Economic Hard Times for Tooth Fairy

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Pity the poor tooth fairy. The poor economy has even affected how much those baby teeth are worth when placed under a pillow. We know this because Visa does a survey on the subject every year. Visa surveyed about 1,000 parents and found that the national average for those little lost teeth is … [Read more...]

5 Things You Are Doing to Damage Your Teeth

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Everyone knows they shouldn't chew on ice, or use their pearly whites to open that bag of chips but there are sneakier ways to harm your smile. It turns out that some of the things we do every day are causing damage to our teeth. Here are a few that you might not be aware of: Using sports … [Read more...]

What is Gingivitis?

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Gingivitis is a term that we hear often on TV toothpaste commercials but what does it really mean? Gingivitis is the most common and mildest form of oral disease appearing as inflammation and bleeding of the gums. In the early stages gingivitis is rarely painful and this is why so many patients … [Read more...]

Nitrous Oxide: Accidental but Welcome Discovery

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It is hard to imagine but in 1799 there wasn't even a word  for anesthesia.   When surgery was performed the doctors of the day actually believed that pain was a good thing - they believed that it helped the body rebound faster. Medical and dental patients the world over can thank a young … [Read more...]

Is It Depression or Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

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The links between depression and 0bstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have been studied for many years.  According to research published in the journal Chest and the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine in 2007 and 2005 by Dr. Daniel Schwartz  treating OSA  improved the symptoms of depression -- … [Read more...]