Thursday, July 2, 2020

Question From Our Member

Questions From Our Members

R. Hammond of Denver, CO. asks: 

“I have developed a ringing in my ears and after several tests, my doctor told me to see my dentist and get check out.  Is there a dental condition that can cause this?”

Savon’s Answer

What you have is a condition known as ‘Tinnitus.’  It´s a condition that causes distracting tones when the person isn´t talking or listening to something.  Yes, this ringing can also be a symptom of a dental condition called, ‘TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder.’  Because afflictions of the jaw can affect hearing, TMJ can result in tinnitus for some people.

We strongly suggest that you follow your doctor´s advice and visit your dentist as soon as possible.

The original post is in our July 2020 Newsletter!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

What is Dental Sleep Medicine?

By definition, according to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine,  Dental Sleep Medicine is an area of practice that focuses on the management of sleep-related breathing disorders, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, through the use of oral appliance therapy and/or upper airway surgery.

More and more dentists are entering into this field of treatment.  The way it works is this: A qualified physician diagnoses the condition through a series of studies done on the patient,  then the dentist provides treatment; ( i.e. usually a custom fitted oral device, worn during sleep and designed to keep the airway open by supporting the jaw and tongue.)

A loved one may notice heavy snoring or interrupted breathing patterns that can happen many times during the sleep cycle, however, if you live alone the following signs could be an indication that you may need to be checked out:

                  Mild to heavy daytime sleepiness
                  Morning headaches
                  Depression
                  Decreased libido
                  Inability to concentrate

Additionally, if you are overweight  you may have a higher risk for sleep apnea.  Essentially, through oxygen deprivation and lack of refreshing sleep, this disorder can wreak havoc on your body over time. It can put you at risk for high blood pressure, stroke and even heart attack, not to mention the risk of sudden death while sleeping due to the closing of the airway.

Many people have this disorder and are unaware of the danger it poses.  It is effectively a silent killer.  If you think you or a loved one may have this, contact your healthcare provider and arrange for a screening.  It could save your life!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Smoking Causes More Than Bad Breath

Quitting smoking isn't easy, but there is another reason why you should make the effort to quite. Smoking causes more than just bad breath, it can lead to oral cancer - which includes the mouth, throat, salivary glands, tongue, and lips.

Early signs of oral cancer include lumps, red or white patches inside the mouth, difficulty chewing, swallowing numbness in the mouth, thickening of the cheeks, and voice changes.

Oral cancer's top risk factor is tobacco whether its from smoking or chewing.

To help prevent oral cancer you should visit your dentist regularly for check-ups, and keep up on your oral routine at home by brushing and flossing daily.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Your Dental Visit - An Exercise in Patience

We've all heard (and are tired of hearing) the term "new normal".  It is an unfortunate but inevitable circumstance of the COVID-19 pandemic. Doctors and dentists have had to rearrange their scheduling, their staff and their sanitation practices to be in compliance with the FDA, ADA & others.  Here are some things you might expect when you visit the dentist for the first time since the pandemic began:
  • Longer wait times for appointments, especially routine appointments
  • You will probably need to wear a mask until you are in the chair
  • Dr.'s and staff will be wearing extra protection
  • You may not be able to have another person present for your visit
  • Expect to have your temperature checked 
  • Expect to be asked to wait in your car until your appointment time.
While many of you will just be expecting a routine exam and cleaning, many others have waited for months for root canals, crowns and fillings. It is likely that they will hold priority, so for routine care, you may have to wait for a couple of months.  
Of course, your patience is appreciated!  Try to be understanding of the delays and remember that this is not the fault of the dentist or his/her staff.  

Keep Smiling!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Natural Ways To Heal Canker Sores

We all know how uncomfortable and painful canker sores can be.  I'm sure you have tried Orajel and Canker-X to help heal the pain but have you tried any natural remedies? 

Listed below are some natural remedies to help heal those painful sores:
  • Alum Powder (kitchen spice) - Place a small amount of alum directly on the sore, allow it to sit for 1 minute then spit out. *Do not swallow*
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) - Soak a cotton ball in ACV and apply it to the sore.
  • Vitamin E - Open a vitamin E casual and apply directly to the sore.
  • Aloe Vera - Put some fresh aloe Vera juice on the sore 3-4 times a day.
Hopefully, with the help of these, you will get some relief from the pain and discomfort.

To help prevent canker sores you should brush your teeth after every meal and floss twice a day to keep your mouth free of food particles that trigger these painful sores.

If you still end up with a canker sore, use a soft toothbrush such as a perio-toothbrush to prevent irritation while brushing and avoid toothpaste and mouth rinses that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Great Toothbrush Dilemma - Soft or Medium

When you go to store to buy a new toothbrush, the dilemma begins. What kind of brush do you buy? Soft bristle, Medium Bristle, Extra Soft? So many choices!! Well, the answer is quite simple. First of all, just know that a hard bristle brush (you know, the kind that could almost double as a BBQ grill cleaner) are few and far between and hard to find anymore. For most people, the soft brush is a good fit, but let's compare them so you can decide for yourself.
Soft Bristle: This is what the majority of people will use. The bristles are firm enough to effectively clean your teeth and loosen anything that is stuck in your teeth as well. The soft bristles are designed to be easy on your gum line and will reduce the chance of getting cuts.
Medium Bristle: The need for a medium brush is rare. First, if you have sensitivity in your gums you will want to stay away from it so you can avoid irritation. This is a good fit for someone who is a "soft brusher". Which means if the pressure you put on your brush is really light, then the medium bristles will counteract that.
Extra-Soft: This brush is key for people that have sensitive teeth and gums. The bristles are soft enough to avoid irritation.
Make sure that you consult with your dentist about which brush is recommended for you!

As always, keep smiling!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Dental Problems Linked To Breast Cancer

Attention Women: Studies have shown that periodontal disease has been liked to breast cancer in women. This study was done in October of 2010 in Huddinge, Sweden. This study consisted of 3,000 women between the ages of 30-40 years. For more details on this study click here.


Bacteria that are found in periodontal disease, can affect the entire body's blood supply. This infection then sets off co-infections that an already weakened immune system has to fight, leaving it to suppressed (weak) to fight off cancer cells.

