Associates of Dental Arts
Dr. Gregory Kivett

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Superheroes Found Hiding In the Sewers?

There is a war going on out there. It is going on in our cities, in our towns, in our homes, and even in our mouths. The outcome of this struggle could decide the fate of millions of lives. And the worst thing is, we may be losing. But a possible new hero in this battle has been found hiding in the sewers, no we are not talking about mutant turtles (though that would be awesome) but the mighty EFDG1.

What is EFDG1? It is a tiny bacteriophage (a virus that infects bacteria) that has been isolated from the sewers of Israel by scientists looking for a way to combat the ...

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Receding Gums? Associates of Dental Arts Has the Answer

Dr. Kivett is a dentist on a mission to help people in the Joplin area obtain the healthy smiles they deserve. To further his goal, Dr. Kivett has dedicates himself to become an expert on procedures that will provide the best results for his patients. Dr. Kivett went to the McGarry Implant Institute, where he learned advanced procedures such as implant surgery and restoration, as well as sinus grafting. He also attended Rondeau Seminars Level I, II and III for orthodontics so that Associates of Dental Arts can offer the convenience of dental braces and appliances for our patients. So it was no surprise that when Dr. Kivett ...

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Choosing an Athletic Mouth Guard

Associates of Dental Arts Custom Fit Athletic Mouth Guard

The mouth is the most injured area of the body during contact sports. That is why some sports require a mouth guard, and mouth guards are recommended for many others. Here is a quick look at your options for a mouth guard with some plusses and minuses.

There are three types of mouth guards from which to choose from:

  • Stock (Ready-made) – Most sports stores carry these, and they are the least expensive. They are available in various sizes and shapes, but cannot be adjusted to fit your mouth. Often, they are loose and bulky and may interfere with speaking or breathing. These are the least desirable.
  • Mouth-formed (“Boil & Bite”) – These ...

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Would You Rather Clean A Toilet or Floss? Survey Looks At How Americans View Flossing

A new national survey released today reveals more than a quarter (27 percent) of U.S. adults admit they lie to their dentist about how often they floss their teeth. Additionally, more than one-third of Americans (36 percent) would rather do an unpleasant activity like cleaning the toilet (14 percent) over daily flossing. Along with brushing teeth twice a day and regular visits to your dentist, daily flossing is a critical component in the prevention of periodontal disease. The survey was conducted online in March by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) among 2,021 U.S. adults and among the top 10 U.S. markets.

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Missing a Tooth, No Problem! A Quick Look At Your Options

The first goal of dentistry is to protect and save your natural teeth to ensure a heathy smile. However, there may be times when, due to accident or extensive decay, you will require a tooth extraction. If you do require an extraction, do not worry you are not alone. In fact, 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. So let’s take a look at your options for replacing your missing tooth.

Non-Implant Missing Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth-Supported Fixed Bridge-The most common way to replace a missing tooth in the past has been with a tooth-supported fixed bridge. While a bridge ...

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Dental Implants: The Best Solution for Missing Teeth

Dental Implants are the number one solution for missing teeth. No more being self-conscious about gaps in your smile. No more missing teeth causing your face to sag, making you look sad. No more difficulty chewing and bone loss. Just the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.

How Implants Work to Replace Your TeethBefore and After, Missing Tooth, Implant, Implant Supported Crown

The first step to replace missing teeth is to place the implant in your jaw. Made of sterile titanium, the implant will be left to heal so that it can fuse properly to your jawbone. The implant will act the same way as the ...

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When Should I Take My Child In For His/Her First Dental Exam?

According to the American Dental Associations, Children should seek dental 6 months after their first tooth erupts but no later than their first birthday. Visiting the dentist will help protect your child from cavities. It will also help lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

It can take as little as 6 months for a tooth to get a cavity which can be a major problem for children because those baby teeth need to last for years. 27 percent of all children under the age of six are suffering from cavities. Good oral hygiene, including visits to a dentist, can make a major difference in the lives of ...

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