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The Importance of Flossing & Flossing Alternatives

Happy National Flossing Day! What? You didn’t know there was a national flossing day? Well, evidently there is. It turns out it was first celebrated in 2000 and is always celebrated on black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. What better day to celebrate flossing than after a day of national

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A Note About Opioids

Opioids are narcotic pain relievers that require a prescription from a medical professional. When taken as prescribed for short periods of time under the care of a medical professional, opioids can be a safe and effective pain management tool. Unfortunately, opioid abuse is a growing and dangerous problem in America.

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Are You Smiling Enough?

A smile (and teeth) are often one of the first things we notice when we meet someone for the first time. After all, they are part of the most prominent facial features just staring us in the face. In fact, a famous scientist (Doctor of Biological Sciences) named Yarbus (Al’fred

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X-Rayted Conversation

Hello Tooth Fans! A very pregnant Dr. Kristie Lake here. 9 months in fact. I’m due in September, but he’s welcome to come any time because I am seriously in need of regaining my inner personal space. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to sleep with a foot lodged

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Getting Surgical Clearance From Your Dentist

Hello Tooth Fans! You know, sometimes as dentists we take the information we know for granted and we forget that there are little “life of a dentist” tidbits that you may not be aware of. For example, did you know that sometimes patients come to us because they need dental

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Read Before Vaping

Hello Tooth Fans! One of the questions we routinely ask at a new patient visit is whether or not a patient has a tobacco habit. This isn’t because we’re nosy or because we want to judge you in some way, but because there are very important health consequences, including dental

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Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

For years we have heard about bacteria gut flora (or gut microbiota) and the benefits of having the correct balance of gut flora to your overall health. If the population of bacteria becomes out of balance, the body is negatively impacted. You’ve seen the Activia probiotic yogurt commercials and Benefiber’s

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Periodontal Disease – Silent But Deadly

Hello Tooth Fans! April is nearly over, can you believe it? And it seems we’re finally starting to see some of that spring weather we’ve been anxiously awaiting! Things have been crazy busy at our little office, and I feel like I’ve been on tour lately with the amount of

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Funny Dental Scenes & Skits

Dentistry is pretty serious business and we value the trust you place in us as your dental service provider. That said, we also really like to lighten up the atmosphere at work, and after work, with a little bit of banter and laughter. Let’s face it, a trip to the

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At-Home Aligners – Why They May Not Be A Bargain

Hello Tooth Fans! I have been receiving an increased amount of questions from patients, friends, and family about dental services being advertised direct to consumers. In fact, because Facebook knows I talk about teeth a lot, and seems to be REALLY good at marketing stuff to me that I enjoy

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Why Do I Gag at the Dentist?

Do you dread getting radiographs or having impressions taken at the dentist office, specifically because it makes you gag?! You are not alone. About 10-15 percent of dental patients suffer from hypersensitive gag reflex (HGR). And, like you, they dread getting radiographs and impressions. The goal of this blog post

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Tooth Grinding & Sleep Apnea in Kids

Don’t Judge the Mouth Breather Most of us don’t want to be judgmental people, but even the best of us make judgments on a daily basis. It’s a survival mechanism. We need to make judgements in order to protect ourselves from harm. For example, as much as I strive not

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What, Exactly, Is A Family Dentist?

Hello Tooth Fans, It’s that special time of year again, the magical time between eating pumpkin pie and hanging the mistletoe; of black Friday madness, cyber Monday deals and giving Tuesday considerations. I think what I like most about this specific time of the holiday season is the optimism that

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Forensic Dentistry

Happy Halloween, Tooth Fans! You may be surprised to learn that dentists enjoy Halloween just as much as the rest of the “normal” population. And no, it’s not because we get more business due to the large number of cavities formed during the heavy sugar consumption this holiday spawns. Although,

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Dental Bridges vs Implants

As a dentist, I’m often asked about the best option for replacing a missing tooth. The popular dental restoration options I’d like to cover in this blog post are dental bridges and dental implants. So really, the question is, “To Bridge, Or To Implant.” Bridges and implants are both types

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The Sleepy Snorer & Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Greetings tooth fans! This month’s blog post topic is part 2 in my series on sleep dentistry. Last time we talked about nocturnal bruxism (grinding your teeth at night), and I alluded to how sleep disordered breathing can be a contributing factor to this condition. Today I’ll talk a little

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Charcoal Toothpaste: Does It Really Work to Whiten Teeth?

I am asked this same question about about twice a month – “Does charcoal whitening work?” Activated charcoal seems to be all the rage these days and since it’s now also become part of the oral care industry, I thought I’d talk a little bit about charcoal toothpaste and powder

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Summer’s Just Started & We’re Making Waves

The summer has just started, kids & teachers have just finished with school, and already the doctors at Drews Dental Services are making waves! Sharing My Story on Career Day I was delighted to deliver a few presentations on dentistry at Tripp Middle School’s career day in Turner, which was

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Must You Grind Your Teeth Like That?!

Hello Tooth Fans! Have you ever heard the sound of someone grinding their teeth? It’s one of those noises that makes your hair stand on end and sends chills up your spine! It’s no wonder the Bible depicts Hell as containing “wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Most of the time when

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“How Much is a Crown Going To Cost?”

My wife was at the hairdresser last week and overheard a conversation in the next chair between a stylist and client who was lamenting her self-diagnosed ‘soft teeth.’ She stated how unfair it was that her husband did not have the same affliction and, even worse, that there was nothing

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