45 Degrees

Listening to NPR last week they had a story about my favorite topic – tooth brushing! Actually it was a story about inventions and inventors, but the dentist in the story is inventing a new tooth brush that places the bristles at a 45 degree

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Alzheimer's & Gum Disease

Holy cow, if healthy teeth and gums that last a lifetime isn’t enough reason to practice good oral hygiene this certainly would tip the scale for me.

It seems that the bacteria involved in periodontal or gum disease, P. gingivalis, is

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Bon Ami

Tooth sensitivity is a common complaint. One of the first things I ask a patient, if they are complaining of general tooth sensitivity, is whether or not they are using a whitening or tartar control tooth paste. They can be quite abrasive and can

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Bristles Are Better

 

Bristles do it better is right! Above you can see an image of the space in between two back teeth. You can see the floss wrapped around the tooth on the left, and how the floss is missing much of the side of the tooth. Molar teeth have a bit

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Brushing Apps

Everyone should brush their teeth for a full two minutes. Some electric tooth brushes come with timers and that is great. We give little kids plastic sand-glass timers, and while those are a good idea I don’t think they are as much fun as these

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Candy Man

Most people know to brush, and clean between their teeth to remove food and bacteria that cause odor and other dental problems. What many people don’t know is that one of the keys to fresh breath is a clean tongue.

I remember once hearing that

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Corn, Cars, and Floss

 

I wrote that previous blog entry in March of this year. I have been waylaid since then and am finally getting around to blogging again. (Dr. Urban mentioned something about a paycheck and that if I want one I’d better get crackin’ ;-))

I

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Corny

This past week some friends and I were at a cookout. Our host grilled corn on the cob. Everyone raved about how delicious and sweet it was. I passed on it, even though I love corn on the cob. When my friend, Kris, asked if I would like an ear I

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Correlation & Causation

Many people think they can be perfectly healthy while having cavities, gum disease, or tooth abscesses. They are wrong. Dental conditions are linked to overall health, and this article published in,  “AGD Impact” news explains why. Darn, I

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Death Breath

I learned two new words this weekend, “putrescine” and “cadaverine”.  These are both chemicals that make dead bodies smell bad. What I learned this weekend is that they are also two of the culprits in bad breath. I found this out by watching

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Deca-dent

I love old movies and I was recently re-watching, “Butterfield 8” which I blogged about March 28, 2011 at the time of Elizabeth Taylor’s death. I hadn't seen the movie for years before I blogged about it, and the way I remembered it was a

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Don't Floss

Everyone in the dental world is in a dither over the latest light news story claiming that floss has not been proven effective.  In case you missed it, here is a link to one of the thousands of stories about this that came out last week.

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Emancipate Your Hands

I found a nifty toothbrush online this weekend. I am tempted to buy this thing as it claims to “Clean your tooth in just 10 seconds”. The reason I believe this is because each tooth should take about 10 seconds to brush. That’s right they wrote

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Floss or Alzheimer’s

“Periodontal disease bacteria may kick-start Alzheimer’s”, is the headline and finding of Dr. Keiko Watanabe, professor of periodontics at the UIC College of Dentistry. If you’d like to read more about this you can with this link

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Grush Gush

Wow, this new kid’s toothbrush is bound to put us out of business!  As both of my blog readers know I don’t often gush about new dental products. But I am gushing about Grush.

Grush is so much more than a tooth brush. It’s an interactive video

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Halloween Candy

October means candy and boy-oh-boy the stores are full of it. We love candy here in the dental office and a little bit, in moderation, as long as you have good oral hygiene is no problem. However, I was dismayed to see that one of my favorite kinds

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Hoda & Kathy Lee

http://www.today.com/video/how-long-should-you-brush-teeth-for-517170755848

The link above is a clip of a Kathy Lee and Hoda Show in which they talk about how much time it takes to properly brush your teeth. While Hoda and Kathy Lee getting the

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