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What the Color of Your Gums Says About Your Health: Your Dental Questions Answered

Posted on · What does the color of your gums say about your health? Are over-the-counter mouth guards effective at protecting your teeth from grinding when you sleep? These are just some of your dental health questions we address with Dr. Ryan Quock, associate professor and vice chair of the Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics Department at the UT Health […]

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“Peak Beer,” Deli, Teeth, and Labyrinths: Thursday’s Show (November 3, 2016)

Posted on · This morning, the Houston Business Journal reported one of Houston’s fastest-growing breweries — Karbach Brewing Company — is being acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev, Budweiser’s parent company. Perhaps this was inevitable. Some in the local brewing industry have been worried we’d reached “peak beer” in Houston, with 17 breweries operating in the region. Even after Karbach’s acquisition, […]

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Electricity, Forgiveness, and Ask the Dentist: Monday’s Show (October 26, 2015)

Posted on · A new report from the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power says complaints filed with regulators about electric companies and utilities fell to their lowest point since Texas deregulated its power market in 2002. But long-term data show consumers complain more than they did before the market was deregulated. On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Is it Still Necessary to Add Fluoride to Our Drinking Water?

Posted on · In April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the first decrease in half a century of the amount of fluoride it recommends in our drinking water. HHS says the recommendation is intended to prevent staining of tooth enamel that can happen with too much exposure to fluoride, which in the right amount […]

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White Strips or Professional Teeth Whitening? Your Dental Questions Answered

Posted on · What’s the difference between professional teeth whitening and store-bought whitening strips? Is the new phenomenon of gargling with a certain oil as good as brushing your teeth? And how do you know if you’re brushing too hard? Our neighborhood dentist, Dr. Ryan Quock, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics Department at UT […]

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Confederate Names and Symbols and Your Dental Questions: Houston Matters for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this year, HISD unveiled new mascots at four district schools, as part of a policy banning mascots deemed culturally offensive. But it’s not just mascots that can offend some Houstonians. Some question whether schools here should be named after figures from Confederate history – examples include Lee High School, named after General Robert E. […]