A dentist is a type of doctor who specializes in oral health, which extends to much more than just teeth and gums. The American Dental Association notes dentists also look after things like the muscles of the head and neck, the jaw, the tongue, salivary glands, and the nervous system. Their role includes diagnosing oral […]
About Dr. Owen Mandanas
I am very passionate about my work as a family dentist and chose to concentrate on cosmetic dentistry and denture fabrication because of the amazing effect a beautiful, functional smile can have on a person’s confidence and self-esteem.
I completed my undergraduate education at Goucher College, earning my Bachelor of Arts in English in 1990. I continued on to Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, for dental school, graduating with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2000.
Entries by Dr. Owen Mandanas
The most common type of dental filling is the mercury amalgam filling. It is made by mixing liquid mercury with a powdered of silver, copper, and tin. This creates a putty that is approximately 50% mercury, which rapidly hardens once it has been placed in the mouth. These fillings have been used for over 150 […]
It is estimated that as many as 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. If you are among them, you’ve probably heard of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines. Those who’ve experienced CPAP machines know how effective they are, but can also testify to the discomfort involved in using them. This discomfort leads to low […]
If you’re curious about holistic dentistry, you’re in the right place. Maybe you’ve come across the concept while researching local dentists on the internet; perhaps a friend or family member has recommended holistic dentistry. Either way, you’re looking to try something different. Holistic dentists have the same credentials as regular dentists. In my case, I […]
Integrative dentistry is an exciting new perspective for your regular dental check-ups. Rather than just looking at your mouth and trying to keep it healthy in isolation, an integrative dentist (also known as a holistic dentist or biological dentist) looks at the way your mouth impacts your overall health. Integrative dentists recognize that good oral […]
Removal of mercury amalgam fillings is a concern that more people are sharing. We’ve previously written about reasons why people may choose to have their mercury amalgam fillings removed, here. Among these reasons are concerns about aesthetics, wear or damage, or mercury content. Whatever your reason for wanting a change, you should make sure that […]
Were you that kid who had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the dentist’s office? Are you still nervous about seeing your dentist? Are you concerned that your dental health may be affected because you’re not having your teeth checked as regularly as you should? You may have heard of sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry […]
Humans are not really single organisms, we are really superorganisms, coexisting with our microbiome! We have three or four microbiomes in our bodies: oral, gut, skin and vaginal. Here we’ll discuss the oral microbiome and its relationship with the gut. We’ll cover some research that reveals how your oral microbiome affects whole-body health. What is […]
Sleep apnea is a condition that can cause discomfort and tiredness for many people. There are multiple causes that can lead to the condition. Here we’ll cover some of those causes and address some of the treatments. What are the most common causes of sleep apnea? There are two main types of sleep apnea. The […]
If you have diabetes, your doctor has probably talked to you about the risks associated with periodontal disease. It is now widely accepted in the medical community that diabetes and periodontal disease have a two-way relationship–diabetics are more likely to get periodontal disease and people with periodontal disease are more likely to get diabetes OR […]