Periodontal Disease is also liked to heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and many others.

It is very important that everyone takes care of their oral health. Brushing and flossing on a regular bases, also combined with regular dental cleanings.

Here are some signs of periodontal disease:
  1. Bad Breath
  2. Painful Chewing
  3. Sensitive Teeth
  4. Bleeding Gums

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Stem Cell Dental Implants?

Could traditional implants and dentures be a thing of the past?

Imagine going to the dentist, having a tooth extracted and finding out that you can simply grow another in it's place; with a little help from science, that is.  It may be the way of the near future....it may even be cheaper than implants (and we all know that the full process for an implant can take up to 6 months, right?)  Apparently this new process of growing a new tooth can be done in only 9 weeks.  Unbelievable!

Here is a link to an article that explains the science behind it, and the process.  Amazing.

Now if they could only come up with a way to do an extraction that is non-invasive...well, one can dream, right?

Keep Smiling!  

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Benefits Of Straight Teeth!

Many people think that having straight teeth means you have a perfect smile, but did you know that there are many different benefits of having straight teeth? Below is a list of reasons why you may want to look into getting braces!
  1. Better Brushing - Overlapping teeth can trap food and straight teeth allow easier brushing/flossing.
  2. Clear Speech - Crooked teeth can cause many speech impediments.
  3. Easier Eating - Crooked, crowded teeth compromise chewing.
  4. Less accident-prone teeth - Protruding teeth are more prone to breaking also mouthguards may not fit correctly.
  5. Fewer headaches - Uneven wear puts pressure on the jaw resulting in chronic headaches.
  6. Improved gum health - Lower risk of gum disease.
  7. Better overall health - Tooth decay and gum disease is linked to heart disease and high blood sugar.
  8. Affordable dental care - Few issues mean few expensive treatments.
  9. Lower risk of soft tissue injury's - Cuts sores and infections can result from crooked teeth pushing against soft tissues in the mouth.
  10. Self-Esteem - Confidence in any situation!
If you are interested in getting straight teeth, contact an orthodontist!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Many Benefits of Digital X-Rays

Technology is such a wonderful thing!  We've definitely come a long way in the advancement of diagnostics and diagnostic tools in both the medical field and the dental field.  Some may ask what the benefit is of digital x-rays vs. traditional x-rays.  Well, in terms of preventive care,  the difference is huge!  The following are some points of interest regarding digital x-ray machines.

     ~ The images produced by a digital machine are a much higher quality.
     ~ The images can be adjusted so that the doctor can see imperfections in the teeth early in            the diagnostic process.
     ~ There is significantly less radiation with a digital x-ray, which limits your exposure.
     ~ There is no chemical developer involved .
     ~  The images can be transferred from one office to another via email, saving time for the                doctor and the patient.

On the flip side,  the only real negative aspect to this is the cost of the machine, which falls on the dentist. A digital x-ray machine is very expensive.  Consequently, many practitioners do not have them available as yet.  More and more, however,  it is becoming a regular fixture in dental offices throughout the US.  Ask your dentist if digital x-rays are part of their routine.  It's a better option all the way around!

Keep Smiling!!!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Could Oral Ulcers Be Linked To Covid-19?

If you suffer from mouth ulcers (small, painful sores inside the mouth) you could possibly have or had COVID-19. Studies are still being conducted, but if you would like more information you should check out this article "Oral ulcers may be sign of the virus that causes COVID-19" by Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com assistant director.

May 28,2020 --Painful ulcers in the oral cavity may be linked to SARS-CoV-2 infection, which causes COVID-19, according to an article published on May 5 in Oral Diseases. This is thought to be the first reported case of oral lesions being a possible symptom of COVID-19, the authors noted.
A connection is possible considering lesions inside the mouth are often misdiagnosed due to the lack of an intraoral exam, as well as the severity of other pathological processes that might occur with SARS-CoV-2 infection, they wrote.
"It makes good sense that this virus provokes exanthematic lesions that may resemble other viral processes we are used to diagnosing in the dental clinic," wrote the group, led by Carmen Martín Carreras-Presas from the adult dentistry department, oral medicine, at the European University of Madrid.
Still learning
At press time, approximately 5.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, including about 343,00 deaths, have been reported globally to the World Health Organization. More than 1.6 million COVID-19 cases and nearly 100,000 deaths have occurred in the U.S.
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, scientists and healthcare workers are also learning new details about the infection. Initially, the most common signs and symptoms of a SARS-CoV-2 infection were fever, sore throat, and headache. Over time, symptoms of diarrhea, loss of taste and smell, and skin conditions, including vasculitis and chicken pox-like lesions, were added. Therefore, it is plausible to think that lesions found in the oral cavity of one COVID-19-positive patient and two suspected positive patients are connected, the authors wrote.
All three patients developed the oral lesions during an isolation period between the last week of March and the first week of April. Due to the shutdown, the clinicians saw the patients via video consultations.
A 56-year-old healthy man
A man who had a fever and enlarged lymph nodes in his neck, felt weak, and lost some of his ability to smell and taste was suspected of being infected by SARS-CoV-2 and told to self-isolate. The man was asked to send photos of his mouth after he began experiencing pain in his palate and a sore throat. The lesions looked like herpetic recurrent stomatitis; however, it was the first time he had them. The lesions healed after the patient took the prescribed valaciclovir 500 mg every eight hours for 10 days and used topical antiseptics with chlorhexidine and hyaluronic acid. At the time of this writing, the man was waiting for serological testing to confirm whether he had COVID-19.
A 58-year-old man with underlying conditions
A man with diabetes and hypertension reported pain on his palate. He assumed it was a bacterial infection of a tooth. His wife had been diagnosed with COVID-19, and they were both isolated in their home. The doctors had him send a photo of his mouth, which showed multiple small ulcers on his palate with unilateral affection. He had no previous history of herpetic infection. The lesions healed within one week after using a topical antiseptic mouthwash.
A 65-year-old woman infected with SARS-CoV-2
A woman reported having a high fever, diarrhea, and pain on her tongue on March 12. She was obese and had hypertension, which were controlled with diuretics and an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. A week later, she fainted at home and was taken to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia due to SARS-CoV-2 infection. She was given antibiotics, corticosteroids, and the antiviral drugs lopinavir, ritonavir, and hydroxychloroquine. She was discharged from the hospital on March 30. On April 4, she developed a rash on various parts of her body. Though she experienced tongue pain from the beginning, she said she never had an intraoral examination.
She returned to the hospital and a dermatologist performed a biopsy and prescribed antifungal medications. A week later, she developed blisters in her internal lip mucosa and desquamative gingivitis. She was prescribed hyaluronic acid and chlorhexidine mouthwash. Her general practitioner prescribed prednisolone, 30 mg per day. Her lesions improved within three days, and she continued recovering in isolation at home. The biopsy revealed nonspecific morphological findings with some criteria suggestive of a nonspecific viral rash or eczema-like lesions with discrete blood extravasation.
More to know
Biopsies could not be performed on all of the patients, and further studies are needed to determine whether ulcers in the oral cavity are common in patients affected by SARS-CoV-2 infection or if the emotional distress of the situation triggers the lesions, the authors wrote.
These cases also shine a light on the importance of conducting intraoral exams.
"We encourage all medical doctors, dentists and dermatologists to perform intraoral examinations in patients suspected or affected by SARS-CoV-2, always when having the recommended protection measures available," they wrote.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

