Dental Blog for Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates

Dentist Office in Raytown and Pleasant Hill, Missouri

July 08, 2019


            One of my passions over the past year has been the beginning of my journey toward accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  I’ve been a member of the Academy for nearly three years and have travelled to both Chicago and Las Vegas for the annual meetings.  Last year in Chicago I took and passed the written accreditation exam, the first step toward becoming accredited with the Academy.  Currently there are less than 350 dentists worldwide who are accredited by the AACD.  My next step will be to begin to complete and thoroughly document the 5 required case types for accreditation.  


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March 07, 2018


            During the previous two decades the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has become increasingly common.  Today, predominantly overweight men who snore (the most common demographic diagnosed with OSA) no longer have to experience the numerous serious detrimental health consequences associated with the frequent disruptions of breathing during sleep associated with sleep apnea.  Such complications include heart attacks, glaucoma, diabetes, cancer and cognitive and behavioral disorders. While OSA traditionally affects overweight males, a lesser known but related sleep disorder debilitates thin women...

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February 24, 2018

Recognizing atypical aspects of your oral health is vital to individuals wishing to maintain optimal oral health. Bad breath is not uncommon when you eat certain foods or when you wake up in the morning. Bad breath becomes what is known as halitosis when regular brushing and flossing does not eliminate the odor. Fortunately, halitosis is quite treatable in most circumstances under the care of a general dentist.

The vision of Robert M. Davis, DDS is to help his patients obtain a healthy, esthetically pleasing patients.

Dr. Davis performs comprehensive general dentistry services in his Raytown and...

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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


                    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...
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