Dr. Oliver

Dr. Laurence Oliver has been practicing dentistry in the Metroplex for over 25 years with emphasis in the area of special care dentistry. He became involved with this field of dentistry when a friend asked him to see his mother in a nursing home. He soon realized that the dental needs of most nursing home residents were not being met. In 1988 he founded ResiDental Associates, a nursing home dental group, which uses portable dental equipment to deliver on-site care... Read more

What Did People Use Before Toothbrushes?

Since the fourth millennium BCE, when urban civilizations first appeared in ancient Mesopotamia, humans have strived to achieve proper dental hygiene. Yet the nylon-bristled toothbrush we use today didn’t come along until the 1930s. For the thousands of years in between, people relied on rudimentary tools that evolved with scientific knowledge and technological advancements over

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Gum Disease May Cause Brain Damage

Gum disease and tooth loss may be linked to brain shrinkage in the hippocampus, a region that has significant ties to memory and Alzheimer’s disease, a group in Japan has reported. Researchers led by Dr. Satoshi Yamaguchi, PhD, of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, studied longitudinal associations between the number of teeth present and hippocampal

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Some Interesting Dental History

Dr. Paul Carrington and the king’s teeth Just after the turn of the 20th century, American dentist Dr. Paul T. Carrington ventured into Cambodia to ease a king’s suffering. His successful ministrations included two sets of false molars, one white and one black. Daniel Demers In 1901, Dr. Paul T. Carrington traveled 1,200 miles by steamboat

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Survey: Dentists are embracing AI

About 35% of dentists have implemented artificial intelligence (AI) in their dental practice, according to a recent survey. Dentaly.org, an oral care information portal, surveyed 1,015 patients and 250 dentists in the U.S. in July to assess how AI is transforming dentistry and impacting patient care.  “In recent years, the dental industry has experienced incredible advancements

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