Why I Care So Much About Screening for Oral Cancer

Why I Care So Much About Screening for Oral Cancer

My Cancer Story When you were a child, what was your biggest worry in life? For most of my friends, their worries were those typical of carefree, prepubescent boys. Who could burp the loudest was important. Who would sprout up to be the tallest over the next summer...

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5 Things To Consider When Choosing a Dentist

5 Things To Consider When Choosing a Dentist

Pst . . . hey, you. Yeah, we’re looking at you—that person who would rather fold a pile of laundry, wash their hair for the umpteenth time in a day, or even visit the DMV before tending to one of the most fundamental aspects of their health. We’re talking dental...

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The Challenges of Dentistry (Part 7)

In our office we see a lot of cracked, chipped and broken teeth. These teeth can cause a variety of issues for the patient.  Some are just rough and irritating.  Others are sensitive, sometimes to temperature, sometimes to biting and chewing.  Other teeth hurt from...

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But Isn’t October Hunting Season?

There is little I enjoy more than sitting in the woods and enjoying what is going on around me. Sometimes I even see deer and have been known to shoot a few.  I especially enjoy bow season with its mild weather, changing seasons and the quiet compared to gun season. ...

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The Challenges of Dentistry Part 6

Dry mouth is the fastest growing challenge for dentistry today. The main reason for this is medications.  Many medications have dry mouth as a side effect.  People are living longer and require more medications than ever.  This makes the occurrence of dry mouth more...

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The Challenges of Dentistry Part 5

I’ve been talking about different aspects of my job and how they can be both fun and challenging at the same time. The first parts of this blog have dealt with decay and tooth sensitivity.  Today I’ll discuss periodontal disease which many people call gum disease....

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Let’s Catch Up!

I thought I would devote this blog to what is going on with our dental practice and its amazing team. Last month we spent 2 days with our dental advisor and friend Beverly.  For 15 years Beverly has come to our office and helped us become a better office and a better...

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The Challenges of Dentistry Part 4

Last time I started talking about tooth sensitivity. I covered sensitivity to sweets, biting and chewing.  This time I’ll cover temperature sensitivity. Temperature sensitivity is the hardest tooth sensitivity to diagnose. All the issues I discussed last time can...

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The Challenges of Dentistry (Part 3)

Parts one and two of this series dealt with decay and the various ways you can control it. Now it is time to discuss sensitivity, a challenge we face in our patients every day. Tooth sensitivity comes in many forms. You can’t afford to overlook any on them. ...

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The Challenges of Dentistry Part 2

In my last blog I started talking about tooth decay. You’ll remember I said many things are needed to allow decay to happen.  Bacteria, plaque, sugar, and acids all need to be present for a cavity to start.  Last time I wrote about bacteria and plaque.  This time I...

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