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5 Foods That Are Bad for Your Smile

While most patients know that brushing, flossing, and routine visits to the dental practice can help them achieve healthy, beautiful smiles, many don’t take the time to consider the many foods and beverages that they may consume that can damage the teeth and impact the smile. Dr. John Highsmith offers Clyde, NC area patients education… Read More »


Is Oil Pulling Fad Good For Your Smile?

When I first started seeing articles about “oil pulling” a few weeks ago I didn’t have any idea what it was. Supposedly certain celebrities were doing it and swore up and down that it really helped them. But helped with what? Now I have found out that “oil pulling” is basically swishing oil around in… Read More »


Sleep Apnea May Raise Cancer Risk

It looks like we can add cancer to the list of health problems associated with obstructive sleep apnea. A study from the University of Sydney found that moderate-to-severe sleep apnea was linked to a 2 1/2 times higher likelihood of developing cancer. This was after the researchers adjusted for other factors such as obesity! Mortality… Read More »


What Is A Root Canal?

We talk about root canal treatment all the time, usually joking about the discomfort. But why do we need root canal treatment, what exactly is it and is it as horrible as everyone says? Root canal treatment is used to save a tooth that is badly decayed and infected. The tooth root cannot be healed… Read More »


Testing for Sleep Apnea

What is it about the testing for obstructive sleep apnea that has some people nervous? I have actually  had patients say “Yeah, I probably have sleep apnea but I’m not gonna do the sleep test!” which is something I just don’t understand. If you could find out what is making you tired, cranky and raising… Read More »


Top Ways People Ruin Their Teeth

Instead of calling this “Top Ways People Ruin Their Teeth” I should have called it “How people who brush and floss and visit the dentist, still ruin their teeth”. Even when we take really good care of our oral health, things can still happen that can mess up your smile! For example, accidents happen and… Read More »


What Does A Dentist Have To Do With Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical condition in which people actually stop breathing during sleep. What would a dentist have to do with a medical condition like obstructive sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues of the mouth and throat relax during sleep. These relaxed tissues drop back, effectively blocking the airway. When… Read More »


Diabetes and Dental Disease

Diabetes is a complex disease and one area where we see the affects is in the teeth and gums. Dental disease and diabetes often go hand in hand. Diabetes and gum disease are a two-way street. Diabetes makes it more likely that you will develop gum disease and, having gum disease means it is harder… Read More »


Governors Sign Sleep Apnea Awareness Proclamations

A group of governors has taken a step toward raising the awareness of sleep apnea. Twelve governors have signed proclamations that highlight the dangers of sleep apnea and name a “Sleep Apnea Awareness Day” in their state. These proclamations are in response to the death of a sleep apnea patient following knee surgery. The patient’s… Read More »


Can Beer Making Ingredient Fight Dental Disease?

Interesting news out of Japan. Don’t get too excited, the new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, didn’t find that drinking beer was good for your oral health. What the researchers from the University of Tokyo did find was that a par of the hops that is not used in brewing… Read More »


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