Beware Whitening Promise Of Charcoal Toothpastes

By Clete Campbell,

Girl brushing her teeth with charcoal toothpaste

ADA Cautions Popular Brightening Fad Can Be Dangerous To Teeth’s Health

Charcoal isn’t just for grilling anymore.

Today, the popular cooking mainstay of America’s backyard grills is being used as an ingredient for everything from drinks to skin care to hair care. Believe it or not, people coast to coast are turning to “natural” charcoal toothpastes to whiten their teeth. A brushing method first practiced by the ancient [ . . . ]  read more

Teeth’s Lesser-Known History Facts & Truths

By Clete Campbell,

Close up of teeth

A Quick History Lesson

  • 3,000 B.C.: Hesi-Re, the world’s earliest known dentist, sets up shop in Egypt. He hands out crude toothbrushes made from twigs and leaves.
  • 500 B.C.: Ancient Greeks develop one of the world’s first toothpastes, creating a mixture that contained iron rush and coral powder to clean their teeth. In China, early dentists mix soot, honey, crushed egg shells and ground ox’s hooves to deliver Asia’s first tooth cleaning paste.
  • 1,000 A.D.: A majority of people believe tooth pain is caused by tiny tooth worms instead of cavities.
  • 1498: Chinese dentists develop the world’s first bristle toothbrush by attaching coarse boar hairs to handles made of bamboo or bone.
  • 1945: A majority of Americans begin brushing their teeth daily.

Dental care and knowledge has come a long, long way over the last 5,000 years. Today, Americans are spending on average 38.5 total days of their lives brushing their teeth, a time investment that can lead to a lifetime of strong oral health. Nearly all Americans know the immense benefits of teeth brushing, but do you know these lesser known facts about teeth?

Facts About Teeth You Might Not Know

Knowledge is power, and these facts [ . . . ]  read more

There Really Is Such A Thing As Too Much Toothpaste

By Clete Campbell,

CDC Study Finds Almost 40% of America’s Kids Using Too Much Toothpaste

By Clete Campbell

Too much toothpaste can be dangerous to kids’ oral health.

Say what, Doc?

Parents may do a double take at the news, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Controls and Preventions reports America’s children are brushing their teeth with so much toothpaste that it’s unhealthy.

A CDC study released February 1 found nearly 40 percent of kids ages 3 to 6 use more toothpaste [ . . . ]  read more

How To Counter Acids’ Painful Effect On Enamel

By Clete Campbell,

Carbonated soft drink

Left unchecked without moderation in consumption, citric acid is gasoline on teeth, mixing as well as oil and water, wildfires and homes.

What tastes so sweet today can leave a bitter aftertaste on your dental health later and for years to come. 

We’re not trying to give all sugars and citric acids a bad name here or incur the wrath of the American Beverage Association. [ . . . ]  read more

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

By Clete Campbell,

National Dental Hygiene Month

No Better Time Than Now to Focus on Dental Hygiene

Toothbrushing is one of those routine daily exercises most of us don’t give a second thought to. To be honest, I’m often on autopilot while brushing my teeth.

But just going through the motions while brushing our teeth is a prime missed opportunity to protect our teeth from cavities and plaque, but also to improve our general overall oral health. Sleepy toothbrushing leads to missed plaque, [ . . . ]  read more

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) Allows for 3D View of Patients

By admin_family,

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) machine

We are extremely excited to announce the arrival of our new Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) machine here at the Family Dental Center. This allows our doctors to view our patients 3 dimensionally. As always using the best technology gives our patients the best care possible.

Flossing An Invaluable Weapon In Fight Against Gum Disease

By Clete Campbell,

William Shakespeare would call the dilemma “To floss or not to floss?” For the work weary, child-raising, exhausted parent, the answer is usually, “Not me.”

They are not alone. Most Americans neglect flossing, and few realize its value in the fight against gum disease. A new Delta Dental Survey found only 40 percent of Americans (4 in 10) floss daily, and 1 [ . . . ]  read more

Periodontitis Gum Disease A Troubling U.S. Health Epidemic

By Clete Campbell,

Half Of America’s Population Fighting Periodontitis, Most Without Knowing It

If you don’t have periodontitis, statistics say your spouse does. If your mom doesn’t have periodontitis, chances are 50-50 your dad does.

The cold hard statistics of this U.S. health epidemic are half of Americans age 30 or older have periodonitis, the advanced form of gum disease, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control statistics. That equals 64.7 million Americans feeling major [ . . . ]  read more

Tooth Decay America’s ‘Silent’ Oral Health Epidemic

By Clete Campbell,

In plain sight, the problem spreads, worsens and often leads to irreparable damage. Too many people never see it coming, even if their enamel try their best to warn them.

One in four Americans are unsuspecting living with untreated tooth decay, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. This is one surprise dentists dread giving to patients. Yet, three million [ . . . ]  read more