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October 14, 2017

Tooth Cracker 5000 Helps Extract Stem Cells

As stem cells become further studied and used in medicine, researchers are discovering teeth as a great source of stem cells. It is possible that this new device that is jokingly called the "Tooth Cracker 5000" may allow researchers to quadruple the number of stem cells harvested. 

“Potential real-world application of this technology is to assist dental pulp stem cell researchers and companies that store dental stem cells with improving their yields,” Mah said. “At this time, we plan to improve upon the current design and conduct testing with a variety of tooth shapes, but we are open to collaborations with other researchers and industry.”

For the full story, click here
 
Happy October,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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September 29, 2017

World Heart Day - A Focus on Teeth

 

In an article by Dr. Luke Cronin, he discusses the important links between our oral health and our heart health.
The link between oral health and a healthy heart is stronger than you might have realised, and this World Heart Day. People with poor oral health have an increased number of bad bacteria, which can travel through your bloodstream to your stomach and heart, and create serious health problems.
For the full article, please check it out here. If you have questions about other ways to protect your heart through oral care, please drop me a message. 
 
Wishing everyone a healthy and happy heart,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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September 1, 2017

Winding Down Summer

I cannot believe September is here! We here at Kai Family Dentistry hope you are having a wonderful summer! Here's a little dental humor to kick off the month (especially for the cat lovers!)...

Sending good thoughts to those affected by Harvey,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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June 9, 2017

360 Degree Toothbrush for Kids from Japanese Clinic

A real father from Fatherly weighs in on the difficulty of brushing his kids' teeth. Read his suggestion here. It's a tough battle moms and dads, but it's a battle definitely worth fighting for! :)
 
Wishing all the kids a great summer break,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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May 26, 2017

History of Dentistry in Photos

Major dental nerdom in this latest entry. It is amazing how far dentistry has come. Check out the photo history here...especially the old school ether inhaler...whoa. 
 
Happy Memorial Day weekend,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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May 12, 2017

Warning: Cuteness Ahead

What a wonderful May we're having. Here is a little video of Fiona the Hippo for your Friday cuteness. 
 
Happy Mother's Day to All the Amazing Moms!,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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April 28, 2017

"Tooth Fairy Study" and Autism

 
A study that will be taking place for the next seven years hopes to discover any links between baby teeth and autism. Check out the full article here

“The Tooth Fairy” study

Scientists have searched for the cause of autism for decades. They have found trends — such as children with older siblings with autism are at significantly higher risk — but have yet to discover its trigger.

Researchers at the University of Washington are part of a national study looking at the baby teeth of the siblings of children who have autism. The Fishers have been enlisted to take part.

Since the teeth are collected from young children, the research quickly earned a nickname, “The Tooth Fairy” study.

Scientists will analyze the teeth looking for signs of exposure to toxins, such as pesticides, flame retardants, chemicals that soften plastics, and heavy metals such as lead, which can affect the development of genes.

A scientific instrument is used to determine when a child was exposed to a contaminant.

Happy Friday,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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March 3, 2017

Teeth Helping Scientists Build Better Planes

 
As if you needed another reason why teeth are awesome, check out this article from Andrew Liszewski (from Gizmodo) about how studying enamel is helping scientists build better planes!
Artificial tooth enamel could one day lead to the development of materials that could be a better alternative to the metals currently used to build airplane fuselages and automobile chassis. The fake enamel is not only lighter, the researchers say it’s able to withstand the constant vibrations, pressures, plus expansions and compressions that metals experience during flights, which overtime lead to microscopic cracks and eventual structure failure—the last thing you want at 30,000 feet.
See you at Salamander Saturday,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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February 17, 2017

Smart Toothbrush Films Inside Your Mouth

 
Very neat new product from Onvi called Prophix is geared towards improving your brushing efficiency by showing you a live stream of your mouth. Check out the new product below!
 
