Press Release - Local Dentist Gives Back to Tornado Victims

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Local Dentist Gives Back to Tornado Victims

Patients’ treatment is used to give others a new start

Mt. Pleasant, SC, August 16, 2013:  On June 4, 2013, Oklahoma was ravaged by one of the widest tornadoes ever recorded in the United States.  The tornado carved out a damage path up to 2.6 miles wide and 16.2 miles long, a band at times that was wider and longer than Manhattan. The ferocity of the twisted torn apart communities and families lost almost everything, including loved ones. 

After hearing news of the devastation the staff at Water’s Edge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, headed by Dr. Nicole Dahlkemper, got together and decided to donate 10% of all crowns, teeth whitening, veneers, and Botox® injections proceeds to the tornado victims. “We are more than just a private dental practice, we are a community-based practice that knows the importance of giving back to our community, no matter whether that community is here in the Lowcountry, or over 1,000 miles away in Oklahoma,” states practice administrator, Mark Janowiak.

Despite the aid already provided by national and federal relief programs, victims in Oklahoma are still trying to rebuild their lives and communities and require additional funding to do so. “Just because a tragedy is no longer in the news does not mean that people no longer need assistance. The government and other relief programs run dry and people are left to fend for themselves. When you lose everything, it takes months if not years to completely rebuild and move forward,” states Dr. Dahlkemper about donating to the tornado relief fund.

The local Red Cross deployed 13 volunteers to Oklahoma to join more than 2,000 Red Cross workers from across the nation. Red Cross volunteers are still in Oklahoma providing health services, emotional support and assistance for long-term recovery. “The Oklahoma tornado relief effort and other disaster response operations are made possible because of the passion of businesses like Waters Edge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry that give to the American Red Cross,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region.  “We are grateful that Waters Edge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry chose to support the Red Cross, so that we can continue to help these families and communities with their long-term recovery.”

Every day, trained Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with people in Oklahoma who have unmet emergency needs or who need extra help creating recovery plans. More than 6,300 people are being provided with individualized support for their families.  To date, the Red Cross has served nearly 460,000 meals and snacks, distributed almost 400,000 relief items and provided over 6,300 overnight stays in shelters. The Red Cross has also provided more than 24,000 health service referrals.

With the fundraiser, which started on June 5, 2013, Water’s Edge Family & Cosmetic Surgery has raised over $1500.00.  To learn more about how you can help raise money for Red Cross Relief programs, contact Lexie Leyman at (843) 764-2323 x 359 or

American Red Cross Carolina Lowcountry Chapter

The Palmetto SC Region touches 1 in 12 lives in our community every year and responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. Since January 1, 2013, the Palmetto SC Region has responded to the needs of 1,067 families and 3,285 adults and children affected by disaster.

The Carolina Lowcountry Chapter in Charleston serves Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Colleton, Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton Counties.  It is part of the larger Palmetto SC Region, which is made up of seven Red Cross chapters that span 35-counties in South Carolina.

Who Is Water’s Edge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry?

Water’s Edge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is committed to excellence in dentistry through up-to-date technology and highly educated professionals. They alleviate their patients’ fears by providing a relaxing environment, free of judgment, where patients can feel confident in their care. To better serve their patients, Dr. Dahlkemper and her staff undergo hundreds of hours of continuing education courses to keep up with the new advances in dentistry. the team works efficiently to address your concerns, get you in, out, and on with your day, all while providing you with excellent oral health care. “Patients come to our practice because we truly care about them as people and we take care of them as if they were family. We strive to make their experience better each time and decrease the negative stigma associated with dentistry,” states Dr. Dahlkemper.


Contact: Mark Janowiak

Water’s Edge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Phone: 813-230-8203

1203 Two Island Court

Suite 101

Mt Pleasant, SC 29466


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Don’t Let Your Teeth Get the Summertime Ewws!

