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Sandy Bateman aids First District Dental Alliance - less soda, more water

The First District Dental Alliance promoted dental health in our communities by delivering 25 posters to the Kingsport, Tennessee and Sullivan County Schools. Sandy Bateman, along with 3 other wives of area dentists, helped spread the word about the importance of diet. Specifically, how drinking more water can strengthen their teeth and prevent cavities.  There has been a great emphasis on the children in these schools drinking tap water that has fluoride instead of drinking... Read More
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One Dentist's War on Mountain Dew

You can’t go to any supermarket, gas station, or convenience store without it seeing it. Originating from TN in 1940, it was eventually bought by Pepsi-Cola in 1964. Since then, there has been variations in flavoring and color. But unfortunately, one thing hasn’t changed. How it irreversibly destroys teeth. In Dentistry, we have actually coined the name “Mountain Dew Mouth”, to describe patient’s who have completely destroyed their teeth by bathing them in... Read More
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Presidential Candidates and Their Teeth

Luckily, teeth have no influence on who will be our next president. But, for our sanity and something besides rhetoric and empty promises, let’s talk about their teeth. Here’s a run down of the presidential candidates and their obvious (and not so obvious) dentistry. Donald Trump It didn’t take a genius to figure this one out. He’s definitely had full mouth restorations. Although hard to tell from photos, I would guess the majority of them are veneers. The... Read More
Posted by Jake Bateman at Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016 | 0 comments
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What about all these toothpastes?

Go to your local grocery store and look down the toothpaste isle. The options are overwhelming. They promise tartar control, whitening, decreased sensitivity, cavity protection. The list goes on. A lot of people are concerned about what toothpaste is best for them. I know personally I like to be an educated consumer, so here we go. I decided to dive into this two BILLION dollar per year industry and give you guys some insight. Here is a general idea of the ingredients. Abrasives ... Read More
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So, what about oil pulling?

Over the past year, we have had several patients ask about oil pulling. The most common is coconut oil, although just about any type of oil has been tried/used. So, what is it exactly? “The practice of oil pulling involves placing a tablespoon of an edible oil (e.g., sesame, olive, sunflower, coconut) inside the mouth, and swishing or “pulling” the oil through the teeth and oral cavity for anywhere from 1-5 minutes to up to 20 minutes or longer.” - American Dental... Read More
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