Published December 14, 2010
Here are 5 ways to give your smile a lift this holiday without crashing your wallet
Published October 25, 2010
As a young dentist and father, every year I would joke with my kids that Halloween was the one American holiday that would "help me pay for their college someday."
Published September 27, 2010
Obesity has long been considered a problem of dietary concern.
Published September 17, 2010
When Michael Douglas announced on The David Letterman Showthat he has throat cancer recently, concern and support poured out from fans around the world. Beyond the initial surprise of a well-known and talented actor being stricken with this insidious disease, a surge of interest followed with the questions of what, why and where this cancer comes from. Throat cancer, an oral cancer which is a member of a group known as oropharygeal cancer commonly forms at the base of the tongue, the back of the mouth and the uvula, the tonsils, and the back and side walls of the throat. While the traditional risk factors for this cancer include tobacco use and alcohol, the growing risk factor is infection with Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Cancers associated with HPV most commonly occur in white males in their 50s and older, but the Oral Cancer Foundation reports that younger people are now getting oral cancers due to HPV infection.
Published August 23, 2010
Antibiotic resistant bacteria, commonly called superbugs, are on the rise. Last week researchers revealed that a new superbug could spread around world after reaching Britain from India, and there are virtually no antibiotics or drugs to treat it. The genetic mutation called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1, discovered in patients in South Asia and in Britain, makes bacteria highly resistant. What's worse it can turn virtually any bacteria into a superbug. The news struck fear, not just into the science community, but even the Financial Timesnewspaper featured an editorial last Thursday entitled "Fighting Superbugs, More effort needed to tackle growing antibiotic resistance."The editor states that "a first lesson is in the need for more responsible use of the limited range of antibiotics currently in use, to limit the spread of resistance that will render them useless."
Published August 06, 2010
According to the NCES (National Center for Education Statistics), the number of entering freshman bound for 2-year and 4-year colleges is more than two-and-a half million, most of whom are in their late teenage years.
Published July 26, 2010
Entering the final countdown for one of the biggest days in any bride's life can often bring the kind of stress that can take its toll, not to mention the biggest A-List wedding of the year - the marriage of Chelsea Clinton to Marc Mezvinsky, which has the media swarming like 'bees to honey' for any bit of information or glimpse of wedding planning activity. While the reality show, Bridezillas, comes to mind as a caricature of the stress of marital planning, the truth is that the emotional stress for any bride during this period can cause her to binge on junk food, starve herself, not sleep, and reach a point of emotional exhaustion.
Published July 01, 2010
With the summer season about to hit full swing, so do dental injuries, dehydration and stress in the mouth as well. Here are some important A-list tips for your dental health and wellness to keep you smiling all summer.
Published June 04, 2010
Thanks to a year with more rain than usual, more plants, trees and flowers are blooming with increased pollen in the air, and with that- a brutal allergy season upon us. Now in full swing, the sneezing, coughing, running nose, tearing eyes, and sinus congestion are all common symptoms that most people are familiar with. However, another more subtle manifestation that is less suspected as related to seasonal allergies is toothache. Often this pain surfaces in one or more of your maxillary (upper) molars because the roots of these teeth often lie at the base of the maxillary sinuses. In addition, the sinuses and teeth are innervated by branches of the same nerve, the Trigeminal nerve. Toothache pain can present with, or without, many of the other allergy/sinus symptoms and a sinus related toothache may also produce swollen gums, headache, fatigue, and cause swelling of the face and gums. Patients will appear in the dental chair convinced that they have a dental infection or exposed nerve. In reality, a simple dental exam and x-ray can often rule out a dental related problem or infection and expose sinus involvement instead.
Published May 21, 2010
Every 45 seconds, someone has a stroke in the United States. The third largest cause of death in this country, strokes affect over 700,000 people each year with over 500,000 of these coming without warning and devastating consequences. Precipitated by inflammatory factors that create a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels that lead to the brain and the formation of clots, a major correlation has been established between periodontal (gum) disease, stroke and all cerebrovascular diseases.