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The Importance of Flossing & Flossing Alternatives

Happy National Flossing Day! What? You didn’t know there was a national flossing day? Well, evidently there is. It turns out it was first celebrated in 2000 and is always celebrated on black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. What better day to celebrate flossing than after a day of national

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Are You Smiling Enough?

A smile (and teeth) are often one of the first things we notice when we meet someone for the first time. After all, they are part of the most prominent facial features just staring us in the face. In fact, a famous scientist (Doctor of Biological Sciences) named Yarbus (Al’fred

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elderly man at the dentist

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

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overly messy dental impression

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

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actual bridge across a missing tooth with subtitle to bridge or not to bridge

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

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woman brushing with charcoal toothpaste

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

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