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People are often extremely concerned during the summertime about the shape of their body, but often neglect the shape of their teeth. With so much to do outside and so many tempting treats, such as ice cream and sodas, we often forget to properly take care of our teeth. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, dental-related emergencies increase during the summer months, due to the fact that we change our daily routine, which includes our oral hygiene, and we use our teeth as tools. In order to not fall victim to the “summertime ewws,” Water’s Edge Dentistry has created a list of do’s and don’ts to help save you an unexpected visit to the dentist this summer:

  • Use Mouth Guards While Playing Sports

Regardless of whether or not you are playing a contact sport people often grind their teeth, because of the competitive nature of these games. Grinding your teeth can lead to oral health problems, such as chipping, wearing, or even breaking of teeth. Contact sports, especially soccer, are known to increase the risk of sustaining a dental-related injury. Your dentist can make you custom-fit mouth guards that are less bulky, fit and protect better.

  • Non-Contact Sports Can Be Hazardous, too

Scuba diving and swimming can even cause dental-related injuries to individuals. Due to the chemicals in pools, frequent swimmers may be at risk of forming yellowish-brown or dark brown stains on their teeth. These chemicals increase the pH of a person’s saliva, resulting in a breakdown of salivary proteins and forming deposits on teeth, called “swimmers’ calculus,” and most often form on the front teeth. These stains can often be removed by a professional dental cleaning and specialized fluoride treatments.

Scuba diving, on the other hand, can lead to jaw joint pain, gum tissue problems, or “tooth squeeze” pain in the center of the tooth. These symptoms together can result in “diver’s mouth syndrome” (or barodontalgia). This condition is caused by the air pressure changing and divers biting too hard on their scuba air regulators. The best way to avoid these problems is to visit a dentist before scuba diving and make sure your dental health is tip-top. Ask your dentist about fitting the mouthpiece of an air regulator. Sometimes, dentures can be accidently swallowed during a dive, so denture wearers should also consult a dentist before diving to discuss and potential problems.

  • Do Not Use Your Teeth as Cutting Devices

Your teeth are meant to chew and grind your food down for digestion, however, when cutting utensils are not readily available while boating or at the beach , people like to use their teeth to open bottles and wrappers, cut fishing lines, and chew ice to cool down. Engaging in these types of activities can be harmful to your teeth and costly to repair. Teeth are often fractured performing these activities, forming hair-line fracture that cannot be seen by the naked-eye.

  • Eat Sweets and High Carbohydrate Foods in Moderation

Ice cream or a cold soda are tempting treats with the sweltering heat of summer, however, these products are high in sugars and can cause cavities, plaque, and loss of enamel if over consumed. Potato chips are also a tempting snack, but are high in carbohydrates that are quickly turned into sugars by our saliva. Bacteria love sugars and convert them into acids that strip away the enamel, leaving the tooth exposed and susceptible to cavities. Even sugar-free or diet sodas can cause damage to teeth, as they alter the mouth’s pH level due to the carbonation, making your saliva more acidic and reduce the strength of enamel. As a result, your teeth are easy targets for cavities.

It is better to consume your sweets, sugars, and carbohydrates in one-sitting rather than spacing them out throughout the day. All day snacking allows oral bacteria to thrive in your mouth throughout the day. Restricting your sweet consumption to meals and brushing afterwards can help prevent conditions that sugars cause to your teeth. Sugar-free gum and swishing with water are acceptable substitutes to brushing, when brushing is not an option.

  • Wear Lip Balm With an SPF of At Least 15

While we often remember to protect our faces and bodies with sunscreen, most sun-goers forget about their lips. Our lips are more vulnerable to burning than most parts of your body, yet we forget about protecting them from the sun. Damage to our lips over time can lead to fever blisters, or worse skin cancer. A quick application of lip balm will go a long way in protecting your lips from the sun’s harmful rays.

  • Keep Up With Your Routine Dental Visits

Dental care with your dentist should not end with the school year. Daily flossing, brushing twice a day, and investing in fluoride toothpaste can improve teeth and gum health. Regular visits every 3-6 months, depending on your gum health, along with great home dental care can go a long way in preventing more costly procedures down the line.


Dr. Dahlkemper at Water’s Edge Dentistry, states, “just remember, while most of us take a vacation from work or school, you cannot take a vacation from your oral hygiene!”

Article Written By: Mark Janowiak, MHA, Water’s Edge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry


Early Detection Saves Lives

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and approximately 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and over 100 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening. 


Who should get screened?

Every adult! Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects are from treatment are at their lowest. Like other screenings you engage in such as cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages. Make them part of your annual dental check-ups. 


What are the risk factors?

There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), which is now the leading cause of oral cancers in the US, and the same one, which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. The quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population are young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus. 


