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.

ice cream sundae on a dental tray

Allergies and Your Dentist

If you have allergies, whether they’re food-related or otherwise, you’re no doubt accustomed to exercising caution at parties, the grocery store, restaurants and other places where you might inadvertently purchase or be served something you’re allergic to. But there’s someplace else where you should be careful that might not be

Read More »
close up of woman covering her mouth with green cloud fumes escaping from behind her hands

How to Get Rid of Garlic Breath

As a dentist, I watch what I eat for lunch because no one wants to be seen by a dentist who’s had a huge bowl of garlicy pasta right before the appointment. We’re also pretty used to patients who come in after chowing down garlic mashed potatoes with a garlic

Read More »

Probiotics Good for Oral Health

Probiotics are live micro-organisms, which are thought to be beneficial to the stomach. However, a new study out of Spain finds they are also good for your teeth. Researchers at International University in Barcelona, Spain, looked at the effects of probiotics on gingivitis, bad breath and cavity development. Researchers found

Read More »
close-up of veneers

Perfect Veneers

According to a study from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, patients spent an estimated $372 million on dental veneers. That’s a lot of hard-earned money invested in Hollywood smiles. If you’re considering dental veneers as a way to improve your own smile, be sure to do your homework so

Read More »
close up of someone's hands crafting a set of dentures

The Effects of Poor Fitting (Loose) Dentures

As denture-wearing people age, their dentures don’t change, but their mouths do. In fact, your gum ridges and your jawbone can change quite a bit over time without having tooth root stimulation; so, what used to fit well originally may not fit so well today. If you have false teeth,

Read More »

Cheese Please for Healthy Teeth

It is our goal as dentists to inform our patients f their current oral conditions, and to provide multiple treatment plan options to choose from that will improve their oral condition. We understand that it is not realistic, or practical, to assume that every patient wants the ideal treatment plan,

Read More »

Which toothpaste do you use Dr. Drews?

This is a question that I get almost once a week.  Having the opportunity to just go to my supply room and grab my favorite brand makes it too easy for me.  I wanted to put together a blog that explains how to select a toothpaste from the drug store

Read More »

Dentist Should Advise Vegetarians on Good Oral Health

Health concerns about fat and cholesterol have prompted many people to become vegetarians, and the nutritional deficiencies that can sometimes result may reveal themselves during dental exams. Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Ludwig Leibsohn, DDS says he usually asks patients if they adhere to vegetarian or other special diets. “Most

Read More »

Where Do Cavities Come From?

I recently received an email on www.mainedentalclinic.com asking the question “Where do cavities come from?”.  With the popularity of energy drinks in the Lewiston and Auburn Maine area dentist are seeing a segment of these young patients with a high number of cavities.  To understand how a cavity forms, you

Read More »

They’re only baby teeth……

Patient Question: “Why do you want to fill baby teeth? They will fall out anyway.” Dr. Drews’s Answer: “I can understand why you would wonder about that. It is confusing when some of the teeth we call baby teeth may stay in a child’s mouth until he’s 12. While it

Read More »

“Why do I need gold in my mouth?”

From your first visit to the completion of your treatment, at Drews Dental we treat your mouth like it’s our own. With an office in Lewiston that enables us to service Auburn as well, you’ll be sure to receive high quality dental care no matter where you live. Recently I was

Read More »

What is ClearCorrect Invisible Braces?

Why ClearCorrect? You deserve a smile you can be proud of, and ClearCorrect can make it happen. Our clear aligners are comfortable, removable, and, best of all, nearly invisible. Most people won’t even notice that you’re wearing them. And because you can easily remove the aligners to eat, you don’t

Read More »
denture and corresponding implants impression model

Dentures and Implants: A Perfect Marriage!

As young children, losing a tooth is probably one of the more exciting milestones we can attain. Unfortunately, the tooth fairy isn’t going to pay any of us middle-aged folks a visit with her money purse, nor are there a third set of strong, shiny white teeth coming to replace

Read More »
close up of a woman holding a glass and swishing with salt water

Natural Remedies for Gum Disease

Every week we receive questions from patients regarding natural supplements that claim to help the health of their gums. There is a lot of information on the web about such supplements that claim to help; unfortunately, there are no large studies that follow good research standards that allow us to

Read More »
group of four smiling kids' faces

What is happening to my 6-year-old’s teeth?

I get a lot of questions from parents as they start to bring their kids in for regular dental check ups. Some people even wonder why they should bother treating children’s teeth since “the teeth are going to fall out anyway.” The truth is, good oral hygiene begins before your

Read More »

ADA suggests ‘recall bias’ in x-ray, brain tumor study

April 10, 2012 — In response to the study released today that found an association between frequent dental x-rays and an increased risk of developing meningioma, the ADA issued the following statement: The ADA has reviewed the study and notes that the results rely on the individuals’ memories of having

Read More »