25 Jul

How to Treat Periodontal Disease

How to Treat Periodontal Disease

Have you recently been to the dentist to have him or her tell you that you have periodontal disease? I am sure it can feel unnerving at first. However, the reality is that the disease is common among adults. While you can rest assured you are not alone, it is important to gain understanding of the disease and make sure you begin treatment right away.
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19 Feb

4 Questions Asked Most Often About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth exray

The chances are pretty good that if you are over the age of 15, you or one of your friends have had a run in with wisdom teeth. These teeth are the last and final set of molars to appear. While it isn’t an exact science of when these bad boys will appear, late teens or early twenties tends to be the typical time for most.

Some people can function fine without having any intervention, however, many have to have them removed. Getting wisdom teeth seems like a rite of passage these days, and it happens to be one of the most asked about topics that I hear. So, I thought I would take some time to answer the key questions our patients have about wisdom teeth.
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25 Mar

Pain in the Back

backacheMy Back hurts. That is not to be unexpected since I have been a dentist for over 30 years. It has not been so severe to limit my daily activities. I am lucky. But for many it can limit daily activates, work, exercise, sleep and housework. It has been found that most cases of severe back pain go away in four weeks with homecare so you have to be patient.
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23 Dec

Save The Saliva

Saliva 1000In case you didn’t know: Saliva is a watery substance located in the mouths of most mammals. It is secreted by the salivary glands. Human saliva is 99.5% water, while the other 0.5% consists of a complex mixture of electrolytes, mucus, glycoproteins, enzymes, and other bioactive compounds.
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08 Dec

Sugar Substitutes Exposed

sweetenersMy blog readers know that I have spent a lot of time talking about the harmful and sneaky ways that sugar operates. I understand the feedback I have received, and I know it is very hard to give up sugar. The craving is like an addiction.

So, what to do? What would make a good substitute? I researched the subject, and the Center for the Public Interest has done some work on this subject. According to senior scientist, Lisa Y. Lefferts, there are both good and bad options. This is the outline of their report.
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31 Oct

How Sweet It Is

SugarMaui2As my loyal readers know, I have been on an anti-sugar crusade of late. Why is this? What is an Encino dentist doing here? Read on. So why is sugar so bad? Is there a simple way to explain this? Here is a different angle on the problem. Think of your poor teeth and heart and follow along.
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01 Oct

Generic Drugs – Good or Bad

pills 2As a long term Encino dentist, I am concerned about my patients’ health. We all need to know more about the drugs we take. Generic versus brand name drugs is an important decision.

When a drug company develops a  new drug it is  known as a brand name drug. They are under patent protection. This is to protect the investment of the big drug company or so they say. They have the sole right to manufacture and sell the  drug while the patent is in effect and set it’s price.
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