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General Dentistry

How to Care for Your Oral Microbiome During Shutdown

As New York begins reopening for business after NY PAUSE, Rochester is one of the areas that will begin reopening this Friday May 15. However, with the phased reopening process, many of us will continue to remain at home for the foreseeable future.  During this time, it’s important to be focused on your {{{{link [...]

Take Gum Disease Seriously

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the US. What most people don’t understand is that tooth loss is only partly caused by bacteria infecting the gums. Another part of it is the body’s immune response to bacterial infection. The body’s response to gum disease only makes evolutionary sense [...]

Popcorn Stuck in Teeth Blamed for Firefighter’s Near-Fatal Heart Infection

A British firefighter thought the biggest danger he faced was a burning building, but it turns out it was popcorn. At least, that’s what he’s blaming for his recent brush with death from a potentially fatal heart infection.  It is a reminder to take oral infections seriously and see a dentist if [...]

What Kind of Toothpaste Should I Use?

Dentists hear this question almost daily.  Toothpaste shopping can be a bit challenging with the dizzying array of products out there, each touting themselves to be the most effective, whitening, tartar reducing, cavity fighting, and freshening thing your mouth has ever experienced. How do you choose? Which toothpaste is the best one? Here's my unconventional, [...]

The Complexity of the Oral Microbiome

Many of our patients are concerned about the impact of their actions on the local ecosystem, and that’s good. But there’s an even more local ecosystem you should be concerned about: the oral microbiome, which is a complex mini ecosystem, with a number of specifically defined niches inhabited by hundreds, even thousands [...]