*New York Times health reporter Jane E. Brody reports that better materials and improved procedures and professional experience in the use of dental implants are changing the way dentists perform teeth restoration. The public is learning that, with proper care and treatment, implants are more cost effective than bridges and last a lifetime.
*A new tool helps put patients at ease. KABC reporter Denise Dador discusses the "dental button." The button is used by patients who experience high anxiety when a dentist uses a drill or needle. When the button is pushed, the dentist's tool is cut off.
*It is well known that red wine can stain your teeth. Did you know white wine makes your teeth more susceptible to staining? Mark S. Wolff, D.D.S., Ph.D., of New York University received extensive media coverage of his findings, including the December 2009 issue of Allure magazine. Dr. Wolff says the "acids in white wine temporarily dissolve a micro layer of tooth," making the tooth more vulnerable to staining by red wine, tea, orange and grapefruit juices, lemon, and colas. To decrease the chances of staining your teeth after consuming white wine, he suggests rinsing with water and waiting at least 30 minutes before brushing. "You want to let your saliva get to the teeth and remineralize them," he told MSNBC.