How does one define 16 years? Dr. Capehart to Retire

How does one define 16 years?  Some may identify money, house, cars, or just surviving.  I define 16 years in relationships.  During the last 16 years I’ve met my wife and have 2 amazing children and countless friends.  I’ve also been fortunate to be able to build amazing relationships in Simpsonville with team members and patients, which I consider family.  For the past16 years transforming from 203 North Main Street to 621 Southeast Main Street eventually transformed the home of Capehart Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

As many of you know I have an orthopedic condition called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenital, AMC for short.  Thankfully, it is not a terminal condition (deadly) but it is one that affects my health and quality of life as each day passes practicing clinically day in and day out.  I want to be able to play basketball with my son as he grows up or walk my daughter down the aisle of her wedding.

With this in mind and a very heavy heart, I am announcing my retirement effective January 30, 2018 as being my last day.  This decision was not easy as my family and I have labored and discussed this decision for over a year.  I don’t want to retire or leave something I’ve worked 16 years to create and the wonderful relationships I’ve built, but my health has forced me to make a monumental decision at the crossroads.  This decision was not made lightly and sorry for the suddenness but could not come public until the business was taken care of.  My family and I will be leaving the area and moving where I have accepted a position as a professor to educate eager young minds and the future doctors of tomorrow.

With that being said, I want to introduce to you Dr. John Murphy, DDS, FAGD that has been kind enough to assist during this transition time.  Dr. Murphy will be shadowing me over the next week with and then without me starting January 31st, 2018.  Dr. Murphy is a seasoned and excellent doctor with over 30 years of experience.  He graduated from Ohio State University Dental School and has postdoctoral education at the prestigious LD Pankey Institute and also a fellow with the Academy of General Dentistry.  He is a knowledgeable, caring clinician with a great personality and someone I know will take care of you, my family.  The team of Robin, Jennifer, and Mayra will remain the same so they will also be here to help you like you are accustomed and help make the transition as smooth as possible.  I have no doubt that Dr. Murphy, Jennifer, Robin, and Mayra will take great care of you.  The transition has been a swift one to the team, my family, and myself are still feeling numb but I know you are in great hands and the transition will be a smooth one.

I thank you not only for understanding why I had to make this arduous decision but also for allowing me to take care of you and your family in this wonderful community for 16 years.  I still have family in the area so will be visiting frequently so I hope to see you out and about when we visit Greenville.

I also want to thank my phenomenal team of today, Jennifer, Mayra, and Robin to every team member I’ve had since day 1, June 12, 2002.  Every team member and patient has touched me and filled me with wonderful memories.  Thank you all for making my life the best and from the bottom of my heart, I wish each and everyone of you happiness and nothing but the best in all your endeavors.


Updated | A slew of coal-black foods are popping up on Instagram feeds and on the menus of trendy restaurants around the country. Los Angeles soft-serve ice cream shop Little Damage gets thousands of Instagram likes on photos of its charcoal ice cream and color-coordinated black cones. You’ll also see creamy gray lattes, black hamburger buns and inky pizza crust—all with the current “it” ingredient on social media.

While some of the items are clearly just for show, others actually tout supposed health benefits. Bidwell in Washington, D.C., serves up the unusual colored crust, and according to the menu, “Charcoal is a natural purifier and aids in digestion. It is one of the world’s most beneficial elements.”

In North Bergen, New Jersey, Chef Salvatore Olivella began serving charcoal pizza at his restaurant Olivella’s because he believes “It’s helping people,” as he said in an article on the culinary and lifestyle website Thrillist. He told the publication, “In Italy, activated charcoal is very popular. A lot of people use it now in ice cream, in gelato, in cocktails, everything.”

The juicery Jrink boasts that its Black Magic juice can help with digestive issues, hangovers and even cholesterol. Popular Google searches with the term “activated charcoal” show that people turn to the product to whiten teeth, detox and, yes, cure the effects of drinking too much. In an Instagram post, the juice bar even claims that activated charcoal cleanses like magic.