Early Indicators:

  • Red and/or white discolorations of the soft tissues of the mouth. 
  • Any sore which does not heal within 14 days. 
  • Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged period of time. 

Advanced Indicators:

  • A sensation that something is stuck in you throat. 
  • Numbness in the oral region. 
  • Difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue. 
  • Difficulty in swallowing. 
  • Ear pain which occurs on one side only. 
  • A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal.
  • A lump or thickening which develops in the mouth or on the neck. 


The face of oral cancer is changing. Just because you don’t drink or smoke doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk for oral cancer. 


  • Approximately 25% of those diagnosed have no risk factors. 
  • When detected early, patients with oral cancers have an 80-90% survival rate.
  • South Carolina has one of the highest oral cancer death rates in the U.S.


However, half of oral cancers are not diagnosed until the cancer has spread to nearby tissues or lymph nodes (regional cancer). At this stage, the 5-year relative survival rate drops to 53 percent.


Most dental providers only provide visual & palpating oral cancer screenings annually; however, this form a testing only catches oral cancer when it is often too late and the patient is in Stage 4 diagnosis. Through screenings, such as ViziLite TBlue®, dentists can detect oral cancer at its earliest stages, often pre-cancerous. The screening only takes a minute seconds, but those 60 seconds can save you or a loved one’s life! 


For the entire month of April Dr. Dahlkemper at Water’s Edge Dentistry is providing the ViziLite TBlue® screenings for 50% off, however, on April 24th all ViziLite TBlue® screenings will be done at no charge. Supplies are limited so call 843-884-6166 to schedule your oral cancer screening today!


For more information about oral cancer, please log onto The Oral Cancer Foundation’s official website at or


Oral Cancer: The Facts

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• In 2013, approximately 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral and oral pharyngeal (posterior/rear of the mouth) cancer in the U.S. Because a large number of these individuals will be diagnosed as late stage cancers (66%), only 57% of them will survive five years.

• Each year, oral cancer kills more people in the U.S. than other more widely known forms of cancer, including skin cancer (malignant melanoma), lymphatic cancer (lymphoma), thyroid, and cervical cancer.

• In the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer every hour of every day. The death rate has remained relatively constant for almost five decades. About 100 new individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer in the U.S. every day of the year.

• If oral cancer is detected early (in stages one or two), the survival rate is 80% to 90%; but when
found as a later stage (stages three or four), the chances of survival drop to 20% to 30%. Late discovery and diagnosis are major factors in the high death rate. In the U.S., two-thirds of the diagnosed cases will be late stage 3 and 4 cancers this year. Since this cancer in many cases lends itself to early visual and tactile detection, this situation is correctable without the introduction of new science.

• Historically oral cancer has been most likely to occur after the age of 50. However, the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population are people in the 25-50 year old age range. Evidence from leading cancer centers shows that most of this younger group are non-smokers. These patients represent a completely different etiology from the historic tobacco and alcohol causes. The same virus responsible for the majority of cervical cancers, HPV16, is the leading cause of posterior of the mouth cancers and some anterior of the mouth disease. Evidence indicates that this virus can be sexually transmitted between partners, and accounts for the increase in young, non-smoking victims of oral cancer who do not fall into the historic risk factor group.

• Current trends show that HPV16 is becoming the dominant cause of oral cancers. Tobacco use in any form, and even in more so combination with heavy alcohol consumption, continues to be a major risk factor. However, since tobacco use is on a decline in the U.S., it is not the major driver in new oral cancer cases today as it was in past years.

• Additional risk factors for oral cancers include high alcohol consumption, the use of smokeless (chewing/spit) tobacco, as well as prolonged exposure to the sun (for lip cancers).

• Twenty years ago, the male to female ratio of oral cancer occurrence was ten men to one woman for tobacco related oral cancers. The ratio now is two men to one woman. Tobacco marketing (“You’ve come a long way baby”) was the reasons behind this. The ratio for HPV16 related oropharyngeal cancers (base of tongue, tonsil, and oropharynx) is three men to one woman.

• The rates of tobacco related oral cancer occurrence and death among African Americans are twice as high as they are among Caucasians. This is related to lifestyle choices and socio-economic factors, not biology. Caucasian men are most at risk for HPV16 related oral pharyngeal cancer.

