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A Bite Out of History – Chewing Gum

Chewing gum might seem like a simple pleasure these days, but its history is rich with innovation, culture, and surprising twists. Odd that a dentist might be talking about chewing gum? Not really! The history of the beloved confectionary companion is full of dentists. The roots of chewing gum can actually be traced back thousands […]

Is Fruit Good or Bad for Your Teeth?

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
Many people have asked me whether or not fruit is bad for your teeth. The answer is that it depends. We all know that the main reason people like fruit compared to vegetables is because of the sugar. The question is, does the sugar in fruit cause tooth decay? There are six main ways that […]

sugar cubes in the shape of a tooth

Where Do Cavities Come From?

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
I recently received an email asking the question, “Where do cavities come from?”  With the popularity of energy drinks, dentists (at least in my area of the country) are seeing a segment of these young patients with a high number of cavities.  To understand how a cavity forms, you need to have an understanding of […]

Dr. Drews looking into a patient's mouth with a VELscope enhanced oral cancer examination tool

April Is Cancer Control Month

Cancer is the second leading cause of illness and death in the United States; that’s one in four individuals who will succumb to the disease. The death rate for oral cancer is actually higher than that of the death rate for cancers which we routinely hear about (cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, testicular, thyroid […]

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Do I Grind My Teeth?

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
Bruxism is the dental lingo that we use for the grinders and teeth clenchers of the world. You may or not be aware that you grind your teeth because you are; a) sleeping while you’re doing it, or b) generally oblivious because you’re stressed out and focusing on what’s stressing you out. Quite often it’s […]