7 Things You Didn't Know About Toothpaste!

As we all know there are so many different types of toothpaste out on the market! But did you know there are things you need to know about toothpaste!
  • It’s all about the fluoride- when buying toothpaste look for the one with added fluoride.
  • Look for the seal of approval- when looking for toothpaste look for the ADA seal before purchasing.
  • Whitening toothpastes work—at least to a certain degree- All toothpaste contains mild abrasives to help remove surface stains on your teeth, but toothpaste does not have bleach, so you will not get the professional look.
  • Less is more- Most people pile on the toothpaste, I know I do! But did you know actually less is better? All you need is a pea-size amount!
  • How you brush is more important than what you brush with- when brushing your teeth you need to brush at a 45-degree angle, and brush in a circular motion!
  • What’s inside your toothpaste might surprise you- some ingredients inside your toothpaste are seaweed and detergents. This is how they get your toothpaste to foam.
  • Pastes or gels—they all do the trick- they both work equally!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Do you know the Cost vs Benefit of your dental coverage?

Do you know the Cost vs Benefit of your dental coverage? Would it surprise you to know that most people don't? It is sad reality that most people who are paying for some form of dental coverage cannot even tell you what it covers. So to them I ask this: What are you paying for? 

Now, if I made you go to your filing cabinet, grab your benefit guide or insurance declarations, then this blog has already served it's intended purpose. If not, read on while I fill you in on this little tidbit of information. If you don't know what the benefits you are receiving are, how do you know if you cost is worth it or not?

Let's break it down a little further. I will pick on dental insurance again because that's my favorite thing to do! Let's say you are paying $45.00 per month for your family, (that's $540 per year). What are getting for that? If you just said "dental insurance" then you owe me 20 push-ups. Look deeper, 30%-80% off of dental work. (you are getting there, keep going), 2 free cleanings per year (alright), 12-24 month waiting period on major procedures..(wait... what was that??) YES! My point exactly. You are going to be paying for this coverage for an entire year before your little Sammy or Sally can get their braces, or you can the get a bridge or implant that you might need. Even worse, once you are eligible to even have the procedure done, what percentage is really covered? 30%, 35%, 50% or 60%, because I can guarantee you it will not be the 80%. (that comes after you have maintained coverage for 3-4 years). Read a little more.. $1500.00 of dental work covered per person per year. So you are paying $540.00 per year to have $1500.00 worth of work done (which can go fast now days) and don't even get me into the deductible!

Anyway, my point is this. Make sure that you are not just being bedazzled by the "low monthly premium" phrase.  Please Please Please check your Cost vs Benefits and make sure you are getting coverage that is worthy of your money.

To compare various insurance or plans side by side, visit this comparison zone!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Homemade Denture Cleaner

Tired of constantly buying denture cleaner? I know I get tired of buying it for my retainers.

Now you will no longer have to buy denture cleaner after I give you a few simple homemade cleaner recipes I have found made from household products.

  •  Bleach-based soak:
    • Directions for Making: 
      • 1 part bleach mixed with 10 parts of water.
      • Best to make when ready to use.
    • Directions for use:
      • Soak for only 3-10 minutes. **Do not soak overnight**
      • Rinse dentures off with cool water before placing them back into the mouth.
  • Vinegar-based soak:
    • Directions for making:
      • Soaking duration mixtures:
        • 10-minute soaking: Full strength vinegar.
        •  30 minute soaking: 1 part vinegar to 1 part water.
        • 8 hours soaking: 1 part vinegar to 9 part water.
    • Directions for use:
      • After soaking, brush the denture to help remove stubborn mineral deposits.
      • Rinse the denture with cold water and place them back into the mouth.
  • Sodium Bicarbonate soak:
    • Directions for making:
      • 1 Tsp of baking soda dissolved in 8 oz of water.
    • Directions for use:
      • Soak for 30 minutes.
      • Rinse and place back into the mouth.
*Note: If you are not placing your dentures back into your mouth after you have soaked them, they should be immersed in clean water.

Remember to always discuss your plan with your dentist before trying something new!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Process of Obtaining Quality Dental Care for the Developmentally Disabled

A subject worth reposting....

If there is a specialty that is sorely lacking in the dental field, it is this one. And even though there doesn't appear to be an actual specialty category for treatment of disabled persons, in my humble opinion there should be! Is it because of the limited instruction given in dental schools? The slow or limited funding by medicaid or the governmental agencies that provide dental coverage for the disabled? Is it because of the cost of establishing a practice that can accommodate special needs patients? All of the above.

It is estimated that up to 80% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have periodontal disease. There are many possible reasons for this staggering statistic. Many have cognitive impairment, meaning that they simply don't understand the need for maintaining proper oral hygiene. Many do not have the manual dexterity to do the task, and many take medications to control drooling and excess saliva which causes the mouth to be dry, hence the risk for dental caries is increased. Caregivers are often the ones who must see to the basic needs of these patients. It is unfortunate, but brushing and oral hygiene are often overlooked in many cases because the medical needs of the patient are more pressing. Finding quality dental care in a private practice setting for patients of this type is difficult, because treatment is different for each individual due to the level of severity of their disability. Consequently, private practitioners will, in many cases, refer the patient to a University or a teaching facility to have their dental treatment done. This is not such a bad thing(!), as many Universities and teaching hospitals have residency programs and specialized treatment options and are well equipped to handle it. Additionally, pedodontists are the one specialty group that have the advanced training to handle patients with disabilities...although most limit their practice to children.

