Dr. Paul Perella, DMD

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DIET SODA, METH, OR CRACK: YOUR TEETH CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE

A recent study published in the March/April 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, has discovered that drinking large quantities of your favorite carbonated soda could be as damaging to your teeth as methamphetamine and crack cocaine use.

The case study compared the damage in three individuals' mouths--an admitted user of methamphetamine, a previous longtime user of cocaine, and an excessive diet soda drinker. Each participant admitted to having poor oral hygiene and not visiting a dentist on a regular basis. Researchers found the same type and severity of damage from tooth erosion in each participants mouth.

"Each person experienced severe tooth erosion caused ...

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AND YOU THINK YOU HATE GOING TO THE DENTIST NOW...

14 Dental History Pictures That Will Make You Love Your Dentist

As much as people don't like going to the dentist, things used to be much worse. Take a look at the pictures below to see how far dentistry has come in the last few centuries.

A jolly man with ...

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EXPERTS DEBATE WHETHER WISDOM TEETH NEED TO GO

If you're one of the millions of people who have gotten their wisdom teeth out "just because you thought you needed to", you're not alone.

Ask most oral surgeons and they'll tell you that you're better off safe than sorry when it comes to wisdom teeth. Have them out early and your risk for long-term problems including infections and decay are low, they say. If you wait and do encounter problems, removal will carry more risks.

In recent years, though, there has been some debate about the wisdom of removing wisdom teeth where there is no pressing dental concern.

A research review published during the summer by the Cochrane Collaboration concluded that there ...

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