HPV and Oral Cancer: What you need to know
We love to talk about the fun and interesting sides of oral health, but today, there is something much more serious on our minds. We care about the health of everyone in Incline Village, and as dental care professionals, we feel it is our duty to educate you on how to be as safe and healthy as you can be. While you have probably heard of the human papilloma virus and oral cancer, most people don’t know that they are linked. Here is some information from Dr. Milligan about the topic. If you have any questions, please feel free to give Incline Dental Care a call.
What is HPV?
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Imagine this- you have come to see Dr. Matthew Milligan for a cleaning and routine check-up. The cleaning goes well, but then Dr. Milligan tells you that you have a cavity. You’ve been dreading the possibility of this news and now you fear that something must be wrong, since you have been brushing and flossing regularly.
We at Incline Dental Care see this happen every day and we want to put your mind at ease. Cavities are very common and usually a simple fix for Dr. Milligan. Use this guide to learn about what cavities are and how you can prevent them.
Cavities: The Basics
Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which is a byproduct of too much plaque. So, what do you need to know? Read more ›
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fluoridation of drinking water is ranked among the ten greatest public health achievements of 20th century America. However, a quick search of the internet tells us that fluoride is actually toxic if ingested in large enough quantities. So which is it? Do the health benefits outweigh the negatives of fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water? We at Incline Dental Care know that Incline Village folks care a great deal about their health, so we’ve put this article together to examine the facts and help you come to your own decision. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to give us a call!
Why Use Fluoride in the First Place?
In order to understand the controversy, we must first to understand what led to putting fluoride in toothpaste and water. Even today, dental caries (tooth decay) is considered the most prevalent chronic disease in children and adults.
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Originally created for people that can’t consume regular sugars, alternative and artificial sweeteners have become extremely popular in Incline Village in all kinds of different products. From chewing gum to diet soda, Dr. Matthew Milligan wants you to know which of these options are best for your dental and general health, so here are the facts about a few of the most common sweeteners. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Incline Dental Care.
The Big Five Sugar Substitutes
The benefits of natural and artificial sugar-free sweeteners were first recognized as a safe option for diabetics, but have since exploded in popularity because food, beverage, candy, and snack companies have discovered that it is easier to sell fewer calories. In addition, Incline Village residents with a sweet tooth know that artificial sweeteners are notorious for their ability to ruin your portion control. All of the following substances are considered sugar-free and inhibit tooth decay because bacteria cannot ferment them into enamel-destroying acids. Despite ongoing controversy about health concerns of sugar substitutes, the FDA considers all of the following substances to be safe for regular consumption. Read more ›
We’ve all had a toothache at some point at some point or another. While you should always consult your Incline Village dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Incline Village residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Matthew Milligan to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. Milligan at Incline Dental Care would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear!
Pulling Teeth isn’t like “Pulling Teeth” Anymore
Just like root canals, tooth extractions have a pretty bad reputation. Many Incline Village folks may refer to something difficult by saying it was, “like pulling teeth.” However, Dr. Milligan will be the first one to tell you that the technology and techniques of modern dentistry have made the process of extracting a tooth fairly simple and with minimal discomfort to the patients. As long as you take it easy after the procedure and follow the guidelines, you’ll be back to normal in a just a few days. Read more ›
There are lots of ways to deal with missing or damaged teeth. You’ve probably heard one of us at Incline Dental care talking about implants, dentures, bridges, and crowns, but have you ever wondered what they are and how they work? Dr. Matthew Milligan knows that folks in Incline Village like to be informed, so think of this as your personal guide to things that might end up in your mouth. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!
Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures, Oh My!
At some point in time, most of us will lose at least one adult tooth. The most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease, but it could also be an accident, a sports injury, or a cavity on steroids. Some people are even born without the ability to develop one or more adult teeth! Either way, the point is that most Incline Village residents will one day face a decision: how do I replace my lost or damaged tooth? Here at Incline Dental Care, there are many ways to fill a gap in your bite:
One of the most common and destructive myths about dental hygiene is that it’s normal for gums to bleed. Dr. Matthew Milligan would like everyone in Incline Village to know that this is not the case! Imagine if we weren’t talking about gums — should any part of your body start to bleed whenever you touch it? The truth about bleeding gums is they are a sign of infection and/or irritation and can lead to serious problems that go way beyond your mouth if left untreated. Please read this article and educate yourself on how to keep your family’s teeth and gums safe.
Gums Are Not Supposed to Bleed
No matter what you may have heard, gums are never supposed to bleed. If your gums are bleeding during brushing or flossing, it is likely because you have a mild form of gum disease, known as gingivitis. It may also be because you are brushing too hard or flossing too deep into the gum tissue. Whatever the reason, bleeding gums is a sign Read more ›
In today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to find the truth among all of the health-conscious noise. Often times, Incline Village residents are misinformed and mislead about the health benefits of trends like as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today Dr. Milligan would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda. If you have any questions please call us at Incline Dental.
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You’ve been hearing it for years – “make sure to visit Dr. Matthew Milligan twice a year for your regular cleanings.” Just in case you’ve ever wondered why regular dental cleanings are so important, we at Incline Dental Care would like to take this opportunity to let Incline Village residents in on some information you don’t often hear. Let this article serve as your personal guide to the benefits of getting your teeth cleaned.
If you have any questions or find that you are suddenly inspired to visit Dr. Milligan for a cleaning, feel free to give us a call!
Why You Should Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned
Unfortunately, some folks in Incline Village believe that visiting the dentist is unnecessary if you brush and floss regularly. That just isn’t the case. In addition to keeping your teeth clean and healthy, regular visits to our expert hygienists at Incline Dental Care ensure that we can have a good look at your pearly whites and make sure nothing is wrong. If you don’t come in for cleanings, you’ll only need more expensive work later in life.
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Most of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot your teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu all together. In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Dr. Matthew Milligan at Incline Dental Care wants Incline Village residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet-tooth safely.
How does it work?
Dark chocolate is known to contain high levels of antioxidants, which work with our bodies to fight bacteria and disease. Dark chocolate can contain up to four times the amount of antioxidants found in green tea! High levels of antioxidants found in saliva have been proven to help fight periodontal, or gum disease, and slow tooth decay.
What about the sugar?
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