The Practice of Dr. Frank V. Maldonado

Wisdom Teeth: When They Come In & When They Need to Go

Wisdom Teeth Stay or Go

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are often referred to as third molars because they grow in at the back of the mouth, behind your second set of molars – both top & bottom.

They usually develop between the teenage years and early twenties, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of wisdom. 1

Once essential for an early human diet of roots, leaves, meat, and nuts, wisdom teeth are no longer totally necessary.

Today, humans cook food to soften it, and we can cut and crush it with utensils. 2 Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Resolutions That Will Save You Money At The Dentist

5 Resolutions to Save Money at the Dentist

5 New Year Resolutions To Save You Money At The Dentist

According to YouGov.com,

“Among Americans who are making New Year’s resolutions, the most common ones are exercising more (50%), saving money (49%), eating more healthily (43%), and losing weight (37%).”

It’s that time of year again – new year’s resolution time. How about we knock out all of these resolutions by saving money at the dentist?

Here are five new year resolutions that will not only help you save money at the dentist, but also improve your overall health at the same time! Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Holiday Treats That Are Bad For Your Teeth

5 Holiday Treats That Are Bad For Your Teeth

Holiday Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth

We all know that too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing, especially when we’re non-stop noshing on those tasty confectionery treats of the Holiday season.

In addition to expanding our waistlines, there are a bunch of Holiday foods that are bad for our teeth.

Is it the weather (in certain locales), is it human nature, or is it simply just a good time of year to get together with family, friends, and the ones we love to relax our dietary diligence and indulge in some less than healthy treats?

If we manage to adhere – at least most of the time – to the “everything in moderation” axiom…especially moderation…we can all take comfort in the fact that we can treat our taste buds to the too easy to ignore treats while at the same time preventing the cavity creeps and Gingerbread Man (or Woman) from launching a total tooth takeover during the Holiday season.

Eat Smarter For Healthier Teeth This Holiday Season

We still should enjoy all of these tasty toothy treats during our Holiday feasts, but maybe just remember to slosh with some water or maybe cut the cookie intake off at a few dozen…just to prevent the aforementioned cavity creep entrenchment. Read the rest of this entry »

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When Is National Flossing Day?

National Flossing Day

“I wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone’s teeth get cleaner?” – Frank Zappa

Dental floss really gets a bad wrap.

Despite it being part of our recommended daily dental hygiene regimen, and as a result, one of the best things we can do to prevent the cavity creeps, do we really give dental floss the respect it deserves?

It seems like trendy activated charcoal teeth whitening products, DIY teeth-straightening, and $300 electric toothbrushes that play music and time your brushing efforts are all the rage.

And the dental floss is sitting in your medicine cabinet pulling a Rodney Dangerfield. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Great American Smokeout® 2019

Want to Quit Smoking? Start With Day One

Do you or someone you know want to quit smoking?

November 21, 2019, is The Great American Smokeout®, the perfect opportunity to join thousands of people across the country who are either quitting or helping someone quit smoking cigarettes – or smokeless tobacco.

Quitting smoking isn’t easy. But it’s worth it!

“Smoking cessation [stopping smoking] represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.” – U.S. Surgeon General

The Great American Smokeout® is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Read the rest of this entry »

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9 Health Problems Your Dentist Can Spot

Check out these overall health issues your dentist can help identify just by looking in your mouth…and at your gums.

What Do Your Gums Say About You?

A healthy body starts with your mouth. A healthy mouth starts with healthy gums.

“They are like the foundation of a house: If you have any damage at the base, it starts to impact the entire structure,” says Richard Kao, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology in Cupertino, California.

If left untreated, gum disease can lead to not only oral health problems like gum recession, tooth decay, tooth loss, and eventually bone loss, it can also lead to serious issues with your overall health too.

Many studies have identified correlations between poor dental and gum health to other health conditions like heart disease, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, prenatal complications, even certain types of cancer. And more. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celebrate A Healthy Smile on National Brush Day

National Brush Day 2019

It’s no coincidence that National Brush Day is observed annually on November 1st, the day after Halloween, which traditionally is the single most significant day of candy consumption in the United States.

National Brush Day is part of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign, a national initiative launched by The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives and the Ad Council in 2012.

It aims to help parents and caregivers understand why poor dental health can have serious consequences, and about simple ways in which they can help improve their children’s oral health and prevent dental disease.

The campaign aims to motivate parents to take action to reduce their children’s risk of oral disease by making sure their kids are brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Read the rest of this entry »

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#DoTheSwish for National Dental Hygiene Month 2019

October Is National Dental Hygiene Month

Before we get into the worst Halloween candies known to man, let us ask you a question.

It was probably the last time you brushed, flossed, or rinsed with mouthwash.

And if we asked you when the last time was that you thought about your dental hygienist, you’d probably say the last time you were at our office.

Well, our fierce frontline defenders against the cavity creeps are here to change all that each October, with National Dental Hygiene Month.

Dental Hygienists across the country are teaming up with Walgreens and Listerine® in a nationwide effort to bring awareness and promote optimal oral health! Read the rest of this entry »

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7 Reasons To Smile On World Smile Day®

World Smile Day® is The First Friday In October

World Smile Day has been around since 1999, when creator – Harvey Ball – declared the first Friday in October officially, World Smile Day®.

You may or may not recognize Mr. Harvey Ball as the world-famous commercial artist who first created the smiley face in 1963.

According to the World Smile Day® website, this image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of goodwill and good cheer on the planet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dental Implant FAQs: 7 Answers to Questions People Ask Most

Dental Implant FAQs By Dr Frank V Maldonado DDS

Dental Implant FAQs

Dental implants are widely considered the healthiest solution to replace one or more missing teeth.

When you’re missing a tooth – even just one – the remaining teeth adjacent to the space left by the missing tooth will begin to move into that empty space.

That’s not healthy. The healthiest way to replace that missing tooth is with a dental implant.

This is because dental implants are surgically anchored into your jaw.

Implants mimic the natural tooth root, thereby preventing the adjacent teeth from moving, and any of the associated complications, especially jaw bone loss.

Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth.

Here is a list of the seven most common questions people ask about dental implants… Read the rest of this entry »

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