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Vaccine prevents mouth cancers

Recently, I attended a lecture on mouth and throat cancers and coincidentally the next day I read an article in the Journal of the American Dental Association on oral and pharyngeal cancer prevention.  These cancers are especially terrible because they affect patient’s quality of life so much.  As bad as lung or breast cancers are, if the affected part is removed, the disfiguring scars are fairly easily hidden from the gaze of the world.

Recently, I attended a lecture on mouth and throat cancers and coincidentally the next day I read an article in the Journal of the American Dental Association on oral and pharyngeal cancer prevention.  These cancers are especially terrible because they affect...

Receding Gums

Janie from Portland has a problem.  She is 17 and her gums hurt around her lower front teeth.

When she came in, her gums were very sore and swollen around her lower right incisor and the gums (or gingiva for those dentally inclined) were receded down the tooth root about 3 mm below the other teeth.  I noticed that the small muscle attaching her lip to her jaw was pulling on the gums right next to the recession area.

Janie from Portland has a problem.  She is 17 and her gums hurt around her lower front teeth. When she came in, her gums were very sore and swollen around her lower right incisor and the gums (or gingiva for those dentally inclined) were receded down the tooth root...

Dental Fears

Many of the young children I see are coming to the dentist for the first time.  They have no experience of dentistry yet they are often fearful.  Why?

I believe that children pick up both verbal and non-verbal messages from parents, siblings, friends, and even TV shows that make fun of how scary a dental visit is or how badly a root canal hurts. 

Many of the young children I see are coming to the dentist for the first time.  They have no experience of dentistry yet they are often fearful.  Why? I believe that children pick up both verbal and non-verbal messages from parents, siblings, friends, and even TV...

The Best Toothpaste

There are so many types of toothpastes available that I often get asked by parents, “Which toothpaste should I use?”.

These basic types of toothpaste are available:

  • non-fluoridated
  • fluoridated
  • highly fluoridated
  • sensitive formula
  • tartar control formula
  • whitening
  • with or without sodium lauryl sulftate soap

All toothpastes have pretty much the same ingredients, but try to make themselves stand out in various ways.  The most common ingredients are:

There are so many types of toothpastes available that I often get asked by parents, “Which toothpaste should I use?”. These basic types of toothpaste are available: non-fluoridated fluoridated highly fluoridated sensitive formula tartar control formula...

Dietary Supplements for Dental Health

Today a mother of a six year old girl from West Linn told me that she would not give her daughter any food that had aspartame in it because it accumulated in brain cells and could not be removed.  Since only natural sugar would do, naturally her daughter has many cavities. 

In addition to regular sucrose sugar, she also used Stevia - a very sweet plant with leaves 300 times sweeter than regular sugar!  Now that got my attention.

Today a mother of a six year old girl from West Linn told me that she would not give her daughter any food that had aspartame in it because it accumulated in brain cells and could not be removed.  Since only natural sugar would do, naturally her daughter has many...