Showing posts with label dental. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dental. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Video Commentary - Implantologist Loves The Hydro Floss


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If you are a dental office or dental professional and are interested in giving your patients access to this fantastic tool, give me a call at 1-888-586-6849.  

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Do not overlook / forget about dental health problem prevention as well.  Many expensive dental procedures could be avoided in the first place, if patient's were more educated about prevention.   My favorite.  


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PPS: prevention can also help a lot in reducing an individual's or family's health care costs.  My favorite prevention tool.   

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Video Question and Commentary: Should US Schools Offer Free Dental Care To School Aged Children?

Here is a link to the page this video is based on

What are your thoughts on this topic?   Should US schools start providing free dental care to school aged children?    If you agree, why?   If you disagree, why?  

It's a tough question to answer, isn't it?     


PS:  Get your free guides on fighting gum disease and stopping bad breath  

PPS: prevention can also help a lot in reducing an individual's or family's health care costs.  My favorite prevention tool. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Introducing Dr. Ellie Phillips

Dr. Phillips is the author of the book:  Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye.  

She is also the author of the Zellies Complete Mouth Care System.

Dr. Ellie has been a leader who focuses on dental health prevention.  That is something I definitely applaud.

With over 30 years of clinical experience she has been able to help many people achieve and maintain a healthy mouth.   That translates to patients keeping more teeth for a lifetime of good service as well as avoiding expensive dental bills and pain.

Dr. Phillips deserves much praise as a trail blazer who has worked diligently to help the public understand that prevention really does pay.  Prevention pays the patient.  This shows that Dr. Ellie's heart is in the right place.

Dr. Ellie has her own line of xylitol gums and mints called Zellies.   Her brand of xylitol has helped and will continue to help people with prevention.   The pH elevating powers and bacteria hindering properties of xylitol make it a powerful tool in the arsenal of those who believe in prevention.

I applaud Dr. Ellie for her hard work and efforts to truly help patients over the decades.  She shines brightly in a world that needs more light!

Thank you Dr. Phillips for all that  you have done for the people.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Is Drinking Coffee Bad For Your Teeth? Video

This video is about an earlier post entitled:  Is Drinking Coffee Bad For Your Teeth?

Coffee is a very acidic beverage.  You can try to cut down on that by adding milk.  But, at the end of the day, it is acidic.  For that reason alone, it is not good for your teeth. 
However, no one is saying that you cannot drink coffee.  Just make a little effort to rebalance the pH of your mouth after drinking a cup.  


David Snape
Author: What You Should Know About Gum Disease 

PS:  Get your free guides on fighting gum disease and stopping bad breath 

PPS: my favorite dental health machine for home use. 

Do Not Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda - Video

Do Not Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda - has been one of the most popular posts on this blog so far.   You can read the full post here.

I made a short video based on that post,  you can watch the video here:

read the whole post here. 

Many people are brushing their teeth with baking soda.  But, just because a practice is popular, doesn't mean it is correct.

There may be hidden dangers in doing so that you have not thought about.

I remember one customer I spoke.  We were talking about this very topic.   She said that she did not like the taste of the baking soda, so she never personally did this.

But then she told me that her husband did.   She suddenly said, "his gums are more receded than the rest of his family".

Next:  Read the Rest Of This Post Here.  

I hope this information proved to be useful to you.


PS:  Here is one of the top dental tools that I think are worth having.  It has helped a lot of people, including me, personally.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Should You Use An Electric Toothbrush?

Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes can be more effective.  Let's think about why that may be true.

One of the major reasons I think this is helpful is because of the timers that most electrics have.
You see, it has been suggested that each time we brush we should brush for about 2 minutes.

Two minutes is actually a long time.   It doesn't seem like it, but it is.   Therefore, most of us actually brush far less, even though we think it is more in our minds.

You can test this by timing yourself.  If you are not used to brushing for a full 2 minutes you will quickly realize it when you are using a timer.  You will think it is 'taking forever'.

The point of brushing your teeth is to manually disrupt plaque.  This is very important.  The circular electronic motion of the  brushing or sonic action for some brushes, may do a better job of that than manually brushing.

However, if you are truly taking your time and doing a good job with a manual brush, you could conceivable also be effective.

The time is one of the biggest factors.  This is where many fall short.   The timer on an electric can help to keep you on track.

