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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 technically counts as TV watching. […]

view from inside mouth to dentist looking at teeth and gums

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 surrounded by a layer of […]

our yellow labrador retriever 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 involves some weird British tradition […]

child holding a glass of fluoridated tap water

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 of fluoridation (in the U.S.) […]

full dental xray film

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

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
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 of dental x-rays. “Those x-rays […]

woman using her teeth as a substitute bottle opener

There’s No Such Thing As “Soft Teeth”

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
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, and/or ‘soft teeth.’ A cashier […]

close up of a woman's mouth stretching chewing gum out

Can Chewing Gum Clean Your Teeth?

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
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 – Mostly For cavities to start, […]

three soda bottles

Australia Supports Calls for Soft Drink Health Warning, Why Not US?

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
It seems that you can’t pick up any product these days without there being some sort of “Duh!” warning printed on it, advising how it could potentially land you in a hospital, or have serious, long-term side effects to your health. Not, so it seems, when it comes to soft drinks. Unless you’re in Australia, […]

stressed woman clenching her teeth

Bruxism and Stress

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
Our bodies are profoundly affected by stress during our daily routine. Many times, the effects of this stress can manifest in surprising and subconscious ways that can be compromising to our total health. One of these effects, teeth grinding, is now estimated to affect over 40 million Americans, including both adults and children. Known as […]

young man drinking a bottle of soda

3 Or More Sugary Sodas A Day = 62% More Dental Decay!

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
We all know soda’s bad for us, but reading a statistic helps put a new spin on just how bad it can be for our teeth. A University of Michigan analysis of dental checkup data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey notes that adults who drink three or more sodas a day […]