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Stephen W. Spelman DDS, FAGD
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Very grateful to my patients for their kind words about our practice.  Thank you for watching!

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Foods that keep me in business! #5 Dried fruit!
Many people consider dried fruit a healthy food but it is actually unhealthy for your teeth! When fruit is dried it looses all the water but none of the sugar. Coupled with it's gummy consistency and you have a bacteria buffet which feeds on the sugar sticking to your enamel. Eat a piece of fresh fruit instead - there is sugar in fresh fruit but the act of chewing a crunchy apple or plum produces more bacteria fighting saliva which helps wash away any remaining sugar. As always after eating anything sweet, wash your mouth out with water or mouthwash if it is available.
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Spotlight on team member Karen Vinces, Back Office Supervisor and Dental Assistant
Karen received her Dental Assisting Certificate and Radiology Certificate from the College of Southern Nevada in 2010.  She was attracted to dentistry for the opportunity to help people and loves to make patients feel comfortable and appreciated.  Karen says, “I am proud of being part of a team that is committed to their patients, continuing education and keeping up with advancing technology.”  In her spare time, Karen loves spending time with her daughter and husband, enjoys music, dancing, movies and cooking!  A native of Ecuador, Karen also loves to travel, meet new people and is fluent in English and Spanish.  Karen has been with us since 2012.
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Foods (and drinks) that keep me in business! #4 Lemonade!
With all the great weather we have been having it reminds me to mention that a refreshing glass of lemonade contains the perfect combination of acid and sugar that will mount a damaging attack on your tooth enamel:(
Also adding lemon slices to your water has become a trend unfortunately adds acid to your water. Although it may taste good (I like lemons too) it is not good for your teeth.
If you do drink the occasional glass of good old-fashioned, homemade lemonade, just follow it with a glass of PLAIN water swooshing it around in your mouth to get rid of the acid and sugar it has deposited on your tooth enamel:)
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Foods that keep me in business!
#3 Chewy Candy! Caramels, taffy and bars like Sugar Daddy and Big Hunk will literally PULL your dental work OUT of your mouth! Please avoid these types of thick, dense and chewy candies as they can turn out to be a return ticket to the dentist.
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2015-02-14
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I had a great weekend visiting my daughter, Sammie, at Cal Poly SLO but it's back to work with dental assistant Patty Torres:)
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This patient's diastema (gap tooth) was remedied in two visits with six veneers, distributing the gap space between the six front teeth. Depending on the size of the teeth and the size of the space, the space can be closed with two, four or six veneers. In this case, due to the size of her teeth and the size of the gap, we determined that six veneers would result in the most natural looking smile. To close this patient's gap with two or four veneers would have resulted in unnaturally large teeth to take up the space. Gap tooth smiles are common and very fixable! See More
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2015-02-01
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Foods (and drinks) that keep me in business!
#2 Soda! So many of you avoid candy but drink liquid sugar in the form of soda! Many soft drinks contain citric acid, sugar and phosphoric acid, which erodes tooth enamel. Even diet sodas are... not good for your teeth. My advice, kick the soda habit and drink more water! If you can't, at least make a point to rinse your mouth with water after drinking a soda or chew some sugarless gum. This helps to rid your mouth of the harmful acids.
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Foods that keep me in business!
#1 Hard candy! Those of you that let hard candies dissolve slowly in your mouth are constantly bathing your tooth enamel in sugar which aids in the formation of plaque. The double whammy is those of you who crack and chew the candy with your teeth, not only covering the teeth in sugar but chipping and fracturing them at the same time! Say "No!" to your hard candy habit!
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Breaking out the Christmas decorations!  Merry Christmas!
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