Dental Health | Kenneth Barney, DDS | Hedgesville, WV

We actually hope you haven’t heard this news about dental health

Dental health professionals, including the American Dental Association (ADA) are pretty much in solidarity when it comes to these four rules for maintaining good oral health: 1.Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes 2.Use fluoride toothpaste 3.Clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner 4.Regular dental visits for professional cleanings and […]

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dry mouth

Don’t ignore dry mouth, fight it

It’s not unusual for your mouth to feel dry and cottony occasionally. But if you start to notice that your mouth feels dry all the time, or if you’re having trouble chewing, swallowing or even talking, you could have an actual condition called “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Dry mouth is actually a common problem, but […]

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Laser Dentistry

Give Your Mouth the Laser Treatment

These days if you hear about a laser, it’s likely to be the next Star Wars trailer with Darth Vader using the Death Star to try to eliminate the rebel scum with a blast of its lasers. But Dr. Barney uses lasers all the time at his practice. And there isn’t a Wookie in sight. […]

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dental care

Oh, the Things We Do to Our Poor Teeth

Our teeth our tougher than a copperhead in the West Virginia woods. The toughness of our teeth actually creates a problem, however, because we take them for granted. We don’t ever worry about our teeth not being there for us, so we torture them with all sorts of bad behavior. Here’s a list of bad […]

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trick-or-treat

Make Halloween less scary for your children’s teeth

If you’re dreading Halloween because you know how much sugar is likely to enter your child’s system, you have good reason. Statistics show that we spend almost $9 billion on candy every year, and the month of October is probably responsible for a big percentage of that amount. Not only does all the Halloween candy […]

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Crown lengthening

Discover the advantages of crown lengthening

If you’re familiar with the expression, “long in the tooth,” you might also be aware that when used to describe someone’s appearance, it usually means the person is looking quite old. But crown lengthening can change your appearance for the better. Here’s how: A gum lift can make you “long in the crown,” and that’s […]

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cavity-fighting toothpaste

Toothpaste is making headlines. Here’s what you should know

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently banned what it judges to be a harmful ingredient in many toothpaste formulations, and it’s the same one that has also been barred from antibacterial hand soaps. So what’s it doing in toothpaste in the first place? We want to pass on this important information and make […]

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root canal treatment

The future (and present) of root canal treatment

Don’t cancel your appointment yet, but a new treatment under development may eventually eliminate the need for root canal procedures. The technology, regenerative dental fillings, allows teeth to heal themselves, eliminating the need for traditional treatment. And scientists expect it to someday shift the entire dental treatment paradigm. How it works Regenerative tooth fillings work […]

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pediatric dentistry

Seven tips for back-to-school dental health

The beginning of another new school year is already here for some, and almost here for most, and it can represent a huge change in most family’s daily routines. More leisurely weekday mornings will be replaced with days packed full, from the moment your kids open their eyes in the morning until they close them […]

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