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Do People with Great Smiles Make More Money?

The majority of Americans believe that an unattractive smile can prevent a person from achieving financial prosperity and that having a great smile contributes to career success. One important aspect of what is considered ‘good looks’ is one’s smile and the appearance of the teeth. Critical to a great smile are nice looking teeth. Unfortunately, […]

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BAD BACTERIA

DR STRAIT’S SYSTEM OF ELIMINATING THE CAUSE OF DENTAL DISEASE Dental Disease – (Decay/Cavities/Caries and Gum Disease/ Periodontal Disease/ Pyorrhea) is caused directly or indirectly by certain bacteria.  There is really no other cause.  Things like eating candy,  excessive sugar consumption,  poor diet, smoking , defective tooth structure, etc. only contribute to or make someone […]

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BASICS FOR PREVENTING NEW DENTAL DISEASE

Have a microscopic culture, MC  ( taken to establish the presence, activity level, and prevalence of disease causing/ pathogenic bacteria. Review current home regimen, effectiveness, and efficiency. Have dental professional go over: Water Pik irrigation- How to reach effective 8-10 pressure. Delivery of Antibacterial-  Therasol, etc. Toothbrushing – Sonicaire, dentifrices, etc., 4.  Flossing- Floss-Aid or […]

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HOW LONG SHOULD A TEMPORARY CROWN LAST?

A temporary crown is designed to protect the tooth, allow you to function and eat normally, be able to continue good oral hygiene, and provide adequate esthetics. Normally the permanent crown is placed in approximately 2 to 3 weeks, but this time period may vary greatly depending on many other factors.   These factors may include […]

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What about the retention of the results achieved with Invisalign compared to traditional orthodontics?

After 15 years of observing the retention of Invisalign cases and a much longer time observing traditional orthodontic cases I would say that retention depends more upon the specifics of any individual case and how compliant the patient has been with the plan for retention than upon whether the case was done with Invisalign or […]

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How is Invisalign at correcting a crowded smile or a crooked smile?

After almost 13 years of being an Invisalign provider and previously delivering only traditional orthodontics  I can say without reservation that Invisalign orthodontics is far superior to traditional orthodontics for a number of reasons.  1. The forces used are physiologic which means that forces used are gentle and never exceed the limits of what the […]

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NUTRITION & YOU:

  Critical to both dental and total health, a healthful well balanced diet is a good place to start, but unfortunately not enough.  If you consider the increase in the modification, processing, genetic alteration, forced ripening, storage, foreign supply, and general manipulation of our food supply, it has become extremely difficult if not impossible to […]

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What are the Sign and Symptoms that an root canal is needed?

ANSWER:  Sometimes you may have no symptoms nor any signs without an x-ray or clinical examination by a dentist, however the following are definite signs or symptoms that a root canal may be needed:        1.Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure. 2. Prolonged sensitivity/ pain upon the application of heat or cold (after […]

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HOW LONG SHOULD A TEMPORARY CROWN LAST?

Answer: As long as necessary and it should NOT fall off.  A temporary crown is designed to protect the tooth, allow you to function and eat normally, be able to continue good oral hygiene, and provide adequate esthetics. Normally the permanent crown is placed in approximately 2 to 3 weeks, but this time period may […]

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR DENTAL HYGIENE/CHECK-UP/ CLEANING APPOINTMENT?

It is important to understand that the purpose of this appointment should be to make sure you are on track in terms of staying healthy and preventing any new dental problems.  If you have had problems In the past, have continued to have new dental problems, or at the end of this appointment you do […]

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