Mystery White Lesion in the Mouth

Mystery White Lesion in the Mouth A 40 year old female patient recently came in to my office complaining of a white spot on her gums, lower anterior (front teeth).  She popped it, and it went away. When if came back a second time, she decided to come in for a visit. X-rays were taken to see if this came from a tooth, but the Xray seemed completely normal. After checking all the tissues I could...

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Root Canal Therapy: Improvements Over the Years

Root Canal Therapy: Improvements Over the Years I learned about root canal therapy in dental school and many years ago.  Early in my career I practiced dentistry in the Army and honed my endodontic skills.  In recent years I have referred root canal cases to an endodontist (root canal specialist) I personally needed a root canal a couple of months ago, and I want to report on the changes and...

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What? People are brushing their teeth with charcoal?

What?  People are brushing their teeth with charcoal? Yes, believe it or not, there are now a few charcoal tooth paste products that can be purchased on the Internet.  You can buy the pasty type, or a powder.    The powder is messy to use and if you aren’t careful you can have a black dripping mess.  You are encouraged to brush your teeth afterwards with your regular paste. ...

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TEETH CAN CAUSE SINUS PROBLEMS

Teeth Can Cause Sinus Problems In a recent case study, a patient was having a lot of problems in her sinuses. The medical EENT physician did a thorough investigation of the patient’s sinuses along with blood tests.  He finally worked out that the problems was coming from a tooth, an upper molar. From an anatomical standpoint, the roots of the upper teeth are right next to the sinuses. So,...

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Correlation between Periodontal Disease and Low Testosterone in Men

  Correlation between Periodontal Disease and Low Testosterone in Men   When you go to the dentist and get a report not only on the health of your teeth but the health of your gums. The hygienist typically tells you that all is fine or you have some level of a problem that needs to be addressed. You might have to step up your home care, which is usually part of the problem, or you may...

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WHY WOULD YOU NEED A NEW DENTAL CROWN?

Why Would You Need a New Dental Crown?   Unfortunately, dental crowns may not last forever. Yes, you paid a lot of money and sat through a longer appointment than you might have wanted. But the reality is that over time, the crown can deteriorate. One condition that can cause deterioration is that decay develops under or around the crown. Once the margin of the crown (the place where the...

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