Yearly Archives - 2013

Teeth SOS – Holiday Top Lifesavers

Happy Holidays! We hope that you are having an amazing time with your family and friends. It is the season to be out and about, sharing, dining, and traveling and we understand that sometimes things simply happen in the most unthinkable situations. You were out with the kids enjoying the winter snow and suddenly caught yourself enjoying a snow fight. Who would have known that one of those little frozen balls would impact you right in the face [...]

A Significant Percentage of Americans Lack Preventive Dental Care

A study published on the 17th of December by the Frontiers in Public Health Journal show interesting data about the access to preventive dental care in the United States. This study was conducted from 1999-2008 and data was collected from around 650,000 middle aged to older adults. Surveys were conducted through telephone, data was collected and later investigators analyzed it. According to the survey, the number of those who received preventive dental care increased during the studied period [...]

Technology at the Tip of Your Teeth

Technology benefits every area of our lives including oral health. Take a look at some of the implements that dentists have been using to make your dental experience even more effective and precise. [star_list] [list_item] Air abrasion Air abrasion is a procedure used to remove small areas of decay or to prepare a tooth for the placement of restorations or sealants. This procedure uses an air compression device to deliver, under pressure, tiny particles of aluminum oxide onto the surface of a [...]

A High Definition View of Your Mouth

Technology has made a huge leap in all areas making our lives so much more comfortable and convenient. In the medical field, surgeries are now possible with minor incisions thanks to HD cameras. Dentistry has also come a long way and now the whole experience of visiting your dentist to have your teeth checked has been positively impacted by technology, with hi-tech devices spotting tooth decay with precision. One of the technological implementations we will be talking about is the [...]

A Detailed Look at Composite Fillings

A composite or resin filling is made of a mixture of plastic and glass. It is used to restore teeth with decay, as well as to improve the look of your smile. This can be done by reshaping disfigured teeth and by changing the color of the teeth. The process of having your fillings placed involves a thorough cleaning of the tooth, all decay is eliminated and then the dentist will proceed to place the resin. In the [...]

Welcome to Our Tropical Christmas

Costa Rica is a country that has never seen snow fall, and thus our idea of Christmas is far from being white and snowy. Currently our sun is shining brighter than ever and families have started to flock to the beaches to enjoy the coming holidays. Flocking to Costa Rica to escape the winter blues is a trend, one that is growing every year and is supported by the high occupancy statistics of hotels in our country. Although we do [...]

Your Teeth as a Tool for Investigation

The information in this article may remind you of many detective series on TV, nowadays even the most challenging detective work can be solved, thanks to the unique information stored in your teeth. Surely you have read detective novels and were mesmerized at how our nails and hair can provide information necessary to solve a crime. Teeth are valuable tools too, especially because of their unique composition. Forensic dentistry has become a very important and valuable investigative tool and has [...]

Prescribed Vacations for Your Health

Vacation is a word that can evoke the feeling of peace and relaxation for some and for others it might bring up the image of a series of activities and different touristic places packed into one week. According to the Wellness Tourism Worldwide, a wellness travel business that conducted an extensive research about the preferences of travelers, the perspective about travel has been changing and nowadays health and wellbeing are two concepts that are intricately woven into [...]

Turn Your Child’s Visit to the Dentist into an Adventure

How can you motivate your child to simply love going to the dentist and having their teeth checked and cleaned properly? For years, parents have dreaded taking their kids to the dentist fearing their child’s reaction; some even wait until a cavity has already taken its toll on their child’s teeth before they muster up the valor to do so. So how can parents turn this around and implement the habit of healthy oral care? Here are a few ideas [...]

The Amazing World of Storytelling and Children’s Oral Health

The best age to start implementing good oral hygiene habits is when children are young. Parents can start brushing their kid’s teeth with a toothbrush starting at the age of 2, using an infant brush, water and just half a pea size of toothpaste. Around the age of 2, children can spit and until the age of 5 they can brush their teeth under supervision. All of this seems easy, but how can parents actually make daily brushing and flossing [...]