Taking care of a ‘mature’ mouth

As a dentist practicing in Central Florida, I get to work with a lot of “mature” mouths. In fact, at Lifetime Dental, we have more than 250 patients age 90 or older. A study by the American Dental Association back in the 1990s found that people who hang on to their teeth and keep them […]

Brushing isn’t just for grownups

Why should we worry about baby teeth? After all, a child’s going to lose them anyway. No matter what happens with them, we’ll get a fresh start when the adult teeth come in, right? Wrong. Proper oral care is important at all ages – including early childhood. Steps taken and habits formed at a very […]

Lack of pain doesn’t mean everything’s OK

I know this sounds funny coming from a dentist, but the older I get, the more I like pain. Now, let me explain. In our office, we’ll do everything we can not to create pain and stop any pain you’re already feeling. But in my nearly 40 years of practicing, I’ve never seen a bigger […]

It costs more to fix than maintain your smile

One of the most common questions I hear from my patients is, “Why is dental health care so expensive?” My answer: It doesn’t have to cost a lot, nor should it. Dental neglect is what’s expensive. My goal with everybody who comes into our office is for them to need less dental care – fewer […]

Bridging the ‘Deadly Gap’ between physicians, dentists

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but whatever happens in the mouth goes through the whole body. So, if you have an infection in your mouth, it only stands to reason it will affect you elsewhere. Take Alice for example. She had all kinds of health problems. She was lethargic. She was on […]

That beautiful smile could be killing you

A lot has changed in the field of dentistry since I began practicing in 1979. Back then, when you went to a dentist and you had yellow teeth, the dentist would tell you to wear a brown tie. Now you can get them whitened and made to look pretty much however you want them to […]