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The Sleepy Snorer & Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Greetings tooth fans! This month’s blog post topic is part 2 in my series on sleep dentistry. Last time we talked about nocturnal bruxism (grinding your teeth at night), and I alluded to how sleep disordered breathing can be a contributing factor to this condition. Today I’ll talk a little

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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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Summer’s Just Started & We’re Making Waves

The summer has just started, kids & teachers have just finished with school, and already the doctors at Drews Dental Services are making waves! Sharing My Story on Career Day I was delighted to deliver a few presentations on dentistry at Tripp Middle School’s career day in Turner, which was

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Must You Grind Your Teeth Like That?!

Hello Tooth Fans! Have you ever heard the sound of someone grinding their teeth? It’s one of those noises that makes your hair stand on end and sends chills up your spine! It’s no wonder the Bible depicts Hell as containing “wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Most of the time when

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“How Much is a Crown Going To Cost?”

My wife was at the hairdresser last week and overheard a conversation in the next chair between a stylist and client who was lamenting her self-diagnosed ‘soft teeth.’ She stated how unfair it was that her husband did not have the same affliction and, even worse, that there was nothing

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Around the Water Cooler with the Business Team

One thing is for sure, you are never actually going to see all four of these ladies standing this far away from the phone at one time. It has been a busy start to the year, which means we want to make sure we’ve upped our game in the ‘front

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Superheroes and Sidekicks

Dr. Drews and I like superheroes. Superheroes are fantastic in their problem solving abilities and their passion for helping others. In fact, on days when our egos are really inflated, we fancy ourselves to be superheroes and decide to dress the part. Nah, we’re not that narcissistic, just fun loving

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Winterize Your Mouth

Whether you keep up with Game of Thrones or not, Winter is most definitely here in Maine. Last week the number registered on my car’s temperature gauge was -22, which can create all kinds of problems for; your car’s battery, your extremities, your general mood and . . . your

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Lifelong Learners; Our 2017 Retrospective

December 1st can signal a lot of different things to different people. My wife tends to go into present-shopping mode. As licensed and credentialed dental professionals, the first day of the last month of the year usually means at least a couple of us (ok, just me) are scouring emails,

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Can Aliens (or Babies) Ruin Your Teeth?

Has your body been invaded by an alien (a baby human)? . . . then this blog post is for you! I don’t think it’s any secret that I really like aliens. (Both the Sci-Fi kind and the baby human kind.) I’m not sure if aliens from outer space actually

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Got Costume Teeth? We Can Help!

Several years ago I went to a Halloween party where the host was dressed up as Austin Powers. My wife thought his costume was super cool and commented, “Oh my gosh, he even found the teeth to go with the outfit!” Errr, no, those were his actual teeth. We’re not

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Your Local, Friendly Dental Office Just Keeps Getting Better

Bigger Isn’t Always Better, Better is Better . . . Unless it’s a Supreme Deluxe Meat pizza, then bigger is definitely better. I am generally of the opinion that less is more – and usually much better quality. I know I’d rather deal with a smaller, local business than some

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The Dog Ate My Dentures (And Other Mishaps To Avoid)

It’s amazing how many times I’ve heard people say they just want all of their teeth pulled so that they can get dentures- because then they wouldn’t have to waste time brushing and flossing. However, as someone who makes them for a living, I am here to tell you that

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The Toothbrush – America’s Favorite Invention

Hi Tooth Fans! I hope you’re all enjoying your summer so far! For the last few weeks I’ve been investigating the practice of something called “mindfulness,” which focuses one’s awareness on living in the present moment, accepting all the thoughts, body sensations, and emotions that come up without judgment. Does

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Avoiding The Dreaded “Denture Face”

“Mama, mama does that lady have false teeth?” Out of the mouths of babes. This is a recent comment from my 4 year old, she is definitely a denturist’s daughter. Any time you pick up a copy of People magazine, or switch on one of those Real Housewives shows, it’s

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The Ritual of the Electric Toothbrush

Before I became a dentist, I was a mechanical engineer for Tenneco Automotive, which meant I got to travel to our location in Japan. While the highlight for me was definitely the Kobe steak I had for dinner with some clients, one of the more interesting things I observed was

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What Not To Wear; A Denturist’s Plea

Unlike fashion styles, teeth (for the most part), don’t usually change much with each passing decade. Unless you were a rapper when it was all trendy to get gold teeth. Generally though, people just want teeth that are straight, white, and have no gaps. As a denturist, I have a

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Dental Office Etiquette 101

As someone who slurps the last bit of milk from the cereal bowl instead of using a spoon (much to my wife’s horror), it reinforces how I will never become the poster child for acceptable social graces. Emily Post would have an absolute field day with me. However, I can

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3 Things Dentists Wish You Knew

Do you ever just wish there were certain things the entire population just knew and understood to be true? Like a core set of knowledge you could count on people to just know, comprehend, and use in their every day lives? I suppose that “core set of community knowledge” already

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Sit Back, Relax & Enjoy Your Dental Implant Surgery

Dentistry is a lot like the aviation industry in that the priority is always a safe, predictable and routine experience for both the pilot and the passengers; the dentist and the patient. Our respective professions have been able to advance due to technology and engineering which have increased accuracy and

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