Columnists

Too Much Denture Adhesive

Issue 31

Some time ago a neurologist was on Good Morning America to discuss his patient that had developed balance problems from swallowing too much denture cream that contained Zinc—a beneficial mineral found in ordinary multivitamins, but in large amounts can lead to serious illnesses. It was reported that his patient used massive […]

Simple Snap-On Dentures

Issue 26.16

As those that wear dentures well know, the lower denture is less secure than the upper—even with the help of lots of denture adhesive.

The problem is that the lower has less surface area and less suction than the upper due to it’s shape. Furthermore, the lower requires more muscle coordination […]

Healthy Foods Can Be Ruining Your Teeth

Issue 21.16

Certain “healthy” food fads have been concerning me lately. We have had several patients that are very health conscious, but have been getting many cavities. Upon questioning them, I have found that they stay away from sodas, exercise, get plenty of rest and are eating almost a vegetarian diet. I think […]

When Brushing And Flossing Isn’t Enough

Issue 16.16

Some people still get cavities despite their very diligent efforts. They ask, “What more can I do than I am already doing?” The good news is that there is a group of therapies that can be applied to help those at high risk for cavities by fortifying the teeth, reducing the […]

Breathe! Your Life Depends On It

Issue 11.16

Snoring is more than just annoying—90% of the time it is associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). When the tongue and tissues of the airway relax during sleep they can vibrate (snoring sound) or become blocked (obstructed). You stop breathing! Lack of air and lack of sleep can be a serious […]

Digital Dentures

Issue 6.16

Dentures can now have the advantages of being made digitally using computer-design and precision-milling (CAD/CAM) technology.

This new method offers several advantages over the traditional technique. First of all, the process can take as few as only two visits—the information is gathered in the first visit and the dentures are fitted […]

Resolve To Break These 6 Bad Habits That Harm Your Teeth

Issue 1.16

It’s a New Year-and a great motivation to break bad habits that are hard on your mouth.

Nail Biting

The habit: This nervous habit can chip teeth and impact your jaw. “Placing your jaw for long periods of time in a protruding position can place pressure on it, which is associated […]

Should I Get All My Silver Fillings Replaced?

Issue 38.15

Sometimes my patients ask me, “What is the most durable and safe option?” or “I’m not in pain and I don’t mind the color, but my dentist has told me that I must replace all of my fillings. What should I do?” Here are some facts about dental amalgam to chew […]

When Brushing And Flossing Isn’t Enough

Issue 32.15

Some people still get cavities despite their very diligent efforts. They ask, “What more can I do than I am already doing?” The good news is that there is a group of therapies that can be applied to help those at high risk for cavities by fortifying the teeth, reducing the […]

Dentistry and Dry Mouth

Issue 27.15

Saliva is wonderful—it has powerful chemistry that protects our bodies against viruses and our teeth against bacteria. It buffers teeth against acid that can cause cavities. It is also a lubricant that makes it easier to taste, enjoy, and swallow food. It helps us speak and gives more suction to removable […]