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Pick Up a Pack of Sugarless Gum

Ted Sorenson says, “Presidential candidates don’t chew gum” – But maybe they should!  Recent studies suggest that Obama and Romney may want to pick up a pack, so long as it’s sugar free, of course.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as the ADA, has endorsed the use of chewing gums containing xylitol… Read More »

Get A Better Brain With Better Sleep

Do you sometimes feel like your brain is in a fog? How’s your sleep? The two are strongly linked. One of the functions of sleep appears to be acting as file clerk to our memories. The brain “files” things that we have learned throughout the day into the appropriate “file cabinets” in our brain. This… Read More »

The Care and Feeding Of Your Dental Implant

Colgate has just launched a new website to inform patients about the proper care of their dental implants – no you don’t actually have to feed them. Of course the site contains advertising about the importance of using the Colgate brand of antibacterial toothpaste but it also contains some really good information, including videos, for… Read More »

Straight Talk About Crooked Teeth

Let’s talk about crooked teeth. There are lots of reasons to fix crooked teeth other than making your smile prettier but many people can’t stand the idea of spending years in braces. Did you know that many crooked smiles can be straightened out in only six months? Wanting a beautiful smile is a good reason… Read More »

Is Ryan Lochte’s Grill Bad For His Teeth?

Ryan Lochte showed off his red, white and blue American flag grill at the London Olympics but is it bad for his teeth? Grills have bee popular in hip hop culture for several years and are basically a decorative cover that snaps over the teeth. According to the American Dental Association “They generally are removable… Read More »

Will Europe End Use of Dental Amalgam?

A European Commission has recommended that dental amalgam use end and be phased out over the next 5 years. Dental amalgam is made of a number of metals and includes mercury, a known neurotoxin.This commission has been tasked with reducing mercury exposure for EU citizens. Sweden banned mercury fillings a few years ago. Denmark, Finland,… Read More »

Is Sleep Apnea Serious?

An estimated 18 million Americans have sleep apnea – the same number of people who have diabetes or asthma. Of those 18 million people only 10% have been diagnosed. What is sleep apnea and is it really serious? Obstructive sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes interruptions in breathing while you are asleep. The… Read More »

TMJ Pain Affects Women More Often

Pain affects people differently. For example studies have shown that redheads feel more pain than blondes or brunettes. We have known for a long time that headaches and facial pain due to problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) affect more women than men. A recent review in the Journal of the American Dental Association looked… Read More »

Don’t Drive Drowsy

Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Every year sleepy drivers cause at least 100,000 accidents including many fatalities. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine is helping dentists spread the word about drowsy driving dangers. Drowsy driving accidents usually occur between midnight and 6am, but for patients with obstructive sleep apnea drowsy driving… Read More »

No More Cavities?

What if there were no more tooth decay? What would dentists do all day? Don’t worry we’ve got plenty to keep us busy but researchers from Yale University and the University of Chile have discovered a molecule that kills the oral bacteria responsible for tooth decay. The bacteria called Streptococcus Mutans eats sugars and turns… Read More »

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