Author: Michael W. Herdon DDS

Tooth Sensitivity

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF Being the season of the holidays and lots of sweets to eat, sensitive teeth can limit the fun! Teeth get sensitive for a number of reasons such as receding gums, cavities, fractures, and leaking restorations (fillings or crowns). For example, when gums recede, and this can happen at almost age for a number of reasons, the root of the tooth gets exposed. Once this happens it is fairly easy to erode through thin layer of cementum that covers the root and expose the dentin of the root. Dentin is a live tooth structure that has small tubes in it that go from the...

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By Dr.Michael W. Herndon DDS   A recent news story about flossing your teeth suggests that this activity may not be a benefit for people. This is based on an analysis of scientific studies on flossing that do not show that this is necessary helpful (although this same study does state that flossing resulted in less gingival inflammation). The dental profession has been advising patients to floss their teeth for many years so as you might imagine, this really rocks the boat! You have heard the saying “Floss the teeth you want to keep!”    So, what does this...

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Dental Implants For Tooth Replacement By Dr. Michael W. Herndon, DDS One of the most remarkable developments in the history of dentistry is the development of dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth. Imagine being able to place a foreign object into live bone and having the body accept this such that it can support the forces usually applied to teeth! At this point in time, the use of dental implants for this purpose is a widely accepted practice. Multiple thousands of implants are placed in people all over the world. Back in 1982, before I was practicing...

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Merle Ronald Haggard

Photo and Article Michael W. Herdon, DD I lost my good friend Merle Haggard the other day. I only knew him for a little over 15 years but that was enough to watch his kids become adults and to develop a close personal and unique relationship with him. I was fortunate to meet him, he was fortunate to meet me, we both knew that and we talked about it many times. This was the foundation of our friendship. Merle had been a victim of mediocrity in dentistry. He was referred to me for correction of this circumstance and in...

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Guitars And Such

One of the most wonderful attainments of humans is the production of musical instruments and for me, the guitar. There are many different forms of this type of instrument and yet they all have similarities … or it would not be a guitar! The guitar has captured the world by the music that can come out of it whether played by an expert musician or by a beginner and I suppose the reason for this, as with most musical instruments, is that the tones seem to resonate within us in a very personal way. For anyone playing a guitar, the...

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