Have you had a run-in with an almond? Crack a tooth? Have other chewing related issues?
Dr. Gerald Berenson, a dentist in Shrewsbury for the past 38 years, said he has seen what he describes as a "mini epidemic" of almond-driven problems.
"I have been seeing and treating an unusual number of emergency patients a week due to fractured teeth, cracked teeth, very sensitive teeth as well as temporal mandibular disorders," he wrote in an email "After diagnosing each patient I have found a common denominator: ALMONDS."
The situation has become so bad, he said, that when someone comes in with one of those problems, he asks if they've been eating almonds.
So Dr. Berenson gives a nod to the acknowledged health benefits of these nuts and says this to almond lovers: Get the slivered kind and eat them in moderation.
Is this a problem only in Shrewsbury or are there other almond-eaters out there with teeth and jaw problems?
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