Friday, June 29, 2012


Dr. Neuhaus takes care of human teeth, but he loves to learn fun facts about animal teeth.  Here are some of his favorites:

  • An ant can carry 50 times its own weight over its head, using its jaws to lift! 
  • Crocodiles clean their teeth by allowing small birds, called plovers, to stand in their mouths and pick the scraps of food out of their jaws.  (Dr. Neuhaus thinks this is an interesting alternative to a toothbrush!)  And, a crocodile replaces its teeth over 40 times during its life!
  • The sperm whale is the biggest toothed animal on the entire planet.
  • A tiny mosquito actually has 47 teeth.
  • A single elephant tooth can weigh as much as 6 pounds.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Dinosaur Discovery



The marvels of dentistry continue...scientists are now using dinosaur teeth to help answer a hotly debated question: Were dinosaurs cold- or warm-blooded?

By measuring the concentrations  of certain minerals in the fossil teeth of two of the largest dinosaur species, the Brachiosaurus and Camarasaurus (found in different locations in the US and Tanzania), scientists found that the body temperature of the animals was  much higher than that of other reptiles -- and was actually comparable to that of mammals.  


This new approach, which measures rare carbon and oxygen particles that clump and form minerals in the teeth called bioapatites, is able to determine body temperature within one or two degrees!  


This research suggests that dinosaurs were warmer than previously thought, and were probably able to reduce body heat similarly to mammels.
Scientists hope to use the “tooth mineral method” to study other extinct species in order to find out more about how they evolved.


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

HPV-Related Oral Cancers On The Rise


Cancers of the mouth and throat are on the rise due to the alarming increase of a highly common sexually transmitted viral infection called the human papillomavirus (HPV).  


Researchers estimate that HPV-related oral cancers now affect 26 out of every million people in the U.S, up from eight out of every million in 1988.  Previously, tobacco was the primary cause of oral cancer -- and most of those cancer cases were HPV-negative.  HPV-positive cases, which made up just 16% of oral cancer cases in the 1980s, comprised more than 70% in the 2000s.


Dr. Neuhaus is always careful to look for the signs of oral cancers, and a thorough screening is a key part of every Wilmette Dental exam.


While the rise in HPV-related cancers has dramatically increased, the good news is that those diagnosed have a better prognosis.  Many HPV-positive forms of oral cancer are highly responsive to treatment.  And, doctors are hopeful that the HPV vaccine will make a dent in curbing the HPV epidemic.



If you are looking for a dentist in the Chicago area, please consider Wilmette Dental, a North Shore tradition in family dentistry for more than 30 years.  .  Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online at www.wilmettedental.com.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Teeth and History




Ancient Egyptians believed that a mixture of onion, spices and incense would cure a toothache.

In the 9th century, Mayans filed their teeth into different shapes and decorated them with jewels.

In the 1500s, people would get their hair cut, wounds treated and teeth pulled by their barber!  (Unfortunately, not many teeth were actually saved back in those days.)

In the early 1600s, Japanese women blackened their teeth to show loyalty to their husbands.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Brighter Smile for Spring



Spring is here and it’s time to think bright, from flowers and clothes … to smiles!  If your teeth aren’t as white as you’d like, Wilmette Dental can help with fast, easy and affordable options to whiten stained and dull-looking teeth.

One of the most popular whitening methods among Wilmette Dental patients is Nighttime Home Whitening because it’s both convenient and comfortable.  Over a one- to two-week period, patients wear to bed soft, clear flexible custom trays filled with a gentle bleaching gel.  In the morning, the trays are removed, and teeth are brushed and flossed as usual.  Generally, a lighter shade can be seen after just a few nights.
For other patients, Daytime Home Whitening works well.  Here, patients wear custom-fitted gel-filled molds for 30 minutes both in the morning and in the evening.  This method can take slightly longer overall than the Nighttime Whitening, but the final results are equally as successful.

And for those who need a whitening “kick start,” Wilmette Dental offers in office treatments accomplished in one or two hour-long visits, supplemented with at-home whitening trays.  This in office method of brightening teeth is done with a highly concentrated bleaching gel activated by an LED light.  Enamel shade is lightened even more with just a couple days of either Nighttime or Daytime whitening.

If you think your smile could use a little spring brightening, give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk with you about your best options.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Chicago area, please consider Wilmette Dental, a North Shore tradition in family dentistry for more than 30 years. Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online at www.wilmettedental.com.

Whether or not you are currently a Wilmette Dental patient, we invite you to follow us on Facebook by going to www.facebook.com/wilmettedental and clicking “Like”.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to email any of our dental team directly at office@wilmettedental.com.