Jim Erpenbach DDS

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How to Handle Tooth Pain

 Let’s talk about tooth pain. You may cry or cringe as you recall your own painful experience with a toothache, sensitive teeth or an injured tooth, but it's an important topic to tackle. Knowing the causes of tooth pain and when to call for an appointment with Dr. Erpenbach will save you pain, frustration and a few sleepless nights. 

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Smile More and Boost Your Mood

 You probably already know that smiling makes you look great, but did you know that smiling can also make you feel good, too? It’s true, smiling releases mood-lifting endorphins. According to Psychology Today, smiling can improve your mental health. Smiling can also calm you down and lift the mood of others. Smiling has even been said to improve your immune system. Dr. Erpenbach works to give every patient a beautiful smile in the hope they both look and feel great.

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New Research Brings New Understanding to Canker Sore Causes

Canker sore sufferers take note: Swedish researchers have uncovered a new cause for these painful ulcers which may open the door to new treatments.Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden, have found that canker sores are likely caused by bacteria flora in the mouth. Other possible causes include food allergies or genetics.  

Canker sores are small, shallow ulcers that appear in the mouth, and are medically known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis. Canker sores affect over half the population of the United States, according to the American Academy of Oral Medicine, and are the most common type of oral lesion in the world.

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Dental Stem Cells May Treat Type 1 Diabetes

Dental stem cell banking may be the key to treating type 1 diabetes, according to the Journal of Dental Research. A new treatment, called encapsulation therapy, may help type 1 diabetics begin to produce insulin on their own.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, causing the organ to stop producing the hormone completely. Insulin is a hormone critical to the body’s ability to get energy from food. It's estimated that 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. About 200,000 of those cases are patients under the age of 20.

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The Power of pH

 Do you know that there is a constant battle going on in your body to manage the pH level of your mouth? It’s true. Keeping the pH balance of your mouth in check can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Erpenbach sees the damage that happens when mouths become too acidic.

What is pH? 

Potential of hydrogen, or pH, is the scale that is used to measure the acidity of solutions. The pH scale ranges from zero to 14. Substances that fall in the zero to 6.5 range are more acidic, and substances that range from 7.5 to 14 are more basic. Those solutions with a pH balance of 7 are neutral. Tap water can range between 6.5 and 8.5. Coca Cola and other sodas range between 2.52 and 4.75, making them very acidic. Fruit juice and sports drinks also are in the acidic range.

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