Charcoal for Toothpaste?

Charcoal toothpaste

Charcoal works great as a poison absorbent, on wound infections or to nix intestinal gas. Now it’s being promoted in toothpaste. How’s that working out? Well, multiple dental hygienist’s† report patients coming in with swollen gums that are dark along the edge from charcoal dust deeply imbedded underneath the gum tissue. Using an ultrasonic pencil-like tip…

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Dental Appointment (Part 1)

Female patient coming from dental check-up appointment

Have you been to your dentist, gotten a “cleaning,” had the dentist come in and say “Looks good!”–and you’re outta there?  Some folks think that’s great! But I’ve had some people turn to me after the dentist left and say, “He/she didn’t spend very long looking at my teeth. Did you see anything I should…

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Fish Have A Face

Dorado fish

 “But I need my PROTEIN!” many patients tell me. Actually, what you “need” is much less than you think. But that’s for another blog. The high phosphorus content in the meat you eat–including all seafood, is contributing to the tartar buildup on your teeth–and your bone loss. Adenosine triphosphate is a compound that, when broken down, is a…

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Cough Drops

The Culprit of Cough Drops...and continued sickness

“Sully” came in and sat in my chair this morning for 10 minutes before I realized who she was. I’ve known her for 40+ years because my father was her dentist and her boss was my family physician–but haven’t seen her for about 30, either. Well, recently she had pneumonia with a residual  nuisance cough. She…

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Dental Appointment (Part 2)

Senior woman in the dental office.

As I said in Part 1 of How To Get The Most Out Of Your Dental Appointment, I will talk some more about your Insiders Guide Questions for the dentist/hygienist. Here’s a refresher on the questions I will cover in this post: INSIDERS GUIDE: Here’s a few suggestions for what to ask your dentist to check…

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Brushing Success

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Heart Attack, Stroke, Cancer, Infertility, Diabetes, Obesity–all these and over 20 more diseases are associated with gum disease. Over half the population has it. YOU may have gum disease. Many estimates are at 75+%. It usually results from inefficient brushing. I can help with that–without giving you a lecture! For over 30 years I have seen…

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Cold & Flu Season Has Begun!

Could this be at fault for the FLU?

It starts with itchy eyes or sneezing. It might start with a scratchy throat. If it’s the flu, there is almost NO warning. It just hits fast and hard!  It leaves you weak, unable to participate in the fun of the holiday season with Aunt Mary and Cousin Sue. Bummer. What to do? Prepare yourself…

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I get paid to tell you this…


Craig* sat with his long legs dangling off the end of the “one-size-doesn’t-fit-all” dental chair. I poked around in his mouth a few moments and then sat back and took my mask and gloves off. I looked at him seriously and said, “I get paid to tell you this. Sometimes no one else will…but it’s…

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From Mozart to Mohawk

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Mr. Mozart He was about 60 years old, with short grey hair, about 6’2″ horizontally, with very big feet that kept catching on the arm of the unit as it swung past them under the chair when I moved it around to work. And he was big.  Big and burley.  He asked if I had…

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Certain People Make Me Love My Job

Successful business woman

I love it when teenagers come in for a cleaning.  They’re just getting the idea of adult life and have high aspirations.  Usually I hear “veterinarians” from the girls, and an action job from the boys.  If I can give them some small bit of guidance, I will.

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