Dr. J. Peter St. Clair

Brighter Smiles: Intro to Adult Sleep

Last week I discussed teenager sleep patterns and issues. This week we start a conversation about sleep for the majority of those reading this column. My body has become accustomed to a certain amount of quality sleep. I have always had difficulty sleeping past a...

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Brighter Smiles: Teen Sleep

When we were all young children, most of us got plenty of sleep, and for that matter, we didn’t think much of it. Our parents told us it was time for bed and we went to bed. We slept until the morning at which time we were woken by our parent’s gentle touch. As we...

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Brighter Smiles: XYLITOL + DOGS = BAD

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that is commonly used as a sweetener in many products, such as chewing gum, toothpaste and nasal spray. Xylitol kills bacteria by disrupting their ability to metabolize glucose, which is a necessary process for their...

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Brighter Smiles: A Waste of Time ?

In an online report I recently read in a journal that was forwarded to me by a patient, they listed 9 “healthy” habits that they claim are a waste of time. Three of them had to do with oral health. Let’s take a look. The first on the waste of time list was to see your...

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Brighter Smiles: Are you at Risk?

Last week I introduced you to a patient who has been struggling with dental decay (cavities), gum recession, and dental erosion (the chemical breakdown of tooth structure). I discussed how these dental problems are complex multifactorial diseases of epidemic levels...

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