We've discussed the difficulties encountered by the patient and caregiver, now we'll address the issues and difficulties that the private practitioner faces when treating a developmentally disabled individual.

The first issue is training, or the lack thereof. Dental schools provide very limited, basic training in this field. Unless a new practitioner completes his/her residency in a teaching facility and gains hands on experience working with the disabled, he/she may come away with limited knowledge of how to treat the patient. They may leave college and go straight into private practice, or complete their residency with a private practitioner.

The next issue would be the cost of set-up; that is, establishing a practice that is equipped to accept disabled patients, i.e., special equipment, wider doorways, wider hallways, knowledgeable staff.

Next, slow or limited payment by the governmental agencies and programs designed to give financial aid to the disabled patient. Granted, this is a common problem everywhere...it doesn't matter what the specialty or service! However, it is a deterrent for private practitioners.

Every patient is different. It isn't as simple as being wheelchair accessible. Added challenges for treating developmentally disabled persons may include: behavioral problems, uncontrolled body movements and mobility issues (are they able to get into a dentist chair?). Some patients are non-verbal and cannot tell you if they are in pain, uncomfortable, etc. Some suffer seizures. Some have difficulty swallowing. The dentist must be aware of and sensitive to all of those issues in order to successfully treat the patient.

All of that said, there are continuing education classes available to a practitioner and it is possible to complete a residency at a teaching facility that has a specific department or program geared toward the disabled. The unfortunate thing is that such a small percentage of practitioners will actually take advantage of the opportunity.

Thanks to Dr. C and Dawn_DA for the professional input for this blog!

Keep Smiling!





Thursday, May 7, 2020

Diastema...What is it?

Do you know what Diastema is? I'm sure you do but maybe not the technical term. Diastema is commonly known as a gap-tooth.

Having a gap-tooth as a child is normal and as our permanent teeth start to grow usually the gap will close on its own but sometimes it does not and it can be a cause of multiple different reasons such as:


  • Teeth Vs. Jaw size - If you have smaller teeth, you are more likely to have a gap-tooth. 
  • Genetics - This can be passed down from generation to generation.
  • Missing teeth - If you are missing an incisor, the front teeth will shift causing a gap-tooth.
  • Gum Disease - Inflammation causes deterioration of the bone that holds your teeth in place. The damage done to the bone eventually causes loose teeth which leads to a gap-tooth. 
  • Swallowing wrong - If you push your tongue into your front teeth when swallowing will eventually cause a gap-tooth.
  • Habits - thumb sucking, lip sucking, or tongue thrusting can cause a gap-tooth.
Treating is not necessary but there are cosmetic procedures you can do to improve your smile, such as braces or veneers. If you are interested in fixing your mouth it's important to consult with your dentist to see which option will work best for you!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Cavity Prevention - Just Another Good Reason To Enjoy a Piece of Cheese!

Have you ever read the book "Who Moved My Cheese"? (If you haven't it is a great book, I definitely recommend.) Well, it has nothing to do with teeth, actually, but for those of you who want to protect from cavities, that phrase could become common in your household.

A study that was published in the June 2013 issue of Journal of General Dentistry reveals that cheese increases the dental plaque pH level of someones mouth above 5.5 which, in essence, reduced the chances of that person getting a cavity. This does not apply to all dairy products. Milk and sugar free yogurt were also used in the study. The results showed no change in the dental plaque pH level. Which doesn't hurt your mouth or put you at risk, but it doesn't help it either. 

So why the cheese? Let me explain! The study suggests that it has to do with the saliva. Saliva creates and maintains the acidity level in your mouth. The increased chewing motion of eating the cheese creates more saliva. Combine that with the vitamins, nutrients and other compounds in cheese that can stick to the tooth enamel and the result you get is better protection against cavities.

As always, the BEST way to protect from cavities and other dental related problems is to maintain good oral health practices and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

Enjoy your cheese!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

What Is Diode Laser Surgery?

If you are wondering what Diode Laser surgy is and does, read the article below by Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid assistant editor.

April 30, 2020 -- Diode laser surgery can successfully treat white lesions on the lips, promoting quick healing and complete lip restoration without causing bleeding or requiring stitches, according to a recent case report published in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science.
A diode laser can safely and effectively be used to treat recurrent white lip lesions without any scarring or unappealing aesthetics, according to the authors.
"For white lesions occurring in the lip, diode laser surgery allows for meticulous treatment and helps prevent cosmetic complications while providing effective and safe recovery," wrote the group, led by Domenico De Falco from the faculty of dentistry at the University of Bari Aldo Moro in Bari, Italy (Cureus, April 8, 2020, Vol. 12:4, e7585).
The most common malignancy of the oral mucosa, squamous cell carcinoma, accounts for up to 90% of all oral cancers. Persistent or recurrent white lesions of the oral mucosa create a suspicion of malignancy; therefore, they often require biopsy or complete removal. Conventional surgery for potentially malignant lips lesions may result in scarring and other cosmetic complications, so treatment alternatives, such as diode laser surgery, are valuable.
The case
A 32-year-old woman sought treatment for a persistent lesion on her lower lip. The patient said the white plaque was chronic and it had been treated twice in the past. An exam revealed no other lesions in her oral cavity, according to the authors.
The woman agreed to have the lesion removed with a diode laser. She was given local anesthesia, as well as light conscious sedation to reduce dental anxiety, and the lesion was removed. A diode laser with a wavelength of 980 ± 10 nm in a continuous wave, an output energy of 1 W, and a fiber of 320 µm was used. The procedure caused no bleeding and required no stitches, they wrote.
The tissue sample was sent for examination, leading to a diagnosis of friction keratosis, a condition that causes lesions due to chronic biting or sucking. The woman's lip healed completely with no cosmetic complications after 14 days, according to the report.
A promising treatment
This case showed that diode laser surgery allows for the careful, decisive removal of a lesion without thermal damage to the surrounding tissues, bleeding, and unnecessary stitches. It also allows for faster healing and an appealing cosmetic outcome, the group concluded.
Additionally, diode laser surgery can simplify oral surgery procedures, especially those performed on individuals diagnosed with highly contagious diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C. It minimizes the risk of bleeding and exposure to others.
"The diode laser represents a safe and decisive tool for surgical and nonsurgical treatments in the oral cavity," they wrote.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Fun Facts About Animal Teeth


Since we really cant focus on our own teeth right now given that most dentist offices are closed for routine care, I thought it would be fun to re-post this blog about animals. Here are some facts about different animals I collected from various sites on the web. Just a little fun trivia for everyone to read. Enjoy!

