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Famous Dentists in History

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Famous Dentists

Every six months or so you head down to your local dentist for a teeth cleaning, but have you ever thought that your dentist could one day be famous? Well, the chances are unlikely, however, there have been a number of dentists throughout history that have achieved acclaim and celebrity coming from a profession that is not typically associated with such regard. Here are a few examples:


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How much calcium does my child need?

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Boy Smiling

When you were a kid, your parents may have told you to drink milk to build strong bones and grow tall and strong. Now that you have children of your own, you may hear yourself parroting those instructions you received years ago. Getting enough dairy is essential for young children whose teeth are growing. A child who consumes the recommended daily serving of dairy will develop healthy, strong teeth for the rest of his or her life.


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Thanksgiving Trivia

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Thanksgiving

At Ideal Family Dentistry we love learning trivia and interesting facts about Thanksgiving! This year, Dr. John Coburn wanted to share some trivia that might help you feel a bit smarter at the holiday dinner table and help create some great conversation with friends and family.

The Turkey

There is no historical evidence that turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving dinner. It was a three-day party shared by the Wamponoag Indians and the pilgrims in 1621. Historians say they likely ate venison and seafood.


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Periodontal disease; I have what?!

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Woman Flossing

Our team from Ideal Family Dentistry understands the diagnosis of periodontal disease can be scary and confusing, but the good news in most cases is that it is treatable and manageable with a little work on the part of the patient.

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue, bone, and supporting structures for the teeth. In the past it was known as pyorrhea. Diagnosis is commonly made through a combination of dental X-rays, periodontal readings (called probe depths), and visual clinical findings.


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Headaches: The Dental Connection

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Dental Headache

Many people suffer through headaches for years without getting to the root cause of their problem. If you find yourself constantly popping painkillers to get through the day, it might be worth a trip to see a medical professional – but it may not be the person you think.

Talking to Dr. John Coburn can be a great start when dealing with chronic headaches, because dental issues frequently contribute to head pain. In fact, the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain estimates that 80% of headaches are caused by muscle tension, which often originates in the jaws.


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November Marks National Diabetes Awareness Month

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Diabetes is a chronic disease that increases the risk for many serious health problems, including severe gum disease. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and it’s a great time for us at Ideal Family Dentistry to remind our patients that the way you care for your teeth at home doesn’t just affect your oral health; keeping your mouth healthy is vital to your overall health, too.

Diabetes is the result of a deficiency, or lack of the hormone insulin to properly transport glucose (blood sugar) to the cells throughout the body. According to the American Diabetes Association, the most common types of diabetes are Type One (90-95 percent of cases), Type Two (five percent), and gestational or pregnancy diabetes. Women who have had gestational diabetes have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing diabetes, mostly Type Two, in the ten to 20 years following their pregnancy.


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Halloween: Candy, costumes, and more!

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

All Hallows' Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, is a yearly event celebrated on October 31, and one that is anticipated by the young and young at heart all over the world. Some scholars claim that Halloween originated from Celtic festivals that honored the dead or that celebrated the harvest, while others doubt that there's any connection at all to Samhain (a Gaelic harvest festival.) Regardless of its origin, our team at the general office of Dr. John Coburn hopes that Halloween is fun and enjoyed by all of our awesome patients!

Trick or treat?

In North America, Halloween is predominantly celebrated by children who dress up in costumes, which range from scary to cute, who then go around the neighborhood knocking on doors asking "trick or treat", and they are given candy in return. Trick-or-treating is a time honored tradition, and though many parents groan at the pounds and pounds of candy collected by youngsters and fear for the health of their teeth, there are a few things you can do to help their teeth stay in great shape until the candy is gone:

  • Limit the amount of candy they can consume each day
  • Have them brush their teeth after eating candy
  • Avoid hard, chewy candies as they can stick in hard to brush places
  • Keep candy out of sight to reduce temptation
  • Don't buy candy too far in advance to limit pre-Halloween consumption
  • Help or encourage your children to floss

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Start 2016 off with Good Dental Health!

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

With the holidays over and a fresh, New Year upon us, it is a great time to see what improvements we want to make in our lives. Often our New Year’s Resolutions revolve around diet and exercise, losing weight, and improving our overall health. Taking care of your teeth and making sure that you are getting proper dental care will help to ensure that you accomplish more of your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions, keeping you happier and healthier.

Good dental health improves quality of life

Although your mouth is only a small part of your body (although some have bigger mouths than others) the effect it can have on your quality of life is startling. It may not seem like it when everything is fine, but the moment that there is discomfort, you become painfully aware, so to speak. From pain when eating to continual nagging pains, problems with your teeth make the most basic tasks difficult. And when left for long periods of time, tooth damage can become permanent, costing much more to repair and taking much longer to treat.

The other aspect of your dental health is your appearance and self-esteem. Your smile says a lot about you, as well as your personality and confidence. A big, bold smile exudes confidence. When you try to hide your smile, or are less willing to show off your teeth, it can make you appear uncomfortable or closed off. Making sure that your smile looks and feels great will help you show your best self and boost your self esteem.


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Dental Implants - Are they right for you?

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

When a tooth is missing or damaged, there are some options for helping to improve your smile and your dental health. Whether you are young or old, if you have one missing tooth or many, you want to have a good, long-term solution. If this is you, dental implants may be a great solution to your dental needs.

Dental ImplantDental implants are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body, surgically placed in the upper and lower jaw. The implants act as an anchor that provides stability for replacement teeth. Replacement teeth are placed on the implant to match your natural tooth color, as well as the shape and size of your teeth.


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Thanksgiving And Your Teeth

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday. It is a time to gather with friends and family and enjoy some amazing food (usually we enjoy this too much!). And while we can be thankful for all the things that we have, our bodies, and our teeth, have a little less to be thankful for after the big meal.

Sugars

A lot of the food we eat on Thanksgiving has a lot of sugar. Pies, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and many other baked goods are some of the main culprits, but you also should be aware of all the soda and juices that can contain a substantial amount of sugar. This not only leads to loosened belts, but large amounts of sugar can lead to increased tooth decay. This isn't to say that you shouldn't eat any of these things, but you may want to take it a little easy, and make sure that you brush and floss particularly well on the big day.

Staining

Although we don't think of this as much, many bright foods or beverages that are consumed during Thanksgiving can cause staining that takes away from that smile you are so thankful for. Drinks like coffee, tea, or red wine may cause staining and darken your bright smile. To help avoid staining, you may want to rinse your mouth out with warm water to help prevent those colors from staining your teeth. If you do suffer from teeth staining, you can always call and schedule an appointment for a teeth whitening session to help brighten your smile.


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