Dr. Drews, Dr. Lake, Dr. Patel and the whole team of dental health care professionals at Drews Dental provide latest news, helpful tips, hot topics, and fun facts about oral health and dentistry.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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 I
“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
Around the Water Cooler with the Business Team
One thing is for sure, you are never actually going to see all four of these ladies standing this far away from the phone at one time. It has been a busy start to the year, which means we want to make sure we’ve upped our game in the ‘front
Superheroes and Sidekicks
Dr. Drews and I like superheroes. Superheroes are fantastic in their problem solving abilities and their passion for helping others. In fact, on days when our egos are really inflated, we fancy ourselves to be superheroes and decide to dress the part. Nah, we’re not that narcissistic, just fun loving
Winterize Your Mouth
Whether you keep up with Game of Thrones or not, Winter is most definitely here in Maine. Last week the number registered on my car’s temperature gauge was -22, which can create all kinds of problems for; your car’s battery, your extremities, your general mood and . . . your
Lifelong Learners; Our 2017 Retrospective
December 1st can signal a lot of different things to different people. My wife tends to go into present-shopping mode. As licensed and credentialed dental professionals, the first day of the last month of the year usually means at least a couple of us (ok, just me) are scouring emails,
Can Aliens (or Babies) Ruin Your Teeth?
Has your body been invaded by an alien (a baby human)?. . . then this blog post is for you! I don’t think it’s any secret that I really like aliens. (Both the Sci-Fi kind and the baby human kind.) I’m not sure if aliens from outer space actually exist;
Got Costume Teeth? We Can Help!
Several years ago I went to a Halloween party where the host was dressed up as Austin Powers. My wife thought his costume was super cool and commented, “Oh my gosh, he even found the teeth to go with the outfit!” Errr, no, those were his actual teeth. We’re not