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Restoring Black Triangles

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
In my latest feature in LA Metro Magazine’s “PROS WHO KNOW” I talked about a common (up to 67% of people over the age of 20) dental frustration: black triangles caused by periodontal bone loss. What is a black triangle? A black triangle, aka an open gingival embrasure, occurs when there is space in between […]
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Decoding Periodontal Health with Saliva Testing

In my recent feature in LA Metro Magazine under the “PROS WHO KNOW” section, I addressed a common frustration in dental health: periodontal bone loss despite diligent oral care. This phenomenon, often experienced by patients who actually take really good care of their teeth, can be attributed to gum disease and its associated complications. Based […]
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Are Bleeding Gums Normal?

Are bleeding gums normal? The short answer is no, bleeding gums are not generally normal. Are Bleeding Gums Common? Yes, they’re way more common than you think. Let’s face it, we all know flossing doesn’t always make the cut in our daily routines. But here’s the deal: your gums are just as important as your […]
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Why Implant Supported Dentures Could Be the Answer

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
It’s always kind of fun to start punching something into Google and see what’s suggested, even more so when you are legit scanning for research information on a subject that’s close to heart. As a dentist, I don’t tend to google dentistry questions, 80’s wrestling is more my style, but I do get that the […]
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Does Brushing Harder Clean Your Teeth Better?

Sometimes I see Lady Macbeth in my office. I’m sure you’re familiar with Shakespeare’s play, we all had to read it and maybe even perform it in high school, right? You know, the one that opens with the witches chanting about “toil and trouble”, finds Macbeth pondering, “Is this a dagger which I see before […]
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Top 5 Reasons People Avoid the Dentist

I have a secret ambition to host the gameshow ‘Family Feud,’ except I’d make all the questions dental related. I’ve done this before when we asked 2 dentists to name something you wish everyone would put on their New Year’s resolution list and then talked about the top 7 answers on the board in this […]
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It’s Time to Show Off Your Smile (again)

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
Thanks to modern science and the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, mask restrictions are easing off a bit, though it’s still important to keep up with mask mandates and recommendations (here’s Maine’s Face Covering FAQs). I’m a dentist, so I’m pretty comfortable with the idea of wearing protective gear. However, I’m not going to lie, there […]
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Why Do I Need A Root Canal If My Tooth Is Dead?

According to the grief and loss experts, there are several phases people navigate when they go through the bereavement process; Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. I can attest that a dental patient who’s been told that their tooth has “passed away” also experiences a combination of these when they’re sitting in my chair. I […]
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Dentistry: Why It’s An “Essential” Service

We know it’s been a long twelve months, and there is no denying that March 2020 marked the start of an unprecedented, unbelievably tough time that presented us all with some pretty rough hardships including unpredictable work hours and volatile incomes. Businesses and schools were shut down which meant many of us had to stay […]
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Practicing Dentistry During A Pandemic

There is no question that how we practice dentistry has changed (as it should) to adapt to the times. Much like airline travel, the safety and health information can sound rather tedious and boring compared to the final destination, whether it happens to be bottomless umbrella drinks on the beach or a nice, shiny white […]