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Thumb Sucking Doesn’t Get a Thumbs Up

Charles Barkley, the Hall of Fame NBA player, once famously said, “I’m no role model.” At Gentle Dental, we think Linus van Pelt should say the same thing.  You know Linus, the thumb-sucking brother of Lucy in the Peanuts comic strip and on the upcoming fall TV special. Despite being at some grade level in […]


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A Big Word that’s Long on Pain — Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

You may not give it a second of thought, but the hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull is critical to eating, talking, even breathing heavily. This is the temporomandibular joint. When problems develop with this joint, the condition is known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and it can create […]


This Tartar Isn’t Any Good on Cod

Some people only know the word “tartar” from the sauce they put on their fried cod over at some Long John Silver’s joint. But most of us have heard of dental tartar. It’s basically the start of most dental problems.  Here’s a brief explanation of what tartar is and some ways to keep tartar from […]


It’s Wise to Ditch the Wisdom Teeth Now

Considering what the past 15 or so months have been like, we all may have made some different plans had we known what was coming. We would have bought stock in disinfectant companies and Zoom Video Communications. We would have gone out to eat every night. And we would have had our teenagers’ wisdom teeth […]


Can Toothpaste Regrow Lost Enamel?

In June’s second Gentle Dental blog, we gave you a little lesson in the human’s body’s hardest tissue, tooth enamel. Since there is some question about products claiming they can actually rebuild damaged tooth enamel, we thought another blog was worthy of dealing with this issue.  After reading that June blog, you now know that […]


This Enamel Isn’t Right for Your Patio Furniture

Alex, I’ll take human tissue for $300.  Answer: The hardest tissue in the human body. Please form your response in the form of a question.  What is tooth enamel? would be correct and would let you control the board.  Your tooth enamel is the hardest tissue on your body. And not many people would get […]


A Makeover TLC Network Would be Proud Of

Reality TV has made a living on makeovers: home, job, body, wardrobe, restaurant, you name it. And, while we like to watch the Real Housewives of New Jersey as much as anyone, at Gentle Dental the only makeover we really care about involves your smile.  Are there things that you hate about your smile? Every […]


Kids Can Have the Worst Breath

At Gentle Dental, we’re assured by all of our younger patients that they diligently brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day and floss once a day. OK, maybe they do both of those things, at times, in a cursory fashion. But they still chew minty gum lots of the time and munch on […]


Take Care of Those Pink Things Holding Your Teeth

While they look pink and weak, the gums are actually tough customers. After all, they are what are protecting the roots of your teeth. Treat your gums well and they will take care of your teeth. Neglect them at your own peril! Periodontal disease is the medical term for gum disease. It involves infection of […]


More About the Root Canal

In April’s first blog we didn’t delve into April showers and May flowers. We didn’t talk about chocolate Easter bunnies or those tulips coming up in your garden. We talked about the root canal. Fer fun! Our aim was to dispel some of the incredible misinformation that surrounds this important dental procedure. Root canals aren’t […]


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