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A Bite Out of History – Chewing Gum

Dentist Thomas Bramwell Welch (1825-1903) of Vineland, New Jersey, created an unfermented grape sugar in 1869 that he called “Dr. Welch’s Unfermented Wine.” In 1869, William F. Semple (1834-1922), a dentist in Ohio was the first inventor to patent chewing gum. Semple hoped that people would be able to clean their teeth with it. Dentist […]

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 […]

Where Do Cavities Come From?

  • Peter Drews, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
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 need to have an understanding […]

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 […]

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 […]


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