• Regular dental checkups, when they incorporate oral cancer examinations, as well as an increased public awareness of oral cancer’s risk factors, can reduce the death rate of this disease. The importance of early detection, and the need for an annual screening, are the most crucial factors in reducing treatment related quality of life issues and the ultimate survival of oral cancer patients. Unlike most other cancer detection exams, the screening for oral cancer does not require any special equipment, pain, high cost, invasive tests, or procedures. Any dentist or primary care physician and many nurses and dental hygienists, who have been trained to do oral cancer examinations, can perform these screenings during a routine office visit.



Don’t let your smile be the wedding stopper!

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Every bride wants to be the show stopper at her wedding. So why would you let your smile get in the way? Dr. Nicole Dahlkemper at Water’s Edge Dentistry was asked to provide our readers with ways in which brides (& grooms) can improve their smiles for their big day. Dr. Dahlkemper says “You can start with something as inexpensive as Crest Whitestrips for minor staining, but to get those celebrity white results a dentist supervised In-Office Whitening treatment is the best way to get that smile shining bright.” Dr. Dahlkemper recommends In-Office systems that do not require a laser or light when whitening, such as Opalescence BOOST that is used at Water’s Edge Dentistry, since they do not dry out the teeth and have much lower chances for causing sensitivity. 

Now if you are looking for a more dramatic cosmetic fix, Dr. Dahlkemper states that porcelain veneers or Invisalign Clear Braces are two great ways to permanently fix your smile. “Porcelain veneers or crowns are a great option to close gaps, fix minor crowding, and repair chipped or discolored teeth due to medications, such as tetracycline. Not to mention, they are much quicker than orthodontics,” says Dr. Dahlkemper. Now if you have more time before the wedding, Dr. Dahlkemper highly recommends Invisalign braces, because it does not require removing any tooth structure to place a porcelain restoration, like a veneer or crown necessitates. “Invisalign has become an amazing alternative to traditional orthodontics, especially when you do not want to have metal braces. The technology with Invisalign has truly advanced over the years. They are the original and the most highly developed innovators in the use of clear aligners to move teeth. With Invisalign, we are able treat more complex cases, such as severe crowding or spacing, under bite, and open bites.” Invisalign treatment can take as little as 3 months with their new Express 5 technology; however, length of treatment does depend on the severity of the patient’s case. There are similar products out there that claim they can straighten your smile in 6 months, but research by the American Academy of Orthodontics (AAO) shows that they can only do minor movement and/or only move the front teeth. This can affect a patient's bite causing issues down the line, including TMJ disorders and pain. Invisalign is a patented system that even Orthodontists trust and use the system for their own patients!

So, depending on whether you are trying to simply brighten your smile or makeover your smile, consult with a cosmetic dentist today! Water’s Edge Dentistry is the only family and cosmetic dental office in the Lowcountry that has a dentist with a cosmetic fellowship and provides Invisalign Clear Braces. If you are a bride or groom in the market for a new smile contact Dr. Dahlkemper’s office for a complimentary cosmetic or Invisalign consult at 843-84-6166 or


Myths about Dental X-rays and your Health

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For some reason, people have a slight fear of having x-rays taken when it comes to visiting the dentist. This is probably due myths about x-ray radiation. There are actually several popular myths about x-rays and your health that aren't true in the slightest, whether you're getting it at the dentist or the doctor. Here's a few of the most popular ones and why they aren't true. The origins of people's fears about radiation and radiation poisoning come from the documented fact that a nuclear explosion will emit radiation into the air. This radiation has been known to lead to mutations in humans and even to cause death. X-rays do emit a feeble radiation, and that's where most of these myths came from.

There actually is some truth in the belief that an x-ray will expose a person to radiation, and no radiation is technically good for you. The reality though is that the levels of radiation coming from an x-ray machine are infinitesimal. That means very, very small. The levels are actually too low to cause any damage. No radiation is good, but not all radiation is necessarily harmful, and you certainly won't be growing a third arm out of your back after your next visit to the dentist. Another myth is that x-rays are particularly harmful in the dentist's office because they are taking a picture of your teeth, and as such are extremely close to the head and the brain. Once again, any small amount of radiation emitted by an x-ray machine is too tiny to cause any damage, no matter what part of the body it is.

