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May 03, 2011

Sugar itself, whether white or brown, is a natural substance, derived from beets and/or sugarcane. Its primary component is sucrose--equal parts of glucose and fructose. Over time, it has been identified as a harmful substance, most visibly for its causative role in tooth decay and the buildup of plaque around the base of the teeth.

You've heard the phrase "empty calories?" That's just what...

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May 01, 2011

Healthy teeth require proper nutrients, NOT FLUORIDE!

I think as a nation we are addicted to correcting nutrition deficiency problems by remedying it with a chemical or pharmaceutical drug. Studies have proved that ingesting fluoride has no benefit in decay prevention. However, topical application of fluoride such as toothpastes has some cavity prevention benefits. Fluoride is a well-documented poison and unfortunately when fluoride was introduced into the drinking water supply, there was no long-term studies conducted to demonstrate the safety of consuming daily, low-levels of fluoride. Fluoride is a cumulative poison which builds...

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April 28, 2011

You may feel that we are stuck (pun intended) on the issue of sugar; but there are many reasons why we revisit it so often. The most obvious one is that, as medical professionals, we have studied its destructive effects on the body in general (more about that later). And as dentists with a busy practice, we have become hyper-aware of the damage it can do to our patients--most especially to their teeth.

Saif is a recent case in point. He was outgoing and charming, but his lifelong craving for sugar had left him with serious dental problems. He had developed a sweet tooth and passion for carbonated beverages as a little boy. And,...

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April 26, 2011

When it comes to the changes and phases of your body, you are the first line of defense in noticing if there are any unusual changes. This puts you in the best position to discover any differences that might indicate the early onset of illnesses. This is especially true for oral cancer. It is often painless but very visible and, since you brush your teeth (and look at your mouth) daily, you will be the one to notice any changes to your tongue, lips, cheeks, or any sign of discoloration around your mouth.
So what should you look for when self-examining for indications of oral cancer? Below are five areas that you should pay attention...

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April 14, 2011

Joelle initially came to see us to establish a relationship with a new dentist.  It was an informal approach, for routine dentistry.  But Joelle actually was interested in improving her smile and felt more comfortable seeing us this way---basically to check us out.  She told us how self-conscious she was about her smile and that she'd never really done serious research to find the right dentist to...

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April 12, 2011

Yes, eat your fruits and vegetables! This is one of the very basic cardinal rules on keeping your body as healthy as possible. (After all, there is something to be said for the spinach that gave Popeye his bulging biceps.) This is even truer when it comes to minimizing your risk for oral cancer.

In a collaborative study conducted by Columbia University's Medical Center, and the...

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April 05, 2011

Everyone is susceptible to oral cancer. According to the American Cancer Association, 35,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. While it is not highly recognized as a serious type of cancer, oral cancer accounts for a large percentage of all cancers in the United States. And although tobacco and...

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April 01, 2011

Orthodontics, commonly known as braces, has been revolutionized to help a lot of people improve the appearance of crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth without being self conscious.  Clear, almost invisible braces are changing the life of adults and teens around the world. People are much more self-conscious about their smiles if they are not happy with the way their teeth look. For anyone who...

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March 29, 2011

Sports related injuries account for more than five million lost teeth per year-both in adults and children. This is why you are encouraged, especially if you play sports, to protect your teeth with a mouth guard.  While protecting your teeth from direct physical impact, sports guards will also absorb the impact on your jaw that could result from various incidences. either in the gym or on the sports field....

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March 25, 2011

It’s bad enough to have tooth decay, but add an infection to the tooth and you have a very painful situation. A tooth abscess or infection can be the result of a complication from tooth decay, or from trauma to the tooth. Either way, it allows bacteria to infect the center of the tooth (known as the pulp). If you are unlucky enough to have an abscess, you will have a lot of pain, because the infection may spread out from the root of the tooth into the gum and to the bones supporting the tooth as well.


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