Samer Alassaad

Dental implants, the dream teeth

By now, you most likely have seen dental implant ads on television or on billboards as you drive on the highway. You even may have seen ads promoting same-day dental implants, which is possible under specific circumstances. By replacing missing teeth with implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy […]

September 06, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Caring for the aging mouth

The perception of aging of the whole body has changed dramatically in all aspects of health, function and aesthetics, including those of the mouth. Tooth loss is no longer considered inevitable. Even when tooth loss happens, age does not limit modern science from offering replacement options that mimic natural teeth. As our bodies age, they become […]

The Great Pumpkin saves teeth on Halloween

I am looking forward to our 3-year-old daughter being Minnie Mouse and 6-month-old daughter being a pumpkin on Halloween. Amid this joy of wearing costumes and trick-or-treating, one shouldn’t overlook the aftermath of sugar indulgence that can follow the sought-out accomplishment of topping off a jack-o-lantern bucket with candy during on Halloween. Like all other […]

Managing your risk of oral cancer

Tobacco and alcohol consumption have been considered the main risk factor for oral cancer along with poor oral hygiene and genetics. This type of oral cancer is most frequently seen after the age of 40 years, with a peak at 60 years of age. Today, focus has shifted towards infection with Human Papillomavirus as an […]

The eternal quest to replace missing teeth

Replacing missing teeth has been a human quest from even earlier than you would believe. “The Phoenician Dental Bridge” made of four natural teeth and two carved ivory teeth bound with a gold wire dates back to 2,500 years ago. Teeth carved out of shells and implanted in jaws by the Mayans date back to […]

Will I ever repay my debt to my community?

It seems that the more I am involved in my community to pay back, the more my community actually pays me. I am not just talking about volunteering in dental outreach programs. I mean getting down on my knees and digging in the dirt to landscape a street corner in my town, delivering meals to […]

April 28, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Happy pills ease dental fears

The fear of visiting dentists is a universal phenomenon that limits access to dental care for many people. TV shows and movies routinely depict dental visits as terrifying experience that you may even be better off without. Dentists, however, have gone to great lengths to address this anxiety issue which mostly stems from past bad […]

Snoring warns of obstructive sleep apnea

Snoring may affect the sleep of your bed partner, and sometimes even your neighbor, but an underlying obstructive sleep apnea will put your life at risk, and even the lives of others. OSA can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and daytime sleepiness, which makes us more dangerous while driving. […]

Fighting the dry mouth epidemic

With the increase in the elderly population comes an increase in the prevalence of chronic conditions such as hypertension, arthritis and cancer. We are blessed today to have many treatment options that help us combat these conditions; however, some of the available options cause dry mouth, a serious side effect that cannot be managed simply […]

Focus on health: A creeping sleep disorder destroys teeth

“Biting the bullet” is a slang phrase that dates back to the Civil War,  and there’s no doubt that humans can bite strong enough to dent Civil War-era lead bullets. Healthy teeth can withstand heavy biting forces during normal function such as chewing food and swallowing. However, when these forces are exerted beyond function, such […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A place for alternative medicine in oral care

The surge of interest in alternative and complementary medicine has also reached dental practices. Approaches such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, hypnosis and homeopathy have made it into the dental research arena and have been implemented in certain areas of oral care. Recent high level evidence published in the British Dental Journal found laser acupuncture and […]

Avoiding the drama of dental trauma

Sporting activities offer a variety of benefits, but many of them have a high risk for dental injuries that can be devastating to any athlete. These injuries can range from a minor tooth chip to complete avulsion (knocking out) of a tooth. Unlike soft tissue trauma, dental trauma frequently requires lifelong follow-up treatment. Dental injuries […]

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Putting sugar bugs on a diet

Sugar is the fuel that runs our body, we can’t live without it. However, we probably are having more than what we should each day. In children, more than 30 percent of the daily energy intake has been reported to come from energy-dense, low-nutrient snacks. It is hard to imagine, but 1 tablespoon of ketchup […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Should you fear dental X-rays?

Many patients today ask about the type and number of X-ray images recommended in dental practices. Even though the exposure from a single dose is minimal, patients are concerned about the cumulative effects of minute amounts of radiation over time. These concerns have been the focus of media shows such as Dr. Oz and the […]

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