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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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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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The Problem With Prescription Pain Killers

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The Problem With Prescription Pain Killers

Over the last several years you may have noticed many news stories regarding the impact of prescription pain killers in America. Dr. DuPre՛ and I, along with all licensed dental practitioners in New York State, were recently required to take course on the effects of opioids. The problem has become very real...

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