Meet the parotid gland: It’s the largest of your salivary glands, and there’s one on each side of your mouth. They’re on the insides of your cheeks, just in front of your ears. That makes them particularly vulnerable to cellphone radiation. Through the years, a fair amount of research has been done on the role […]
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If your life demands that you gulp down your food and hit the ground running, a new study suggests that the old admonishment to “chew your food” is good advice. Turns out, the simple act of chewing your food before swallowing it can boost your immune system. Chewing is the beginning of the digestive process. […]
It’s a new year – a time when, like a lot of people, you may be considering a fresh start in many areas of your life. Health goals are most common – losing weight, exercising more, cutting back on sugar, meditating, relaxing, increasing leisure time or developing a commitment to a spiritual practice. As you […]
One thing we are deeply grateful for this Thanksgiving is our patients. We appreciate the trust they place in us. We’re honored that they’ve chosen our office out of many to provide for their oral health care needs. So to our patients, we say thank you. Each and every one of you is a gift. […]
If you’ve got chronic acid reflux or GERD, chances are you’ve wound up with a scrip for a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). From a dental standpoint, there’s good sense in controlling reflux. After all, the stomach acid can destroy the enamel on your teeth, leaving the dentin exposed and vulnerable to decay. Chronic acid reflux […]
If you’re like most people, you’ve at least partly internalized the “expert view” that divorces your teeth from your body, acting as though they have nothing to do with each other. You don’t have to justify the split. After all, the body is an incredibly complex organism. And it’s because of this complexity that the […]
This is for all the smokers out there, particularly cigarette smokers. It’s also for all of you out there who love someone who smokes. We know you’re out there. Missouri has one of the highest smoking rates in the country. This is not, we repeat not, a lecture. You already know the price of a […]
We live in a tech-driven environment, able to virtually be in many places at once. While this can simplify many aspects of our lives, it also means we’re not always inhabiting the space we’re in. Our minds are always elsewhere. Over time, this lack of attention and flitting from our email to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter […]
It’s never fun to lose a tooth. Though extraction may relieve your pain, no one enjoys being at the end of all options. Losing a tooth is hard – really hard. The resulting gap can be unsightly. Your ability to chew food may change. Over time, your teeth may shift, drifting toward the empty space. […]
Our thanks to the office of Dr. Vern Erwin for letting us share this post from their blog. Seems not a day goes by that you don’t hear something about how the microbes in your gut are key to overall health. But while you’re deciding how to feed it the healthy bacteria it needs, you […]
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