It may be a fad now, but charcoal treatments definitely aren’t new, dating back more than 150 years as a way to remedy cases of poisoning. This works because charcoal attaches to the toxin, stopping it from seeping into your body. Those who believe it’s useful as a detox or hangover cure likely believe this is why it works for other ailments too. Others believe it can help with diarrhea or flatulence, but that has not been proven, and it could actually make diarrhea worse in some cases, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine: Certain charcoal-infused products contain sorbitol, which is a laxative-like sweetener.

The trend has caused medical professionals to warn against using the additive as a health treatment without a doctor’s approval, especially as it can interact with medications.

“Activated charcoal is given to people who take too much medication because charcoal is so absorbent and can counteract an overdose,” Patricia Raymond, a gastroenterologist who works out of a private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia, told Women’s Health. “But if you’re drinking it and you also are on any meds, even birth control pills, the charcoal is likely to absorb the drugs. So you risk having them become ineffective.”

Even using charcoal for something seemingly insignificant, like as an alternative to whitening toothpaste, is ill-advised. Kim Harms, an American Dental Association spokesperson, told The Daily Beast: “There’s no evidence at all that activated charcoal does any good for your teeth.” In fact, she said you might be doing more harm.

“Like any abrasive, we’re worried about the effects on the gums and enamel on the teeth. We don’t know about the safety and effectiveness of it,” she told the news outlet.

A search on the Food and Drug Administration site does not provide any information on charcoal, as the agency does not regulate the ingredient.

“I typically discourage people from eating charcoal,”  It is an excellent binder to many of the nutrients in our food.  When people go overboard it can potentially I impact the absorption of nutrients as well as supplements and medications. Outside of targeted medical use of this we have very little data to support routine consumption.

Registered Dietician Bethany Doerfler of Northwestern University advises staying away from the trend. “I typically discourage people from eating charcoal,” she writes to Newsweek. “When people go overboard it can potentially impact the absorption of nutrients as well as supplements and medications. Outside of targeted medical use of this we have very little data to support routine consumption.”

So what about those photo-op dark-hued foods flooding social media? They may look pretty on your Instagram account, but this is one craze you may not want to follow.

This story has been updated to include quotes from Registered Dietician Bethany Doerfler.

Source: By Melissa Matthews, Newsweek.  Retrieved from

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The 10 Best Toothbrushes For A 1-Year-Old

Source:  Lisa Fogarty.  Retrieved from

Getting toddlers to brush their teeth takes major parenting persuasion skills — but the best toothbrushes for 1-year-olds make it simpler to ease them into the world of dental health. The whip-smart designs and major cuteness factor of these brushes is the cherry on top.

It is now recommended that babies visit the dentist for the first time after their first tooth grows in and before their first birthdays, according to the American Dental Association. The reason for this early visit is pretty simple: Even babies can get cavities. Kickstarting a healthy, twice-daily brushing routine when they’re young is one of the best ways to prevent cavities and other oral health problems. But since it isn’t exactly easy to get a toddler to do anything for more than a minute at a time, you may need a little help.

And that’s where these fantastic toothbrushes come in. Some, like the uber-popular Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether have racked up thousands of reviews because they’re adorable and double as teethers that can be popped into the freezer to help soothe aching gums. Many toddler toothbrushes have easy-grip handles that encourage little ones to be independent and soft bristles that are perfect for their gums and new teeth.

And for optimum dental health, don’t forget to sing a tune while your toddler brushes (“Happy birthday” is just long enough to ensure all teeth are properly cleaned) and to use a rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on the brush.

Your 1-year-old is sure to love these 10 highly-reviewed toothbrushes.