  • Beavers, Gophers, Rats, Mice and Hamsters teeth grow continuously throughout their lives. They must grind their teeth down to keep them at a reasonable length.
  • A dolphin has only one set of teeth to last throughout it's lifetime.
  • An Armadillo has 104 teeth.
  • A Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth but it has absolutely no teeth!
  • A Cat's jaws cannot move sideways.
  • Turtles and Tortoises are toothless.
  • Rabbits are born with their permanent teeth.
  • African Elephants have only 4 teeth.
  • Mosquitoes have 47 teeth. (They drink blood, what's to chew, lol?)
  • A snail has thousands of tiny teeth, yet it's mouth is smaller than the head of a pin!
Keep smiling!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Different Types Of Mouthwash Can Help Various Types Of Dental Health

There many types of mouthwashes available in today's market. Every single one claiming to be optimal for perfect dental health. Is that really the case? Here are some things to look for when choosing a mouthwash.

First, you want to check and see if it has alcohol or is alcohol-free. Alcohol dries your mouth and can cause burns to your gums and inside of your cheeks. Alcohol-free is the better option.

Depending on what you and your dentist have come up with for your area of dental focus can sway your decision of what mouthwash to get. It is based on the ingredients in the mouthwash.

Area of Focus:                                          Ingredient:
Better Gum Health                                Cetylpyridinium Chloride
Dry Mouth                                              Biotene
Cavity Protection                                   Sodium Fluoride
Teeth Whitening                                    2% Peroxide

These are just a few examples of ingredients in mouthwash that can help you in whatever area you are wanting to focus on. You, dentist or hygienist, should be able to direct you as to which product they recommend. Always remember that mouthwash is not a replacement for brushing and flossing.


The original post was made on September 24,2014

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Veneers - Not as Popular As They Used To Be, But Still A Viable Option

Let's face it. This is the age of what I like to call "instant gratification".  More and more, we prefer simpler, easier methods to just about everything concerning our daily lives, so why not dentistry, right?  Fortunately for us, the dental industry has done a fantastic job of keeping up with our demands!
Many adults would like to enhance or correct their bite and smile but don't have the patience for braces; or, are embarrassed at the prospect of wearing braces for an extended period of time. There may be a solution in the form of Cosmetic Veneers! Veneers can cover gaps, discolored or slightly misaligned teeth and give you a brighter and overall uniform look to your smile, often in just a few visits to the dentist. The drawback, if there has to be one, is that they can be costly, though not as much as implants and possibly even cheaper than braces! Keep in mind that for severely misaligned or decayed teeth, veneers may not be a good option. There are some things that just need to be fixed by conventional means.

If you think you might be a candidate, check with your dentist. He or she will advise you if Veneers are an option for you.

Keep Smiling!

Friday, April 17, 2020

Abscessed Teeth Can Cause Serious Illness!

Of all of the dental problems one can have, abscesses are among the most dangerous and unpredictable. Often times, people will let tooth pain go for a lengthy period of time and will not see a dentist until their pain is severe and an abscess has developed. Other times, an abscess can develop seemingly overnight. In rarer instances, an abscess can be growing under a tooth without the patient suffering severe pain and the only symptoms may be too subtle to notice by the untrained eye.... The danger in letting an abscess go untreated is that serious complications can arise. The following list should make someone sit up and pay attention!

If left untreated, abscesses can cause:

1. Loss of the tooth
2. Fever, chills
3. Spread of infection to jawbone (serious infection can cause disfigurement)
4. Spread of infection to brain, heart or lungs (extremely dangerous, can cause death!)
5. Excessive swelling leading to blockage of airway or inability to eat or drink

You cannot be too careful with a toothache, or even a twinge...it can lead to an abscess.
If you or anyone you know has a toothache, don't let it progress to an abscess! If dental care is not immediately available, go to an urgent care center or the ER for treatment! Abscesses can become life threatening!

**Note that during this shutdown because of the COVID virus, most dental offices are seeing patients on an emergency basis. Call your dentist if you have any signs of an abscessed tooth! 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Reasons To Scrape Your Tongue Every Day!

Did you know that when we are sleeping our digestive system remains awake? If your answer is no, then here is an interesting fact: Our digestive system is removing toxins from our body and depositing them onto the surface of our tongue. If we don't remove these toxins they get reabsorbed into the body causing other problems such as weakened immune system and respiratory problems.

Listed below are some reasons why you should make tongue scraping part of your daily oral health routine:
  1. Improves breath: Removing bacteria, food debris, fungi and dead cells from the tongue reduces the odor from your mouth. To get the best results, you will need a tongue scraper, a toothbrush doesn't cut it.
  2. Improves taste: Removing the build-up will expose your taste buds. This will lead to better enjoyment of the flavors of your food.
  3. Improves dental health: Bacteria that is removed from the tongue are responsible for things like periodontal problems, plaque, build-up, tooth decay, and many others.

Get to know your tongue!
Did you know your tongue us a mirror reflection of your internal organs? By scraping your tongue you are stimulating and massaging those corresponding organs!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Quarantine Fail...

I realize that the enjoyment of being stuck home due to COVID-19 is wearing off and people are starting to become creative to decrease their boredom. I have noticed an increase in tick-tock videos, videos of pranks and magic tricks, which are fun to watch but remember to say safe.

By Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com assistant editor...
April 9, 2020 -- A man accidentally set his mouth on fire while attempting a stunt during a vigil held in India on April 5 to show support for workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to news reports.
The man, who was not identified, miraculously suffered only minor burns to the inside of his mouth.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for India to turn off lights and light candles or flash mobile torches from their balconies for nine minutes on April 5 to show solidarity with "corona warriors" and to "challenge the darkness" that the virus brings. People around the globe have shown their support for doctors, nurses, scientists, healthcare staff, first responders, and other essential workers by sending messages of thanks, applauding, and having meals delivered to those working the hardest during the pandemic.
The fire-breather defied India's lockdown orders to show off his trick, which involves exhaling the fine mist of fuel over an open flame to form a fireball.
On the evening of the vigil, the man walked out into a street in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, which had multiple bystanders.
Seconds into the stunt, the area of the fire-breather's mouth became ignited. His audience rushed to his aid upon seeing the alarming flame coming from his mouth. They tried patting out the flames but ended up taking him to shelter and dousing him with water, extinguishing the fire, according to reports.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Keeping Healthy Teeth The Natural Way

For years people have gone the all-natural route instead of pharmaceutical medicines. Today many people turn to herbal remedies for many reasons. A couple being it is cheaper then the alternatives and you are not getting the chemicals found in traditional medicines.

For those of you that drink green tea, did you know it is good for fighting dental cavities by getting rid of bacteria? Apples also help keep bacteria away too. To ease that toothache you may have you can use clove oil, vinegar and also you can place an ice bag on your face wherever the pain is. Those things will help ease your pain until you can get into the dentist. Most people push aside the little parsley that comes on your dinner plate, but if you have somewhere to be after dinner and don’t have time to brush your teeth or any gum on hand eat the parsley and it will do the trick.
To whiten your teeth rub the white inside of an orange rind against your teeth and rinse after a few minutes or you can make a paste using a few strawberries, let it sit for a few minutes then rise with a little baking soda.
Those are just a few examples on how you can use herbal remedies that are all natural and healthy for you.

Keep Smiling! 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Question From Our Member...

Question From Our Member:
B. Scott of Long Island, New York asks: 

I have a strange taste in my mouth and some pain from my tongue.  What could be causing it and what should I do?

Savon’s Answer

After doing some research, here is our best non–medical advice.

The most common causes of pain in the tongue can be from canker sores; cold sores; dehydration; dry mouth; fever (sickness); or thrush.  Thrush can appear as a white lesion that bleeds when scraped or as a red, roundish lesion.

Pain or burning of the tongue can also indicate a vitamin deficiency, such as B12 and/or vitamins B2, B3, B6, and B9.  Other pains in the tongue can be caused by more serious conditions such as oral cancers, which can appear as red and/or white lesions.

Complete loss of taste is called ageusia, partial loss of taste is called hypogeusia, and a distorted sense of taste is called dysgeusia.  The most common cause of strange taste is due to medications.

The most common peculiar taste is a metallic taste, which is associated with some forms of antibiotics, antihistamines, antifungals, antipsychotics, blood pressure medications, diabetes medications, seizure medications, and Parkinson´s disease medications.

Other more common conditions that can change one´s taste are dry mouth, colds or flu, smoking, loss of smell, and nutritional deficiencies (vitamin B12 and zinc).

If a sore does not go away fairly quickly or if you have a change of taste sensation and you are not taking any medications, we strongly suggest that you consult your dentist for an examination as soon as possible.


*The information provided in this answer was derived from “Perio–Implant Advisory”.

**Original post was from our April 2020 Newsletter

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Little Dental Humor To Brighten Your Day!


Some Dental Humor from The Way Back Machine!  We could all use some humor right now.  Thought this was worth re-posting.


Some patients...


Too much flossing...no way


Keep Smiling, everyone! 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Quarantine Dental Activities For Children

The majority of us have been social-distancing for about 2 weeks now and if you have children at home this may "seem" longer! Right now is the perfect time to teach your children about oral health.


Here are a few fun activities that I came across:


1. Toothbrush Painting Teaches Brushing Movements:Cut a tooth shape from a large sheet of white paper. Give your child an old toothbrush and let her dip it into poster paint and brush the paper tooth as if it's her own. Show him how to make movements up and down, back and forth and circularly on the painting. This art project is fun and teaches children the concepts of proper brushing. Please remind young children that old toothbrushes are for painting and not to be put in their mouth. 


2. How Sugar Affects Our TeethWe tell our children not to eat too many sweets because sugar that's not removed by brushing our teeth can cause cavities on the tooth enamel. For a simple experiment at home, submerge a hard-boiled egg (which is made of calcium carbonate similar to an enamel material) into a clear glass of cola or grape juice for 24 hours. Notice the discoloration of the eggshell. Invite your child to gently brush the egg with a toothbrush and toothpaste. As he removes the stain, ask what caused the stain. Now discuss why toothbrushing is so important after eating.


3. Happy Face SnacksMaking happy faces with your food is one of the many dental activities for kids that you can do with your family. Provide a variety of healthy snacks on the table. Give your children a paper plate and challenge them to create a happy face using foods like broccoli florets, carrot coins, orange and apple slices, cauliflower florets, nuts, raisins and popcorn. After they have finished their creation, snap a photo for the memory and let them enjoy their edible art. This is a great time to discuss healthy foods versus junk foods. Ask why your kids think these foods provide healthy teeth and a happy face.


There are also many places online where you can print off dental activities such as coloring pages, crossword puzzles, habit calendar, and etc. 


The activities listed are from Colgate!


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Plus Side of a Good Dental Plan!

I read a really good article recently that makes a good argument for Dental Plans! Not directly, of course, but if one considers that dentistry is among the most expensive in terms of healthcare and that there is no regulatory agency that holds dental prices in check, a Dental Plan can be extremely beneficial. Dental insurance companies pay little to nothing and put a cap on your benefits.
Now, when I say Dental Plan, I don't mean the ever growing "in-house" type of plan that some dentists are trying to promote; those will save you very little money overall and if a problem arises...well, where are you going to go? The plan would not be accepted by another facility! No, I'm suggesting a bonafide, BBB accredited discount plan.
Dental plans go far beyond what insurance companies do in terms of savings.  More procedures are covered, there is no limit to benefits, coverage is immediate and there is no waiting 12 months for a large procedure...Seriously, why would one NOT consider a dental plan? Do your homework, but at least check it out. You'll find that the savings and a small investment for a membership are well worth the effort, especially now, in an uncertain market.  Everyone needs dental work at some point.  Be prepared with a good dental plan.

