Dental Blog for Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates

Dentist Office in Raytown and Pleasant Hill, Missouri

August 24, 2017

 

More people are missing teeth than most of us realize. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOS):

Over 69 percent of people between the ages of 35 to 44 have at least one permanent tooth which has been lost. These teeth are lost due to accidents, decay, periodontal disease and infections. Over a quarter of all people over the age of 75 have no permanent teeth remaining.  So if you are missing one or more teeth, you should consider a dental implant.

Dental implants boast a 95% success rate and 50 years of clinical research, and thus provide an...

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August 23, 2017

Why We Still Need To Floss

 

              It’s the question 95% of the population dreads hearing in anticipation of their dental visit, have you been flossing?  Most people either flat out lie or exaggerate the truth extravagantly. The truth is most people don’t floss and never will, but this does not mean it isn’t important.

             Most people brush their teeth because it provides instant visible gratification by removing any food from their teeth which could create embarrassment or bad breath. As a consequence they believe their oral maintenance is complete, but they are not fooling their dentist or hygienist...

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August 16, 2017

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                    It's funny, toothpaste companies such as Crest & Colgate spend hundreds of millions in advertising every year in an attempt to convince consumers their toothpaste is the best.  When people ask me what toothpaste I recommend, I'm honest and respond that they are mostly all the same.  So it can be confusing to walk into a pharmacy and have to choose from numerous brands and types of toothpaste. The two primary benefits of toothpaste are its abrasiveness to clean plaque from the teeth, and the flouride...

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August 15, 2017
                                
                       
 
 
                                                                                                       
 
 
 
           Among voluntary or "elective" dental procedures, cosmetic dentistry is perhaps the most frequently performed types of dentistry, and it’s easy to see why.  Outcomes from cosmetic dentistry can be truly stunning and life-changing.  There is no greater...
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July 28, 2017

 

 

 

Root Canal Defamation

 

            “I’d rather get a root canal than go to the Opera or Theater again.”---Bob Davis Sr. Growing up it seemed root canals were always analogized with the worst possible things in life.  I had no clue what a root canal was, but I learned it must be a pretty painful and awful procedure.  I was wrong.

              This edition of Mental Floss is being prepared while sitting with my beautiful wife and brilliant oldest daughter on a Southwest flight waiting for the lightening to subside so...

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May 17, 2017
 
 
       Although more Americans than ever now have access to and can afford health care, many people still avoid regularly seeing a physician.  In fact nearly one quarter of the U.S. population does not have a primary care physician.  We as dentists see it everyday, someone comes in with tooth pain and when you look at the medical history form they filled out, no physician is listed.  In many instances a dentist, often under "emergency"...
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May 14, 2017

Beneficial Foods For Optimal Oral Health

Findings in a study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) suggest many foods have positive effects on oral health.  Below is a list of the some of these pro-dental health munchables:

  1. Basil:  basil has antibiotic properties and thereby reduces bacterial load in the mouth.
  2. Broccoli:  broccoli has been shown to form an acid-resistant film on teeth which protects against enamel erosion.   
  3. Carrots:   not only are carrots loaded with...
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May 08, 2017

            Many experts agree the leading cause of chronic headaches and jaw pain is a disorder within the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).  You are enjoying your dinner with your family, when your child points out he heard your jaw pop.  Clearly you felt it, it was painful, but as a parent you try to remain tough and act like it was no big deal. With time, you talk less, eat less and rarely enjoy meals because of the pain brought about by moving your jaw. It should come as some relief that over 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorders, and nearly all of them are treatable with conservative treatment. Usually a simply oral appliance...

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May 07, 2017

 

            Mini implants, also called narrow diameter implants, appear to be becoming increasingly popular as consumers search for faster and cheaper ways to replace missing teeth, and clinicians and implant companies seek to meet that demand.  Personally, partly because I am a Carl Misch disciple, I’ve always been biased against implants which appear to be exempt from some of the significant requirements (ie. Osseointegration) of traditional implant dentistry.  This bias aides in formulating my belief that mini implants likely work well for their originally intended purpose(s), but there appears to be a growing trend toward off...

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