Limiting Refined Sugar in Your Diet can Reduce Risk of Tooth Decay

Posted On Oct 3, 2014 @ 12:13 PM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

“Cut down on sweets, especially between meals” is perhaps one of the least popular words of advice we dentists regularly give. We’re not trying to be killjoys, but the facts are undeniable: both the amount and frequency of sugar consumption contributes to tooth decay. Our concern isn’t the naturally occurring sugars in fruits, vegetables, grains or dairy products, but rather refined or “free” sugars added to foods to sweeten them.

Proper Cleaning Techniques can Help you Control Chronic Bad Breath

Posted On Aug 29, 2014 @ 02:21 PM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

We all experience the occasional bout of bad breath from dry mouth or after eating certain foods. Chronic halitosis, on the other hand, could have an underlying health cause like periodontal (gum) disease, sinus infections or even systemic illnesses like diabetes. Anyone with persistent halitosis should undergo a thorough examination to determine the root cause.

How to Clean Your Oral Appliance

Posted On Aug 21, 2014 @ 08:21 PM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

Question: What oral health issue do teenagers who wear orthodontic retainers and older folks who wear dentures have in common?

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Setting the Record Straight on Root Canal Treatments

Posted On Aug 16, 2014 @ 12:19 PM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

If there was an “Unsung Hero” award for dental procedures, the root canal treatment would win hands-down. Much aligned in popular culture, today’s root canal treatment is actually a valuable tool for saving teeth that would otherwise be lost. And contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments don’t cause pain — they relieve it.

Professional Cleanings Help you Maintain Healthy Teeth and Gums

Posted On Aug 7, 2014 @ 09:34 AM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

Every good oral hygiene regimen has two parts — the part you do (brushing and flossing) and the part we do (professional cleanings and checkups).

Kelly Clarkson Gets to the Root of the Problem

Posted On Jul 30, 2014 @ 11:33 AM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

Now that celebrities can communicate directly with their fans through social media, we’ve started to see dispatches from some surprising locations — the dental chair, for example! Take singer Kelly Clarkson, who was the first winner of American Idol, and perhaps one of the first to seek moral support via social media before having an emergency root canal procedure.

Make Informed Choices on Drinking Water by Knowing the Facts

Posted On Jul 25, 2014 @ 02:32 PM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

Water is essential to life. It’s relatively abundant and affordable in the United States, with treated water averaging about $2.00 per thousand gallons. It’s also critical to dental health as part of oral hygiene and as a vehicle for added fluoride to protect against tooth decay.

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For Michael Buble, the Show Must Go On... Even Without the Tooth

Posted On Jul 21, 2014 @ 09:30 AM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

What happens if you’re right in the middle of a song, in front of an arena full of fans… and you knock out a tooth with your microphone? If you’re Michael Buble, you don’t stop the show — you just keep right on singing.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Gummy Smiles

Posted On Jul 12, 2014 @ 11:29 AM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

You may not have heard the phrase, but you’ve probably noticed the condition. A “gummy smile” occurs when too much gum tissue (in technical terms, over 4 millimeters, or about one-eighth of an inch) is visible in the smile. Different people have different ideas about when this issue becomes a problem… but if you feel it detracts from your appearance, there are several ways dentists can treat a gummy smile.

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Tooth Pain Leads to Jail Break

Posted On Jul 6, 2014 @ 09:26 AM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

When a 51-year-old Swedish man developed a throbbing toothache with facial swelling, he knew he needed to get to the dentist right away.

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