Category Archives: Oral Health

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 »


US Needs To Boost Oral Health Knowledge

The American Dental Association (ADA) completed a survey that shows that adults in the US need to learn a lot more about their oral health. This survey was done in conjunction with a new website launched by the ADA, www.MouthHealthy.org which provides information on prevention, care and treatment. ADA President, Dr. William Calnon said “Oral… Read More »


Mercury Amalgam Fillings – Not Here

Could you imagine your physician treating your illness with tools used by doctors 150 year ago?  How about if your dentist wanted to treat your cavity that way? You wouldn’t stand for it, or would you? Amalgam fillings (also called silver or mercury fillings) have been used for over 150 years.  Initially they were created… Read More »


4 Reasons Why Women Should Visit The Dentist

Routine dental visits are something that can get pushed to the back-burner when life gets hectic. Women are usually better than the guys about keeping these important appointments. But according to the Centers for Disease control only 71.4 percent of women over the age of 18 had their teeth cleaned during 2008. I imagine the… Read More »


Preventable Infections Cause 1 of 6 Cancer Deaths

Researchers recently reported that one in every six deaths from cancer worldwide is caused by a preventable infection and that vaccination programs could save about 1.5 million people per year. The majority of these cancer cases are caused by three viruses and a bacterium which cause liver, cervical and stomach cancers. The HPV or human… Read More »


Dental X-Rays – What You Need To Know

Many years ago people didn’t think twice about x-rays. Some shoe stores even x-rayed people’s feet as a fitting gimmick. We know a lot more now about the dangers of radiation and so we try to reduce our exposure as much as possible. A study published  this week linked frequent dental x-rays with a type… Read More »


Smokeless Tobacco Less Harmful?

Once people figured out that smoking really was bad for your health some switched to smokeless tobacco thinking it would be less harmful. Wrong – any type of tobacco use exposes the user to cancer causing agents — we’ve known this for a while. What is news is that scientists have isolated a chemical from… Read More »


Your Smile In 3-D

How can we look at images of your smile in 3-D? Easy, using cutting edge technologycalled the I-CAT Cone Beam Imaging System. It is a special type of x-ray machine we use in situations where regular dental x-rays will not give us sufficient information. This technology enables dentists to view life-like 3-D images of bone… Read More »


Healthy Mouth Linked to Healthy What?

Healthy mouth equals healthy colon? Looks like it just might be true. Poor oral health has been linked to lots of diseases that happen in other parts of the body. Lets add colon cancer to the list that already contains heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications and others. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and two… Read More »


Can We Stop Mouth Lesions Before They Become Cancer?

Lesions that form in the mouth may or may not become malignant over time. Even so, most lesions are removed surgically before they have a chance to become cancerous. Almost one-third of patients with cancerous oral lesions that were surgically removed will have a recurrence. Not something that anyone wants to look forward to. Researchers… Read More »