A Dental Blog by Dr. Joseph Heher at Smiles! Matter

A caution on toothpaste with young children

Dr. Joseph Heher | 02/07/2019

Watch the amount of toothpaste your child uses and observe your child brushing until you are comfortable they are not swallowing the toothpaste.

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New Study Links Gum Disease-Causing Bacteria to Alzheimer's

Dr. Joseph Heher | 01/25/2019

Learn more about the link between gum disease-causing bacteria and Alzheimer's.

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Salivea for Dry Mouth

Dr. Joseph Heher | 01/09/2019

Learn about a new product for dry mouth relief.

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Filling Toxicity: Composite vs Amalgam

Dr. Joseph Heher | 09/23/2018

If it comes down to a choice between extraction or amalgam, I’ll take amalgam any day of the week. 

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Periodontal Disease After 30

Dr. Joseph Heher | 09/23/2017

Dr. Heher discusses a 2015 study by the CDC that revealed 46 percent of the adult population over 30 years of age had periodontitis.

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Is Chewing Gum Good for You?

Dr. Joseph Heher | 05/02/2017

Chewing gum is actually good for you, especially if it contains the sweetener, xylitol. 

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Mercury and Amalgam Fillings

Dr. Joseph Heher | 04/24/2017

You may or may not have heard the nation of Norway has banned mercury -containing amalgam fillings. Dr. Heher discusses this event.

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Who Says Gum Health Isn’t Important?

Dr. Joseph Heher | 01/10/2017

Some new research coming from two Johns Hopkins physicians is linking periodontal disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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A Word of Caution on Mouthwashes

Dr. Joseph Heher | 04/23/2016

Most potent mouthwashes are alcohol based, and alcohol is a carcinogen.  There are studies out there that link alcoholic mouthwashes to oral cancer.

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Congratulations Dr. Joseph Heher - Inducted into ICD

Marie | 01/08/2016

Joseph M. Heher, DDS, FIDC, was inducted into the preeminent and renowned International College of Dentists.

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A Caution Using Toothpaste

Dr. Joseph Heher | 12/15/2012

In a relatively short period of time using an abrasive toothpaste can cause cold-sensitive teeth.  I am not a proponent of “whitening” toothpastes.

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