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How Dry Mouth Can Damage Your Teeth

How Dry Mouth Can Damage Your Teeth

Whatever the cause of chronic dry mouth, it can have a destructive effect on your oral and overall health. Learn why chronic dry mouth is an issue, and what you can do to stop it.

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How Dry Mouth Can Damage Your Teeth

How Dry Mouth Can Damage Your Teeth

Whatever the cause of chronic dry mouth, it can have a destructive effect on your oral and overall health. Learn why chronic dry mouth is an issue, and what you can do to stop it.

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Why Do I Bruise So Easily? Some Answers

Why Do I Bruise So Easily? Some Answers

Do you or someone you know bruise easily? It’s probably not serious, but then again, it could be. Here are some reasons for bruising easily, as well as ways to prevent it, and even cover it up.

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Why Do I Bruise So Easily? Some Answers

Why Do I Bruise So Easily? Some Answers

Do you or someone you know bruise easily? It’s probably not serious, but then again, it could be. Here are some reasons for bruising easily, as well as ways to prevent it, and even cover it up.

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Middle Age Is Just The Funniest Thing!

Middle Age Is Just The Funniest Thing!

For some, getting older is nothing to laugh about, but these folks seem to think it’s hysterical! You be the judge as we bring you five great comedy routines on the joys of middle age. Bonus video included!

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Middle Age Is Just The Funniest Thing!

Middle Age Is Just The Funniest Thing!

For some, getting older is nothing to laugh about, but these folks seem to think it’s hysterical! You be the judge as we bring you five great comedy routines on the joys of middle age. Bonus video included!

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Bleeding Gums? Relax! It May Not Be Gum Disease!

Bleeding Gums? Relax! It May Not Be Gum Disease!

Suddenly spotting blood on your toothbrush or dental floss is enough to startle anyone – there’s no need to panic.

Although bleeding gums can be a symptom of gingivitis or gum disease, there are several other possible causes far less worrying. Here are some of them.

Bleeding Gums from Toothbrush

A New Toothbrush

Even healthy gums are made up of highly sensitive tissue, and they can easily be disrupted by a new brushing routine. Most commonly, if you switch to a new type of toothbrush with stiffer bristles, you can expect your gums to bleed a little if you’re not very careful at first.

Be aware that even new brushes with a familiar bristle type can cause irritation and bleeding when they’re first used. Fresh bristles will always be a little stiffer than ones that have been used for a month or two.

If a new toothbrush seems to be causing bleeding, try switching to a brush with lighter bristles for a few days to see if it improves things.

Changes in Flossing Habits

Vigorous flossing can cause irritation to sensitive gums, and this can easily include swelling and bleeding. It’s especially likely if you floss a little harder or more often than you’re used to doing.

Keeping to a consistent flossing routine will quickly strengthen your gums, and any bleeding should stop within a week at the most.

Certain Medications

Some medicines can cause swollen and bleeding gums. The most common types are ones for treat high blood pressure, seizure prevention, or blood thinners to prevent clots.

If you’re receiving medical treatment for any issue, make sure to tell your dentist at your next visit – whether or not you’re bleeding.

Pregnancy

Hormonal fluctuations in pregnant women often cause swollen gums more prone to damage and bleeding. This is a normal reaction to changes in the immune system during pregnancy, making the body more sensitive to bacteria in the mouth and isn’t necessarily a sign of underlying gum disease.

See Your Dentist!

If none of these situations apply to you, or if the bleeding lasts longer than a few days, ask your dentist to check for gum disease.

If gingivitis is caught early, it’s easily treatable and it’s a good bet, no lasting damage will result. If left unchecked, however, gingivitis can develop into the more serious periodontitis, leading to tooth loss or worse.

Bleeding gums aren’t necessarily a sign of disease, but it’s an issue that should never be ignored. Visit your dentist to find out what’s really going on!

 

I’m Not A Dentist, But I Play One On TV (Or In The Movies) – Part I

I’m Not A Dentist, But I Play One On TV (Or In The Movies) – Part I

Contributed by Bryan Armetta

On the big screen – and the little screen, too – there are plenty of plot lines featuring MD’s, lawyers, scientists, etc. – but dentists? “Stratching my head here.”

Wait! Hold on! In point of fact, there’s plenty of proof dentists actually do get their 15 minutes – or more – of fame. Here’s Part I of our new feature we call, “I’m Not A Dentist, But I Play One On TV (Or In The Movies)”. Open up and say, “Ah ha!”


