Does Sugar Cause Cavities?

Most people grow up hearing this from their parents and teachers, doctors and school nurses.  But you may also know people who seem to eat a ton of sugar, yet their teeth remain healthy.  So does sugar actually cause cavities? The cavity-making process involves several factors, and sugar is one of them.   What Causes Cavities? Technically, cavities are a…

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When to Consider Pulling a Tooth

In general, dentists want people to keep their natural teeth as long as possible.  We provide education, preventive measures, and treatments to maintain healthy teeth in the mouth.  Yet, we still extract teeth every single day.   There are some cases in which pulling a tooth is better than keeping it.  At Rockland Dental Specialists, we believe our role…

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Potential Complications with Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Kits

Everyone wants a bright, white beautiful smile.  This universal desire has supported a now multi-billion dollar teeth whitening industry.  There are countless brands and methods available both through your dentist and over-the-counter.  It can be difficult to know which methods are best for you.  This blog will guide you through some important information about over-the-counter teeth whitening products. How…

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How to Cope with Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety or fear affects millions of Americans and prevents many from seeking the oral healthcare they desperately need.  Sometimes this fear is the result of a bad experience in the past.  Sometimes, it relates to “horror stories” from others.  Regardless of the cause, we understand that dental anxiety is a legitimate problem for many.  Because we want every…

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Is There a Link Between Oral Hygiene and Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a frightening disease.  It destroys a person’s cognitive function, from an initial memory loss to a complete inability to care for oneself.  Patients with Alzheimer’s disease can live for many years in various stages of the disease process.  The toll it takes on both patients and caretakers is extreme.  For this reason, through ongoing research, scientists and…

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Can You Reverse Periodontitis?

What a great question!  Unfortunately, it is not one with a simple answer.  In order to answer it appropriately, we’ll break the question up into some important aspects.  First, can you reverse periodontitis?  Next, before you try to reverse periodontitis, can you stop periodontitis?  And finally, is it possible to reverse periodontitis, repairing the damage it caused?  We will answer each of these in turn so that…

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What are the Stages of Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease affects millions of Americans, leading to bad breath, unstable teeth, and missing teeth.  Also called gum disease and periodontitis, periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease caused by bacterial toxins in dental plaque and tartar.  Like many other diseases, it progresses through various stages, and it is easiest to treat when you catch it early.   Gingivitis…

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How Dental Implants Boost Self-Esteem and Improve Oral Health

Dental implants do more than simply replace a missing tooth. As the only tooth replacement option that actually replaces a tooth’s missing root, implants are uniquely positioned to provide the bearer with many exceptional advantages. These advantages include a boost for your self-esteem and improvement of the health of your mouth. The Negative Effects of…

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