Author:  What You Should Know About Gum Disease

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Dental Assistant Who Could - Marnae's Story and Midwest Dental Office Solutions

Here’s how it all happened 

In 2000 I returned home from college. I decided that I would snag a job at a local pancake house.

Unknowingly, I wouldn’t work there long. A few months into my new found career, I met a dentist.

He came in for lunch and offered me a proposition that would forever change my life. He said “I know this is creepy, you have beautiful teeth, I’m opening a dental practice, and I need an assistant, Saturday!” With the most confused look on my face I thought about it for a few seconds, shrugged my shoulders, and said “Heck, What do I have to lose?”

I had never considered becoming a dental assistant. I never knew there was such a thing! I meet with him that Saturday. He offered me the position and from then on I was a proud Dental Assistant. I studied under him for close to 2 years.

I then moved on to several offices, joined dental communities, took countless dental related courses, etc. I eventually became one of the best assistants in my industry. I had job offers flowing in that I never even asked for.I had Doctors and dental practices that I’d met over the years requesting me to train other assistants.

I eventually clawed my way to the top of my food chain. Practices could no longer afford me. Knowing that if I was to continue my career as a dental assistant, I would have to become complacent with my life as it was.

Well needless to say, I like to keep moving full steam ahead. I eventually decided to be my own boss.

Since I love dentistry so much I knew that I did not want to leave the field. I also did not want to be a dental hygienist, nor a dentist. So I asked myself “where do I fit in”?

I love telling my story. I also want to empower and encourage other dental professionals. Along came Midwest Dental Office Solutions Inc. 

I knew that I wanted to help other dental professional find their place in the industry. On January 1, 2013 I launched Midwest Dental Solutions, a temporary and permanent employment staffing agency.

At Midwest Dental Office Solutions we provide temporary and permanent dental practice staffing to fit today dentists.

Each team member is experienced and/or licensed to practices in their respected fields. Our goal is to assist each dental practice with continuing the tradition of excellent patient care.

Today Midwest Dental Office Solutions is a fully functioning agency. We operate from the greater Chicagoland area.

We are so excited about our new adventures in the dental world.  I know that the sky is the limit for me and this company.  I invite you to join me on this great journey!

 Love, Hugs, and Kisses, Marnae’

Keep in touch with us at


Twitter: MDOS @Official_Marnae    

 P: 773.398.2645


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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How Old Is Your HydroFloss?

Question From A Potential Customer:  How Old Is Your Hydro Floss?

This is a question that I received this morning:  What year model is your Hydrofloss?

Today's date is January 29th 2013.  Here was my reply to this inquiry:

Hi [name removed]

We have the current model.  Our latest stock came in less than 60 days ago.   (and probably less  than that actually).

Here is a link to our Hydro Floss:

If you have any further questions, please do write or call:


David Snape

PS:  We definitely have the latest Hydro Floss.   

PPS: The Hydro Floss has not changed much in 25 years.   There has been nothing more than minor changes.   Essentially, it is the same machine as back in the late '80s.  (And the reason there is no need for changes is because it works!)

Here are some related posts: 

Dr. Mercola talks HydroFloss

Customer Reviews

The Hydro Floss IS Different

The HydroFloss Pocket Pal Jet Tips

Monday, January 21, 2013

Serving Pregnant Women - An Upstream Approach To Preventing Cavities

Serving Pregnant Women - An Upstream Approach To Preventing Cavities

I found an interesting article with the above title at

The article has a good side because it acknowledges that babies generally get their first oral bacterial from their mothers (or any other caregiver).   Babies are not born with oral bacteria.

Instead, they generally get that bacteria from whoever it is that cares for them.   However, the article seemed to suggest that fixing / preventing cavities would prevent or help to prevent the cavity producing bacteria from colonizing the babies mouth.

I think if the bacteria are there they will get passed on, even if the mother has no active cavities.   Instead, prevention would be better served in 'shifting' the kind of bacteria in the mother's mouth.

You don't hear many dental professionals talking about that concept and neither did this article.   However, it is similar to the concept that you hear in regular health care circles.  That is the 'replacing' the bacteria in the gut that are destroyed by antibiotics.

The mouth, interesting enough is part of the alimentary canal.  The Alimentary canal is the portion of our body devoted to the movement of food through our body and removing nutrients from that food.  The same system that the bacteria in the gut, just mentioned, reside in. 


