Posts by: Dr. Dave

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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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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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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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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We love our sugary treats, too!

It’s that time of year once again: Junk food season is upon us. We still have candy left from Halloween, and Thanksgiving  (with its pumpkin pie, ice cream and marshmallows that seem to find their way into everything) is fast approaching. For many people, Christmas follows suit, with sugar cookies and candy canes galore. Here …

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Father and daughter dentists!

Our patients have been talking about it for months:  The arrival of Dr. Megan Nevills.  She graduated from dental school in May, got her license in June and began practicing dentistry with her dad at Nevills Family Dentistry.  How is this new arrangement working out for father and daughter?  Check it out: From Dr. Dave: …

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Teeth Whitening: What’s Best?

If you are interested in getting whiter teeth for a brighter smile, you’ve probably noticed a confusing array of teeth whitening systems on the market.  Strips, trays, rinses, lasers… do they work?  Are they safe? Most teeth whitening products use varying strengths of peroxide, which safely bleaches away stains. When it comes to these products, …

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Are you safe at the dentist?

The news out of Oklahoma a few months ago  was beyond disturbing – it was shocking. More than 50 patients of a Tulsa dentist contracted serious illnesses because of unsterile practices at his dental office. News reports revealed that, among other things, the Tulsa dentist apparently reused the same needles on different patients and used …

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Teaching a (slightly) old dog new tricks

My daughter, Megan, who will be our new dentist this summer, has already encouraged me to learn some new techniques. A couple of years ago, for example, she said, “Dad, you’ve got to switch over to the new tools for doing root canals.” (Root canals, yikes!  But keep reading, it won’t hurt.) I was good …

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