1A Soft, Flexible Elephant-Shaped Toothbrush With An Easy-Grip Handle

Dr. Brown’s Infant-To-Toddler Toothbrush Set, $7, Amazon

The brand that brings you one of the most popular and trusted baby bottles also makes a pretty adorable elephant-shaped training toothbrush that’s ideal for infants and toddlers. Some of the features you’ll love on this brush include soft bristles, a flexible body that’s gentler on gums, and an easy-to-grip handle. Each brush comes with a pear and apple flavor (non-fluoride) toothpaste that’s safe for younger babies to swallow.

One parent reviewer, who highly recommends this toothbrush called this product an “awesome first toothbrush,” and even raved that their son loves the flavor of the included toothpastes.

2A Banana Toothbrush And Trainer With Large Bristles That Massage Gums

Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether, $8, Amazon

This award-winning training toothbrush and teether is dishwasher and freezer friendly and has thick bristles that massage inflamed gums. The fun “peel” handles are simple to grip and it comes in three colors: yellow, blue, and pink. Since it’s made from 100 percent food-grade silicone, you can feel good knowing you’re giving your little one a safe product to suit both oral hygiene and teething needs.

One mom says this toothbrush set her daughter on the right path to good dental health and that she “absolutely LOVES ‘brushing’ her teeth at night before bed.”

3An Award-Winning Toothbrush With A Short Neck & Colored Dots For Perfect Toothpaste Application

Jordan Step 1 Baby Toothbrush (4 Pack), $14, Amazon

One major reason why many standard toothbrushes won’t work with toddlers is that their length isn’t compatible with a young child’s arms. This Reddot Design Award baby toothbrush, created for ages infant to 2 years, has a short neck and a teeth ring that can be used without fear of choking. It has an ergonomic handle, and for parents who aren’t sure how much toothpaste their little one needs, the bristles feature colored dots that can be used to measure the amount.

4A Brush & Teether With A Cap To Keep Germs Out

Tinabless Baby Toothbrush (3 Pack), $12, Amazon

This baby toothbrush has a genius multifunctional design: One end is a toothbrush with a soft brush head that’s ideal for a 1-year-old’s teeth, and the other side is a circular, texturized teething ring. The teething ring doesn’t just soothe irritated gums, it prevents toddlers from sticking the brush too far into their mouths. Suitable for ages 1 to 6 years, this toothbrush is easy to hold, comes in sweet colors and a penguin design, and even has a cap that keeps the brush clean.

One parent raves: “Not only is this an awesome toothbrush for your little ones to hold, it’s an incredible teether. I am needing to purchase more because my little one loves to run around the house with it. I can’t complain much when they want to brush their teeth all day!”

5A Colorful Puppet Toothbrush Set That Gets Toddlers Excited About Oral Health

The Brushies (4 Pack), $30, Amazon

If your 1-year-old is reluctant to brush or fears the process, The Brushies will put their mind at ease. This storybook and puppet toothbrush kit comes with four colorful finger puppet toothbrushes, made from 100 percent food grade silicone, and an entertaining storybook all about brushing your teeth. This set was designed by a family dentist and psychologist. It’s ideal for infants and toddlers who are just starting a brushing routine.

6Natural Toothbrushes Made With Vegetable-Based Bristles

Radius Totz Toothbrush (3 Pack), $10, Amazon

Everything about these sparkly, colorful toddler toothbrushes was designed for little mouths — from the 8,000 vegetable-based bristles to its FDA-approved colors and materials. These natural toothbrushes are ideal for ages 18 months and up (you may want to store yours and wait, but check with your dentist to see if your tot is ready) and are free of BPA, latex, phthalates, and lead.

One mom says these toothbrushes are perfect for toddlers: “This one is perfect. I’ve been using it for 1 and 1/2 years and I haven’t found anything else better than this.”

7A Training Toothbrush Set That Includes A Gum Massager And Ring Protector

Nuk Grins And Giggles Training Toothbrush Set, $6, Amazon

You can start using this training toothbrush set the second your child’s first tooth peeks through — and you’ll love all the bells and whistles that come with it. One brush massages the gums to relieve teething pain and the other brush provides a thorough cleansing. A protective ring that comes with the kit can be placed on either brush to prevent your toddler from inserting it too far into his mouth. The ring doubles as a stand to hold the toothbrush.

8A Battery Powered Training Toothbrush Recommended By Occupational Therapists

Summer Infant Gentle Vibrations Toothbrush, $10, Amazon

Many parents say occupational therapists recommend this battery powered toothbrush for young toddlers and infants who have oral motor delays and oral hypersensitivity. With three interchangeable toothbrush heads, including a gum stimulator for teething, parents mostly agree that this is a great starter kit, and especially effective if your child has sensory difficulties. One important thing to note: The handle is what actually vibrates, and not the brush head, providing a far more gentle vibrating experience than one you’d get from a standard battery operated toothbrush.

9A Toothbrush With A Removable Safety Slider & A Cover

Mom Miya Baby Toothbrush (3 Pack), $9, Amazon

These soft training toothbrushes have a removable safety slider design that can be used to prevent toddlers from choking on the brush. You’ll get three toothbrushes in one kit (in pale green, yellow, and purple), as well as a convenient carrying bag and three brush covers to keep them clean. The soft brush head massages gums and safely cleans baby teeth, and these brushes can easily be sterilized in boiling water.

One mom writes: “I was looking for a toothbrush for my 13 month old son who wants to ‘do it himself’ and these are perfect with the protector so he doesn’t shove it all the way in his mouth.”

10A Bang For Your Buck Set Of Six Toothbrushes With Unique Handles

Plak Smacker Infant Stage 2 Toothbrushes (6 Pack), $7, Amazon

Babies and toddlers go through toothbrushes quickly — they drop, lose, and get them dirty beyond repair. That’s why this budget-friendly kit of six training toothbrushes is so great. You’ll get a variety of colors, all of which share the same amazing scissor-like handle that toddlers can hold without help. These toothbrushes are ideal for babies from infancy to age 3.

One mom of twins says that her children “love that there is a variety of colors and no chance of mixing the brushes up and sharing germs.”

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Source:  Lisa Fogarty.  Retrieved from

Lifestyle changes can prevent full-blown Diabetes

More Than 100 Million US Adults Have Diabetes Or Prediabetes, CDC Officials Report.

More than 100 million U.S. adults have diabetes or prediabetes, health officials say.

As of 2015, more than 9 percent of the population — 30.3 million — had diabetes. Another 84.1 million had prediabetes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

People with prediabetes have elevated blood sugar levels, but not so high that they have full-blown diabetes, which requires medication or insulin injections. With exercise and a healthy diet, prediabetics can halve their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the CDC noted.

However, awareness levels remain too low. The new report found that nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes didn’t even know they had the disease, and less than 12 percent with prediabetes knew they had that condition.

If not treated, prediabetes often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years, the CDC said.

“More than a third of U.S. adults have prediabetes, and the majority don’t know it,” CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said.

“Now, more than ever, we must step up our efforts to reduce the burden of this serious disease,” she said in a government news release.

According to the report, the rate of new diabetes cases remains steady: 1.5 million new cases were diagnosed among people 18 and older in 2015.

Incidence rose with age. Four percent of adults ages 18 to 44 had diagnosed diabetes, compared with 17 percent of people 45 to 64, and one-quarter of folks 65 and older.

Dr. Minisha Sood is an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

“It is reassuring that the rate of increase in diabetes cases has slowed, but we should not reduce our vigilance when it comes to optimizing metabolic health for Americans,” Sood said.

“Prevention is key to avoid the development of the condition in the first place. Optimal nutrition education and access to good nutrition is critical to our success as a medical community in the battle to prevent diabetes in the U.S.,” Sood added.

By focusing on prevention, it may be possible to avoid the numerous complications of diabetes and obesity, which include not only eye, kidney and nerve problems but also dental disease, dementia and depression, Sood said.

