Jim Erpenbach DDS

Call Us Today: 865-240-2035

The Tale of the Tooth Fairy

No one ever sees her, but you know when she’s been there.

She only visits at night.

She searches under your pillow while you’re sleeping.

She wants your teeth.

Sounds a little scary? Don’t be afraid – We’re talking about the Tooth Fairy!

Most Americans are familiar with the tale of the sweet, tooth collecting sprite that visits at night, looking for teeth that have fallen out. She kindly leaves a few dollars under their pillow as payment, and then goes on about her merry way. It’s a popular story in the United States, and one that most children look forward to experiencing, but do you know how the Tooth Fairy got her start? Dr. Erpenbach gets a lot of questions about the Tooth Fairy when treating his littlest patients , but the real story of the Tooth Fairy may even surprise some adults.

Continue reading
2170 Hits

Apple Cider Vinegar: Does It Hurt Your Teeth?

 The apple cider vinegar craze has been increasing in popularity over the last few years. This super sour drink has been touted as a panacea for everything that ails you. Avid apple cider vinegar drinkers claim it does everything from reducing inflammation to improving allergies, and even increasing your metabolism to help you lose weight. Other claims include that it increases energy- and still, others swear by it as a cleaning product! While apple cider vinegar may have some benefits, it should be used with care and be sure to rinse after using.

The reason behind this warning is that apple cider vinegar is extremely acidic. It is high in acetic acid, a substance that is known to be extremely damaging to tooth enamel. The pH of apple cider ranges between 2.5 and 3.0 in comparison to water, which is typically about 6.5 to 7.2.

Continue reading
1910 Hits

Potential Link: Study Connects Periodontal Disease to Liver Damage

 A study presented at the 2017 International Liver Congress in Amsterdam has linked severe cases of periodontitis to cirrhosis of the liver. The study was made up of 184 cirrhosis patients who were tracked for an average of one year to look for causes of cirrohosis, which leaves the liver permanently scarred. Patients in the study were given health assessments, include oral health exams.

Continue reading
2524 Hits

New Studies Show that Teeth Can Get A Boost from Grape Seed Extract

Dental researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry have identified a natural compound found in grape seed extract to be a potential way to strengthen teeth and give extra support to dental filling. The study examined the ability of this compound to strengthen dentin, the tissue that lies below the hard, outer, bone-like tooth enamel.

Researchers on the project sought to solve the common problem of filling or restoration failure. Dental fillings, whether made of mercury amalgam or composite materials, eventually begin to weaken and break down. Mercury amalgam fillings are estimated to last on average 12.8 years and composite resin fillings last on average 7.8 years.

Continue reading
1843 Hits

Oral Health Speaks for your Total Health

Many people know the old saying, "the eyes are the windows to the soul," but do you know that the mouth is the window to the body? It’s true. Your mouth can tell your dentist a whole lot about your overall health. Dr. Erpenbach is a member of the American Academy of Oral-Systemic Health and is a firm believer that the health of the mouth can impact the rest of the patient.

The presence of gum disease is often a red flag for dentists. Not only because it is evidence that something is wrong in the mouth, but because it is a contributor to heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, and even low birth weight and preterm births. Gum disease is caused by the presence of disease-causing bacteria, and mouths are full of bacteria. These disease-causing bacteria, which flourish in dental plaque, increase inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to illness or infection.

Continue reading
739 Hits
© 2017 Jim Erpenbach. All Rights Reserved. Designed By Dog Star Media