 
Happy President's Day weekend,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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February 3, 2017

Alzheimer's Drug May Grow Back Teeth

 
We are getting closer and closer to being able to move away from traditional "fillings" and being able to tap into the tooth's ability to regrow tooth structure. Check out this fascinating study here
 
Ready for 6 more weeks of winter,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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January 20, 2017

Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Kids' Teeth Healthy

For today's entry, I am so excited to share an entry prepared by a guest writer! Dolores Santos has put together a wonderful, concise article about keeping our kids' teeth healthy. Check it out below! 

Here's to the weekend,
Dr. Lynda Tran
 

Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Kids’ Teeth Healthy

Every parent has heard the horror stories of kids who have daily tantrums about the task of brushing their teeth, but you also realize how important it is to instill healthy dental habits in your kids at a young age. Dental health is linked to overall health and well-being, and the steps taken while kids are young can have life-long impacts. Here are 10 helpful tips for keeping your kids’ teeth healthy (and maintaining your sanity as a parent).

1.Encourage healthy eating habits.

What you eat affects the health of your teeth as much as how well you care for them. Avoid sugary foods and sticky, gummy treats that may stick to teeth. Instead, encourage kids to eat healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, and limit snacking between brushing.

2.Make brushing fun.

Not all kids enjoy brushing their teeth, let alone flossing. Buy kid-friendly floss picks, toothpaste, and toothbrushes to make brushing fun.

3.Make sure they brush twice per day.

Kids who don’t yet have their adult teeth should brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water or kid-friendly toothpaste. If you have a baby who has not yet broken teeth, wipe her gums using an infant gum massager to promote healthy teeth and gums.

4.Help your kids brush their teeth.

Some kids are able to master the art of brushing their teeth thoroughly at a young age, while others will require help for several more years. Help your kids brush their teeth twice daily until you’re certain that they’re effectively brushing all areas.

5.Use fluoride toothpaste.

Experts suggest that parents begin using a fluoride toothpaste with children at age three. Use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and be sure that your child spits it out rather than swallowing it.

6.Visit a dentist regularly.

It’s a good idea to schedule your child’s first dental visit by the age of one, but all children should see a dentist by age three. The sooner you begin regular dentist visits, the more comfortable your child will feel with your dental provider.

7.Encourage your kids to drink water frequently.

When your kids begin to attend school, it’s not always possible to brush after every meal or snack. However, plain water can help to flush away food particles and debris from around the teeth between brushing, which can help to ward off potential decay. Encourage your children to rinse their mouths with plain water throughout the day.

8.Talk to your dentist about sealants.

If your children are prone to cavities, they may benefit from sealants, a coating applied by dentists that can help to protect cavity-prone areas. Kids with some hereditary conditions, such as amelogenesis imperfecta (a condition that causes porous enamel), may benefit from sealants.

9.Embrace flossing.

For kids who don’t like brushing, flossing is even more frightening, but flossing is one of the most important things you can do for healthy teeth and gums. Fortunately, kid-friendly floss picks make the task much simpler for children. Have your dentist or hygienist show your children how to floss properly and make sure you know the proper technique so that you can guide them at home.

10.Use both manual and electric toothbrushes.

Kids often get excited by fancy electric toothbrushes, especially those that play music or perform other interesting tricks. While electric toothbrushes are a good way to get your kids interested in brushing, you should alternate between these and regular, manual brushes to be sure that your children learn the proper brushing technique.

As a parent, you worry about many aspects of your children’s health. By implementing these 10 tips, you can have confidence that you’re doing everything possible to protect that bright, healthy smile that brings you so much joy.

 

Image via Pixabay by wjgomes

 

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January 11, 2017

American Health Council Names Dr. Tran to Board

 
Sharing some exciting news to start the year! Just click image above. 
 
Happy 2017,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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December 15, 2016

Happy Holidays

 
Ash wishing you a wonderful holiday season and an amazing New Year!
 
Until 2017,
Dr. Lynda Tran
 

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November 24, 2016

What I Am Thankful For...

