Removing infected tooth prior to heart surgery – new thinking

Removing an infected tooth prior to cardiac surgery may increase the risk of major adverse outcomes, including risk of death prior to surgery, according to a study in the March 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Dental extraction of abscessed or infected teeth is often performed to decrease →

The FIVE BIGGEST THINGS you can do to prevent dental problems

Practicing for over 27 years now, I’ve seen most every malady in dentistry. The most common ones, of course are tooth decay, gum disease, cracked teeth, and abscessed teeth. Here are the BIGGEST things you can do to prevent these problems: 1. Brush and floss without fail every night before →

Is amalgam SAFE?

I often get concerns from people about the use of dental amalgam (often termed “silver fillings”) because of information floating around the Internet, the media, and as many places as one might imagine. It seems always to be sensational news because everyone likes a smoking gun! My first response is →

Dreaming of Whiter Teeth? Here’s what you should know!

With a variety of tooth whitening methods available, whitening your teeth has never been more accessible. Are you dreaming of a white smile? Before considering whitening your teeth, complete an appointment for a check-up and cleaning. Surface stains will need to be removed before whitening to achieve optimum results. We →

Not everyone fortunate: Arkansas Mission of Mercy 2014

Later this month, we will travel to Springdale, AR to take part in the Arkansas Mission of Mercy. Each year, the Arkansas State Dental Association helps organize this multi-day event in various parts of our state. Thousands of people are given free dental care regardless of ability to pay. Dentists →

Does having dental insurance mean people seek dental care?

Poviding people with dental insurance does not necessarily mean that they will use it and seek dental care, according to a new study from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, published online in theAmerican Journal of Public Health. The research suggests that outreach and education are needed to ensure →

Stopping Wisdom Teeth from Developing? This is fascinating!

The Journal of the American Dental Association, suggest that injecting anesthesia into the gums of young children may interrupt the development of the lower wisdom tooth.  “It is intriguing to think that something as routine as local anesthesia could stop wisdom teeth from developing. This is the first study in →

Gum Chewers Beware!

Teenagers are notorious for chewing a lot of gum. The lip smacking, bubble popping, discarded gum stuck to the sole give teachers and parents a headache. Now, Dr. Nathan Watemberg of Tel Aviv University-affiliated Meir Medical Center has found that gum-chewing teenagers, and younger children as well, are giving themselves →

Forgotten about your dental health?

It’s hard to believe but we seem to have forgotten about our teeth. We’ve been looking into the costs of America’s famously straight, white smiles. Instead of facts on cosmetic dentistry, we’ve come up with some troubling statistics on rapidly rising trend: emergency room dental visits. It turns out that →