Many people are confused by comments made by articles in the news or by comments made by Dr. Oz. The studies that are being used are not only out-dated, but they are based on equipment that is no longer used in practices. Most dentists have switched to digital x-rays using cone beams that focus the x-ray to the specific site of the mouth that the dentist wants to view. These x-rays emit .150 mrad of exposure and an expecting mother would have to over 33,000 x-rays to do any harm to the unborn child.

The truth is, doctors need to have an accurate picture of your teeth and your dental alignment to make an informed decision. Without this picture, they would never be able to give you the proper care that you need to stay healthy. Dental work is not solely cosmetic; parts of the mouth connect to every part of the body, and poor dental health can lead to health problems in other areas as well. An x-ray is the best way to get an accurate picture of what is going on in there. There is a myth about breastfeeding women. An x-ray will have absolutely no effect on the breast milk. In fact, nursing mothers often undergo a host of tests including mammograms and x-rays to determine if they are in a proper state of health. Having an x-ray test done at the dentist is absolutely no different from any of these other tests. Hopefully this has cleared up some of the myths about x-rays and your health.


Summer time tips for a healthy smile!

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 Summer is the time for chocolates and lollipops, for cola and ice creams, for endless fun outdoors, and many other pleasant activities and foods. As a result, sometimes, tooth decay, various traumas and other problems can arise. That is why kid’s dental care is extremely important in this time of year. Dr. Dahlkempe r has created a list of the most essential tips for dental care for kids, which should be taken into account by every today’s mom and dad all through summer and further.

  • Make your child eat special detergent foods on a regular basis. Such fruits as apples, carrots or pears, can work as a toothbrush: refresh and clean your child’s mouth after eating chocolate, candies and other sweet foods. The veggies and fruit rich in fiber can clean up food particles stored between child’s teeth, this way preventing tooth decay. Give your child such detergent foods after every meal.
  • Let your child enjoy plenty of fresh fruit and veggies in summer. Try to make your child drink less of cola, soda or industrially manufactured juices as they are packed with harmful chemicals. Instead, let him drink healthy freshly squeezed fruit juices. Also, help your kid develop a habit   of rinsing his mouth after drinking any sort of juice.
  • Have a variety of ready vegetable salads and sliced fruit for your kid. A great number of fruit and veggies are available in summer, and make your child choose healthy snacks instead of all those chips and chocolate bars.
  • Help your child develop a habit of using a fluoride mouthwash to reduce chances of tooth decay. It is a very important element of every kid’s dental care. You can buy   special mouthwashes for little kids which will protect your child’s teeth from cavities. 
  •  Allow your child using sugar-free chewing gums. Chewing for 10-15 minutes can help in cleaning the teeth, removing food particles, washing away dangerous dental bacteria and preventing tooth decay. Besides, chewing stimulates saliva production and can improve digestion. One more benefit of using chewing gums: as long as your child has it in his mouth, there are no calls for eating chips, chocolate bars or other unhealthy foods, which can affect kid’s dental health greatly.
  • Do not forget about regular brushing. It is essential to develop this habit since the early childhood. Explain your child that toothpastes strengthen the tooth enamel, protect from tooth decay and many serious dental problems. Use soft brush for your kid’s dental care. Let your kid brush the teeth like you do, two times a day: in the morning before the breakfast, and in the evening before the bedtime. 


Probiotics In Dentistry!!!

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Below is a great article we found on Inside Dentistry about probiotics in dentistry. Dr. Dahlkemper is using this new form of treatment in her office to help alleviate patients prone to infection in the gums and teeth. It's easy to use, simply dissolve the pill on your tongue like a mint once a day! To find out more about its use in our office go to

EvoraPro® by Oragenics

New probiotic product helps replenish and stabilize levels of beneficial bacteria in the oral cavity.

Bacteria used to be a dirty word for dental professionals. Therapies designed to control oral diseases have generally relied on chemical or mechanical means to reduce the bacterial load on soft and hard tissues. With probiotics, however, that picture is changing. Over the past several decades, scientific research has produced a detailed view of bacteria-bacteria interactions in the plaque biofilm. Oragenics' scientists have been at the forefront of this research, and their efforts have resulted in the recent introduction of the oral probiotics product, EvoraPro®, to the US professional dental market (Figure 1 ). EvoraPro is an extra-strength probiotics product intended for short-term at-home use by patients after a professional visit.

