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FDA Releases Warning About Teething Medication

What to do about teething pain?

Our Dubuque dental office enjoys seeing patients of all ages.  We often get questions from parents about how to care for their children’s teeth and how to comfort teething pain.
Some kids don’t even notice the arrival of the new pearly whites pushing through their gums. However, for other children the eruption of new teeth causes a lot of pain, and parents want to know the best way to comfort their children. It seems we all hear about different remedies to relieve teething pain.

Exceptional Dentistry articles in TH newspaper

In March 2011, The Telegraph Herald published 2 articles by Exceptional Dentistry in their annual Health Section supplement.
Dr. Kristen Berning describes the services that make up a superior check-up and cleaning in her article, “Does Your Dental Check-Up Measure Up?”. Many people do not realize how many procedures are covered in this valuable one-hour appointment with a dental hygienist.

Nighttime Mouth Breathing Poses Risks for Children

Our Exceptional Dentistry team understands that nighttime mouth breathing can be harmful to a child’s growth & development. Children are supposed to be able to breath through their noses at night, in order to have proper oxygen supply to their active brains. In addition, breathing through the nose allows for proper tongue & muscle balance which is necessary for the face to develop correctly.

USA Weekends Beyond Brushing

“You know the drill: Brush at least twice a day with soft bristles, don’t forget to floss, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Good oral hygiene not only keeps your smile pearly-white and gums in good shape, but it could help the rest of you stay healthy, too: Research shows cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis, among other conditions, may be linked to oral health. More tips to protect your teeth, based on the latest research.

Panel urges FDA to take another look at mercury fillings

CNN.com published an informative article today describing the FDA’s concerns with the possible safety risks from mercury dental fillings.

Studies have concluded that young children and developing fetuses are most susceptible to the neurotoxic effects of mercury.
Starting in 1998, Dr. Ted Murray discontinued using mercury-containing dental fillings, due to these concerns.
Read more here.

Healthy Heart and Healthy Teeth

Heart disease is the leadingkiller of men and women in the United States and in Europe. British researchers studied nearly 12,000 adults in Scotland found that those who don’t brush their teeth twice a day have a 70% increased risk of heart disease compared to those who brush twice a day.

Importance of Keeping Your Teeth an NPR Story

Earlier this month, National Public Radio featured the story “As Our Skin Sags with Age, So Do Our Bones.” One of the most important elements in keeping facial bone definition is to keep your natural teeth!
David Hunt, a physical anthropologist at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., was interviewed for the story. He oversees the roughly 30,000 human skeletons in the Smithsonian’s collection.

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