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Question From a Patient: When Was the First Root Canal Performed?

Claudia, this one’s for you. When you asked me this question initially, I responded “probably the Sumerians or Egyptians” and admitted that this was a complete shot in the dark. As a curious person myself, I welcome questions from patients and do my best to research them when I don’t have a satisfactory answer. If […]

The Redcoats (and Gingivitis) are Coming!

As I see it, one of a dentist’s principal duties is to be a voice of warning for things like gum disease and cavities. If that is true, then it makes perfect sense that Paul Revere, history’s all-time best warning voice, was a dentist. Paul Revere was born on New Year’s Day in 1735 as […]

The ADA Wants Tobacco Banned in Baseball

If you’re like me, this is a great time of year for a lot of reasons, not the least of which being March Madness and the baseball season ready to start in the beginning of April. Speaking of baseball, I’m proud of my professional organization, the American Dental Association (ADA). They recently joined with some […]

Tooth Decay

3 Myths About Root Canals

Apparently this week was national root canal awareness week. I don’t really buy into any of these “awareness” gigs—I’m sufficiently apathetic to the concept of “awareness” that I even refuse capitalize “root canal awareness week”—but I would like to write a few things about root canals now that the topic is on my mind. If […]

Beavers might be the key to a new dental breakthrough

In the animal kingdom, which animals put their teeth through the most rigorous use and require the strongest teeth? Beavers would probably get my vote. With the ability to cut down trees using only their front teeth, I’m certainly impressed by the dental power of beavers. According to a recent study put out by Northwestern […]

Scumbag of the Year: The Sugar Industry

Move over sketchy dental insurance companies (sideways look at you, United Concordia); there’s an even dirtier organization on the block with regard to dental health: the sugar industry. We’ve been aware for a good while that the sugar industry blatantly rejects good science and any regulatory measures related to problems such as obesity and diabetes. […]

Question from a Patient: Do I need antibiotics before my dental treatment?

At Canyon Gate Dental we’re very interested in keeping you and your family safe. This is why we ask so many questions about your general health status, the medications you take, potential allergies, and your health history. It’s the reason we sometimes ask permission to call your doctor. It’s the reason we take your blood […]

St Patrick’s Day is Great for Dentists!

This is one of those statistical anomaly kind of things that seems more stereotypical than sensible, but apparently it’s true: St. Patrick ’s Day is a great day for dentists: the couple business days following March 17 are always some of the best days of the year in terms of emergency patient procedures. While it […]