Some of the report highlights:

  • Rates of diagnosed diabetes were higher for American Indians/Alaska Natives (15 percent), blacks (nearly 13 percent), and Hispanics 12 percent) than for Asians (8 percent) and whites (7.4 percent).
  • Prevalence also differed by education. The highest rate — nearly 13 percent — was among those with less than a high school education. Adults with more than a high school education had the lowest rate — a little over 7 percent.
  • By U.S. region, the South and Appalachia had the highest rates of diagnosed diabetes and new diabetes cases.
  • Rates of prediabetes were higher among men (nearly 37 percent) than among women (29 percent).
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Certain trends stand out in this report, said Dr. Howard Selinger, chair of family medicine at Quinnipiac University in North Haven, Conn.

“The highest incidence among prediabetes and diabetes occurs in those individuals with lower income, less education and to a large degree who live in rural areas,” he said.

Type 2 diabetes is overwhelmingly more prevalent than type 1 diabetes, which occurs earlier in life and has a stronger genetic predisposition, Selinger noted. Type 2 tends to be lifestyle-related.

The nation could make a tremendous difference in the prevalence of diabetes and its health complications by seriously promoting a healthier diet, facilitating a more active lifestyle and providing access to quality preventive and primary health care for those most in need, he said.

Ann Albright of the CDC agreed that more needs to be done to halt diabetes.

“Consistent with previous trends, our research shows that diabetes cases are still increasing, although not as quickly as in previous years,” said Albright, director of CDC’s division of diabetes translation.

“By addressing diabetes, we limit other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, nerve and kidney diseases, and vision loss,” she said.

More information

The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion outlines how to prevent type 2 diabetes.

SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, July 18, 2017; Minisha Sood, M.D., endocrinologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Howard Selinger, M.D., chair, family medicine, Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, North Haven, Conn.

This article was written by HealthDay News and retrieved from

SC Woman Gets her Smile Back


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NO Insurance? NO Problem!

Is not having dental insurance keeping you from getting the necessary care you need?  We have been brainstorming on ways to help those without dental insurance.  We have a SOLUTION!  It’s called the “NO Insurance? NO Problem! Dental Plan”.  We understand the cost for dental care can be significant so we are making it affordable for you.  Your dental and overall health are our top priority and we want you to receive the necessary treatment.  If you become a member you’ll receive the preventive care we all need.  You’ll also be covered for emergency’s and 20% OFF on all eligible procedures without a yearly maximum and NO deductibles.  Below is a quick introduction to the program.

Introducing NO Insurance?  NO Problem! Dental Plan

Introducing NO Insurance? NO Problem! Dental Plan

So, if it’s been a while or not having dental insurance has kept you away, you can now receive affordable quality care.  New patients and existing patients are eligible.  Please call us or swing by to join or if  you have questions.



Welcome Autumn, Our Amazing Hygienist!

Autumn is a dental hygienist who joined our team early in the spring. She graduated from the University of New England. She moved to South Carolina after graduating and been practicing for over 4 years.  She has dedicated herself continuing education and providing the best treatment to her patients. She provides treatment for general cleanings, periodontal disease, preventative dentistry as well as other services. Autumn enjoys volunteering, spending time with her friends and family and playing with her her dog, Bumble Bee.

Autumn Kimball, RDH

Autumn Kimball, RDH

You Will Be Missed Mira!

Mira Smith

Mira Smith


It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the last day of our beloved office administrator Mira.  Mira was with us for a short time but she’s had a wonderful impact and imprint on the practice and our patients.  Thank you for your hard work and wonderful friendship.  We are excited for you as you move on to the next chapter in your life.

You Will Be Missed Amanda!

Amanda Carr!  Our wonderful dental hygienist!

It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the last day of our beloved hygienist Amanda! She’s been a great team member but more importantly a wonderful friend for nearly 9 years. We are excited for Amanda and her family in the next chapter of their lives. Thank you for a great 9 years as you will be missed!