“What Does RDH Stand For?”

Plain and simple, it’s shocking. If you are in dentistry, you know. If you aren’t, even some of the smartest people you know, may not know! My friend Tina is a physician, a radiologist specializing in women. She is hyper vigilant about using all natural products including her mattresses, rugs, creams and foods. Tina is my go-to person when I …

Tongue & Lip Piercings: Effect On Your Oral Health

Tongue piercings may be trendy, but biting down on the metal stud can crack a tooth. Lip piercings pose a similar risk. When metal rubs against the gums, it can cause damage to the oral tissue which may lead to tooth loss. The mouth is a haven for bacteria. Piercings raise the risk of infections and sores. Get educated by …

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Does Wine, Coffee and Turmeric Stain Teeth?

It’s not the color of drinks/food that stain teeth, but the acidity that opens the pores in the tooth enamel which allows staining.  Strong enamel does not stain! says Dr. Ellie Phillips. I have been making a drink with lemon, turmeric, honey, pepper and hot water. I’m VERY careful with the turmeric because it stains my countertop. However, I have …

Bad Breath: Can You Smell The Cause?

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Can the odor be described as rotten, foul or unclean, musky, strong, pungent, rancid, rank? Dental professionals can strengthen their role as trusted gatekeepers of systemic and oral health by developing their sense of smell to diagnose breath malodor. It’s subjective nature is problematic. Sinusitis, allergies, smells in the operatory, diet and medications can all interfere with an accurate organoleptic …

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Hospital Infections: Dental Biofilm

Dental hygiene is not part of the care patients are given. My dad is receiving treatment at one of the most acclaimed cancer centers in the world. In his hygiene package, he was given a tube of toothpaste, a mini hard-bristled toothbrush, and a Biotene mouth rinse. Due to the severity of my Dad’s operation, family members are by his side to …