Protecting your teeth

Protecting your smile will keep you chewing efficiently for many years.

The images of our presidents are carved in stone at Mount Rushmore.

Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, the monuments stand 60 feet high.

The sculptures are of United States presidents: George Washington (1732-1799),Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).

The Mount Rushmore national Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore(Lakota Sioux name; Six Grandfathers) near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States.

Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of carving the likenesses of famous people into the Black Hills region of South Dakota in order to promote tourism in the region. (

The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level.

Granite is used in memorials because of its density and durability, one of the hardest rock forms in existence.

Protecting your smile with a night guard also  protects teeth teeth making them extremely durable for years to come.

Enamel is also a very durable tissue because of its density, the hardest structure in the body.

Wear away the enamel and the next hardest substrate in the body is dentin making up the bulk of tooth structure anchored in bone.

The keys to protecting your teeth are maintaing levels of adequate jawbone, reducing acid attack from harsh chemicals such as carbonated beverages and the reduction of refined, processed sugar products.

Dentists are in a never ending war fighting gum disease and tooth decay.

Thinking of a World War II movie that resembles the plight of dentists and dental disease would be “Battle of the Bulge,”

There are times in the movie all appears hopeless but soldiers, the dentists of today’s frontline, fight on in spite of overwhelming munitions and odds.

Our main culprit in the battle to win over the health of our patients, is poor nutrition.

As we mature and neglect our oral health, enamel breaks down, not to be replaced.

Enamel can be reinforced with nutrients but will not be replaced.

Porcelain crowns can cover weakened teeth but are subject to fracture as well.

The occlusal guard also referred to as a night guard keeps teeth from experiencing the harmful forces of bruxism or clenching.

The strongest of teeth will break down under the daily wear and tear of bruxism and clenching.

Protecting your smile is a good strategy using sound nutrition and good oral hygiene, wearing a night guard.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.


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I am a dentist in the Kansas City, MO. area willing to help in the world where dental health care is needed and appreciated. To date we have established a dental clinic in Israel and evaluated the healthcare delivery system in Havana Cuba. Serving my community at this time as a photo journalist also.

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