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August 14th, 2014

The good news is that we’re all living longer. But with this longer life come some challenges to keep our bodies healthy to enjoy these additional years. Among these challenges is the drive to keep our natural teeth. Read More »


March 26th, 2014

Don’t get nervous, this isn’t a mathematics article.  Abfractions are a common finding in middle aged to older adults.  We often notice grooves at the necks of the teeth near the gum line, especially if there is some gum recession.  These are usually not symptomatic, although some patients notice some cold sensitivity. Read More »

Dangerous Diets

February 26th, 2014

Many people resolve to lose weight as the Winter progresses and Spring clothing begins to appear in the stores.  According to a recent study, weight loss was the number 1 new year’s resolution for Americans in 2012 and 2013 with nearly $61 billion spent on weight loss products in 2011.  Products such as juice cleanses, diet drinks, smoothies, and shakes promise an easy way to cut overall calories in a flavorful way and without much effort. Read More »


October 10th, 2013

The teeth can become worn over time, leading to changes in the bite, the enamel covering the teeth and even the shape of the face.  Decades of chewing wears down the biting surfaces of the teeth.  Sometimes the enamel is completely worn away.  This process, known as attrition, is hastened by the destructive habit of grinding the teeth or an abrasive diet, or even a poor bite leading to a shearing action. Read More »


May 23rd, 2013

A recent discussion with a young patient proved to be somewhat disconcerting.  The middle school child told us that he was no longer drinking soda and that the vending machines in his school no longer had carbonated drinks, but had a variety of “sports drinks” and other sugar containing beverages.  He somehow felt that the removal of the bubbles made the products less threatening. Read More »

Acid Attack

December 20th, 2012

To understand the process of tooth decay, you might have to remember some high school chemistry and learn how it affects the decay process.
When we eat carbohydrate, the bacterial plaque produces acid which starts to weaken the tooth enamel. Read More »

Caries Control

October 11th, 2012

Dental caries, commonly called tooth decay, remains an all too common disease.  This is unfortunate since the causes and modes of prevention are well known.  Tooth decay is a bacterial infection of the hard tissue of the mouth.  The types of bacteria that can grow on the tooth are very limited but hard to get rid of once established. Read More »

Toothpaste Ingredients

May 25th, 2012

Everyone has their favorite toothpaste, usually based on flavor and what they used while growing up.  However, today we are faced with an ever increasing choice of toothpastes with varying ingredients promising differing benefits and claiming superior results over their competitors.  So what do we choose? Read More »

Chemical Erosion of Teeth

April 27th, 2011

Chemical Erosion of Teeth
While most of our preventive energies are spent in the areas of tooth decay and gum disease, there remains an area of prevention that is often overlooked.  When tooth structure is exposed to acids, the enamel and dentin begin to have the minerals leached out.  This demineralization exposes the microscopic framework, which will eventually break apart resulting in loss of tooth structure. Read More »

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