MAINTAINING A HEALTHY BALANCE (1.)The EvoraPro probiotic system helps support dental and gingival health between professional visits. (2.)The EvoraPlus probiotic system.


Total species diversity in the oral cavity has been estimated to be about 700 species. Jeffrey D. Hillman, DMD, PhD, chief scientific officer at Oragenics, and his colleagues have conducted landmark research in oral microbiology, especially as it relates to bacterial interactions in the oral biofilm. For over 25 years, Dr. Hillman conducted his studies at the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute in Boston and later at the University of Florida Dental School. It is well known that the vast majority of oral species is commensal and do no harm to the host. However, a small number of bacterial species can cause a shift from oral health, when they are able to achieve sufficiently large numbers in localized areas of the teeth and gingiva. Dr. Hillman discovered that a small number of species can actually play an important role in maintaining the micro-ecological balance in the oral cavity.1 He proposed a novel approach for controlling the harmful effects of oral plaque build-up, ie, augment the host on a regular basis with these beneficial bacteria. The result has been the development and launch by Oragenics of the active ingredient in EvoraPro, called ProBiora3®, 2 years ago. ProBiora3 contains a proprietary blend of three select oral bacterial strains of human origin: Streptococcus oralis strain KJ3 and Streptococcus uberis strain KJ2 for maintaining gingival health, and Streptococcus rattus strain JH145 for maintaining dental health. All three strains are from the generally non-pathogenic group of bacteria known as Streptococcus viridians.

The concept for EvoraPro is that a high level of the active ingredient, ProBiora3, is most beneficial when delivered following a professional cleaning that may include root planing and scaling. Clinical research has determined that treated periodontal lesions recolonized by certain viridians streptococci are much more likely to remain free of further disease than are sites that do not get recolonized by these species.2 EvoraPro contains a 10-day supply of high-strength probiotic mints to help replenish and stabilize levels of beneficial bacteria in the mouth. For long-term maintenance between office visits, the companion product, EvoraPlus®, is recommended to help maintain this healthy balance. As Dr. Hillman discovered, populations of harmful bacteria are normally kept in balance by competition from good bacteria, such as found in ProBiora3. This balance can be periodically disrupted by certain factors of modern lifestyles, including stress, disease, antibiotics, unhealthy food and oral hygiene practices, and harmful environmental conditions. This is the reason that the Evora line of probiotic products should be incorporated into existing home oral hygiene practices.

Dental professionals should seek out peer-reviewed articles supporting the safety and effectiveness of a product for its intended use. The three strains in EvoraPro have been the subject of more than 15 publications in the past 25 years, and the results of the most recent human trial are reported in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.3 The safety of the ProBiora3 active ingredient has been well established for oral applications.4


EvoraPro and EvoraPlus (Figure 1 , Figure 2 ) represent a natural approach for oral health maintenance between office visits. As an adjunct to any professionally recommended home oral hygiene regimen, these products should be especially suited to patients in maintenance, those with poor home oral hygiene compliance, or any patients with special challenges because of physical impairment or salivary flow problems.

For more information, contact:

Oragenics, Inc.
Phone: 877-803-2624 ext. 248 | Website: |


The preceding material was provided by the manufacturer. The statements and opinions contained therein are solely those of the manufacturer and not of the editors, publisher, or the Editorial Board of Inside Dentistry. The preceding is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval for the aforementioned products or services or their effectiveness, quality, or safety on the part of Inside Dentistry or AEGIS Communications. The publisher disclaims responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas or products referred to in the preceding material.


1. Socransky SS, Haffajee AD. The nature of periodontal diseases. Ann Periodontol. 1997;2:3-10.

2. Hillman JD, Socransky SS. The theory and application of bacterial interference to oral diseases. In: Myers HM, ed. New Biotechnology in Oral Research. San Francisco, CA; Karger: 1989;1-17.

3. Zahradnik RT, Magnusson I, Walker C, et al. Preliminary assessment of safety and effectiveness in humans of ProBiora3, a probiotic mouthwash. J Applied Micro. 2009;107:682-690.

4. Hillman JD, McDonnell E, Hillman CH, et al. Safety assessment of ProBiora3, a probiotic mouthwash; subchronic toxicity study in rats. Intl J Toxicity. 2009;28:357-367.

