By

Dr. Matthew King

I think we’re cracking up

I’ve been seeing a LOT of cracked teeth lately.  They’ll present all sorts of different ways.  The mildest form, craze lines, are usually benign and just linger in the outer enamel shell of the tooth without causing trouble.  I’ll leave those alone.  I can find those in most patients.  It’s unusual to see deeper cracks...
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Painkillers in dentistry: less is more

As a migraine sufferer from a young age, I can attest, 2 Advil and a cup of coffee can drag you out of skull-crushing pain, and actually induce euphoria within 1 hour.  Information having been recently reaffirmed is confirming what I’ve experienced for 30 years.  Taking any chemical for me is a last resort, but sometimes you...
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Prevent aging of your maxillofacial structures (and the rest of your body) with NMN?

Any time someone claims to have found the fountain of youth it’s probably a good idea to take a minute and check it out. NMN or nicotinamide mononucleotide is a naturally occurring compound that produces NAD, or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide.  As your age marches on, your body produces less NAD. And when NMN levels drop with age, whole body inflammation rises. ...
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Your teeth are attached to the rest of your body

We all know what sugar and carbohydrates can do to your teeth.  Nothing real good.  I spend 40 hours a week dealing with the fallout of that.  But what does sugar, and the other things you eat, do to your body once it gets past your teeth?  I have another page that talks about such...
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There is an 80% chance you’re suffering from a magnesium deficiency

Let’s talk magnesium! Magnesium is a mineral needed for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, keeps the heart rhythm steady, helps bones and teeth remain dense and strong, and has many other functions. I’m supposed to talk about teeth.  But that’s not the real interesting stuff.  You...
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You never really know what a drug is going to do to you

DRUGS!!!! They can be a bit scary.  I don’t think we every really know exactly what a drug is going to do.  Most drugs come with a list of known side effects as long as your arm, and those are just the KNOWN side effects.  It is always better to avoid a chemical substance if you...
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Maybe “lick your wounds” isn’t just an expression

Licking an actual wound might be advantageous. (But maybe don’t do it just yet.) There’s all sorts of stuff in saliva.  Caterpillars can produce silk with their salivary glands!  Snakes have venomous saliva they can inject with fangs!  People aren’t as exciting, our saliva’s got minerals, digestive enzymes, microorganisms, antibodies and proteins.  One of these proteins, histatin-1,...
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Redheads really don’t have more fun … at the dentist

Human DNA responsible for redheads feeling pain at the dentist. Do you have naturally red hair and don’t experience the same level of blissful comfort as your friends while visiting your ridiculously gentle dentist?  As you know, visiting the dentist is completely painless and enjoyable, as well as totally bloodless.  Especially when your dentist is Dr. Matthew...
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Let’s look at your x-ray and see if your teeth got enough sunlight

A little sunlight starting at an early age may create strong, dense teeth. Vitamin D is a light-activated hormone that will increase your intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphate.  The major natural source of the vitamin is synthesis of cholecalciferol in the skin from cholesterol through a chemical reaction that is dependent on UV...
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The relationship between diabetes and oral health is a 2 way street

SUGAR!!!!! No you’re not getting any, this is a dental office.  Control yourself.  It has long been known that diabetes can affect your oral health.  What is diabetes?  It’s a disease that doesn’t allow normal processing of sugar by the body.  Why?  In most cases, we ate too much of it, too often.  The receptors on...
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