Shifting That Bacteria

So, how do you shift the bacteria to a healthier population?   This is something that the article seemed to overlook while promoting the virtue of extinguishing existing cavities.   Which is still a good idea, in any case.

Since, this is not really an area that is actively researched, for whatever reason,  it may not be well documented.

However,  some professionals  suggest that the use of 6 - 10 pieces of xylitol gum (.72 grams of xylitol per peice)  daily, over a period of about 6 months or so, may shift the kind of bacteria that inhabit your mouth over time.

Yogurt, as mentioned by Japanese researchers, may help to retard gum disease through a simple concept.  It seems to work like it does in the human gut.   You prevent a 'bad bacteria' population from colonizing the mouth by promoting the colonization of 'good bacteria'    Good bacteria would be the kind that don't cause gum disease, cavities, and bad breath.   So eating yogurt may be helpful. 

Balancing the mouth pH.  The anaerobic or bad bacteria like an acidic mouth.  It helps them to multiply more rapidly.   Theoretically, a high pH mouth may work against the 'bad' bacteria and promote the 'good' bacteria.   An 'acidic' mouth may do just the opposite.

Oxygenation, may be helpful in reducing harmful anaerobic (oxygen hating) bacteria.  This in turn can promote the oxygen loving (and generally healthy) bacteria.

I wish the article above had touched on these important concepts.   But it did not.  Instead it focused on how to get dental treatment TO pregnant women.

Prevention is for everyone and starting on prevention before pregnancy would be even better! 

Pregnant Women Are At An Elevated Risk For Gum Disease


The jury is out on exactly WHY this happens.  But it probably has something to do with hormonal changes and / or the fact that the fetus is really taking a LOT of nutrients from the mother.  This may have the impact of weakening her immune system somewhat.

But one thing is clear, any gum disease in the mother increases the risk of having a low birth weight and / or prematurely born baby.   So, it is worth learning more on the topic of gum disease

Potentially Helpful To You:

The book:  What You Should Know About Gum Disease. 

How To Stop Gum Disease In 4 Easy Steps. 

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I just spoke in general terms here, specific questions about your unique dental health situation should be directed to your doctor or dentist.  

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What You Should Know About Gum Disease - Part 14

What You Should Know About Gum Disease - A Layman's Guide To Fighting Gum Disease - Part 14 on Video: 

 Part 15

Part 13   top suggested tool

About This Video And Book

 This is the continuation of my reading of the book: What You Should Know About Gum Disease -

In this video we touch on the  differences in qualification regarding general dentists and periodontists.   Sometimes, it is very important to choose the right doctor.

Periodontists have extra training (about two years) and gum health and disease is usually the exact focus of their practice.   If you are looking for a more exacting diagnosis and treatment options, I would suggest that it might be best to visit a periodontist.

That is not to say that the general dentist is not able to treat gum disease, they are.   But perhaps the difference can be highlighted in this analogy:  Would you rather go to a general practitioner or a heart specialist when you have a problem with your heart?

Gum Disease Is Everywhere

The unfortunate and perhaps inconvenient truth is that around 75% of people have some gum disease right now.   Most people want to believe they are in the 25% .  Their eyes will gloss over if you mention gum disease.  They would never imagine that they could be included in the majority of people.  

Unfortunately, dental professionals have given us this 75% number.  One need only ask a dental hygienist and she will be able to tell you just how bad it is.   She sees it every day.  

People are lacking the right information 

Gum disease is simple but it is also very complex.  It is simple to understand what it is, relatively speaking.  But fighting it is a bit more complex. 

You see, every human body is different.   That means it takes a different amount of effort from each person to control this problem to the point that it is no longer causing damage in your mouth.  

Each person is different.  Some people can honestly get away with normal brushing and flossing and they are fine.   Others, need to do a lot more every day to keep their gums healthy. 

Since most people are probably brushing and flossing, it is easy to understand that brushing and flossing, do not work for everyone.   Otherwise, the 75% figure could not exist.  

I have also found that many people just don't undertstand the basic facts about this disease.  If they did, they would certainly have  a better chance of defeating the problem.   In this case, it is really true that ignorance is not bliss!  

I hope that you will now take the time to educate yourself and be better equipped to protect yourself and your family against this problem. 

 Part 13 is available here 

Part 15 here


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part 14 of the video series :  What You Should Know About Gum Disease