dr drews holding up an ice cream sundae

Location! Location! Location!

Under normal circumstances, I really hate moving. Several years spent in the United States Navy, and I can honestly say that I’ve had more than my fair share of packing boxes and bubble wrap. However, I am extremely excited about this next move – fortunately, it’s just down the street

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three giraffes chatting together

Why Your Opinion Matters

Mammals tend to retain (and shout out) negative experiences more readily than positive ones – something to do with that whole survival instinct thing. This certainly rings true when I taught my dogs how to respect the perimeter of their invisible fence. They both got zapped by their collars and

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Why Dentures Are Actually the Haute Couture of Dentistry

‘Prêt-à-porter’ is a French phrase, used in the fashion industry, which means ‘ready to wear.’ Clothes that are mass produced, following a standardized pattern and sizing chart, are said to be ready to wear. Right off the rack. It’s how we all buy the vast majority of our clothes. Some

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Dr. Peter Drews dressing up as the tooth fairy

You Won’t Get a BMW on a Toyota Corolla Budget

Not All Crowns Are Created Equal If you are like me, you appreciate a good crown. Pun intended. I sometimes don a crown in the office to imitate the tooth fairy and put a pediatric patient at ease. And, if you’re like me, you’ve probably purchased one of those ultra-generic

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middle aged couple relaxing

The Affront of Middle Age; “But I’ve Never Had A Cavity!”

We all know that one person who says, “I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s in about 15 years” or “I don’t watch TV at all. Ever.” Obviously, they’re just massaging the truth, because Five Guys Burgers still counts as fast food, and streaming old episodes of ‘American Idol’ on a laptop

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wrestling buddies

Vote for Pedro!

Growing up, I always wanted to be a WWF wrestler, but it turns out that the outfits are less drafty in dentistry. I have now come to terms with the fact that I will never spar with Jake the Snake. Fortunately, I’ve found that fighting for legislation which supports my

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Matt at work

Pink Floyd Got it Wrong; We Always Need More Education

I come from a family of educators (and strong women). I have personally racked up a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and the Doctor of Dentistry thing, as well as additional certificates in specialized dentistry and even Scuba diving. Education, and its lifelong pursuit, is pretty important to me. So I

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dog asleep under the christmas tree

We All Need a Little Therapy Over the Holidays

Aaaaaah, the holidays! My wife thrives on all things festive; decorating the tree, shopping for the perfect gift for everyone we are related to (as well as their dogs), poring through recipes to find which cocktail to serve for; present opening, before Christmas lunch, during the meal, with dessert (which

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girl drinking water from a fountain

Fluoride: the History & the Histrionics

Do a Google search on the risks and benefits of fluoride and you will be confronted with more scientific research and armchair opinions that are harder to take in than the recommended 8 glasses of water a day. In my opinion, one of the most compelling things about the history

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Dr. Drews on the U.S.S. Rushmore

Thank You to Our Active and Retired Military Personnel

I served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy for five years before coming to Maine. During my time in the military I was stationed in some really tough places, like San Diego. However, I was also deployed to the Middle East and spent nine months aboard the U.S.S. Rushmore,

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dental insurance claims notebook

Is Your Dental Insurance “Good” . . . or Not?

“Is my insurance company/policy good?” is a question I get asked a lot. To be perfectly honest, it’s actually difficult for us to answer that question. Here’s why . . . From my perspective a “good” insurance company/policy means that they pay what they say they will pay, on time,

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dr. drews brushing his dog's teeth

You Can Lead a Child to a Sink . . .

But You Can’t Make Him Brush His Teeth! We’ll you could, technically, but you wouldn’t want to. Broccoli, bath time, and tooth brushing are some guaranteed ways to get into a power struggle with a toddler (or a strong-willed Labrador). Obviously I can make my Labrador Retriever, Axel, brush his

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worn pair of shoes

Beaver Teeth and Belt Sanders

My wife’s teeth look a lot like her shoes, and although I tell her to go to T.J. Maxx and buy herself a new pair (of shoes – they are about 10 years old), she’s stubborn and insists they’re just fine. She is approaching 40, which means she’s been chewing

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nerd with bright teeth

Why You Don’t Want A Toilet Bowl White Smile

Have you ever met someone for the first time and, as you go to shake their hand, they smile and you must resist the urge to shield your eyes because their teeth are like a solar eclipse? It makes me want to just go and punch their dentist. These days

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using your mouth as a substitute bottle opener

There’s No Such Thing As “Soft Teeth”

When people find out that I am a general dentist, they usually have one of two reactions: recoil in horror, clamp their mouths shut, and mumble some excuse about having to go home and wash the cat; or, proceed to go into great detail about childhood dental trauma, poor genetics,

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woman whispering a secret to her friend

How To Tell Someone They Have Bad Breath

The plague of bad breath; sometimes it’s hard not to put your foot in your mouth, especially if someone else’s mouth smells like feet! As a general dentist, I have immunity when it comes to discussing halitosis with my patients – or my wife, who eats enough garlic to fend

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Can Chewing Gum Clean Your Teeth?

When you were a young child, your parents probably told you a few (hundred) times that candies and sweets would “rot your teeth.” Yes, that’s mostly true, but there are a few exceptions. Cavities only occur when you have the right “Cavity Combination” in your mouth. Your Parents Were Right –

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man with a toothache

Sensitive Teeth After a Filling, Why?

One of the most common mistakes that people make is visiting their dentist ONLY when they already have a toothache. Usually, initial stages of tooth decay can be reversed by practicing good oral hygiene, but when caries has progressed to the deeper layers of your tooth, causing pain and sensitivity,

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