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DDS vs. DMD: A Dental Degree Breakdown

 If you are looking for a dentist in Cedarburg or West Bend, you may have picked up on the fact that there are two types of dental degrees – DDS and DMD. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are far more of one than the other, or maybe they are split 50/50. Either way, you’re probably wondering what the difference is, and how this will affect your dental care. At Today’s Dentistry, we love to spread the word about all things dental, so here are the facts, straight from Dr. Kunick, Dr. Markham, Dr. Covelli, Dr. Bath-Juech & Dr. Masek.

The Difference Between DDS and DMD

You have the right to know what training your health care professionals have received so that you can choose the best fit for your needs. Most West Bend and Cedarburg folks know there are specialties in dental medicine, such as orthodontics (braces), periodontics (gums), and cosmetics, but what about the degrees? Don’t worry, Dr. Kunick, Dr. Markham, Dr. Covelli, Dr. Bath-Juech & Dr. Masek have even known dentists that are still confused about this.

So what is the difference between the two degrees, anyway? The short answer is…exactly one letter. Both DMD and DDS indicate that an individual is a certified doctor of dental medicine. Although there are subtle differences in the curriculum within and between the two degrees, the American Dental Association considers them identical. Anyone with a DDS or DMD is qualified to practice general dentistry.

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Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

Most of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot your teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu altogether. In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Dr. Joe Kunick, Dr. Markham, Dr. Covelli, Dr. Bath-Juech & Dr. Masek at Today’s Dentistry want Cedarburg and West Bend residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet-tooth safely.

How does it work?

Dark chocolate is known to contain high levels of antioxidants, which work with our bodies to fight bacteria and disease. Dark chocolate can contain up to four times the amount of antioxidants found in green tea! High levels of antioxidants found in saliva have been proven to help fight periodontal, or gum disease, and slow tooth decay. Read more ›

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Fluoride: Good or Bad?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fluoridation of drinking water is ranked among the ten greatest public health achievements of 20th century America. However, a quick search of the internet tells us that fluoride is actually toxic if ingested in large enough quantities. So which is it? Do the health benefits outweigh the negatives of fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water? We at Today’s Dentistry know that Cedarburg & West Bend folks care a great deal about their health, so we’ve put this article together to examine the facts and help you come to your own decision. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to give us a callRead more ›

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Diet Soda and Dental Health: What You Need to Know

In today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to find the truth among all of the health-conscious noise. Often times, Cedarburg and West Bend residents are misinformed and misled about the health benefits of trends like as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today Dr. Kunick, Dr. Markham, Dr. Covelli, Dr. Bath-Juech & Dr. Masek would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda. If you have any questions please call us at Today’s Dentistry.

Are Diet Sodas Healthy?

The short answer is no. Originally conceived as low-calorie alternatives to one of America’s first commercial legacies, diet sodas have become extremely popular amidst our country’s battle to lose weight. There’s only one little problem – diet sodas are only marginally better than regular soda. Compared to water, diet soda has zero nutritional value and contains many ingredients that are harmful outside of moderation. Read more ›

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Gum Disease & Birth Defects

What is Gum Disease?

The short answer: Gum disease is a common gum infection that can become very problematic, but you can prevent it!

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Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth – At Least Wear a Mouth Guard

According to the American Dental Association [http://www.ada.org/en/], at least 13% of all injuries to the mouth occur during sports activities. While helmets, shoulder pads, shin guards, and the like do a great job of protecting most of the body, Dr. Kunick, Dr. Markham, Dr. Covelli, Dr. Bath-Juech & Dr. Masek would like to make sure that every athlete knows how to keep their teeth safe from harm. No Cedarburg or West Bend parent should have to worry about their child’s teeth during the game, so at Today’s Dentistry, we would like to talk about how to take sports safety to the next level.

Mouth Guards and Sports Safety

In Cedarburg & West Bend, we live for a good game. Our athletes train hard to win, so it’s not hard to imagine why they don’t shy away from contact. However, that doesn’t mean that your family has to suffer the consequences of a sports-related oral injury. Mouth guards are the key to oral safety in sports. Read more ›

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Dental Bridges 101

A hole in your smile is never a good thing. It negatively affects your appearance, your eating, your speaking, and your overall sense of confidence and wellbeing. Let Today’s Dentistry bridge the gap between where you are with your smile and where you want to be!

A missing tooth or teeth can also cause jaw pain and bite misalignment. Without a full set of teeth, your other teeth have a tendency to move into the empty space causing an unnatural alignment in your bite and jaw—which can be very uncomfortable and can lead to bigger headaches and TMJ/TMD problems.

Dr. Kunick, Dr. Markham, Dr. Covelli, Dr. Bath-Juech & Dr. Masek share how each tooth plays an important role in your health and every day life, and how dental bridges can restore your smile and the function of your teeth. Read more ›

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Is it Time to Straighten?

When to Straighten Your Teeth

There are a lot of reasons to straighten your teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth.

In general, dentists begin considering the potential need to straighten a patient’s teeth around 8-10 years of age. But people of all ages can get their teeth straightened—there is never a bad time! But there are certain times when it makes more sense.

Cedarburg and West Bend dentists, Dr. Kunick, Dr. Markham, Dr. Covelli, Dr. Bath-Juech, & Dr. Masek are professional and local providers of orthodontics and teeth straightening treatments. Read below to learn our tips for deciding if it’s time to straighten your teeth.

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The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

Fresh breath really sets the tone for every moment of your day: first thing in the morning, before an important meeting, after working out, or just before bed. Whether you prefer cool mint, invigorating cinnamon, or herbal anise, it’s your favorite trusty toothpaste that delivers that fresh clean feeling.

So, what’s the scoop on toothpaste? What is essential to know in order to get the most out of it? You might be surprised as you learn more about this common product. Dr. Kunick, Dr. Markham, Dr. Covelli, Dr. Bath-Juech & Dr. Masek in Cedarburg & West Bend give you the full story on toothpaste to empower you to take oral health into your own hands … or your own toothbrush, rather.

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Senior Dentistry: Embrace Healthy Aging

Someone once said, “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” How true!

It can be disorienting and frustrating to watch your health change with age, but you don’t have to accept poor oral health and tooth loss as just a part of the game. On the contrary, your oral health is just as important now as ever, and it’s linked closely with your overall health and wellness.

Embrace healthy, preventative dental hygiene and reap the benefits of improved wellness and vitality during a season of life with so much to look forward to.

When it comes to senior health and dentistry, Dr. Kunick, Dr. Markham, Dr. Covelli & Dr. Bath-Juech shares the top concerns you may have, and how to address them: Read more ›

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