By Dr George Whiteside
January 11, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Toothpaste  



Have you tried everything from the lastest toothpaste to whitening strips to whiten your teeth but are unsatisfied? Well, the latest rage is toothpaste that is enhanced with charcoal! Many are saying charcoal toothpaste will remove surface stains caused by red wine, coffee, and tea. But is it safe?

According to Dr Kim Harms, spokesperson for the American Dental Association, "There's no evidence at all that activated charcoal does any good for your teeth." The concern is that the abrasive nature of a charcoal toothpaste. There is potential danger that the grainy substance will cause damage to your teeth by wearing them down and causing sensitivity. There is also concerns that your gums could experience recession which also could lead to sensitive teeth. Dr Whiteside advises his patients to ask us about our method of whitening your teeth. We've had over 1000 patients successfully go through our method of whitening with NO sensitivity!

The most important part of brushing and flossing your teeth is to remove the plaque from the surface of the teeth. And the best toothpastes to use have fluoride to strenghten your teeth and fight tooth decay.

By Dr George Whiteside
October 18, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: FDA  

The Florida Dental Journal "Today's FDA" says there is good news about stress. Small intervals of stress can sharpen your mind and generate health benefits!


1.    Stress can boost brain function. It turns out low-level stressors stimulate the production of brain chemicals called neurotrophins and strengthen the connections between neurons in the brain.

2.    Stress can increase immunity. "Some kinds of stress-very short term, that last only a matter of minutes-actually redistribute cells in the bloodstream in a way that could be helpful," according to Suzanne Segerstrom, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky who has conducted studies on stress and the immune stystem.

3.    Stress can increase resiliency. A large body of research on the science of resilience has found that learning to deal with stressful situations can make future situations easier to manage, according to the American Psychological Association.

The Bad News. When we regularly experience frequent and prolonged stress without enough time to recover, our mental and physical health becomes compromised.

By Dr George Whiteside
September 20, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: FDA  


A WHITE SMILE is the stuff that dreams are made of. And it's no wonder, considering how much the appearance of our teeth affects our image. Needless to say we are curious to find which foods and drinks lead to a more radiant smile---and which ones tint and tarnish our pearly whites. Read on for the foods that dull your smile and which ones will make it sparkle.


Citrus and Acidic foods: These colorful eats can erode the enamel, which expose the yellow-hued dentin.

Coffee: The tannins in coffee lead to staining and discoloration. And because it's acidic, it alters the pH balance of the mouth, making any acidic foods you eat afterward damage the teeth much more quickly.

Sweets: Sugars latch onto your teeth and become the main meal for the bacteria in your mouth  The bacteria feed off these sugars and release acids that lead to tooth decay.

Soda: Sugar-laden beverages act like sugar-laden snacks. And because they are acidic, they create holes in the teeth.

Tea: Tannins in tea cause teeth staining.

Blueberries, Blackberries, and Pomegranates: Even though they are full of antioxidants, the rich pigmented berries stain teeth.

Red Wine: Tannins are in red wine also.



Fibrous fruits: Their fiber content removes some stains by scrubbing the surface of the teeth during eating.

Strawberries: They contain malic acid which tends to clean the teeth

Cheese: The higher pH helps fight cavities.

Nuts: Because of their protein content, nuts protect our teeth and keep them strong.

Most importantly, stay on top of your regular dental habits, like flossing, brushing twice a day and popping into DrW's office for regular check-ups.

By Dr George Whiteside
August 23, 2016
Tags: TMJ  


The 2016 August issue of JADA addresses TMJ Disorders, jaw pain, and eating suggestions to minimize the pain.TMJ patients often have altered diets and have compromised their ability to bite and chew comfortably. They also often have difficulty meeting energy and nutrient needs, a poor appetite, and exhibit unintentional weight changes. The recommendations to adapt the diet to limit the pain of chewing are to use your knives and forks as you might use their teeth and consciously cutting foods into small pieces. In some instances, patients may benefit from taking liquid oral supplements to meet their energy, protein, and micronutrient needs.

By Dr George Whiteside
July 05, 2016
Tags: Medicine  

People who use cannabis for up to 20 years may be more likely to have periodontal disease, according to research published June 2016 in the Journal of the Amerian Medical Association Psychiatry.


Using self-reported data on cannabis and tobacco use, the longitudinal study compared health outcomes in persistent cannabis users versus tobacco users and found cannabis usage associated with poorer periodontal health at age 38, and individual decline in periodontal health from ages 26 to 38 years.

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