The link between the oral cavity and stroke

The Link Between the Oral Cavity and Stroke

Earlier this year I was honored to have the opportunity to speak to medical professionals at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) during their annual Stroke Symposium to discuss the link between the oral cavity and stroke. The correlation between oral health and systemic (full body) health is an area of ongoing research, with new correlations being…

10 things about Dr. Vance you may not know

10 things about Dr. Vance you may not know

Want to learn about Dr. Marc Vance? Watch this video to see 10 things about Dr. Vance you may not know! Check out my blog page for more posts about esthetic services and many other topics. Check out our YouTube Channel for educational videos about our practice, dentistry, and more!      

Silver diamine fluoride can help protect teeth

What is silver diamine fluoride?

What is silver diamine fluoride? At AdVance Dental we have recently added a new treatment option for tooth decay. Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a high concentration fluoride solution that can be used to treat cavities and in some situations can be used to keep from drilling on a tooth and doing a filling. SDF…

Botox glabellar before and after

Botox® now offered at AdVance Dental!

Botox® is now offered at AdVance Dental! Last year I was trained by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics in how to use Botox® and dermal fillers to minimize (and in some cases remove) certain facial wrinkles. This was an exciting experience and an opportunity to offer new services to my patients. My assistant, office…

A dentist helped convict Ted Bundy

Dentists helped convict Ted Bundy

Bundy often appeared confident, happy, and well dressed. This was in stark contrast to the crimes he was accused of. Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy confessed to 30 homicides that he committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. His confession, however, came a decade after his trials and convictions, only shortly before his execution...
Alzheimer's disease linked to gum disease

Does gum disease cause Alzheimer’s disease?

Does gum disease cause Alzheimer’s disease? A new research article explains how periodontal (gum) disease bacteria is linked to the terrible mental condition. A growing number of scientific studies have given credence to the theory that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an infectious process. While the exact mechanisms of this infection are something researchers are still trying…

Sweet Moments in Dental History

Sweet Moments in Dental History: Ep 1

Welcome to a new series: Sweet Moments in Dental History! In these segments I will review an event involving dentistry that some people may find interesting. It may be from a movie, from a historical figure/event, or a dental invention that has an intriguing story. For our first episode I will review how dentistry was...
What drinks are OK for my teeth?

What drinks are OK for my teeth?

There may be many of you out there that wonder "what drinks are OK for my teeth?" "Are diet soft drinks better for me than regular soft drinks?" If sugar is bad for your teeth, then if a drink has less or no sugar then it should be better for my teeth, right? Well, even...
How our crowns are made

How our crowns are made

How are our dental crowns (also called caps) made? In a previous post I talked about how they are made and the difference in the process in relation to fillings. In the attached video I have attempted to give more insight into the process of making crowns, showing how our crowns are made at Barnes…

Diabetes and oral health are related

Diabetes and oral health are related

Diabetes and oral health are related? Yes they are! I recently had the opportunity to film a segment for the Alabama Department of Health on how diabetes affects oral health, and vice versa. Through contacts at The University of Alabama at Birmingham I became involved in an initiative called PPOD (Pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists, and dentists)....
Dental crowns on front teeth

Dental crowns on worn front teeth

Recently I had the privilege of helping a patient whose front teeth were chipping and becoming thin and worn from grinding. She has a night guard but has a difficult time wearing it, as some people do. The concern was that if the wear continues, her teeth may become extremely short and/or wear through into...
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Searching for “Dentist near me”?

Looking for a dentist nearby? You want your dentist to be nearby and easy to get to. Many people google “dentist near me” when looking for a new dental home. AdVance Dental’s office location in Birmingham, Alabama is conveniently located on the St. Vincent’s Hospital downtown campus. We are located in Building 1 on the “back…

Being the best dentist I can be

Reaching for personal best Ever since I was old enough to have a clear image of what I wanted to do with my life professionally, I imagined myself as someone who would be constantly honing their craft. And I'm sure that people looking for a dentist in Birmingham, Alabama would like to find the best dentist possible -...

What are white spots on teeth and what can you do about them?

  What causes white spots on teeth? The phenomenon of white spots on teeth can have a variety of causes. These include trauma to a tooth during its formation, exposure to excessive amounts of fluoride while the teeth are developing (called fluorosis), developmental disorders, and tooth decay. Each of those conditions present their own unique…

Coffee and total body health

Coffee and Total Body Health

I drink a lot of coffee. I used to hate the taste of it. I never touched it all through college. Only after drinking it to help stay alert during a presentation did I become hooked. It’s now a fixture of my daily routine, and has been for many years. And I’m not alone –…

Do you really need to floss?

Do you really need to floss?

Many news outlets this past week have produced reports questioning the need to floss. A report from The Associated Press (AP) claims to have looked at 25 studies on the subject and considers the data supporting flossing to be “weak.”1 Flossing was also left off the 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines (a report published every 5 years…