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Mar 03

How long are people protected against COVID-19? Reuters reports that COVID-19 reinfection is rare but more common in older individuals. The majority of people are protected against reinfection for at least 6 months. A study in the journal Lancet found that just 0.65% of people tested positive a second time for COVID-19 after previous infection. […]

Jun 22

Researchers at MIT studied which businesses and industries are safe right now and which are not. Dentistry received the highest risk-benefit profile when weighing the benefit to the customer and risk to COVID-19. In other words, which businesses gave customers the most bang for the buck. Along with dental offices were banks and universities.  ​

Apr 08

Myth 1: Sugar is the only thing that causes cavities​ In fact the acid produced by bacteria cause cavities. The bacteria digest the sugar we eat. Any carb you eat can contribute to bacteria produced acid such as sugar from fruit, rice, and bread.​​ Fact 1: Acid causes tooth decay Consuming acidic foods and drinks […]

Sep 22

Fluoride helps the acid attack produced by bacteria in plaque on your teeth. Who can benefit from fluoride? Infants and children with developing teeth- fluoride is carried beneath the gums to developing teeth Children and adults whose teeth have erupted The amount of fluoride needs to be just right. Too little can increase the risk […]

Jul 01

Hamden, CT – Jan 7, 2019-Dr Scott Pearl, of Pearl Dental Care, Hamden, CT, recently joined the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD). This demonstrates his dedication to improved patient care, his commitment to continuing education and to the advancement of the safe and effective uses of laser technology for the benefit of his patients.  Lasers […]

Aug 20

Even Procter & Gamble, maker of Crest toothpaste, is launching a charcoal whitening toothpaste soon. Patients say the black charcoal toothpaste makes a mess and adds an extra step to the morning routine, and despite add dirtiness to teeth, some people think it makes their teeth whiter. Charcoal has been used on teeth for centuries, […]

Feb 25

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal explains the deadly hospital-acquired infection, pneumonia, and how the best way to prevent it may be with a toothbrush. Contracting pneumonia is a significant risk for patients in a hospital, especially those undergoing surgery. Pneumonia is the number 1 hospital-acquired infection in America. The sad truth is that hospitals […]

Feb 12

There are certainly benefits for mother and baby to breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can aid the baby’s immune system, reduce the risk of asthma and ear infections, and lower the mom’s chances of breast and ovarian cancer. Here is some information related to the oral health of your baby while breastfeeding.  Benefits for your baby’s biteA study […]

Dec 03

As dentists, we see patients with dental fears every single day. Here are some strange and wonderful medically verified dental phobias! Hopefully we can overcome these phobias! Odontophobia- the fear of dentistsOdontarrupophobia- the fear of toothbrushesArachibutyrophobia- the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouthQueunliskanphobia- the fear of saliva (usually other people’s)Cibophobia- […]

Nov 21

With 2017 nearing an end it’s a great time to use up remaining dollars in your flexible spending account (FSA). FSA’s allow you to pay for IRS-qualified health care expenses with pretax dollars you save in a special account all year. The discount can be more than 30% depending on your tax bracket. Eligible expenses […]

Apr 16

A recent article was published in The New York Times which tells the story of the letters the founder of WM. Wrigley Jr. Co. wrote to young children to entice them to chew gum. William Wrigley Jr., the founder of the Wrigley Company, wrote direct letters to every child he could find turning 2.. “In the early 1900s, he […]

Mar 16

Let’s say you have a dental emergency. Do you go to the hospital or to Pearl Dental Care? Where you go for treatment will depend on the type of emergency and where the problem area is. Accidents such as jaw fractures, major lacerations to the face, trouble breathing or swallowing, or jaw dislocation require immediate […]

Feb 03

Bicycling Magazine recently published an article listing 20 easy ways to help your heart. Some of the recommendations include eating calcium rich foods, filling up on antioxidants, and treating high blood pressure. Number 8 on the list is “Go to the dentist.” The tip references a Taiwanese research study which showed that people who had their […]

Jan 30

According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, genetics may increase your chances of getting cavities and even inheriting a sweet tooth. Some patients with average to poor oral hygiene rarely if ever get cavities. Other patients with diligent home care who floss and brush regularly are often told by their dentist that they […]

Dec 30

You and your dentist have a range of options for relieving dental pain. It’s most important to determine the cause of the pain and if any treatment is necessary. This blog post will discuss medications that are available for mitigating dental pain. When choosing a pain medication you might consider: the pain intensity you have […]