Forego the Sports Drinks

If you are raising an athlete, chances are you have purchased a case of sports drinks at least once. Have you ever read the nutrition label? They are loaded with electrolytes; however, they are also loaded with calories and sugar. Your athletic powerhouse could be much better served with a... Read more »

A Few Thoughts About Vitamin Water

You may think with a name like “Vitamin Water” this would be a no-brainer; however, you might want to rethink that! The nutrition label would be a great place to start. The calorie count alone is mind-blowing! In 20 fluid ounces you are about to consume 120 calories. I thought... Read more »

What Does a Dentist Pass Out to Trick-or-Treaters?

I have to admit it: I buy full-size Hershey bars. I live on a busy corner in my small town and am well known for doing so. We get more than 400 trick-or-treating kids — all in costume. I love these two hours of mayhem. My husband and I patiently... Read more »

Don’t Skip the X-rays

Too many times when a patient presents with a broken tooth, I will look back through the records and realize that the patient opted not to have X-rays taken during previous check-ups. When a patient makes this decision, it’s usually for monetary reasons. While I can certainly understand this concern,... Read more »

You Are What You Eat

Is poultry really as healthy as we are led to believe? Considering all the antibiotic usage, overcrowding, the types of chickens raised for everyday American consumption, poultry is probably not healthy, in my opinion. If you are truly eating free-range poultry, organically fed, perhaps you have a point. I believe... Read more »

Grow a Garden With Your Child

As harvest time draws to a close, I am reminded why my husband and I started gardening as a young couple. In fact, we both grew up gardening with our parents. The idea is, if you grow vegetables, you will eat vegetables. I have always felt this way. As our own... Read more »

Be Wary of Ensure and Other Nutritional Supplements

I was recently made aware of the ingredients contained in meal substitutes which are often given to medically compromised patients or those unable to eat a regular diet for one reason or another. Pathetically, these products are not only full of chemicals which are difficult to pronounce, but the second... Read more »

Get the Floss Out of the Drawer and Onto the Counter!

I have to admit it… I'm a bit of a clean freak. I despise clutter. So, when I am suggesting that you put the floss on your counter, believe me, I’m speaking to myself, as well. I personally used to keep my floss in the drawer, but I have found... Read more »

Time for a New Brush Head?

If you are using one of the many powerbrushes on the market, you are likely experiencing a significantly higher level of cleaning than the manual brush owner. I have long been a fan of the powerbrushes, particularly the Sonicare line. That being said, it’s very important to be mindful of... Read more »

The School-Age Child and the Eruption of Teeth

Around six years of age most children will begin to experience change in dentition. Some will lose their lower front two teeth and two permanent teeth will emerge in their place. Other children will notice new six-year molars erupt in the back of the mouth. One molar will be in... Read more »