The latest updates on dental technology, treatments and how Nashville Restorative Dentistry is working to deliver the best possible care for our patients.
European Union to ban use of dental mercury in children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers
Feb 28, 2018
Starting in July 2018, the European Union will ban the use of dental mercury in children under the age of 15, as well as in pregnant women and nursing mothers. This ban on the mercury used in amalgam dental fillings follows the ratification of the Minamata Convention by the EU in May of 2017. This international treaty aims to protect both humans and the environment from dangerous mercury emissions -- including the use of mercury in amalgam dental fillings. Why...
Choosing an effective teeth whitening system
Jan 26, 2018
Today there is an endless variety of teeth whitening products available in dentist offices and over the counter, which can make choosing the teeth whitening system that is right for you an overwhelming decision. With whitening tubes of toothpaste, gels, rinses, trays, whitening strips, and more readily available, patients often ask us what type of whitening system is best. Below we answer some common questions that we hear from patients when it comes to choosing a teeth whitening system and...
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dec 26, 2017
Although awareness of the importance of dental care has increased in recent years, tooth loss is still a common issue affecting millions of Americans. The most common causes of tooth loss that we see include injury, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. In the past, bridges and dentures were the only available options for those suffering from tooth loss due to these conditions; however, dental implants can now provide an effective, long-lasting solution for individuals missing teeth. Dental implants differ from...
The Importance of Dental Health in Preventing Systemic Disease
Nov 26, 2017
focuses on the integral role that oral health plays in overall health. This is due to a strong body of research that shows a clear association between chronic disease and poor dental health. Although holistic dentists have recognized these links for many years, recent research has continued to emerge, confirming a relationship between dental disease and a wide variety of systemic conditions including neurological diseases, heart disease, diabetes, and even many cancers. This growing body of evidence on the importance...
The Link Between Sleep Deprivation and Periodontal Disease
Oct 26, 2017
We all know that getting enough sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, a 2016 study from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention revealed that over one-third of adults in the United States do not get the recommended seven or more hours of sleep per night on a regular basis. This lack of adequate sleep can lead to a variety of negative health conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and mental health...
The Link Between Chronic Periodontitis and Alzheimer’s Disease
Sep 26, 2017
A recently released study from Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan suggests a link between chronic periodontitis and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, which was published in Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, was led by Dr. Yu-Chao Chang and found strong evidence linking chronic gum disease to an increased risk of patients developing Alzheimer’s disease. Previous research on chronic gum disease and overall health Gum disease, which can lead to infection and inflammation in the body, has long been associated with an...
What You Need to Know about Diabetes and Your Oral Health
Aug 26, 2017
A 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 9.4% of the United States population—that’s 30.3 million Americans—now has diabetes. According to a recent report from Blue Cross Blue Shield, diabetes is also currently the third most common health issue among insured Americans, following closely behind high blood pressure and mood disorders. Findings from this study also show that diabetes is growing at the quickest rate in the millennial age group. Aside from soaring medical costs (in...
AAP Updates Recommendations on Fruit Juice for Infants and Children
Jul 26, 2017
In May, the American Academy of Pediatrics released several updated guidelines regarding the consumption of fruit juice for infants, toddlers, and children. The first update in 16 years, these new guidelines include limiting fruit juice intake for toddlers and completely cutting out fruit juice in the first year of a baby’s life. No juice for children under one year of age Previous guidelines from the AAP recommended that parents avoid giving 100 percent fruit juice to infants under six months...
What’s Up with All that Poking at My Gums During Cleaning?
May 22, 2017
Have you ever wondered why your dentist or hygienist starts rattling off a series of numbers to the in the middle of your cleaning? 2, 2, 3, 2, 4, 5! What’s going on there? This practice, known as dental probing, is performed to check the depth of gum tissue pockets that surround your tooth and the level of bone underneath the tissue. It’s a proactive way to identify your risk for gum disease, and when done regularly, can help catch it early....
While Many Nations Restrict & Ban Use of Mercury Amalgam, U.S. Continues to Deny Its Dangers
Apr 22, 2017
On March 14, 2017, the European Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority of 663 to 8 to approve regulations that will reduce the use of amalgam within the European Union. These new regulations are in line with Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty aiming to decrease levels of mercury released into the environment, including those associated with dentistry. What is Amalgam, and what is it used for in dentistry? In dentistry, amalgam is a material used as a filling...