Canker sores can appear in the mouth and usually look white or gray and have a red border. They can appear by themselves or in small clusters but are not contagious. The exact cause of canker sores is still unknown, but most experts agree that bacteria, viruses and the immune system are involved. In […]
I came across an interesting study and wanted to share it with you. We often think about crocodiles as having a major bite. While it is true croc jaws have a lot of power, their teeth might not be as tough as you would expect. Similar to sharks, crocodiles bite down hard, however their […]
Some time ago I wrote about charcoal toothpastes that were becoming quite popular as a method to whiten smiles. At the time, I warned there was no scientific evidence to support the claim these products actually whiten teeth, and they could also cause harm to enamel. Another whitening fad which has made news recently […]
In my experience it is better for patients of all ages to have wisdom (3rd molar) teeth removed. For young adults these teeth can harm the molars in front of them as they begin to erupt, especially if they erupt at an angle. For my adult patients, I generally see that wisdom teeth are […]
Vaping has become very popular. Many people see it as a healthy alternative to cigarette smoke and its use is fairly common among high school age children. Unfortunately, vaping has many of the same risks that traditional cigarette smoking does.
Oral health research tells us that vaping can increase the risk of gingivitis (gum […]
Sleep apnea is a condition where the soft tissue in the back of the throat falls back and prevents normal airflow for patients. Snoring is very common for those with sleep apnea, but it is important to know that not all people who snore have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can affect almost anyone, although […]
The best way to prevent a dental emergency is to avoid them from happening in the first place. There are some steps to reduce risk of dental emergencies such as:
• Use scissors, never your teeth to cut things.
• Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candies
• Finally, wear a protective mouthguard when participating in recreational […]
Kids are back in school, leaves are changing color and the flu virus is beginning to gain steam. Public Health officials in this country are expecting a bad flu season given how severe and early the flu has hit Australia this year. Protect your family, friends and co-workers by getting your flu shots early […]
When kids begin to get their teeth it can be a difficult time for both parents and the baby!
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of serious injuries to children and infants caused by bracelets and necklaces marketed to families as methods to relieve teething pain.
Unfortunately, these products have […]
Recent media reports have indicated the health benefits of oil pulling. Oil pulling is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth and some claim this daily routine can protect and whiten teeth.
The practice of oil pulling has been around for centuries, and has been practiced in countries such as Asia and India. […]