Dr. Maria Kim, DDS
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Why You Should Consider Dental Sealants for Your Child

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Kids love sweet snacks and juice, both of which promote tooth decay. Decay, or dental caries, is the most common preventable childhood disease despite advancements in prevention and the introduction of fluoridation in drinking water. Fluoridation has reduced dental caries by about 20 percent, making it a big success, but has not eradicated it altogether. This is because so much depends on a good home hygiene routine and professional dental cleanings.Why do kids get cavities? Dental decay develops because bacteria reproduce quickly, generating an acidic byproduct, which deteriorates teeth enamel. Even if you brush and floss your child’s teeth, they may still be at risk. Teeth, especially molars, have deep ...

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Microorganisms and Their Role in Dental Decay

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The common thought about dental cavities is that they come from sugary treats. That’s only part of the story, however. A recent study identifies that a combination of bacteria and yeast cause greater instances of caries in kids.Caries, or dental decay, is one of the most common preventable childhood illnesses, and despite the introduction of fluoride into municipal water treatment plants, it’s still incredibly common. Most people will need at least one filling during their childhood.Both bacteria and yeast feed on sugar, but it’s not as simple as eliminating candy from the diet. Bagels, chips, and breakfast cereals are made of processed carbohydrates, which quickly convert to sugar during ...

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Mouth Ulcers Hurt! What's behind Them?

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Most of us will have a mouth ulcer from time to time and if you have one, you know they can be difficult to ignore and quite painful! Sometimes mouth ulcers pop up because of a love of citrus or tropical fruits and sometimes they seemingly come out of nowhere.Mouth ulcers can appear on your tongue or inside the soft tissue of your mouth. While they are typically nothing to worry about and pose more of an inconvenience and annoyance than anything, you are always welcome to contact us. Dr. Kim will perform an oral cancer screening and recommend some ways to promote healing.Here are a few things that can ...

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Are you tired all day? Come in for a sleep apnea test!

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Do you find yourself falling asleep during the day? Are you consistently tired despite having many hours of sleep? You might have sleep apnea.Sleep apnea is a common disorder where your breathing pauses as you sleep. These pauses can last from seconds to minutes and disrupt your sleep cycle by pulling you out of deep sleep (without you knowing!).If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, come to our office to sign up for a sleep study. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, our office can make a custom sleeping device for you that will prevent breathing problems while you sleep and allow for deep, restful slumber. Call ...

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