Should I use Charcoal to Brush My Teeth?

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Should I use Charcoal to Brush My Teeth?

We often field questions in the office that are related to new products, ideas or techniques that seem to be backed by hype only.  We've recently had many patients asking about the benefits of brushing with charcoal. Activated charcoal is not new. It's been approved by the FDA for many years to adsorb toxins, like in cases of poisoning or overdose. It is also thought to attract free radicals and rid them from the body. So there may be some benefits of using charcoal, but can it be used to whiten teeth? I'm not so sure...

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How do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

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How do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition after the common cold is tooth decay. It’s far more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in your lifetime.

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Easter Candy: The best and worst for your teeth

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Easter Candy: The best and worst for your teeth

Many will be celebrating Easter this coming weekend and with it comes an abundance of candy. Easter poses a problem to your teeth, but there are some choices that you can make that may make the holiday a bit less of an issue when it comes to tooth decay.  Here are some types of candy that you may encounter this Easter. 

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I have a cavity? But I don't feel anything...

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I have a cavity? But I don't feel anything...

Patients are often surprised to find out that they have a cavity. I've been in that position myself, and understand the disbelief! When showing a patient their cavity on our HD screens, we often hear "but it doesn't hurt”. While cavities can lead to tooth aches, they rarely do.

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Kicking the Tobacco Habit is Good for Your Mouth

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Kicking the Tobacco Habit is Good for Your Mouth

While the current percentage of Americans who smoke cigarettes is the lowest it’s been in decades, those who continue the habit remain at risk for heart and lung disease. Additionally, while we know smoking is also bad for our oral health, most don’t understand just how bad it is…

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Sometimes a bridge is needed...

Sometimes a bridge is needed...

Sometimes the tooth fairy leaves us with the short end of the stick. If you're missing a tooth due to trauma, decay, medication, or hypodontia (meaning, one or two of your permanent teeth never arrived), then you know exactly what we mean...