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At Hermiston Dental Group, your bright, healthy smile is our top priority. Please ask us any dental related question by giving us a call or clicking the "submit question" link below.
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ADA's Seal of Acceptance Now Online
We often get questions from our patients about which dental products to purchase, how to compare them and how to make a good choice.

Here's a new resource that can help guide your decisions. The American Dental Association (ADA) recently launched a Seal of Acceptance area on its website. In addition to explaining how products earn the Seal and what it means, all products that the ADA has deemed Accepted will be available online for your review. You can compare up to six products at a time.

Over 300 Seal products are available for your review. You can look for them by name, category or manufacturer. According to the ADA, these products have been "independently evaluated for safety and effectiveness by members of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, ADA staff scientists and individuals selected from the council's pool of 130 expert consultants."

That's a lot of scrutiny and great peace of mind for shoppers bewildered by the wealth of options. But wait, there's more.

You can get a detailed product information page that explains why the product earned the ADA Seal, what the product does, and what the ingredients are. There is even product manufacturer contact information in case you have more questions.

The ADA's Seal of Acceptance program began in 1931. Now there are over 300 products that carry the Seal. Surveys show that informed consumers prefer Seal products to those that have not been accepted and manufacturers agree that the Seal "conveys truth and legitimacy."

To access this information, go to and select the Public Resources button.

Of course, you can still ask us about any product you are considering. We're happy to provide information the old-fashioned way.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Also referred to as filled resins, composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium, producing a tooth-colored filling.

This type of filling is often appropriate for smaller restorations in areas of the mouth where there is moderate chewing pressure. Generally, less of the tooth is removed and composites can often be bonded or adhesively held in a cavity.

There are many different dental filling choices. You can learn more about them on the ADA website ( under Oral Health Topics.

Ad Council To Help Improve Children's Oral Health
The Ad Council, producer of such famous public service advertisements as "Only you can prevent forest fires" and "A mind is a terrible thing to waste," recently signed on to a national campaign to improve children's oral health.

Committed to pressing social issues, the Ad Council will provide education on prevention and hygiene. It will also help raise awareness of dental problems that can impede a child's ability to learn and develop self-esteem, maintain overall health and avoid more serious medical complications.
At Hermiston Dental Group, your bright, healthy smile is our top priority. Please ask us any dental related question by giving us a call or clicking the "submit question" link below.

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