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Visit a Cosmetic Dentist in Dallas, PA for Deep-Seated Teeth Whitening


One of the homemade teeth whitening remedies that have been gaining popularity is a concoction of strawberry and baking soda. A recent study now shows that while this mixture actually works in removing surface dirt, it cannot give you the same kind of result that a teeth whitening treatment by a cosmetic dentist in Dallas, PA can provide.

So Ran Kwon, associate professor of dentistry at the University of Iowa, tested for the effectiveness of the formula by rubbing strawberries and baking soda on extracted teeth for five minutes, followed by gentle brushing. Despite doing it three times a day, it bared no major whitening changes.
http://www.backmountaindental.com/visit-cosmetic-dentist-dallas-pa-deep-seated-teeth-whitening/

January 13, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Wilkes Barre Dentist Helps Preserve Decayed Teeth with Right Treatment


There’s one health-related email you may want to delete, or move to your spam folder. It’s about root canals and cancer.

The claim on these spurious emails involves the focal infection theory presented by a Dr. Weston Price in the 1920s and 30s, which suggested that bacteria trapped in a root canal during treatment may seep into the bloodstream and wreak havoc on the body.

This theory has long been dispelled; and in 1951, the Journal of the American Dental Association published a scientific paper, saying Dr. Price’s research techniques “lacked many aspects of modern scientific research, including absence of proper control groups and induction of excessive doses of bacteria.
http://www.backmountaindental.com/wilkes-barre-dentist-helps-preserve-decayed-teeth-right-treatment/

January 11, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Dentist in Scranton, PA Recommends IV Sedation to Overcome Dental Fear

If you dread going the dentist for your yearly dental checkup, then you might be suffering from what is referred to as dental phobia. Dental fear is common, not only with children but with adults as well. It is, however, especially common with people who suffer from other mental health issues. Research suggests that about 20% of people who have dental phobia also suffer from other mental issues such as generalized anxiety disorder.

Still, dental phobia should be differentiated from dental anxiety and dental fear as they vary in degree of severity. An article Dental Fear Central demonstrates the difference between the three:
http://www.backmountaindental.com/dentist-scranton-pa-recommends-iv-sedation-overcome-dental-fear/

January 9, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Teeth Whitening

backmountainEveryone wants to achieve a sparkling-white set of teeth like their favorite celebrities, and some would even go to great lengths just to achieve it. Whitening your own teeth might seem cheaper and more practical than having to go to the dentist, but there are repercussions that could follow, which can result in your teeth becoming more damaged. Even some dentists agree that do-it-yourself teeth whitening can make your chompers look brownish or dirty white instead of really white. Continue reading

January 8, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cosmetic Dentist in Wilkes-Barre: Invisalign Protects Against Bullying


The teeth is one of those physical attributes that draws attention the most, and its condition affects esteem very much in ways more than you think. Some people are lucky to have teeth that grow well as they go through puberty stage. For people with overcrowded or wide-spaced teeth, however, the adolescence is the least pleasant stage of growing up.

Research found that not only do teeth imperfections affect teens’ self-esteem because of its effect on their physical appearance, it also makes them more prone to being bullied. In a study conducted among sixth grade students, a significant number of children have been found to experience bullying because of dental appearance. Teeth is the number one factor for attacks, according to the study, followed only by strength and weight. The most commonly reported targets are those with wide spacing, missing teeth, badly shaped teeth and prominent upper front teeth.
http://www.backmountaindental.com/cosmetic-dentist-wilkes-barre-invisalign-protects-bullying/

January 7, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment