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Tooth Pain Aug 22nd, 2016

What causes tooth pain or toothaches? In this post I will discuss what causes a toothache and tooth pain and how to stop a toothache. When you know what makes a tooth hurt and what makes a tooth feel better, you will help your dentist determine what treatment will relieve...

How to stop a toothache by yourself Aug 19th, 2016

Many times a toothache or dental emergency happens when your dental office is closed on the weekend or evenings. So this is a how stop a toothache until you can see your dentists. It is important to first determine what type of toothache you have and then follow these directions...

Toothaches Part 1 Aug 2nd, 2016

What exactly is a toothache and what causes a toothache?In this series you will know better than most dentists the cause toothaches. Because of misdiagnosis many patients waste time and costs with unnecessary treatments. You can help your dentist and relieve most toothaches by knowing what makes a toothache feel...

Tooth Whitening and Bleaching Part 2 Jul 24th, 2016

In this post I will discuss the four ways to make and keep your teeth white. I need to mention that many times patients have unrealistic expectations when it comes to tooth whitening. Sometimes as dentists we strive for the most natural look when it comes to tooth color. Sometimes...

Tooth whitening and Tooth bleaching Part 1 Jul 22nd, 2016

Tooth whitening and tooth bleaching is a popular in office and at home dental treatment.I will answer some of the most common questions about tooth bleaching and tooth whitening.I must mention first that teeth color and response to tooth whitening and bleaching is different for each person. Some people naturally...

Gum Disease and Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Jul 10th, 2016

Gum disease is a a risk factor for heart disease, pancreatic cancer and dementia among other disease. Although the exact etiology (exact mechanism) or connection between gum disease and other systemic is not understood. Many doctors prescribe cholesterol lowering drugs when a patient is at risk for heart disease because...

Davenport Dentists that use Digital X-Rays Jun 1st, 2012

As your Davenport Dentist, we provide quality, state of the art diagnostic equipment and employ digital X-rays for our patients safety.Digital X-rays use 90% less radiation and gives our group of Davenport Iowa dentist better images than traditional x-rays. Davenport Iowa dentists that use use digital x-ray equipment protect the...

This Exercise Can Kill You Jun 1st, 2012

We all hear that exercise is healthy especially aerobic exercise. And more is better, right? Wrong!It turns out that recent research in Canada on endurance exercise or marathon type exercise shows maybe too much of a good thing is bad.While moderate aerobic exercise improves our health and lowers our risk...

Symptoms of A Cavity May 31st, 2012

Question? What are the symptoms of a cavity or how do I know if I have a cavity?Answer: Many times there are no symptoms of a cavity. when a tooth hurts it may be too late to fix the cavity with a simple filling.Question: How do I know if I...

Causes of High Blood Pressure May 31st, 2012

As a Devnport dentist we always check patients blood pressure. Many dental offices do not check blood pressure and patients may be seriously injured in the process. I have sent many patients to the hospital for treatment of high blood pressure that I found during a routine exam. One patient...

How To Treat a Dry Socket May 28th, 2012

This is another question and answer about dry socket:Q.What is a dry socket?A. A dry socket is a local infection in the jaw bone usually after a tooth extraction.Q. What are the symptoms of a dry socket?A. Symptoms of a dry socket are extreme constant pain usually 4-5 days after...

Coconut Oil May 25th, 2012

Our natural coconut oil is one of the best oils to cook with, if not the best. Coconut oil contains vital nutrients that are necessary for like and good health.1) Coconut oil can withstand high temperatures when used for cooking, other healthy oils like olive oil are harmed during cooking.2)...

Coconut Oil Benefits May 25th, 2012

1) Increase metabolic rate in human or animal body. Coconut oil affects your thyroid in a good way.2) Coconut oil also has only has 7 cal per gram, inlike most fats that have 9 cal per gram. So coconut oil is less fattening than other oils or fat.3) Coconut oil...

Gum Disease May 23rd, 2012

Gum disease affects over 50% of the popualtion. What are the symptoms and causes of gum disease? As a Davenport dentist, I will explain gum disease in a question and answer format. Q.What is gum disease?A. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum and supporting...

The Kiss of Death May 23rd, 2012

Kissing may kill you, really! I’m not kidding. The HPV can be transmitted by kissing. There has been a 25% increase in oral cancer in the last 10 years. We all know the increased risk of oral cancer in smokers and alcohol drinkers, but many people are not aware of...

Davenport Dentist May 22nd, 2012

How to find a Davenport dentist in Davenport Iowa. Davenport Iowa has about 70 fantastic general dentist along with some of the best dental specialist in the region. When you are looking for a Davenport Dentist here are a few things to keep in mind. Find a dentist that has...

Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste May 20th, 2012

Is tea tree oil toohpaste healthy?A. There are several brand of toothpaste that contain tea tree oil as a medication for patients with gum disease. The idea is that tea tree oil is antimicrobial and therefore is a benefit to patients that have gum disease.There is only one problem, tee...

Cosmetic Dentist In Davenport May 19th, 2012

As a general dentist in Davneport Iowa, people always ask me if I am a cosmetic dentist. I am tenpted to chuckle because all dentistry should be cosmetic, look natural and be healthy for your mouth and your body. Because in my profession there are some dentist that think of...

Cereal, Kellogg, Sex and Caveman May 19th, 2012

We are told by the big food companies that cereal is a health food. Advertising claims that cereal lowers cholesterol and does all these wonderful things for our health. The truth of the matter is that cereal and grains in general are the least healthiest foods you can eat. The...

Davenport Dental Implants May 19th, 2012

As a Davenport dentist who does place dental implants, I would like to discuss the BASIC dental implant syetem that I use for my patients. I will place my own implants including the titanium implant and the crown. Let me explain why I prefer the BASIC implant system. Many systems...

Bettendorf Orthodontists May 18th, 2012

I am a general dentist in Davenport Iowa. Recently I had an inflection point with my own dental health. I am middle aged and I have always had straight teeth, however my bite or occlusion was less than perfect. So over Christmas, I was eating some popcorn and I chipped...

What is A Dry Socket? May 17th, 2012

This post disscussion will be about the cause and cure for a dry socket. Q. What is a dry socket?A. A dry socket is called localized osteitits, or inflammation in a localized area usually after a tooth extraction. A dry socket hurts really bad. A dry socket is when the...

Look 10 years Younger May 11th, 2012

Want to look 10 years younger? East more fish. eat more wild salmon. It turns out that the stuff that make wild salmon red can make you look and fell younger. The stuff that makes salmon and shrimp red is called astaxnthin. This stuff is a very powerful antioxidant and...

Davenport Root Canal May 10th, 2012

Q, What is a root canal Treatment?A. Root canal treatment or enodontic therapy is the treatment of damaged or injured nerve of the tooth. When a nerve is injured or dies, the remaining infected or damaged nerve must be carefully removed.A small opening is made on the bitting surface of...

Cosmetic Dentist Davenport Iowa May 8th, 2012

When looking for a cosmetic dentist in Davenport Iowa, you have many choices. Davenport Iowa has many great, highly skilled dentists and specialist. Be certain that the dentist has your best interest in mind, not just his pocket book.1) Choose a dentist that is concerned for your overall oral and...

Affordable Dentures In Davenport Iowa May 8th, 2012

Patients always ask for an affordable denture when considering a new or repairing an existing denture.Let’s talk about how dentures are different.1) Teeth: A cheaper or more affordable denture will use a cheaper less lifelike teeth. The cheaper teeth are more likely to break or wear requiring costly and embarrassing...

Davenport Orthodontists May 4th, 2012

Davenport Iowa has about six orthodontists. The orthodontist is a specialty of dentistry that straightes crowded or misaligned teeth. As a Davenport dentist, I prefer to refer patients who need orthodontics to one of the many great specialtist in the area. There are many general dentists in Davenport Iowa that...

Root Canal Treatment in Davenport Iowa May 4th, 2012

When you need a root canal treatment in Davenport Iowa you have many choices. But first, let’s talk about what a root canal treatment.When a the nerve or pulp dies, the pulp will die and produce a poison that causes swelling in the gum and jaws. This infection can cause...

Quad Cities Emergency Dental care May 4th, 2012

When you need emergency dental care, you can count on Main Family Dental Care. Toothaches can be very painful, troublesome and even life threatening. Our office policy is to see emergency dental patients the same day during our regular business hours. Don’t go another day in pain, call our office...

How To Find A Davenport Dentist May 3rd, 2012

Davenport Iowa has over 70 general or family dentists. Davenport also has many highly skilled dental specialists. When choosing a Davenport Dentist there are several things to consider and questions you should ask.1) Ask if the office uses digital x-ray equipment. Digital x-rays are safer because they use 90% less...

Find A Davenport Dentist May 3rd, 2012

You can find a Davenport Dentist in the Yellow Pages or on line. Or you can ask your friends and neighbors. Most of our patient referrals come from other happy patients. When choosing a Davenport Dentist, find one that will give you treatment options. It is our professional responsibility to...

The Benefits of Braces Apr 29th, 2012

In a previous posts, I talked about the problems with braces or orthodontic treatment. As a side note, the word”orthodontic” the word means “to change the teeth”. The orthodontist is a dentist with advanced training and specializes in treating patients who need braces. Back to the original topic of braces,...

Which Toothpaste Do I Recommend? Apr 29th, 2012

Actually I don’t recommend toothpaste for most of my patients. If a patient has dry mouth from a disease or medicine I will prescribe a fluoride tooth paste. Dry Mouth has devastating effects on the teeth because the saliva has a protective action on the teeth.For most patients, that do...

Choosing A Dentist For Your Braces Apr 29th, 2012

In my previous post, we talked about when braces are recommended. Choosing the dentist to treat you is just as important. I am a general dentist. I am trained in all areas of dentistry, including treating minor orthodontic problems. An orthodontist is a dentist that receives advanced training in orthodontics...

Singing Can Stop Snoring Apr 28th, 2012

Researcher at the University of Exeter England discovered that 30 minutes of singing can strengthen weak throat muscles. In some patients weak throat muscles caused the throat to collaspe the airway and cause or increase snoring. Researchers found a significant reduction in subjects who made their throat muscle stronger simply...

Are Silver Fillings Bad Apr 28th, 2012

There is a lot of buzz about the mercury in silver fillings. However the World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that for the mercury levels to be toxic , you would need about 300 fillings to have enough silver fillings to reach levels considered toxic. Now since most of us...

Too Old for Braces? Apr 28th, 2012

Are you ever too old for braces? Not really. I am 53 years old, a dentist and have had fairly straight teeth. Recently, I chipped a lower front tooth from a problem I have with a bite that is not perfect. I have gotten along with my “malocclusion” until I...

Butter Is Better Apr 26th, 2012

Your grandma was right, butter not only tastes better, but it is better for you. Butter is better for because is raises your “good cholseterol” and good for your teeth. There is evidence that butter may have a healing or protective effect on preventing or repairing cavities. I like eating...

Why Do My Teeth Hurt After A Filling? Apr 22nd, 2012

It is not unusual for teeth to hurt after a filling or crown. If the filling is deep or near the nerve or pulp, the filling may ache or be sensitive for several days or weeks. When the cavity is close to the nerve, the body will build a layer...

Toothache or Sinus Infection Apr 21st, 2012

Many times we see patients with “toothache” pain who actualy have a sinus infection or sinus issue. How can you tell the difference? One of the first things I learned in dental school was that the patient will always tell you what is wrong with them. What does that really...

Why Do We Have Sinuses? Apr 21st, 2012

As a dentist, we are well aware of the anatomy of the sinuses located behind your face. The sinuses communicate with your airways and with your upper teeth. A sinus infection can cause painful toothaches. There are also sinuses located in your forehead. But, why did God give us sinuses?...

How Often Should Brush Your Teeth? Apr 19th, 2012

You need brush your teeth once per day before you go to bed. Many people make the mistake of skipping bedtime brushing and brush in the morning. The problem with skipping bedtime brushing is that you will leave food on your teeth for the sugar bugs to eat while you...

Toothaches Apr 19th, 2012

Toothaches can be very painful and even life threatening. In the late 1800s tooth infections were a leading cause of death in the Uinted States. Tooth infections result when the nerve dies in the tooth from trauma or a cavity. When the nerve or pulp dies, a poison is released...

Floss Your Arteries? Apr 17th, 2012

Yes actually, when you floss your teeth you are protecting your arteries. Regular flossing has been shown to lower blood levels of cholesterol. The bacteria that hide in tooth plaque are the same bacteria that grow in artery plaque. When plaque is left on your teeth, the plaque causes inflammation...

The Ploy of Soy Apr 17th, 2012

Soy protein and soy products are ubiquitous in our modern day food supply. The soy industry has done a great job marketing soy as a “health food” much to the detriment to our nations health. Soy milk is loaded with aluminium and other harmful chemicals including female hormones. Men beware,...

Never Brush Your Gums Apr 17th, 2012

I see many patients who have permanently damaged their gums because some dentist or hygienist told them to” brush their gums” to “stimulate” them. Really? I ask the patient, if they brush their ears or their nose. This silly question is thought provoking and begs the question about the veracity...

Attention All Diabetics Apr 17th, 2012

Here is an easy way to help your lower blood sugar levels, floss your teeth once a day before bedtime. Numerous research studies have shown that by simply flossing once per day you can have better blood sugar control especially if you are a diabetic.I recommend flossing once per day...

Throw Out The Fat Free Dressing Apr 17th, 2012

Fat free dressing may not be as healthy as you think. Iowa State University research discovered that you need fat in your salad dressing in order for your body to absorb the vital nutrients in your green salad. When you use fat free dressing, your body is not able to...

Always Cook Your Brocolli Apr 17th, 2012

Many vegetables are better digested and healthier for you if they are slighlty cooked or fully cooked, really. Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower in the raw form are goitrogens. What is a goitrogen? Goitrogens are foods that slow or damage the thyroid. Many vegetables have a natural protective...

Are Dental X-Rays Safe? Apr 16th, 2012

Patients are always concerned about being exposed to unnecessary radiation when dental x-rays are taken. Let me first explain why dental x-rays are taken. Your needs x-rays or radiographs to do thorough exam to detect cavities, gum disease or tumors in the jaw. With out x-ray images, many cavities, and...

Why Mouthwash is Bad for You and Your Mouth Apr 15th, 2012

Patients like to ask me as their dentist, what mouthwash I recommend? For years, my answer has been, I don’t like mouthwash. Mouthwash has harsh chemicals which dry your mouth and kill bad and good bacteria in your mouth and in your gut. When you kill bad bacteria you also...

Mouthwash Could Ruin Your Sex Life. Apr 15th, 2012

Mouthwash can destroy the healthy bacteria in your gut. These bacteria produce precious Nitric Oxide which is produced by your body to keep your arteries open and healthy. When you have low levels of nitric oxide the arteries especially those in the heart and penis will narrow and cause poor...

Welcome To Main Family Dental Care Blog Dec 27th, 2011

Welcome to Main Family Dental Care Blog. Here you can communicate directly with the Dr. and visit information provided from the Main Family Dental Care team.

Dental Implants Dec 24th, 2011

Dental implants are now an accepted treatment for missing teeth. Dental implants can be placed in healthy patients in about an hour. Although there are different sizes of implants and hundreds of companies that make dental implants, all dental implants require certain conditions for implant success. Over all, the five...

New Painless Cavity Detection Method Dec 20th, 2011

Diagnodent is a new FDA approved laser cavity detector. The Diagnodent uses a painless laser that can detect cavities that traditional methods usually miss. Developed in Germany by Kavo Corporation, the Diagnodent detects cavities that lie below the surface and are easily missed with a dental explorer or dental pick....

White or silver fillings Dec 18th, 2011

Patients always ask me if I recommend white composite or silver fillings. Silver or amalgam fillings have gotten lots of press lately because of the mercury content of these fillings. I offer both in our office and I let patients decide which is best for them after they have all...