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National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

Apparently March is National Nutrition Month! I know- it seems like there’s a month, week or day for almost everything! But it does give me the opportunity to discuss some dentally relevant nutritional information, namely added sugars and sugary drinks. Obviously I’m not qualified to offer nutritional advice, but being a lifelong sugar addict, I…

6 Ways to Make Your Mouth Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day

6 Ways to Make Your Mouth Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day

I am happy to share this post from the ADA’s Mouth Healthy website which explains why bad breath may not be your only concern when kissing this Valentine’s Day. From the “Kiss Me” messages on tiny candy hearts to romantic songs on the radio, a kiss is probably on your list this Valentine’s Day. Before…

The use of Silver Diamine Fluoride in halting tooth decay

The use of Silver Diamine Fluoride in halting tooth decay

Last night I was pleasantly surprised to watch a feature on the PBS News Hour broadcast about the use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) in dentistry. SDF is nothing new to dentistry, having been used for many years in other countries, but is now thankfully making its way into the mainstream of dentistry in the…

The Great American Smoke-Out!

The Great American Smoke-Out!

Smoking is one of the worst habits for a person’s health. According to the American Cancer Society, “36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.” Each year November 16th is set aside as the “Great America Smoke-out” in an attempt…

Charcoal Toothpastes to Clean Teeth?

Charcoal Toothpastes to Clean Teeth?

There are now more than 50 toothpastes available in the U.S. containing charcoal in one form or another offering health and cosmetic benefits not available in other toothpastes. Manufacturers are making claims that these dentifrices can reduce tooth decay, help with tooth remineralization and even improve whitening of teeth. While only 4 of these toothpastes…

The Dangers of Do It Yourself Dentistry!

The Dangers of Do It Yourself Dentistry!

Recently there have been several reports in the news and posts on social media about how to perform “do it yourself” dental procedures. These are, at a minimum, problematic trends which can lead to serious consequences. Among these are: Charcoal Teeth WhiteningI don’t know where this came from, but using charcoal or anything other than…

Some questions to ask your dentist about sedating your child

Some questions to ask your dentist about sedating your child

On the “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” show, which aired July 9, 2017, reporter Kate Snow addressed the risks involved with dentists giving children sedatives. Two families in California were profiled, and their stories were truly heartbreaking. Although most of the time it is perfectly safe, sedation can carry risk no matter what the age.…