Tim Whatley | Seinfeld

Portrayed expertly by Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Dr. Tim Whatley is accused by Jerry of converting to Judaism purely for a perceived ability to tell jokes. Upper West Side dentists are outraged, culminating in Jerry receiving the label “anti-dentite”. Take a look…

As a recurring character, Dr. Whatley had plenty of other great moments – most too tawdry to mention here. You can search for him on YouTube!


Hermey the Elf | Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

How could we leave this lovable holiday elf off the list? Toiling away in Santa’s workshop, Hermey dreams of one day becoming a dentist and opening up his own office.

While the other characters in this made-for-TV animated special react with surprise, Hermey remains committed to chasing his dream, even after helping out Rudolph in his quest to save Christmas. In the end, Hermey gets the “OK” from Santa to follow his dream, opening a dental office right there in the North Pole (where office space is much, much cheaper).


Dr. King Schultz | Django Unchained

In Quentin Tarantino’s strange tale of the Old West, a traveling dentist, played by Christoph Waltz, makes his real living off bounty hunting and liberating slaves, such as the titular Django. played by Jamie Foxx. It’s bizarre seeing Dr. Schultz travel the South in a horse-drawn cart topped by a giant, spring-loaded tooth. Here’s a clip…

The cart, incidentally, eventually explodes in a ploy designed to kill off a bunch of dimwitted KKK members. Although he has given up his practice, Dr. Schultz stays a dentist at heart, which makes even more sense given his final showdown with Leonardo DiCaprio’s plantation-owning Calvin Candie.


Orin Scrivello | Little Shop of Horrors

In this classic 1986 musical-comedy, legendary funny man, Steve Martin, plays Orin Scrivello, an egomaniacal leather-clad dentist who truly relishes the act of inflicting pain on his fearful patients. To make matters worse, Orin has a serious addiction to nitrous, especially on the job.

While Orin is a morally reprehensible character, he does get exactly what he deserves in the end (that is, besides losing his membership in the ADA).


Stu Price | The Hangover

in 2009’s R-rated hit, Office cast member, Ed Helms, plays Stu, a square, uptight dentist, brow-beaten by his wife. After a night of Las Vegas mayhem, Stu wakes up married to a stripper he met the night before.

In the sequel, Stu awakens to an even worse fate – a facial tattoo akin to that worn by champion boxer, Mike Tyson, which obviously leads to more confusion and chaotic fun.


Dr. Jerry Robinson | The Bob Newhart Show

In a cast of colorful characters, Dr. Jerry Robinson from the 70’s mega-hit comedy, The Bob Newhart Show, is a standout. Portrayed by actor, Peter Bonerz, Jerry could be described as eccentric, impulsive and very easily frustrated. Jerry always manages to astonish us with his “unique” point of view. His dialogue with sharp-tongued receptionist, Carol, makes for some satisfying comedy.


Well, that’s our first installment of “I’m Not A Dentist, But I Play One On TV (Or In The Movies)”. Stay tuned for more sometime soon!

Bleeding Gums? Relax! It May Not Be Gum Disease!

Bleeding Gums? Relax! It May Not Be Gum Disease!

Suddenly spotting blood on your toothbrush or dental floss is enough to startle anyone – there’s no need to panic.

Although bleeding gums can be a symptom of gingivitis or gum disease, there are several other possible causes far less worrying. Here are some of them.

Bleeding Gums from Toothbrush

A New Toothbrush

Even healthy gums are made up of highly sensitive tissue, and they can easily be disrupted by a new brushing routine. Most commonly, if you switch to a new type of toothbrush with stiffer bristles, you can expect your gums to bleed a little if you’re not very careful at first.

Be aware that even new brushes with a familiar bristle type can cause irritation and bleeding when they’re first used. Fresh bristles will always be a little stiffer than ones that have been used for a month or two.

If a new toothbrush seems to be causing bleeding, try switching to a brush with lighter bristles for a few days to see if it improves things.

Changes in Flossing Habits

Vigorous flossing can cause irritation to sensitive gums, and this can easily include swelling and bleeding. It’s especially likely if you floss a little harder or more often than you’re used to doing.

Keeping to a consistent flossing routine will quickly strengthen your gums, and any bleeding should stop within a week at the most.

Certain Medications

Some medicines can cause swollen and bleeding gums. The most common types are ones for treat high blood pressure, seizure prevention, or blood thinners to prevent clots.

If you’re receiving medical treatment for any issue, make sure to tell your dentist at your next visit – whether or not you’re bleeding.

