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    Newly Developed Smart Material Could Mean Less Tooth Decay

    Most people who have a cavity and visit the dentist to have it filled leave feeling like everything is taken care of and there’s nothing else to worry about. Unfortunately, it’s common for bacteria to build up under fillings and cause a new cavity, also called recurrent caries. A recent study published in Scientific Reports by the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering reports that a team of researchers has developed a new material designed to help prevent cavities under fillings. New Filling Material Solves Common Problem  The filling material contains tiny particles of antimicrobial drugs that are designed to stop bacteria from accumulating around or under the tooth or filling area. In the past, one of the biggest struggles with this method has been the ability to distribute these antimicrobial drugs to the mouth for the entire life of the patient, or the life of the filling....
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    5 Reasons for a Toothache

    shutterstock_195237566The second you feel a twinge of pain when you bite into something, panic sets in. The first thing that comes to mind is a big needle and a drill filling the cavity you’re already convinced you have. The good news is not every toothache means you have a cavity. Take a deep breath, relax and read about five possible reasons for that toothache:   1. You could have a bad sinus Infection. Although it sounds crazy, the roots of your top teeth actually sit very close to the sinuses. When you have a sinus infection, the pressure can cause tooth or jaw pain. Sometimes treating the sinus infection is all you need to relieve the tooth pain. 2. You could be grinding your teeth while you sleep.  Many patients come to Dr. Pappas and are shocked to find out they show signs of grinding their teeth. This is because it...
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