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Redefining Oral Surgery with Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is the branch of technology that deals with manipulating atoms and molecules. The American Chemical Society has reported on a pre-clinical study that shows promise for patients undergoing oral surgery. The study shows a reduction in pain and recovery time after oral surgery with the aid of specialized nanotechnology. When oral surgery is performed on a patient, oftentimes collagen …

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Botox and Bruxism

Do you grind your teeth at night? Grinding and clenching during sleep is known as bruxism, and can cause damage to the teeth and jaw. Many patients with this condition wear a mouth guard at night for protection, but headaches and aching jaws are often symptoms that persist. A study published in January 2018 by Dr. William Ondo and associates, …

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Periodontal Disease

In our last blog article, we looked at the balance of healthy bacteria in the mouth, or the “oral microbiome”, and its relationship to diabetes. Today we focus on another common disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, or RA, and the fact that this condition also causes inflammatory conditions. As with diabetes, RA patients also have a higher risk of gum disease. Inflammation …

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Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

Periodontitis is a gum infection that can result in tooth loss. It has previously been established that there is a connection between being diabetic and having a higher risk of periodontitis. Now, new research from University of Pennsylvania is shedding some light on the reason for this connection. Researchers used a mouse model to experiment, focusing on the bacteria within …

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Medication Preference After Oral Surgery

As opioid abuse continues making headlines, doctors are being more proactive in discussing pain management and opioid alternatives after oral surgery. A national survey recently conducted by Pacira Pharmaceuticals showed that more than 7 in 10 oral surgery patients would opt for a non-opioid medication for their pain. The majority of patients wanted the chance to discuss pain management prior …

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Upcoming Year of AAOMS Events

As members of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we have excellent support for our oral surgery practice through AAOMS education, research and advocacy. Meetings, seminars, courses and workshops are offered throughout the year, with the 99th Annual Meeting taking place in San Francisco. What is in store for 2017? These are some of the topics this year: …

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Have a Healthy Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, it is always a challenge to balance the sweet treats with children’s health and safety. Here are some tips to keep in mind when celebrating the season: Have children eat their Halloween candy and other sugary foods either with their meals or shortly after mealtime. Production of saliva increases during meals, and this helps …

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Are You and Your Family Mouth-Healthy?

Visit the Mouth Healthy Website, brought to you by the American Dental Association (ADA), and “Get Your Grin On”. For over 150 years the ADA has been a trusted source, providing the public with information on the importance and the benefits of regular oral health care. From brochures to radio announcements, the ADA has brought this message to the public. …

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Can Stress Affect Your Teeth and Oral Health?

The effects of stress on your body are well documented, but many do not realize its effects on the teeth, jaw, and other oral tissues. One of the consequences of tension is actually a reduced level of immune system function. See more about chronic stress and your health in this Mayo Clinic article: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037. With regard to oral health, gingivitis …

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Patient Safety

Patient Safety in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

All of the doctors in our practice, along with our professional colleagues, participate in team meetings and collaborative thinking, which creates a “Culture of Safety”. Patient safety is the number one priority. We frequently reevaluate our policies and procedures to determine what is working and what needs improvement. Every person working in our office is a part of the team, …

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