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November 17, 2011

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.  That is probably why your doctor tells you frequently that you need to eat a healthful diet, exercise frequently, and get enough rest. It's in your best interest to keep your body as healthy as possible. This includes your mouth.  One of the best ways to make sure that your body remains healthy is by maintaining...

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November 09, 2011

Bacteria eat sugar. Bacteria create acid. Acid erodes teeth. More bacteria lead to more acid. More acid leads to faster erosion of your teeth.  Basically, an acidic mouth will damage your health in general, and the health of your mouth specifically in two ways:

1-Disrupt a healthy biofilm

2-Create an environment where the enamel crystals of teeth begin to dissolve.

Our modern diets are actually aiding and abetting what amounts to criminal activity by the acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. When you drink a sugary drink such as coke or fruit juice, your oral bacteria are very very happy. 

Even if you decide...

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October 26, 2011

Trusting your dentist is a desirable thing, and so is following their recommendations. But, in real life, you have to ask some questions, even of a dentist you trust. For instance, what if I told you that the advice you've been getting may be completely wrong when it to comes to staying cavity-free? Let's begin with the biggest lie: "If you limit your sugar intake, you can virtually eliminate cavities."  Sugar is only a very small portion of a much bigger problem--because sugar is actually food for the bacteria that causes cavities. And it gets worse: it isn't just sugar that feeds the bacteria. If you really wanted to limit cavities by...

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October 16, 2011

Did you know that your toothbrush can harbor 100 million bacteria?  Some of these bacteria are damaging and can contribute to the development of cavities, and if your toothbrush is harboring bacteria like staphylococci, you might be susceptible to skin infections.

No need to panic- your mouth was not exactly sterile, which is why you need the toothbrush in the first place.

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October 12, 2011

Dentistry has come such a long way, even over the last few years, making procedures quicker, less painful, and more effective than ever before.  However, understandably, going to the dentist may still be a stressful experience for you. Imagine you have moved into a new city looking to establish yourself with a new dentist or maybe you have outgrown your regular dentist and are looking...

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September 27, 2011

Errol's smile was very much in need of improvement, and Errol knew it. But, like many of the patients we have treated successfully, he didn't, at first, know where to find the right professionals to do the work. Luckily, he saw us in a television show and decided to see if we could create the smile he was hoping for. We were eager to help Errol, but realized during his first consult that the solution to his problems required more than the simple fix he...

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September 20, 2011

You've read about it more than once --- fluoride is not safe for you. Fluoride, a common element added to your water supplies and many dental products like your toothpaste, causes more harm than good when ingested. Now, studies show that fluoride not only fails to prevent tooth decay, but it can also cause cancer, too.

Several previous studies have been published on the plausibility of fluoride causing cancer, and added to these is the recent submission by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. This study shows that fluoride increases the risk of bone cancer in boys and...

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September 14, 2011

We've been long-time supporters of dental hygiene for all our patients --learning good habits and practicing them until they become a way of life. You know the drill: Have checkups twice a year (an ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure); eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts and low in saturated animal fat. And learn to love life without sugar. This is a great way to stay healthy in body and mouth. 

But there's more: floss at least twice a day, brush after meals, and use your mouthwash daily. This should go a long way to keeping your mouth and your teeth clean. If...

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August 17, 2011

For many of our patients, the work required for their smile makeovers can be done in a short time. But for Bonnie, after a detailed consult, we knew that the extensive makeover she wanted would take serious time: it meant correcting mistakes made by previous dentists who had opted for cosmetic procedures alone to disguise deeper problems. Some of them had to do with her teeth, while others had to do with the structural misalignment of her jaws. So, although Bonnie looked good, covered up, the problems continued to get worse.

As Bonnie vividly put it, “One of my bottom teeth, that had been supporting a bridge, fractured; it...

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August 17, 2011

Your mouth is the gateway to your health: While your eyes are the window to your soul, your teeth are the window to the rest of your body. Specifically, if you pay attention to your mouth, and what's going on within it, your teeth can be great indicators of your overall general health.  If you are willing to listen, your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues have plenty to say about your entire body.

If your gums are growing over your teeth and beginning to cover them, it could be a good indication that you're having problems with your medication, especially if you're taking medication for seizures, heart disease, or any kind of...

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