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Protect Yourself From Oral Cancer

Worldwide oral cancer rates are skyrocketing just as they are in the United States. In the year 1981 the U.S. saw 10,000 deaths from oral cancers. In 2011, over 37,000 people developed oral cancers and about 8,000 died. This means the death rate from oral cancer are higher than those from melanoma, thyroid cancer and… Read More »

Scared of Halloween Cavities?

Scared of cavities on Halloween? You don’t need to be afraid that your kids, or you, will get cavities from munching all that Trick or Treat booty!  Don’t toss all the candy and replace it with kale. Here are some suggestions for enjoying treats without causing too much damage to those little teeth: Sort the… Read More »

Are Porcelain Veneers Right For You?

A survey done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that about half of adults in the US would like to change something about their smile. Are you one of them, and if you are, why haven’t you changed your smile? Porcelain veneers are a surprisingly quick and easy way to get a whole… Read More »

Sugary Cereals Damage Teeth – But Got Milk?

Drinking a glass of milk after eating a sugar filled cereal may help protect your teeth. New research into just how we can enjoy our Froot Loops, and still protect against the cavities caused by all that sugar, was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. These types of cereals are basically refined… Read More »

Olympic Levels of Bad Oral Health

We like to think that Olympic athletes are in top physical health and that they all must have world-class health care. The truth about their oral health – not so world class! The British Journal of Sports Medicine just published a study that showed that these elite athletes had levels of oral health similar to… Read More »

A Brief History of Toothpaste

The toothpaste aisle at the store seems to keep getting bigger and more confusing. Gel or paste? Whitening or sensitive formula? With mouthwash or without? We’ve come a long way since the first commercially produced toothpaste in 1873. Toothpaste sold in jars was created in the mid-1800’s and Colgate started commercial production. This toothpaste was… Read More »

Dental Infections Can Be Serious

There has been an alarming rise in serious dental infections over the past few years. This translates to a 41% increase in the number of hospitalizations for dental abscesses from 2000 to 2008! If anything, these numbers have probably risen even more because of the long recession and patients putting off needed dental treatment. Oral… Read More »

Protect Your Smile – Say Cheese!

Say Cheese! It will make you smile – in more ways than one. New research suggests that cheese can help prevent tooth decay. The study, published in the journal General Dentistry, found that eating cheese changed the pH balance of the mouth. The improved pH levels reduced the risk of tooth erosion, and therefore, tooth decay.… Read More »

Are Natural Dental Products Effective?

There used to be only one or two brands of “natural” products on the toothpaste shelf in your local store. Today we are seeing a lot more products available – but they are usually more expensive than the products we are used to and they may, or may not, be as effective. The US Food… Read More »