Contemporary Dentistry

General Dentistry

Popcorn Stuck in Teeth Blamed for Firefighter’s Near-Fatal Heart Infection

A British firefighter thought the biggest danger he faced was a burning building, but it turns out it was popcorn. At least, that’s what he’s blaming for his recent brush with death from a potentially fatal heart infection.  It is a reminder to take oral infections seriously and see a dentist if [...]

What Kind of Toothpaste Should I Use?

Dentists hear this question almost daily.  Toothpaste shopping can be a bit challenging with the dizzying array of products out there, each touting themselves to be the most effective, whitening, tartar reducing, cavity fighting, and freshening thing your mouth has ever experienced. How do you choose? Which toothpaste is the best one? Here's my unconventional, [...]

The Complexity of the Oral Microbiome

Many of our patients are concerned about the impact of their actions on the local ecosystem, and that’s good. But there’s an even more local ecosystem you should be concerned about: the oral microbiome, which is a complex mini ecosystem, with a number of specifically defined niches inhabited by hundreds, even thousands [...]

How Many Molars Do You Need?

Most of us have had to deal with wisdom teeth coming in and causing some issues for our dental health whether they are impacted or just cause our other teeth to crowd. The answer to this problem is pretty simple, we just get them extracted and move on with our lives. [...]

Stress Takes a Toll: South Korean President Lost 12 Teeth to Work

Stress is something that is bad for your overall health. It can impact your body’s ability to grow and heal, and lead to long-term health consequences. It also affects your oral health, and can lead to long-term damage to your smile. In perhaps the most dramatic case we’ve heard of, an official claims the current [...]