Author Archive | Mark E. Backhus, DDS

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Gum Disease & Public Health

Gum Disease has Bigger Implications Gum disease continues to pose a significant threat to public health, with some studies suggesting more American adults have gum disease than previously thought. As detection, screening, and awareness has improved over the years, we now know that the prevalence of moderate to severe periodontal disease may have been underestimated […]

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Let’s Think About Prevention…

Prevention is the Best Way to Avoid Costly Dental Emergencies We understand that not all emergencies can be avoided, sometimes accidents happen. But skipping check-ups and avoiding the dentist is never a good way to save money. It will only result in more costly treatment needed down the road. Instead, we like to emphasize the […]

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Probiotic Rich Foods

The Benefits of Probiotics

When thinking about bacteria, a good analogy is bugs in your garden. The bad ones eat your cherished plants and can carry diseases, but good bugs like bees and ladybugs exist as well. They help to undo the damage done by the bad bugs. With bacteria, it is much the same. The harmful bacteria spreads […]

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Do You Have Hypertension?

Let Us Know If You’ve Been Diagnosed With Hypertension Hypertension, known as high blood pressure, masquerades as…nothing! No visible symptoms create alarm in the victim or family members. No pain alerts the victim to the danger. Yet hypertension is one of the leading risk factors for heart attack and stroke. It’s also one of the […]

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Depressed Young Man

Drug Use During Dental Treatment

Discuss All Drug and Medication Use to Avoid Harmful Reactions Let’s face it, some people take anti-depressants, some are prescribed antibiotics. Some smoke marijuana, and fewer, thankfully, use cocaine, methamphetamine or other drugs. But here in the office, the message remains the same for all. Tell us what you’re taking, and when. Why? Because the […]

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In Need of a Dental Tune Up?

Options are Available to Improve an Aging Smile Are you at the point in life where most everything still works, but there’s just no denying that you’re getting a little older? Maybe you hear your joints creak, and you’ve started wearing glasses to read. Your hairstylist suggests new ways to cover the gray… The same […]

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Man Snoring

What’s So Bad about Snoring?

Snoring may be an annoying social problem and a subject of humor, but it also may be the cause (or the signal) of some serious medical problems. Snoring can lead to numerous awakenings from an otherwise deep sleep. Such interrupted sleep patterns can cause daytime drowsiness which can impair the ability to concentrate, accomplish required […]

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Over-The-Counter Medication

Dangers of Common Over-the-Counter Medications

Non-Prescription Doesn’t Mean Non-Hazardous Most patients know that doctor-prescribed medication is pretty serious stuff. But if you can buy it at the drug store, how much of a problem could it be? More than you’d think. Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol) routinely risks acute liver disease–more so than alcohol or hepatitis. Long-term use of pain relievers […]

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