Author Archives: Dr. Cecchini

Teeth Whitening

According to a survey done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, teeth whitening treatments are the number one requested cosmetic dental procedures. The national survey also found: Virtually all adults (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset. … Continue reading

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Preventative Care

We recommend your teeth be cleaned and examined at least every six months. Dental ailments are seldom evident to patients until the trouble reaches a stage that makes treatment complicated and expensive. Preventive care is the only way to extend … Continue reading

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers, with roughly 35,000 new cases reported annually in the United States. The vast majority of oral cancers occur in people older than 50 years, with men being twice as likely as … Continue reading

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What are Veneers?

Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front … Continue reading

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What Is the Best Technique for Brushing?

There are a number of effective brushing techniques. Patients are advised to check with their dentist or hygienist to determine which technique is best for them, since tooth position and gum condition vary. One effective, easy-to-remember technique involves using a … Continue reading

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What is Orofacial Pain?

Orofacial pain includes a number of clinical problems involving the chewing (masticatory) muscles or temporomandibular joint. Problems can include temporomandibular joint discomfort; muscle spasms in the head, neck and jaw; migraines, cluster or frequent headaches; or pain with the teeth, … Continue reading

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Expecting? Don’t Neglect Your Teeth

Even though most people are aware that good oral health is essential for the overall health of both mother and child, misunderstandings about the safety of dental care during pregnancy may cause pregnant women to avoid seeing their dentist. The … Continue reading

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Oral Warning Signs Can Indicate Serious Medical Conditions

Oral Warning Signs Can Indicate Serious Medical Conditions Regular dental exams not only help to decrease a patient’s risk of oral diseases, such as cavities and periodontal (gum) disease, but they may also help to diagnose other, sometimes life-threatening, medical … Continue reading

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Heart Disease and Dental Treatment

Patients with certain heart conditions have a higher risk of endocarditis. This is an infection of the heart. It can be life threatening. It happens when bacteria in the bloodstream attach to damaged heart valves or other damaged heart tissue. … Continue reading

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Have a Heart-to-Heart Chat Before Dental Visits

Congestive heart failure (CHF), a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to the body’s organs, affects more than 3 million people in the United States, with approximately 400,000 new cases each year. People with a history of … Continue reading

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Protect Your Heart

Keep your mouth healthy! Gum disease is a serious gum infection that should always be taken seriously. Although gum disease can often show few or no symptoms at all, watch for gums that are red and irritated or bleed easily. … Continue reading

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How Can Gum Disease Affect My Cardiovascular Health?

Researchers are finding possible links between periodontal (gum) infections and other diseases throughout the body. Current studies suggest that there may be a link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. In fact, some research suggests that gum disease may be … Continue reading

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Does a Smaller Waist Mean Smelly Breath?

Many people wanting to slim down are jumping on the low-carbohydrate diet trend in an attempt to lose weight. However, as dieters shed pounds, many are saying goodbye to carbs and hello to halitosis. Low-carb diets work by limiting the … Continue reading

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All About Mouth Rinses

Mouth rinse or mouthwash is a product used for oral hygiene. Antiseptic and anti-plaque mouth rinse claims to kill the germs that cause plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. Anti-cavity mouth rinse uses fluoride to protect against tooth decay. Mouth rinses … Continue reading

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People with Diabetes at Higher Risk for Developing Gum Disease

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects nearly 24 million people in the United States. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) encourages those with diabetes to pay extra attention to their oral health. Studies have … Continue reading

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