Why Do I Get Cavities and How Can I Prevent Them?


A common question for dentists – Why do I have these cavities? Most people have one or two. Cavities are holes that develop on teeth as a result of decay. The truth is that while all of us are at risk, most tooth decay can be prevented. A healthy oral care routine and smart food choices can lower your risk.

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How to Prevent Cavities in Your Baby’s Teeth


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Parents are usually surprised to see cavities in their infants and toddlers. It doesn’t happen often, but one of the most common causes is “baby bottle tooth decay.” While it can have long- term damage, it can also be prevented. Speaking as a dentist and a father, here’s what I want parents to know: 

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How to Enjoy Holiday Treats and Protect Your Teeth


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We all know that during the holiday season our favorite treats are everywhere. The special holiday cookies, candy, and sugary desserts are part of the holiday traditions we anticipate and enjoy. Even though sugary foods can damage your teeth, you can still enjoy holiday treats. Here’s how to protect your teeth from the extra sugar.  

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What is Gum Disease and Why Do I Have It?


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As a dentist AND dedicated practitioner of exercise and healthy eating, here’s what I tell all my patients. “Your lifestyle and your oral health are connected.”  Men are far more likely than women to neglect their oral health, and many who have gum disease don’t recognize the symptoms until their condition is serious. I want every patient – male and female –  to be aware of the medical problems associated with gum disease.  Here’s why: 

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New Materials for Dental Fillings Make an Attractive Smile


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The cavity is a common problem seen in most dental practices, including my own. When decay breaks through the enamel, a tooth can no longer repair itself. If the decay reaches the inner tooth and the nerve, a toothache is a result. Not all cavities are the same. Nor are the materials used for dental fillings. 

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How Do Sports Drinks Damage Your Teeth?


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Sports drinks are a staple for young adults. If they contain electrolytes, they help sustain energy levels during physically challenging activities. During hot summer days, they are an attractive alternative to water for staying hydrated. Lots of people don’t realize these beverages can have adverse effects on teeth. 

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What To Do When Your Tooth Hurts


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Now and then I see a patient who has nurtured a toothache for too long. “I have had this toothache for months, and the ibuprofen doesn’t seem to help.” The sad truth is that now there’s most likely a decay-ridden tooth. If the patient wants to save the tooth, the options are limited. In the most severe cases, a root canal and crown or extraction and replacement with an implant will be required.

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Tips for a Healthy Smile: How to Enjoy Holiday Treats


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We all know that during the holiday season our favorite treats are everywhere. The special holiday cookies, candy, and sugary desserts are part of the holiday traditions we anticipate and enjoy. Even though sugary foods can damage your teeth, you can still enjoy holiday treats. Here’s how to protect your teeth from the extra sugar.  

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How to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay


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Parents are usually surprised to see cavities in their infants and toddlers. It doesn’t happen often, but one of the most common causes is “baby bottle tooth decay.” While it can have long-term damage, it can also be prevented. Speaking as a dentist and a father, here’s what I want parents to know: 

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Are Sports Drinks Bad for Your Teeth?


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It’s the “back-to-school” time of year when young athletes start team practice. For team workouts, sports drinks are a popular alternative to water for staying hydrated.  If they contain electrolytes, they help sustain energy levels during physically challenging activities. Lots of people don’t realize these beverages have can adverse effects on teeth. 

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