About the Author
This article was written by Robert T. Zahradnik, PhD, vice president of product development at Oragenics, Inc.


"Lights Out" for Tooth Whitening: Safety and Efficiency of Lights and Lasers

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Bleaching with a lightMany dental offices wonder whether lasers or lights aid in the efficacy of in-office tooth whitening. Various studies show that hydrogen peroxide alone is effective in whitening teeth, and that light activation adds no additional benefit.1 In fact, teeth whitened with light-activated bleaching gels have demonstrated shade rebound, losing their initial brightness within a few days.2 Additionally, research indicates that extended light activation can cause pain during treatment, adverse effects on the pulp, and post-operative sensitivity.3, 4, 5

Save your practice thousands of dollars in time and money while giving your patients the whitening results they are looking for by turning out the light! Educating and setting realistic expectations with your patients about an in-office whitening procedure will ensure that they understand the process and achieve the results they desire.

  • In-office Vital Tooth Bleaching – What Do Lights Add? (Zoom!, Xtra Boost)
    "The clinical data indicate all three systems tested lightened 83 contralateral pair of anterior teeth to nearly the same degree of 1.6 to 1.8 combined value chroma . . . with or without the use of accessory lights." Compendium/April 2003, Vol. 24, No. 4A.

  • Clinical Evaluation of Chemical and Light-Activated Tooth Whitening Systems (BriteSmile, Xtra Boost)
    "The use of light did not demonstrate any benefit over the chemically activated tooth whitening systems after a 2-week recall." Compendium/January 2006, Vol. 27, No. 1.

  • New Generation In-office Vital Tooth Bleaching, Part 2
    "No light yet evaluated by CRA has enhanced results." CRA Newsletter, Vol. 27, Issue 3, March 2003.

  • In Vitro Efficacy and Risk for Adverse Effects of Light-assisted Tooth Bleaching
    "… optical radiation did not improve bleaching efficacy relative to bleaching without irradiation. The use of optical radiation in tooth bleaching poses a health risk to the client and violates radiation protection regulations. Therefore, we will advise against light-assisted tooth bleaching." Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2009, 8; 377–385.

  • Masters of Esthetic Dentistry
    According to Van Haywood, "Various types of lights and lasers were claimed to simplify and shorten the bleaching technique, although the research to date has shown the contrary. Use of a light does not alter the final outcome and may give an illusion of whitening owing to dehydration." Haywood, V. (2003) Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, Vol. 15, No. 3.

  • Colorimetric Assessment of Laser and Home Bleaching Techniques
    According to a study at the University of Iowa, "The recommended one-time application of laser activated hydrogen peroxide did not demonstrate any perceivable color change." Journal of Esthetic Dentistry. 1999: 11(2): 87–94.

1 - Mughal R. Does light activation enhance teeth whitening?
2 - Papathanasiou A, Kastali S, Perry R, et al. Clinical evaluation of a 35% hydrogen peroxide in-office whitening system. Compend Contin Edu Dent.2000;23(4):335-348.
3 - CRA newsletter April 2000. Vol.24, Issue 4.
4 - CRA newsletter: Why resin curing lights do not increase tooth lightening. August, 2000.
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Whitening Toothpastes and Rinses—Can They Whiten Teeth?

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Whitening Toothpastes and Rinses—Can They Whiten Teeth?

There are many whitening toothpastes and rinses on the market that claim to whiten teeth. But are these claims true?

The answer is, "yes . . . and no."

Whitening gels contain peroxides that penetrate the tooth to whiten both intrinsic stains and extrinsic stains. Whitening toothpastes and rinses, on the other hand, primarily whiten extrinsic stains. Their main whitening ingredient is silica, which acts as a mild abrasive to remove any discoloration on the surface of the tooth.

So while a professional whitening gel with peroxide will be necessary to whiten deep stains, whitening toothpastes and rinses can be a great option for a patient with minimal surface stains, or for one who wants to maintain their bright, white smile long after a whitening treatment.

The combination of a tooth whitening procedure and whitening toothpastes and rinses will leave you with stunning white smiles that last!

And with Opalescence BOOST you can get that bright white smile in only 1 Hour!

Contact the office to schedule your whitening appointment!