Category Archives: Oral Health

Updated Dental X-Rays Necessary

Dental x-rays are an essential tool for diagnosing many oral health issues that your dentist cannot see with the naked eye, or even with magnifying glasses. “I’ll do them at my next visit” is an all too common response when patients are told it is time for dental x-rays. Here’s a little secret – we… Read More »

Osteoporosis Drugs – How Long Should They Be Used?

Keeping bone mass intact and bones strong as we age is important in preventing hip and spine fractures that cause pain, hospitalization, nursing home stays and even early death for many older Americans. Osteoporosis drugs such as Fosamax, Boniva and Reclast will soon be required to clarify how long patients should use them to avoid… Read More »

Sugary Drinks Over Used by Teens, Younger Men

Sugar sweetened beverages have transformed from being an occasional treat to constant companion for some people. Researchers from the Centers for Disease control say that young people, especially teens and men aged 20-39 consume the most calories each day from sweetened beverages. This report was not just talking about soda consumption. The sweetened drinks were… Read More »

The Anatomy of a Tooth

Unless you are a dentist you probably don’t think too much about all the parts of a tooth. I thought I would give a little lesson on the anatomy of a tooth and avoiding cavities. The part of the tooth that we see is called the crown, the part we don’t see which anchors the… Read More »

Ways You Sabotage Your Smile

There are lots of ways that people sabotage their smile. Most of you probably have done at least one of these things, maybe you have done all of them, and never thought about the damage you could be inflicting on your teeth. Here are some behaviors that can cause real problems: Teeth are not pliers,… Read More »

Afraid to Smile?

Are you one of those people who is really fun loving and joyous on the inside but no one else knows this side of you because you are afraid to smile in public? For those of you blessed with a terrific smile it is hard to understand why someone would be afraid to laugh or… Read More »

Periodontal Disease and Preemies

Pregnant women who have gum disease (periodontal disease) are more likely to deliver their babies prematurely than women with healthy gums. New research has shown that expectant mothers with gum disease who used mouthwash throughout their pregnancies were less likely to have a preemie. The study was funded by Procter and Gamble and involved an… Read More »

The Facts on Plaque

Today we are having a lesson about plaque — no, not the kind you hang on the wall. This is the kind that forms on your teeth and can cause big problems if it is not removed. Dental plaque is a biofilm that is formed on your teeth by the bacteria that live in your… Read More »

Menopause and Tooth Loss

Researchers believe that almost 30% of post-menopausal women will suffer from tooth loss and that the risk increases to nearly 90% if other risk factors are present. The study looked at  1021 women over a five year period and found that 293 of them suffered from tooth loss during the study period. It is speculated… Read More »

Gum Disease Linked to Women’s Fertility

Thinking about starting a family? Along with a visit to your physician you should also schedule an appointment with your dentist to make sure your gums are healthy. A study from Australia has linked difficulty conceiving to active gum disease. The study discovered that it took women with periodontal disease longer to get pregnant than… Read More »