 
There is so much to be thankful for this year but I wanted to just spend a few moments to share profound "thankfulness" for my amazing team! Anna, Lia and Tanya are so dedicated to our patient's well being. (Now, we also have Nancy and KaCee as part of our team! I am thankful for their willingness to help serve our patients with so much attention and care.) Of course, we are most thankful for our supportive, kind, talented (!), and wonderful patients. You all make our time at the office both fun and worthwhile! 
 
Sharing thanks for you,
Dr. Lynda Tran
 

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October 28, 2016

My Trip to Loreto

 
I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Mexican Medical Ministries to serve the community of Loreto this weekend! It was a relatively short trip compared to my past dental mission trips, but we were nonetheless busy! It also happened to be the same weekend that the city of Loreto was celebrating it's own birthday! The streets were lively and there was lots of energy!
 
 
We worked out of a trailer that was converted to a dental clinic with two chairs. It's amazing how MMM was able to streamline everything we needed. I cannot write about this trip without mentioning the awesome opportunity I had to work with a "local" dentist. Dr. Yxchel Clavel Gutierrez (from Arte Dental Essex) practices in La Paz but has been working with MMM for 10 years. She was a real inspiration and was so supportive. It was a treat to be able to work with her (below is a photo of Dr. Gutierrez assisting me during a procedure)! 
 
 
I am so excited to share this trip with you and I am already looking forward to my next dental mission. I could not have been able to go on this trip without the help of my amazing team at Kai Family Dentistry!
 
Hope you're staying dry,
Dr. Lynda Tran
 

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October 14, 2016

Halloween Candy Guide

With the 31st nearly upon us, I wanted to share a candy guide from the Academy of General Dentistry for the treats to come. See which goodies past the "Good" test by clicking the image above!
 
Happy HALLOWEEN,
Dr. Lynda Tran
 

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September 16, 2016

The Truth About Sparkling Water and Your Teeth

Can't believe the autumn is almost upon us!
 
For today's entry, I wanted to share a conversation that one of our patients had with our wonderful hygienist Lia. They had had a conversation about sparkling water and its effect on teeth. Lia had passed along an article that summarizes the "Three Myths About Sparkling Water" very well. I hope you'll take a look....
 
Three Myths About Sparking Water (From Lifehacker.com)
 
Happy Tet Trung Thu,
Dr. Lynda Tran
 
P.S. Tet Trung Thu is Vietnamese name for the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrating the full moon! 

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August 26, 2016

Only Dental Practice in US a Member of One Percent for the Planet!

Anna Stewart, Lia Stone, Dr. Tran with Our One Percent for the Planet Plaque
(Not Pictured: Tanya Martin)
 
We hope your summer is amazing. Feeling very refreshed after a month vacation, we are back and have some very exciting news to share! 
 
Kai Family Dentistry is currently the only dental office in the US to be part of One Percent for the Planet (onepercentfortheplanet.org). 1% of our profit will be donated to a non-profit organization dedicated to big, positive changes for our environment. The organization that we have decided to partner with is Save Our Shores (saveourshores.org). Having volunteered with them a few times a month, I really believe in their cause and their dedication to our planet.

Watch this video to learn more about One Percent for the Planet.

Happy Friday everyone,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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June 20, 2016

It Sure Feels Like Summer...

Our office will be closed until Monday, July 18th for our summer break. We have a wonderful dentist covering for our office. If you should find that you have an emergency, please give our office a call. 
 
To a wonderful summer,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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May 13, 2016

Oral Cancer's Startling Stats

Hope everyone had a wonderful start to May! What a wonderful, whirlwind the last few weeks have been. We had the wonderful chance to celebrate Anna on Administrative Assistant's Day. She is such an important member of our team and we couldn't do what we do without her. Big shout out to Anna!
 
