Category Archives: Oral Health

Pregnancy Changes Oral Health

Hormonal changes during a woman’s reproductive years cause many changes in oral health.  Gums can become tender and inflamed in sync with fluctuating hormone levels. The most dramatic changes occur occur during pregnancy but even then symptoms can vary drastically from woman to woman. Some pregnant patients complain of experiencing dry mouth, others have excessive… Read More »

A More Natural Smile with Dental Implants

Losing a natural tooth is upsetting on many levels. Most patients worry about the best method for replacing the missing tooth or teeth and if the replacements will look and feel like “real” teeth. I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that some of the traditional methods for replacing… Read More »

Dr. Oz Explains Oral Cancer Risks

TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz did a show this past week about the importance of oral cancer screening and risk factors for the disease. I was somewhat shocked when the audience members that Dr. Oz spoke to said that they didn’t remember ever having an oral cancer screening when they visited the dentist. It could… Read More »

Do You Brush At Bedtime?

A study by the British Dental Health Foundation discovered that almost half of the British population admitted to not brushing their teeth before bed on a regular basis. Eeww – talk about morning breath! Of course the bad morning breath could be the reason that 90% said they brushed their teeth every morning. We’ll try… Read More »

Guys Lag Behind Ladies in Dental Health

Chalk up one more place where the women are outpacing the men – good oral health! The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) looked at the oral health and hygiene of both the sexes and reported the findings in the Journal of Periodontology. According to the study women are better at going for routine dental checkups… Read More »

Yes, You Really Need to Floss!

You only need to floss the teeth you want to keep! How many times have you heard that old saying? It keeps getting repeated simply because flossing works! However, most of the population doesn’t seem to take that wisdom to heart.  A study in 2008 found that less than 50% of Americans flossed daily and… Read More »

Oral Cancer Awareness on Oprah

This week is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Actor and cancer survivor Michael Douglas appeared on The Oprah Show recently to talk about his diagnosis and treatment for throat cancer. Avoiding the risk factors for developing these cancers and the importance of regular screenings were reiterated. Cancers of the head, neck and oral… Read More »

Could Your Sinus Problem Be Linked to Your Teeth?

A group of physicians from the University of Pittsburgh medical center studied patients with chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis is a painful condition where the sinus cavities become swollen and inflamed and stay that way for an extended period of time. Chronic sinusitis patients make 13 million visits to doctors each year with some resorting to… Read More »

College Kids Get Cavities Too!

Another school year is winding down – students everywhere are cramming for final exams, stressing over term papers and getting little or no sleep. Every year we see kids coming home from college with loads of dental problems. The lifestyle and diet of a typical college student simply don’t contribute to good oral health. The… Read More »