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Quick Fact: What are pre-eruptive caries?

This is a quick fact presented by Dr. Suham Alexander, Oasis Clinical Editor Pre-eruptive caries (also referred to as occult or hidden caries) has an unclear etiology as well as pathogenesis. As the tooth is usually encased in its crypt, it is unlikely that it is exposed to any cariogenic bacteria. Some theories hypothesize that the cariogenic process is initiated by internal resorptive processes that are precipitated by pressure exerted by abutting teeth or ectopic positioning of the tooth itself. The carious lesions are most often located at the DEJ in the occlusal surface of the tooth.

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What is the best antibiotic to prescribe for irreversible pulpitis?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: What is the best antibiotic to prescribe for irreversible pulpitis? Dr. Mary Dabuleanu, from Dabuleanu Dental,  in collaboration with Dr. Suham Alexander, Oasis Clinical Editor, provided this quick initial response

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What are the early signs of periodontal disease?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: What are the early signs of periodontal disease? Dr. Gordon Schwartz, from GumDocs, in collaboration with Dr. Suham Alexander, Oasis Clinical Editor, provided this quick initial response

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Sodabriety: intervening against the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of School Health: Piloting ‘‘Sodabriety’’: A School-Based Intervention to Impact Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Rural Appalachian High Schools (March 2014)

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Maxillary implant overdentures: Why are they controversial? A Review

This summary is based on the review published in the journal of the Australian Dental Association: Maxillary implant overdentures: current controversies (December 2013)

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How can I treat halitosis?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: how can I treat halitosis?  Dr. Eric Stoopler, University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with Dr. Suham Alexander, Oasis Clinical Editor, provided this quick initial response Halitosis is fairly common in the general population with an estimated prevalence of ~25%. It affects men and women in similar proportions; although, women are more likely to seek treatment for it more quickly as the condition can cause social embarrassment. There is a lack of scientific evidence in the area of halitosis given there is a subjective nature to the condition. Differences exist in cultural as ...

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What causes a salty mouth taste?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: In the last month, I have had 3 patients complain of a salty taste in their mouths, what could be the cause?  Dr. Gary Klasser in collaboration with Dr. Suham Alexander, Oasis Discussions Editor, provided this quick initial response When introduced in the oral cavity, food interacts chemically with salivary components which, in turn, stimulate taste receptors. These receptors are most commonly found on the superior surface of the tongue as well as the palate and epiglottis, but also occur in tissues like chemosensory cells of the alimentary tract, brain, pancreas and ...

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What are the causes of a burning tongue?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: What are the causes of burning tongue?     Dr. Gary Klasser in collaboration with Dr. Suham Alexander, Oasis Clinical Editor, provided this quick initial response (Glossodynia, Glossopyrosis, Stomatodynia, Stomatopyrosis, Sore tongue, Oral dysaesthesia) Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is an idiopathic condition which predominantly affects peri- or post-menopausal women in a higher frequency than it affects men. The condition has not been reported in children. The burning sensation may occur in several sites of the oral cavity, such as the hard palate, gums and lower lip; however, it most often presents bilaterally ...

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