So for the next few blogs, I was hoping to focus on Oral Cancer. It is something that is becoming more and more prevalent. CDC now recommends that patients over the age of 17 have an annual oral cancer screening. At Kai Family Dentistry, we conduct oral cancer screenings at least twice a year. We have even incorporated a special oral detection device that helps us detect questionable tissue early in its development. Early detection is key. Take a look at the startling statistics on oral cancer in the infographic above or click here for the larger version. 
 
Happy Friday 13th,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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April 15, 2016

Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

Happy April everyone! Hope you all are enjoying the beautiful weather we've ben having. 
 
Just this week, I have had more than a handful of patients ask me the question above. I found an online article on Live Science that does a wonderful job exploring this topic. One of the sentences that I want to highlight is this really great advice: "According to the Mayo Clinic, the best protection against thinning enamel is proper saliva production and fluoride. Brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, drink water treated in fluoride and see a doctor if you are experiencing dry mouth to help prevent thinning."
 
The article can be found here
 
Happy Kinda-Tax Day,
Dr. Lynda Tran
 
P.S. If you're curious as to why Tax Day is on a different day this year, check out this article here
 

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March 31, 2016

$60 Braces - What Could Go Wrong?

Apologize for the hiatus! Can't believe the end of March is here. Hope everyone has been doing well. I just wanted to share this article from The Washington Post regarding the design student who made his own clear aligners for $60! While I applaud the creative use of his design knowledge to address an esthetic concern, the orthodontists interviewed make a few very important points about the pros and cons of clear aligners fabricated by someone with little to no orthodontic training.
 
The article can be found here
 
Happy Cesar Chavez Day,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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January 22, 2016

Brushing Do's and Don'ts

As we near the end of the first month of the year, I wanted to share that many of our patients have made it their 2016 resolution to brush more frequently. How wonderful is that?! To support everyone in achieving this awesome resolution, here is a video that helps identify some frequent mistakes when brushing and the "ideal" way to brush. As always, we are here to help if there are any questions!
 
Happy Friday,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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January 11, 2016

Marijuana's Impact on the Mouth

We, here at Kai Family Dentistry, hope your year is off to a great start!
 
Over the holiday break, a friend of mine was concerned about the oral implications of her mom using medical marijuana. Around the same time, the Academy of General Dentistry produced a great summary of the impacts that marijuana can have on your mouth. I thought this information would be great to share so here is a reproduction of the concerns below:
 
Marijuana's Impact on the Mouth
Marijuana use can cause or contribute to the following in the oral cavity:
  • Alveolar bone loss
  • Gingivitis and periodontal disease
  • Gingival hyperplasia
  • Gingival leukoplakia
  • Increased appetite for cariogenic (cavity-producing) foods and drinks
  • Leukoedema
  • Oral cancer
  • Oral candidiasis
  • Poor oral hygiene practices and poor diet
  • Possible peripheral dilation and tachycardia associated with acute marijuana toxicity when an anesthetic is given
  • Uvulitis
  • Tooth decay and tooth loss
  • Tooth staining
  • Xerostomia (dry mouth)
If you have a question about any of these impacts on your oral health, please contact us or reach out to your dental care provider. 
 
Here's to a wonderful year,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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December 11, 2015

Caution About Alzheimer's Study Coverage

Below is a reproduction of Inside Dentistry article regarding the recent study published by Nature magazine that had studied the possibility of transmission of certain proteins that may contribute to Alzheimer's disease (AD). As you will find below, there is no data that shows that dentistry poses a risk for AD. In fact, "dentistry may play an important role in reducing the risk" of AD.

Please always be mindful when reading studies and articles pertaining to your health. It is important to bring any of your questions up to your health provider to get more details of the strenghts and/or weaknesses of a study. Thank you!

Until next time,
Dr. Lynda Tran
 
 

 AGD Cautions Readers About Articles Concerning Alzheimer’s Study

CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2015)—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) cautions readers about news articles on recent scientific findings concerning proteins that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

In its Sept. 10, 2015, issue, Nature published a study that indicates the inconclusive possibility of human -to-human transmission of certain proteins that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Some news articles have suggested that these proteins may be transmitted through the use of surgical instruments during certain dental procedures. However, this is not what the study, published in Nature, states.