Pregnancy

Hormonal fluctuations in pregnant women often cause swollen gums more prone to damage and bleeding. This is a normal reaction to changes in the immune system during pregnancy, making the body more sensitive to bacteria in the mouth and isn’t necessarily a sign of underlying gum disease.

See Your Dentist!

If none of these situations apply to you, or if the bleeding lasts longer than a few days, ask your dentist to check for gum disease.

If gingivitis is caught early, it’s easily treatable and it’s a good bet, no lasting damage will result. If left unchecked, however, gingivitis can develop into the more serious periodontitis, leading to tooth loss or worse.

Bleeding gums aren’t necessarily a sign of disease, but it’s an issue that should never be ignored. Visit your dentist to find out what’s really going on!

 

I’m Not A Dentist, But I Play One On TV (Or In The Movies) – Part I

I’m Not A Dentist, But I Play One On TV (Or In The Movies) – Part I

Contributed by Bryan Armetta

On the big screen – and the little screen, too – there are plenty of plot lines featuring MD’s, lawyers, scientists, etc. – but dentists? “Stratching my head here.”

Wait! Hold on! In point of fact, there’s plenty of proof dentists actually do get their 15 minutes – or more – of fame. Here’s Part I of our new feature we call, “I’m Not A Dentist, But I Play One On TV (Or In The Movies)”. Open up and say, “Ah ha!”


Tim Whatley | Seinfeld

Portrayed expertly by Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Dr. Tim Whatley is accused by Jerry of converting to Judaism purely for a perceived ability to tell jokes. Upper West Side dentists are outraged, culminating in Jerry receiving the label “anti-dentite”. Take a look…

As a recurring character, Dr. Whatley had plenty of other great moments – most too tawdry to mention here. You can search for him on YouTube!


Hermey the Elf | Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

How could we leave this lovable holiday elf off the list? Toiling away in Santa’s workshop, Hermey dreams of one day becoming a dentist and opening up his own office.

While the other characters in this made-for-TV animated special react with surprise, Hermey remains committed to chasing his dream, even after helping out Rudolph in his quest to save Christmas. In the end, Hermey gets the “OK” from Santa to follow his dream, opening a dental office right there in the North Pole (where office space is much, much cheaper).


Dr. King Schultz | Django Unchained

In Quentin Tarantino’s strange tale of the Old West, a traveling dentist, played by Christoph Waltz, makes his real living off bounty hunting and liberating slaves, such as the titular Django. played by Jamie Foxx. It’s bizarre seeing Dr. Schultz travel the South in a horse-drawn cart topped by a giant, spring-loaded tooth. Here’s a clip…

The cart, incidentally, eventually explodes in a ploy designed to kill off a bunch of dimwitted KKK members. Although he has given up his practice, Dr. Schultz stays a dentist at heart, which makes even more sense given his final showdown with Leonardo DiCaprio’s plantation-owning Calvin Candie.


Orin Scrivello | Little Shop of Horrors

In this classic 1986 musical-comedy, legendary funny man, Steve Martin, plays Orin Scrivello, an egomaniacal leather-clad dentist who truly relishes the act of inflicting pain on his fearful patients. To make matters worse, Orin has a serious addiction to nitrous, especially on the job.

While Orin is a morally reprehensible character, he does get exactly what he deserves in the end (that is, besides losing his membership in the ADA).


Stu Price | The Hangover

in 2009’s R-rated hit, Office cast member, Ed Helms, plays Stu, a square, uptight dentist, brow-beaten by his wife. After a night of Las Vegas mayhem, Stu wakes up married to a stripper he met the night before.

In the sequel, Stu awakens to an even worse fate – a facial tattoo akin to that worn by champion boxer, Mike Tyson, which obviously leads to more confusion and chaotic fun.


Dr. Jerry Robinson | The Bob Newhart Show

In a cast of colorful characters, Dr. Jerry Robinson from the 70’s mega-hit comedy, The Bob Newhart Show, is a standout. Portrayed by actor, Peter Bonerz, Jerry could be described as eccentric, impulsive and very easily frustrated. Jerry always manages to astonish us with his “unique” point of view. His dialogue with sharp-tongued receptionist, Carol, makes for some satisfying comedy.


Well, that’s our first installment of “I’m Not A Dentist, But I Play One On TV (Or In The Movies)”. Stay tuned for more sometime soon!

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Chicago dentist, John J. Kelly, DDS, practices Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry at his Chicago dental office in Edgebrook.

He delivers a wide range of dental therapeutics, in addition to treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing, including Sleep Apnea, Child Facial Development issues and TMJ/Jaw Pain. MORE ON DR. KELLY

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