Author: David A. Dixon, DDS Created: 4/28/2014
A blog promoting different ideas and topics related to dentistry. Also about anything related to our dental practice and our patients' dental health. Check back regularly for more news and posts!
By David A. Dixon, DDS on 5/2/2017

Most people don’t associate stress with dental problems. While it can cause a number of health issues and significantly influence your physical and mental health, few people consider the connection between stress and their mouth. Most don’t realize that when they’re stressed or anxious they can damage their teeth.

By David A. Dixon, DDS on 1/27/2017

More than 10 million Americans currently are affected by serious eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. While anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, they are most common in teenagers and young adult women. In addition to having a negative impact on an individual’s health and quality of life, eating disorders also affect self-image, relationships with families and friends, and performance in school or at work. If you suffer from an eating disorder, it’s important to talk to your health care provider immediately.

By David A. Dixon, DDS on 9/15/2016

A piece in the American Student Dental Association’s September newsletter discusses do-it-yourself dentistry, a trend that is spreading through a number of YouTube videos highlighting the practice. For example, there’s a video seen nearly 2.2 million times that is titled “Dentists Hate This Video!” and it shows a young woman using a do-it-yourself method to fix a cavity. Her video is one of hundreds touting all kinds of homegrown cures for dental problems, and, of course, they all come with disclaimers that limit any liability when things go wrong.

By David A. Dixon, DDS on 6/29/2016

Like most of you, I have health insurance. Like most of you, my health insurance says it covers dental work. As with most of you, this is basically fiction. Insurance companies are famously stingy at the dentist.

Whenever I leave my dentist’s office, he and I follow a ritual. He solemnly informs me he will first bill my insurer, and I agree that would indeed be prudent. Then, about six weeks later, I get a letter notifying me that my insurance company has completely paid for all but $328 of my $341 bill.

By David A. Dixon, DDS on 6/2/2016

If you occasionally experience small sores in the softer inside tissues of your mouth, you may have aphthous ulcers, better known as canker sores, and frequently called fever blisters. While rarely a health concern, they can be painful and annoying particularly when you’re eating and drinking.

By David A. Dixon, DDS on 4/14/2016

Do you wake up in the morning feeling just as tired as when you went to bed at night? You may be suffering from sleep apnea. Here’s what you should know:

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person experiences sudden interruptions in breathing repeatedly throughout the night. Some patients with sleep apnea could temporarily stop breathing hundreds of times each night. Each stoppage in breathing triggers the brain to wake up. Most people with sleep apnea don’t remember waking up repeatedly throughout the night, but the brain is still being repeatedly jarred into that awake state. Most cases of sleep apnea would be classified as obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when something blocks your airway while you’re sleeping. This could be the tongue, tonsils, or other soft tissue areas of the throat. Snoring is another aspect of this too. Though it is different, it is an impediment to the smooth flow of air.

By David A. Dixon, DDS on 3/14/2016

Did you hear the one about the flying spirit who traded money for old baby teeth? Myths abound when it comes to dentistry. Here are the best of the dental tall tales:

Myth: Put an aspirin next to a tooth to treat a toothache.
Fact: Don't do that! It will burn your gums and do nothing for the pain. You wouldn’t tape an aspirin to your forehead to get rid of a headache, right?

By David A. Dixon, DDS on 2/17/2016

It can be easy to neglect your oral hygiene habits when traveling; after all, you’re away from home and out of your normal routine. With a little advance planning, you can avoid taking a vacation from your dental health during your spring vacation. Here are eight useful tips to consider.

By David A. Dixon, DDS on 1/18/2016

It seems that the craze for whiter teeth is leading some people to overuse home bleaching kits and cause permanent tooth damage. Under supervision, a dentist can control the bleaching process, but if you do it yourself you can overdo it. There have been documented reports of serious and permanent damage to tooth enamel from over-the-counter home bleaching kits as the bleaching gel starts to break down proteins in the teeth after the initial discoloration has been removed. Hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are the two most common bleaching agents used for teeth. The bleaching agents attack surface stains first, then they penetrate deeper and deeper into the enamel and begin attacking the physical structure leading to weakness. Over-bleached teeth have a cold, translucent, see-through appearance, where the whiteness is actually removed as if it were a stain.

By David A. Dixon, DDS on 12/8/2015

Since the 1950s fluoride has played an important role in the fight against tooth decay as an additive to hygiene products and many public water supplies. But although a proven cavity fighter, some have questioned its safety over the years.

To date, though, the only substantiated health risk from fluoride use is a condition known as enamel fluorosis, which occurs when too much fluoride is ingested during early tooth development as the mineral embeds in the tooth structure. Fluorosis can cause changes in the enamel’s appearance, ranging from barely noticeable white spots to darker brown staining and surface pitting

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