“Our current data has no bearing on dental surgery and certainly does not argue that dentistry poses a risk of Alzheimers disease,” study author and University College London Neurology Professor John Collinge stated in a press release from the American Association of Endodontists.

“The study does not claim that dental treatment causes Alzheimers disease,says AGD President W. Mark Donald, DMD, MAGD. On the contrary, previous research has shown that dentistry may play an important role in reducing the risk of Alzheimers disease, not causing it.”

Indeed, studies have suggested a link between poor oral health and risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Re- search published over the past decade in Alzheimers & Dementia, CNS & Neurological Disorders– Drug Targets, and the Journal of Alzheimers Disease identify possible links between periodontal dis- ease and Alzheimers, and opportunities to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s through oral health care.

“The deeper we delve into the research, the more we find relationships between oral health and systemic diseases, and the more we realize that the mouth is truly the gateway to overall health,says Dr. Donald. Visiting your dentist twice a year can result in more than healthy teeth and gums. For some patients, going to the dentist can be lifesaving.”  

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November 19, 2015

The Hangover That Lead to Ibuprofen Discovery

More than 50 years ago, Dr. Stewart Adams took 600mg of Ibuprofen after his hangover and it has now become one of the leading painkillers used today. Read this really neat story here.

I cannot express how important Ibuprofen has been to the field of dentistry. It is my number one recommended go-to medication for toothaches (unless patient has sensitivities or other contraindications to Ibuprofen, of course). It's definitely one of the many things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday!

Feeling thankful,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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October 23, 2015

8 Amazing Things You Didn't Know About Teeth

Discovery News put a little compilation of 8 amazing things you didn't know about your teeth. For the full details and to check out the full article click here

  1. Straight teeth could help you ace an interview.
  2. A dog's mouth is cleaner than yours!
  3. Tooth enamel is the hardest thing in your body.
  4. You could fill a swimming pool with your saliva.
  5. Athletes are prone to cavities.
  6. Chocolate is good for your teeth (dark chocolate, that is).
  7. Wisdom teeth may be disappearing!
  8. Cavities are the most chronic disease in children. 
Happy Friday,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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October 9, 2015

Have It All with Xylitol

October brings to mind harvest, pumpkins and CANDY! With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to highlight an awesome sweetner you might have heard of already: Xylitol. A few quick notes about this amazing, natural product:

  • Regular use of xylitol has been shown to reduce dental plaque - the first stage of cavity development, tartar formation, and tooth staining.
  • Xylitol gum or mints used 3-5 times per day (total of 5 grams) is considered optimal. 
  • Use of xylitol immediately after meals is the most effective at reduction of plaque and limiting contact time of sugar on teeth.
  • For more on Xylitol, click here
Happy October,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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September 25, 2015

E-Cigs and Your Oral Health

As the debate continues on the safety and risks surrounding e-cigarettes, I wanted to share this little, short Fact Sheet on e-cigarettes and how they can attribute to your overall health. Although a lot of information is still unknown about these products, there are some definites which include their addictive nature. As always your dental team can provide you with information on these products. 

E-Cigarette Fact Sheet

Here's to an awesome weekend,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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September 11, 2015

Review of Mouthguards

As football season gets under way, I thought it would be an opportune time to review sport mouthguards. I often get asked by patients what the difference is between a custom mouthguard and an over-the-counter one. As a member of the Academy of Sports Dentistry, we take teeth/jaw/soft tissue protection very seriously and have compiled a short and sweet summary to answer most questions about guards. If you have any further questions, I'm just an email away!

Mouthguard Summary Sheet

Go Texans (Why Texans? Ask me to find out.),
Dr. Lynda Tran

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August 28, 2015

"Can't Feel My Face" Dentistry Cover

Being a big The Weeknd fan myself, this was just too good to not share!

Happy Friday,
Dr. Lynda Tran

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