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Saundra G. Patient Expert

Daytona Beach, Florida
As an informed dental patient, featured blogger, and consumer advocate, my mission is to educate and help you save your teeth or accept and laugh through the fear, discomfort, and surprises of tooth loss with humor and hope. Got Teeth? A Survivor's Guide: How to keep your teeth or live... Full Bio
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Throw out your toothbrush to prevent gum disease. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Before you toss your toothbrush, get a new one. A new toothbrush will boost your oral health by doing a better job of preventing gum disease. You know you need a ne ... Read on »
Bad breath can gum up your relationships. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Your teeth, your gums, and your tongue have something in common. They all collect bacteria that can cause bad breath. That's why you need a tongue scraper to remove 7 ... Read on »
Green tea may prevent periodontal disease. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health A study published in the March issue of the Journal of Periodontology reveals that an antioxident in green tea called catechin appears to reduce inflammation associated wi ... Read on »
Dental insurance needs a few good teeth. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Dental and periodontal cleanings help keep your teeth and gums healthy. The bad news is that millions of Americans have lost their jobs along with their dental and health insu ... Read on »
Eliminate soda from your diet for healthier teeth. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Change a habit and stop drinking all sodas, including diet soda. Soda contains phosphoric acid that can make your teeth and bones soft. Dr. Robbin Quarterman, DMD, suggest ... Read on »
Your teeth and your heart are linked. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health February is National Heart Health Month and I'm telling you again that poor dental health is linked to increased heart disease. “A growing body of research suggests an as ... Read on »
Financial stress takes the bite out of your teeth. Part III by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Research shows that stress can make it difficult for our bodies to fight all infections, including periodontal disease and heart disease. Teeth grinding is an indication of st ... Read on »
Financial stress takes the bite out of your teeth. Part II by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health If you sleep alone and no one is there to tell you that your teeth make grinding noises at night, here are a few clues that you may suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism): ... Read on »
Financial stress takes the bite out of your teeth. Part I by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism) is a common condition once considered harmless, or at least annoying. Today's doomsday financial news is causing increased teeth grinding ... Read on »
Periodontal disease doesn't care how old you are. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health A 23-year old man I work with was spitting blood when he went to the dentist. He had the beginning of periodontal disease. They caught it in time. A 43-year old woman I w ... Read on »
Whoopi Goldberg says, “Gum disease can kill you.” by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Whoopi’s right. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can kill you. In case you missed Whoopi on The View and Y ouTube, you can see and hear Whoopi talk about h ... Read on »
Periodontal disease won't wait. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Make an appointment with your periodontist as soon as possible in 2009 if you haven't had a dental check up and teeth cleaning in the last six months. Periodontal cleanings ... Read on »
Smile and feel better. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health This year has been stressful and financially difficult for many of us. In keeping with the holiday spirit, I want to express my gratitude for you, my readers. Your questions a ... Read on »
Holiday tips for seniors includes dental health. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Special dietary care and concern should be taken into consideration by and for elderly people. Tooth loss, pain, and joint dysfunction (arthritis) can diminish the chewing abi ... Read on »
Stocking stuffers for healthy teeth and gums. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health This year put the gift of dental health in your friends and families holiday stockings. 1. A soft toothbrush in the recipients’ favorite color. 2. Toothpaste with cavi ... Read on »
Jaw surgery after tooth loss is common. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health In November, my periodontist performed alveoloplasty surgery in my upper jaw to remove bone chips, bone spurs, bone splinters, and an infected root tip. He added material into ... Read on »
Green Week: Save water and your teeth. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health If you missed Earth Day 2007, you can still save Planet Earth and guard against periodontal disease. Encourage your family members and friends to turn the water off every time ... Read on »
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health The Mayo Clinic says, “Periodontitis tends to be more severe among people who have diabetes because diabetes lowers the ability to resist infection and slows healing. An infec ... Read on »
Dental floss is cheaper than periodontal surgery. by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Anyone can invest in dental floss and use it to save their teeth. Create the habit of flossing twicea day to avoid actively destructive periodontal disease. If you don’t use t ... Read on »
The Patron Saint of Dentistry by Saundra G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health In 249 AD Rome, a woman named Apollonia was tortured and killed for practicing her Christian faith in public. Legend has it that “her tormentors broke her teeth wi ... Read on »