Monthly Archives - January 2014

DNA Studies on Bacteria

DNA Studies on Bacteria Provide Interesting Data about Our Ancestor’s Oral Health. Professor Alan Cooper and Dr Laura Weyrich appeared on the ABC show Catalyst a couple of months ago and they presented a unique way of seeing bacteria. According to Professor Cooper, “90% of the cells that you’re walking around with right now aren’t yours – they’re actually bacteria. You’re only about 10%. So, it’s probably a better way of describing it as you being their human rather than them [...]

Stem Cell Research and the Future of Dentistry

Imagine going to the dentist and being able to choose a procedure that will allow you to regenerate the pulp of your teeth. Or what about loosing your teeth only to have them replaced by a new, “real” teeth that were made with your own cells? This is no longer fiction, and right now scientists are working round the clock to take research to the next level. As you might already know, stem cells have been used for a wide variety [...]

Why Dr. Cordero uses Alpha-Bio Implants

Dr. Cordero has placed more than 5000 implants throughout his practice. He uses Alpha-Bio implants. “These implants have the internal hexagon that many standard implants have, a technology that was successfully developed and still used today by many trademarks like Zimmer, MIS, Implant Direct and many more.” Alpha-Bio are excellent implants that undergo a very complex procedure, which aids them in the capability to bond amazingly well with the bone, this is called osseointegration. This is possible thanks to their NanoTec [...]

Beyond the Flossing Technique

According to a survey conducted in 2008 by the American Dental Association, 49% of American adults floss daily and 10% never floss. Flossing is one of the most important habits you can adopt to improve oral health, it is as important as brushing your teeth and when done properly you will be able to effectively prevent gum disease. This one practice will allow you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. The habit, technique and [...]

Toothpaste for Every Taste

Currently there are over one thousand types of toothpastes in the world that cater to the different tastes of the public. You can find toothpastes that taste like chocolate, bacon, cupcakes, you name it. The ingredients found in toothpaste might also vary; there are herbal toothpastes, those without fluoride and those with baking powder, amongst others. With so many options which one should you choose? A practical way to choose the right toothpaste for you is to choose it according to [...]

Whale Watching in Costa Rica

Did you know Costa Rica is the perfect place to watch whales? Whale watching has become quite popular with Tourists over the last years; it’s an activity which seeks to preserve the natural state of whales and dolphins, allowing you to catch a glimpse of them playing in their natural habitat. If you are interested in this kind of exciting ecotourism activity there are plenty of tours for you. These types of tours will usually involve sailing out to the sea [...]

Cosmetic Soft Tissue Grafting, also known as “Gum Grafts”

What make teeth esthetic is not only the teeth itself but also the gum surrounding them. Gum recession is a shift of the gingival margin towards the root of the tooth. This shifting of the gum exposes the root or implant surface. Gum recession may occur for many reasons: [star_list] [list_item] Aggressive tooth brushing. [/list_item] [list_item] Periodontal disease. [/list_item] [list_item] Bad bite. [/list_item] [list_item] Smoking, and much more. [/list_item] [/star_list] Our solution to this is a gum graft or periodontic plastic surgery. It’s a procedure aimed to cover an area exposed of a tooth root or [...]

Easing Your Nerves with Sedation Techniques

It is not uncommon to experience some anxiety before visiting the dentist, in fact it is one of the main reasons people would prefer to endure excruciating pain rather than opening up their mouth to a stranger who introduces menacing metal objects in his their mouth. For minor procedures, anesthesia is used to relieve the patient from pain. However during extensive dental procedures, sedation might be a very good option for those who would prefer to enjoy the process asleep. Sedation allows [...]

The Saboteurs – Energy and Sports Drinks

You exercise faithfully, you beat the morning drag just to wake up and hit the gym in the hope of developing those ripped abs you have always wanted with your faithful companion the sports drink. Who would have thought that only 12 ounces of this liquid contains actually 42 grams of sugar? Now all the cardiovascular activity might not even be enough to compensate the intake. But if you think sugar is bad news, read on because it is only one part [...]

Bird watching in Paradise – San Gerardo de Dota

Bird watching is one of the Top 3 Must Have Experiences in Costa Rica. Today we have selected one of the most exotic places you can visit while you are in Costa Rica. San Gerardo de Dota is located in the highlands of the Talamanca Mountains, driving from San José it takes around 2.5 hours. It is definitely one of Costa Rica´s best kept secrets since it was founded in 1952 by the Chacón family and remained unexplored before [...]