Tag: tooth decay


The Links Between a Healthy Pregnancy and Your Healthy Teeth

The Links Between a Healthy Pregnancy and Your Healthy Teeth

Episode 17 of Dangers in Dentistry, originally aired on KPRZ in San Diego. We all know that mercury is dangerous for a developing fetus or young child (which is why the FDA warns against pregnant and/or nursing women consuming certain types of fish). But what about mercury that may already be in your mouth? If you or someone you know is pregnant or nursing, you...

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The Alternatives to Root Canals

The Alternatives to Root Canals

We talk a lot about the alternatives to root canals typically the only alternative mentioned is extraction of the tooth. But is that really the only alternative? Surely there must be other options, right? This was the question posed by Sean after listening to recent podcasts (Root Canals, Infections, Formaldehyde, Oh My!). The truth is, there are other alternatives depending on the situation. We’ll try...

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Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Every year children of all ages get dressed up, grab their basket, and run from door to door asking the neighbors for sweet, chewy, sugary, candy. And with all the loot that’s handed out, it’s a wonder that tooth decay and childhood obesity are more rampant than they already are. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative this year to hand out on Halloween night,...

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The Bright White Spot is an Amalgam Filling. There is Significant Decay Next to the Filling.

X-Ray Example of an Amalgam Filling and Tooth Decay

I recently had someone ask me to evaluate an x-ray taken by another dentist. As you can see (in the image posted below), there’s clearly an amalgam filling (the bright white spot). You can also clearly see the cavity just to the left of the filling. What you can’t clearly see is what decay is developing below the mercury filling. That’s one of the problems...

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Orange Juice — The Silent Tooth Killer?

Orange Juice — The Silent Tooth Killer?

Orange Juice. It’s been a classic, refreshing breakfast sidekick for generations. It’s loaded with Vitamin C and nothing tastes so good fresh out of the juicer. But what if every sip actually did more harm than good? According to Dr Yan-Fang Ren, of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, the acid in orange juice “is so strong that the tooth is literally washed away.” Using...

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