Don't wait for a toothache!!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Are You A Diabetic?

If your answer is yes, you need to read this article "Brushing 3 times a day may cut diabetes risk" by Melissa Busch, Drbicuspid.com assistant editor. 

March 10, 2020 -- Want to lower your risk of developing diabetes? Brush your teeth. Brushing teeth at least three times per day was linked to lowering a person's risk of developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published March 2 in Diabetologia.

Individuals with dental disease and many missing teeth significantly increased their risks of developing the life-threatening disease, further emphasizing the importance of good oral hygiene, according to the researchers.

"The frequency of toothbrushing was associated with a decreased risk of new-onset diabetes, and the presence of periodontal disease and missing teeth may augment the risk of new-onset diabetes," wrote the authors, led by Yoonkyung Chang, MD, of the neurology department at Ewha Womans University College of Medicine Mokdong Hospital in Seoul, South Korea.

Inflammatory reactions are an important cause of diabetes because it increases insulin resistance and endothelial cell dysfunction. Like diabetes, periodontal disease affects many in the general population. Since periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene can provoke transient infection and systemic inflammation, the authors hypothesized that periodontal disease and oral hygiene indicators would be associated with the occurrence of new cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Researchers collected data on about 188,000 patients from the National Health Insurance System-Health Screening Cohort (NHIS-HEALS) in Korea, dating back between 2003 and 2006. They looked at oral hygiene behaviors, such as the number of times they brushed their teeth and when and why they visited dentists, as well as dental records.
An analysis of the data showed that about 1 in 6 of the included subjects had periodontal disease. About 31,500 people had diabetes when follow-ups were conducted 10 years later, according to the study authors.

Using computer modeling and after adjusting for patient demographics, including age, sex, and blood pressure, physical activity, alcohol consumption, smoking status, vascular risk factors, and history of cancer, the researchers determined that individuals who brushed their teeth at least three or more times per day reduced their risks of developing diabetes by 8%.
On the flip side, dental disease was associated with a 9% increased risk of developing diabetes, while those who had at least 15 missing teeth had a 21% increased risk, the findings showed.

The authors noted multiple study limitations, including that the results couldn't be generalized to other ethnicities because the participants in this study were Korean. Also, there may be recall bias because participants self-reported their oral hygiene indicators.
While the results did not reveal the exact mechanism connecting oral hygiene to the development of diabetes, it showed that toothbrushing likely plays a role in it.

"Improving oral hygiene may be associated with a decreased risk of occurrence of new-onset diabetes," the authors wrote.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Do You Know How Many Types of Teeth Humans Have?

We have four different types of teeth, and each has a different function:

Incisors (Front Teeth) for cutting off bites of food.

Cuspids (sometimes called canines because of their long sharp points) for tearing food.

Bicuspids (with two points) to tear and crush food

Molars with large relatively flat surfaces to crush and grind food.

Now that you know each of your teeth serves a purpose,  be sure to take care of them with check-ups at least twice a year. (:  

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Chipped Tooth?

The majority of us will chip a tooth at some point during our life, and if you have done so already, you know that it can be a painful and a hassle.

Luckily there are a few options for fixing a chipped tooth:
  • Dental Bonding - If the chipped tooth is very minimal, dental bonding (filling) can do the trick! Typically this doesn't require numbing and can be fixed in one visit. 
  • Crowns - Crowns are usually needed for significant chips. This option usually takes two appointments. The first appointment the dentist will take an impression of the tooth and they will send you home with a temporary crown while the real crown is made. At the second appointment,  your dentist will cement on the permanent crown.
  • Veneers - These are thin porcelain shells that are attached to the natural tooth, to improve the appearance of your smile. Some people opt to fix just the chipped tooth but others choose to get veneers on all of their front teeth. Veneers usually take two appointments. The first appointment your dentist will reshape (trim the enamel) your natural tooth, take impressions and color match your teeth. Your dentist may or may not send you home with temporary veneers. At the second appointment, which will be about 2-4 weeks later your dentist will cement the permanent veneers on. 
Always ask your dentist for their professional opinion on which option is the best for you!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Go Ahead, Enjoy Your Cheese!

Have you ever read the book "Who Moved My Cheese"? (If you haven't it is a great book, I definitely recommend.) Well, for those of you who want to protect from cavities, that phrase could become common in your household.

A study that was published in the June 2013 issue of Journal of General Dentistry reveals that cheese increases the dental plaque pH level of the mouth above 5.5 which, in essence, reduced the chances of that person getting a cavity. This does not apply to all dairy products. Milk and sugar free yogurt were also used in the study. Those results showed no change in the dental plaque pH level, which doesn't hurt your mouth or put you at risk, but it doesn't help it either. 

So, why cheese? Let me explain. The study suggests that it has to do with saliva. Saliva creates and maintains the acidity level in your mouth. The increased chewing motion of eating the cheese creates more saliva. Combine that with the vitamins, nutrients and other compounds in cheese that can stick to the tooth enamel and the result you get is better protection against cavities.

Of course, we all know that the BEST way to protect from cavities and other dental related problems is to maintain good oral health practices and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

But, go ahead, enjoy your cheese!


Sources: Journal of General Dentistry, May/June 2013 Issue
              Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605130118.htm


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Can Vaping Cause Periodontal Disease?

Do you vape or smoke e-cigarettes? If so, you may be at risk of periodontal disease. 

