Our Dental Blog

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.

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5 Things to Avoid after a Tooth Extraction

Growing up, I remember being terrified of Mark Twain’s fictional Aunt Polly after she tied a piece of string around Tom’s tooth (and around his bed post), before lunging at him with a piece of hot coal. What a price Tom had to pay for trying to dodge school with

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Hello. My Name Is…

Drews Dental Services is once again thrilled to announce a new addition to the team! We’re excited to introduce you to Emilie Bilodeau, the newest member of our business team. Emilie brings with her oodles of experience working with people and we’re lucky to have her here at our front

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A Dentist By Any Other Name Is Still A Dentist, Right?

That’s a lot of consonants. Have you ever wondered what all of those ‘letters of authority’ mean after someone’s name? When they’re lined up in a row, they have the potential to be a really, really bad turn in a game of Scrabble. It’s All Greek To Me LOL, ROFL,

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It’s A Girl!

Drews Dental Services is thrilled to announce a new addition to the team! Having an additional hygienist is part of our larger, overall goal of providing more convenient options for our patients who are often juggling work, family, and school obligations. How lucky we are to be welcoming Angela Roy,

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There’s No Place Like (A New) Home

No, we’re not in Kansas, we are still here in Lewiston! Although I feel like I’ve been caught up in a tornado for the last couple of weeks, Drews Dental Services is now officially moved into our new digs at 471 Sabattus Street. Fortunately, the move was pretty seamless. Nothing

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Pain is a Great Motivator

Whether it’s the avoidance of or the onset of, pain is a great motivator. And let’s face it, toothache PAIN is one of the primary reasons people go to the dentist. When you have a toothache, you definitely need to visit a dentist – sooner rather than later. I’d like

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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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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 wearing a crown and holding a toothfairy wand.

Not All Crowns Are Created Equal

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

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skeptical woman who has never had a cavity in her life

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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Is There A Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis Going On In Your Mouth?

Recession is never a good thing; whether it’s the economy, a hairline, or your gums that are receding, they are all going to impact your ability to go on vacation, flirt with the opposite sex, and smile for your DMV picture. When a tooth erupts into your mouth, it is

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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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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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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. Peter Drews serving on USS Rushmore in the US Navy

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

“Is my dental insurance 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 (or good insurance policy) means that they pay what they say they

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Your Teeth Are like the Titanic, So Watch Out For Icebergs!

I know that you’re not supposed to talk about politics or bodily functions in polite company (not that this has ever stopped me); however, if you are looking for a surefire way to turn a good dinner party into an episode of Jerry Springer, just get people on the subject

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