We recently received an email from a caring mom asking for ideas what she can do to help her son who has dentinogenesis imperfecti (DI).  DI is a genetic issue where the teeth come in very weak and crumble easily.

This mom shared with us the challenges she faces watching her one year old’s teeth cut through his gum only to begin crumbling soon after.

I sat for many days with this email staring me in the face.

I mean, what can I offer this mom?  The frustration and grief in her email were strong, yet I also read hope in her words as she was still searching for solutions. Continue reading

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We all want to have a bright, healthy smile, right?

It’s the unspoken sign of health, happiness and friendship across the planet.  Whether our motive is for the visual impact of a beautiful smile (guys, read handsome) or the logistic fact that crooked teeth are tougher to keep clean, having straight teeth is a universal desire.

But as the years pass, many of us find that our teeth are moving and NOT in the direction of that ideal, straight teeth smile.

Let’s take a look at some common reasons why teeth become crooked and more importantly what we can do to stop causing them to misalign. Continue reading

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Thank you for all the recent questions around the safety and risks of having wisdom teeth removed.
In response to our recent article, titled “The Common, Unknown Risk of Having Wisdom Teeth Removed” where we share our story about a cavitation surgery, we received many questions like “Is it safe to have wisdom teeth removed?” and “What are the risks associated with having wisdom teeth removed?” among many others.

As with so many subjects in dentistry and medicine, there is no black and white/ right and wrong answer.  It can be challenging to see clearly through the cultural stories around wisdom teeth removal as well as to review the scientific literature on the subject.

So, it’s in this spirit that we write to help you sort through the data to determine if having wisdom teeth removed for you or your children is the wise decision. Continue reading

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In 2013 I underwent a minor dental surgical procedure known as ‘cavitation surgery’. I was having pain in my lower left jaw and couldn’t figure out what was causing the pain.  It felt like a nagging throb behind my last molar, where my wisdom tooth was.

Maybe a little backstory would help…

Like many people here in the US and around the world, I had my wisdom teeth removed rather routinely when I was 18 because ‘that’s when you have wisdom teeth removed’, right? Continue reading

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We commonly get the question asking what is the optimal order to perform the various strategies we teach for oral hygiene to stop tooth decay, get rid of bad breath and halt the progression of gum disease.

Questions like…  “Should we brush first then floss or floss then brush?”  and, “when should I use the tongue scraper?” are among the many versions of this question.

Knowing what sequence to practice the various oral hygiene techniques can be dizzying, especially for those new to navigating this path to optimal oral health. Continue reading

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Have you ever had a spot inside your mouth, perhaps on the inside of your cheek or tongue, that was painful and white?  Most likely, this was a canker sore.  Getting rid of canker sores quickly and naturally can be difficult for some people.  Here are some easy to apply solutions that anyone can benefit from to help get rid of canker sores quickly. Continue reading

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Is it possible to stop persistent bad breath (also known as halitosis) in less time than it will take you to read this article?

Absolutely!  Unquestionably!

If you have been plagued with persistent bad breath, this article will provide you a simple, easy and fast way to stop halitosis once and for all.

The sad fact is bad breath is the #1 reason people go to the dentist. While halitosis can be a sign of more underlying issues that we’ll discuss later, more than 80% of bad breath can be eliminated by applying a simple two step oral hygiene technique we’ll explain in this article.

We know, we’ve been there. We’ve had the persistent bad breath that makes you self conscious about talking in confined spaces and causes you anxiety of the possibility of a snuggle with your romantic partner. Continue reading

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We’ve been talking a lot recently about the importance of flossing, not only for our oral health but for whole body health as well.  We also recently discussed a detailed analysis of what are the best flosses on the market as well as why we are not fans of flosser picks.

However, there are some circumstances where flossing may not be the best option for you. Continue reading

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conscious sedation in dentistryIt is said that a wise person learns from the mistakes of others.

I’d like to share my own ‘dental horror story’ with you.  In sharing this personal story with you, I hope that you can learn from my mistakes.

Like so much work in dentistry, the work I had done a few years ago is permanent.  There is no way for me to go back and have this ‘redone’.  After all, once a tooth is cut with a drill, there is no putting the removed tissue back on the tooth. Continue reading

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What is the best floss on the market and whyHave you ever gone to buy dental floss and felt numb by all the choices? I recall feeling confused by all the options and had lots of questions come up.

Should I get the dental tape, the fluffy stuff, or even the flosser picks with the cute kid’s heroes on them?

Which one is going to remove the most plaque from between my teeth?

Which floss is going to hold up and not shred on that one spot in my mouth where floss always seems to snap?

I’m sure you have your own version of these questions…

So we decided to do an analysis of 12 national brands of dental floss, test them and rank them based on several criteria and share our findings with you.   We selected from a wide range of companies (from big brands to smaller, ‘healthy’ brands) and types of floss (from traditional waxed to tapes and picks) Continue reading

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