Check out the article below: Vaping changes oral microbiome, increases perio risk, by Tony Edwards (DrBicuspid.com contributor writer)

Vaping changes a user's oral microbiome and makes the mouth more prone to inflammation and periodontal disease, according to a new study by researchers from the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry.
The altered microbiome in e-cigarette users influenced their immune environment compared with nonsmokers and cigarette smokers in the in vitro study, the researchers reported in iScience (February 26, 2020). They found that two cytokines involved in inflammatory responses (IL-6 and IL1β) were elevated in e-cigarette users.
"Our study suggests that vaping electronic cigarettes causes shifts in the oral environment and highly influences the colonization of complex microbial biofilms, which raises the risk for oral inflammation and infection," stated Deepak Saxena, PhD, a professor of basic science and craniofacial biology and a senior author of the study, in an NYU press release.
The mouth contains microbes that can influence the respiratory and digestive systems. While cigarette smoking increases the risk of periodontitis and other oral health issues, less is known about the effects of e-cigarettes or vaping.
E-cigarettes are defined as a handheld device in which a user inhales nicotine as a vapor. These devices were initially touted as an alternative to traditional cigarettes and a way to help smokers stop smoking. However, there are increasing reports of illness or deaths from these devices, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its initial recommendations for healthcare providers on how to deal with vaping-associated illness.
The researchers studied the oral microbiome of 119 patients (39 who had never smoked, 40 who smoked cigarettes, and 40 who used vaping devices). Almost 80% of those who smoked in the study were men, while the percentage of women in the never-smokers group was almost 44%. Participants exclusively using e-cigarettes vaped an average of 0.5 e-cigarettes per day, whereas participants exclusively using combustible cigarettes smoked an average of 11 cigarettes per day.
The researchers used a sequencing technique to profile the microorganisms in the mouths of participants. They reported that the microorganisms found varied, with the e-cigarette users having an abundance of Porphyromonas bacteria, while an increase in Veillonella bacteria was found in both e-cigarette and cigarette users.
Periodontal disease or infection was significantly higher among cigarette smokers (73%), followed by e-cigarette users (43%) and nonsmokers (28%). While bleeding on probing followed the same order (cigarette smokers, vapers, nonsmokers), the researchers reported that this result showed no statistical significance.
"The predominance of these periodontal pathogens in the mouths of e-cigarette users and traditional smokers is a reflection of compromised periodontal health," stated Xin Li, PhD, an associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology at the NYU College of Dentistry and also a senior author of the study, in the release.
Cytokines IL-6 and IL1β were highly elevated in e-cigarette users, the researchers found. They also reported that e-cigarette aerosols made cells prone to bacterial infection, which points to a greater risk for infection in e-cigarette users.
The authors listed the in vitro study design, with cell culture models using oral pathogens, as a study limitation. They also recommended using additional intracellular pathogens such as Listeria for future studies.
Nevertheless, the researchers concluded that vaping changes the oral environment.
"Our study suggests that vaping electronic cigarettes causes shifts in the oral environment and highly influences the colonization of complex microbial biofilms, which raises the risk for oral inflammation and infection," Saxena stated.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Modern Advancements in Dental Xray Technology

The advancement in x-ray technology is nothing short of amazing. The old days of having to hand develop the images, use lighting boards and wait a while are long past us.

Digital x-rays today are quicker, clearer, readily available at any time and more accurate than ever before. Almost every dental center is now using them. The feedback that I have received from the dentists about them have been great. It really makes their job easier and making tracking the treatment progress easier as well.

For the patient it is less intrusive, the process is quicker and they have the peace of mind that their dentist is getting the best image possible of their teeth and mouth. Not to mention that the dental office now has the ability to save multiple x-rays electronically that will not fade or get damaged over time from being placed in a file.  As I write this, no doubt the process is being improved upon as technology advances. 

Just another reason to keep smiling!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Prevent The Flu By Starting With Your Toothbrush

Flu season is upon us again, we are constantly washing our hands to prevent the spread of germs. But it is JUST as important to pay attention to your toothbrush.

Here are some helpful tips that could help prevent you from catching that nasty flu:
  • Replace your toothbrush about every 2-3 months. If you already have a cold replace the brush once you feel better.  
  • Sterilize the toothbrush, this should be done about once a week. If someone in the household is sick you may want to do this twice a week. The best way to sterilize the toothbrush is by running it through the dishwasher when you do a load of dishes. If you don't have a dishwasher, place your toothbrush in a microwave-safe dish and fill it up with about 2-3 inches of water and bring to a boil for 3-4 minutes.
  • Store your toothbrush away from others, use a toothbrush cover if possible and always store it upright. Also try to use your own toothpaste, because if the bristles touch the toothbrush of others you are spreading germs from one person to another.
Good dental habits are very important to a healthy body. Take care during this flu season!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Say Cheese...

Excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about cheese? I sure hope so because what I am about to tell you is interesting!

We all know that cheese is a great source of calcium and protein but did you know that cheese is actually good for your teeth?

Check out this article "Is cheese Good for Your Teeth?"  by Hygienist Rachel Nicholson-Moriarity as she will explain the dental benefits of eating cheese!





Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Colors & Themes Really Make A Difference In A Dental Office

Have you ever wondered why your dental office is decorated a certain way...or maybe why it isn't?  The fact is, color can make a waiting room or an operatory look inviting, or make you want to turn and run!  Imagine that you walked in to a dental office for the first time and the walls were say, a dark shade of ming orange and the chairs were red.  You might immediately turn around and head for the door and see that the accent wall is, eeek!  A deep shade of purple.  Now there is a dentist in serious need of a decorator!
So, would you immediately distrust that dentist?  He or she may be the best technical dentist in the state, but the fact is, color speaks volumes to a patient in a waiting room, and first impressions are everything. There is actually a psychology to color in the medical/dental world.
Green, in pale variations, is a relaxing color.  Seafoam is very popular and is also relaxing.  Blue denotes honesty and security and softer shades of pink and mauve are calming. In contrast, red in darker shades is an angry color...it can enhance an already bad mood, or make an anxious patient more anxious. The idea is that it should be inviting and you should have a sense of being in good hands immediately when you walk in.
Now, that is not to say that you should turn and run if the colors are wrong, but in case you ever wondered why you may feel a certain way or get a certain impression when you walk in to a dental facility, it could be the decor!

Keep smiling!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Cigarette Butts...

Did you know that there are approximately one billion smokers around the world? Crazy, right!

Let's think about how many cigarettes that equals. According to smoking statistics from around the world, about 6.5 trillion cigarettes are sold yearly and that breaks down to 18 billion cigarettes a day!

As we all know, second-hand smoke can cause major health issues but have you ever wondered if cigarette butts are dangerous? Me either, until I read an article called "No butts about it: Used cigarettes emit toxins, study finds" by Melissa Busch. Click here to read this interesting article!