Making It Personal

On April 22, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 14 Titcomb St, Newburyport MA. the Central Congregational Church is partnering with Community Services of Newburyport and their program ‘Making It Personal’ to collect personal care items to be shared with those in need in our...

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Brighter Smiles: The Silent Epidemic

Last week I talked about a sometimes not so silent epidemic – sleep apnea. This week’s epidemic is much quieter but shares the general idea of decreasing the quality of life. With more than 24 million diabetics and 57 million pre-diabetics in the United States, there...

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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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Introduction to Insight Mediation

Introduction to Insight Mediation Saturday, March 25, 9:30AM On Saturday, March 25, from 9:30 am to 12 pm, Ted Jones of the North Shore Insight Meditation Center will lead a morning silent retreat at the Rowley Public Library, 141 Main St. Rowley MA. Guests will...

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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: Breathing is Important – Part 2

Last week I introduced Part 1 of “Breathing is Important”. For this week’s column to make the most sense, I would encourage you to read that column first. It can be found at In case you don’t have a chance to read it, here is a brief recap: I...

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Brighter Smiles: Breathing is Important – Part 1

About ten years ago I took a weekend course at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine entitled “Sleep Dentistry”. This was not a course in putting patients to sleep for their dental work. This particular course was an introduction to treating people who had been...

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