The Narwhal's Mysterious Unicorn Tooth

Have you heard about the mysterious narwhal and its unicorn tooth? Often seen migrating off the coast of Canada in the Arctic waters, these unique whales bare a spiraling tusk, which is actually a six to nine foot long tooth. We tend to think of teeth as functional instruments for chewing our food; however, the narwhal’s long tooth “is a hydrodynamic sensor capable of detecting particle gradients, temperature, and pressure.” This sensory organ is often used by the whales to detect high saltwater and freshwater.

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Detect Oral Cancer Early

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 43,000 people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Smoking and tobacco use have always been major risk factors for oral cancer; however, there has been a rise in young, nonsmoking adults due to the spread of the HPV virus.

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New Website

At Van Dyke Dentistry we understand your busy schedule. Sometimes you need answers after office hours. As part of our continuing effort to serve you better, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new, more user-friendly website. Please visit and see what’s new. Learn more about the services we offer. You can even request a time for your next appointment.

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