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Celiac Disease and Dental Disorders

Celiac disease (Gluten sensitivity) is one of the more common gastrointestinal disorders in the United States. 90% of cases are estimated to go undiagnosed and it is estimated that 1% of our population suffers from it.  I had a patient [...]

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Gummy Smile Correction

Gummy smiles When an overbite is due to over eruption of the front teeth there may be excessive gingival display or a gummy smile. In severe cases of over eruption or maxillary vertical excess a surgical correction to move the [...]

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Invisalign and Open Bites

Many open bites ( where front teeth do not overlap) are due to a over-eruption of the posterior teeth. If it is corrected by closing the anterior teeth the result is not stable and it may contribute to a gummy [...]

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Xyilitol and orthodontic patients

Xyilitol Having your patients add xyilitol can really benefit their oral health. Many studies have shown that xyilitol helps prevent tooth decay. It has been shown that xyilitol can reduce harmful bacteria from 30-70%. Xyilitol is a naturally occurring alcohol. [...]

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Heavy lingual frenums

  Heavy lingual frenums   A heavy lingual frenum (tongue tie) has been shown to be a factor in childhood sleep apnea. It makes sense that a heavy lingual frenum could be a factor in a narrow maxilla. If a [...]

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Impacted Cuspids

Impacted cuspids are a frequent problem that orthodontists see.  The upper cuspid is the second most common impacted tooth. Third molars or wisdom teeth are the most common impacted tooth. Often, the correction of an impacted cuspid requires a surgical [...]

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Frenectomy

I have had several questions recently about frenectomies. When they are needed and when it should be done. I wanted to review a few basics about heavy frenum attachments and the timing of a frenectomy. A frenectomy is the removal [...]

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