Yearly Archives: 2014

Toothpaste: What’s on YOUR brush?

You may have seen news reports lately about micro beads, and how they may be harmful to our environment. Micro beads are tiny bits of polyethylene plastic now used in all kinds of personal products – including facial cleaners and toothpaste. The marketing message is that these beads act as “scrubbers” to better exfoliate your …

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Baby Boomers: Get your dental care now!

My aunt doesn’t mind being a baby boomer at all. What she does mind are the increasing references (nearly everywhere) to aging baby boomers. So we’ll go lightly here, and simply say: Dear Auntie, As you and your friends are approaching the vibrant, meaningful and action-packed years ahead, here’s something to add to your pre-retirement …

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What’s so wise about wisdom teeth?

We’ve had several young people in our office this past summer to have their wisdom teeth evaluated and sometimes removed. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars furthest back in your mouth and are the last teeth to develop and erupt, often around the ages of 18-25. They were given the term “teeth of …

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Does red wine prevent cavities?

Ah, red wine. A glass an hour or more before bedtime can help you sleep. When properly paired with food, it can enhance the flavor of the meal. Along with dark chocolate, it is credited with helping to prevent heart disease. And now… drum roll… a recent study has suggested that red wine may help …

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Zirconia crowns: amazingly durable

In Don Quixote, Cervantes claims that “A tooth is more to be prized than a diamond.” If he was writing today, he might add: But when you need a crown on a tooth, consider zirconia. When it comes to jewelry, cubic zirconia is a durable – and beautiful – substitute for diamonds. When it comes …

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To floss or not to floss?

Actually, the question usually is :  How often do you floss?  And the answer, if we’re honest with ourselves and our dentist, actually is:  Not very often. Less than half of us floss every day, and around 20 percent of Americans don’t floss at all.  After 30 years in dentistry, I’m starting to wonder:  Is …

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Dr. Nevills to Dr. Nevills

Dear Dad, I can hardly believe it’s been a whole year since I joined you in practice at Nevills Family Dentistry. I feel like I continue to learn every day, and you are my best resource and support. I’ve learned so much this past year not only about dentistry but also about what it means …

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Be a hero, know how to save a tooth!

You don’t have to be a hockey player to lose a tooth while playing sports. Collisions with baseballs, elbows and the ground can knock out a tooth. The best defense, of course, is wearing a mouth guard. But if one of your teeth is knocked out, there’s a good chance it can be re-implanted if …

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How dentists save lives

Regular visits to your dentist are more than just good for your teeth. They just might save your life. April is Oral Cancer Awareness month – a good time to remind everyone that regular dental checkups are often the first line of defense in catching oral cancer early. That’s because we see what’s going on …

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Tooth fairy advice: Wear a mouth guard

It’s fun to play tooth fairy if your child’s tooth falls out. It’s not so fun if it’s knocked out during your child’s soccer, lacrosse or baseball game. How common is this?  According to the National Youth Sports Foundation, about 3 million kids a year lose a tooth while participating in youth sports. Many other chip …

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