replace Ugly Old Fillings For a Brand New Smile

If you’ve had at least one filling in your life, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, you’re in the vast majority — a whopping 96% of Americans have had dental decay by the time they reach age 65. When your dentist treats a cavity, they remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill in the gap with a [...]

Keep Flossing: It (Probably) Works

Last year, some British tabloids starting passing around the story that flossing didn’t work. It was a total ploy for journalistic clickbait: nobody likes flossing, even though their dentist says it’s an essential part of oral hygiene. Everybody wants to be told that they don’t have to do it anymore. The story even got picked up by the BBC [...]

New Cavity Risk Test Shows Promise

We know that not everyone is at the same risk for cavities. Even if you brush, floss, and make your regular dental visits the same as someone else, you might develop twice as many cavities. So how do we know who is at an elevated risk and therefore more likely to benefit from additional preventive care? Researchers have developed [...]

California Won’t Have to Worry about Dentist Shortage

A new report by the UCLA Health Policy Research Center has many people worrying that California may be facing a dentist shortage in the future, but the truth is that the future of dentistry looks very bright indeed. A Very Good Dentist Supply Although the UCLA report raises some potential future flags, it shows that the current [...]

Berkeley, CA Proposes Limit on Dental Amalgam Fillings

Last month, the Berkeley City Council began working to create an official ban on dental amalgam fillings within the city limits. Although several small California cities have passed informal resolutions advocating the gradual fade out of dental amalgam fillings, it seems that Berkeley might be working for something more enforceable. They considered the legality of any such possible action [...]