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Guinness World Records: Dental Edition

Yes, it's that time of year when we must become reflective on our lives and, in turn, be thankful for our blessings. Last year we wrote a post titled, "The 5 Developments I'm Thankful for in Modern Dentistry," but this year I think we might have it beat. Why? Because...

I Have A Toothache! Help!

I don’t think I’ve known a patient who’s said, “I’m really glad this started hurting when it did. I was already in your parking lot and you happened to have time available!” Rarely does a toothache start at a convenient time. Fortunately, dentists typically...

Dr. White Answers FAQs

Here are the 5 most popular questions Dr. White gets asked weekly at White Dental Studio in Ashland, OR. If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to ask us! Our goal is to empower our patients by educating them well. If I have cavities, why don't they hurt?...

Toothpaste Roulette

My sister sent me a note recently asking about toothpaste. She saw our recent Facebook post showing a typical “wall of toothpaste” from a local grocery store. She asks, “I’ve often wondered which paste is best to choose, and since there are so many, I almost always...

Living in Fear of the Dead …Tooth

Unlike everyone's favorite film (or TV show) du jour, teeth that lose their vitality don't come back. Teeth, more accurately the pulp inside the tooth which carries nutrients and nerve fibers to communicate sensation, "die" for a number of reasons. This month, I'd...

Why is Tooth Enamel So Important?

Put simply, enamel is your tooth’s protective shell. It’s very strong, incredibly smooth, and beautifully white. Enamel’s strength keeps your tooth from cracking, fracturing and breaking during the everyday things we put our teeth through. Its strength comes from very...

The Different Types of Dentists

There are so many different types of dentists and dental specialists. Plus, they have super confusing names! Here is a description of each type of dental specialist and a little bit about their specific profession. Different Types of Dentists General Dentist: General,...

What Are You Looking For in a Dentist?

I try very hard to ask the question of every new patient I see early on in our first visit. My favorite answer is that a friend or neighbor recommended you. Isn't that amazing? I make choices off recommendations all the time - who to meet with about technology, which...

Dental Insurance: Understanding Your Maximum

The world of dental insurance is very different from that of medical insurance. If you’re lucky enough to be one of the few people that understand everything about the medical insurance world, you may still be very surprised to find out that dental insurance works in...

It’s Elemental | Why Are Dental Crowns Made of Gold?

Why aren't dental crowns made of silver? I was recently asked by my brother-in-law, with a strong background in metals and engineering, why dental crowns are made of gold rather than silver since silver has a natural antibacterial quality (shout out to you, Lake!)....

Why Do We Have Baby Teeth?

What's the deal with baby teeth? Why is it necessary to have two sets of teeth when one set of teeth seems like it would do the job? Well, baby teeth act as place holders for adult teeth. As a child's jaw grows, baby teeth help to keep the jaw structured and prepped...

Holy smokes! I got my tooth knocked out. Now what?!

Tooth Knocked Out You have a tooth knocked out. It is in your hand and you are looking at it. What do you do now? Technically speaking, you now have an "avulsed tooth." The definition of avulse is: to pull off or tear away forcibly [Dictionary.com]. 1. Don't touch the...

Dental Chemistry | Just the Basics!

When a person thinks of a doctor, they often think of biology. While it’s true that biology is the major foundation for the medical field, it’s important to remember the roles chemistry play in medicine. Understanding chemistry is a pillar of dental comprehension...

If Teeth Were Characters from “Game of Thrones”

If Jon Snow was a tooth, which one would he be? Let's compare teeth to the characters of HBO's most popular series, "Game of Thrones," and maybe learn something along the way. But first, let's start this post off right... Now on to giving our teeth the names of...

The History of Toothpaste

When you squeeze your strip of toothpaste on to your toothbrush in the morning, you probably aren't concerned with how it all started. We have come a long way since the first oral hygiene pastes were used. It is believed that toothpastes, in some form or another, have...

History of the Modern Toothbrush

Have you ever wondered how the toothbrush you use every day (twice, for two minutes) came to exist? Peole have been practicing oral hygiene for over 5000 years! The earliest styles of toothbrush were made by chewing the end of a stick until it became frayed. The...

What Everyone’s Saying!

It’s amusing to look back at my days a year and a half ago. A "busy day" often meant we saw three people! In September, White Dental Studio expanded our available hours and is now open for the full day on Wednesdays! We are also searching for that perfect someone to...

Back to School: A Dentist’s Best Advice

It's back to school time! For many of us, this is an exciting, stressful, nerve wracking, and fun adventure as summer winds to a close and our children gear up to go back to the classroom. For some of us (my family included), this is the beginning of kindergarten and...