If you’re a new parent, you have a lot on your plate. As part of your new responsibilities, you’ll at some point wonder when to bring your child to the dentist. You may have heard that dental organizations recommend parents schedule their child’s first appointment before the first birthday. These organizations believe that early intervention […]
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If you’ve got advanced gum disease, you know how devastating it can be. Left unchecked, it will destroy your connective and periodontal tissues alike. It’s an infection that can cause pain, tooth mobility, and tooth loss. And the microbes involved are associated with other health problems such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and stroke. Gum […]
An early Christmas gift arrived last week: The EPA finalized its new rule for reducing mercury discharges from dental offices. That mercury, of course, comes courtesy of the amalgam used to make so-called “silver” fillings. Amalgam is about 50% mercury, a potent neurotoxin. Strict safety protocols are needed whenever it’s handled, but these – unfortunately […]
Most people don’t realize that dentists are doctors of dental surgery. That’s what the DDS stands for, in fact. It starts to make sense if you think about what happens when you have a tooth filled. It’s a surgical procedure. There’s local anesthetic, removal of infection, and closure of the wound. And as with any […]
What’s the secret to social acceptance, upward mobility, meaningful relationships, quality employment options, and positive self-esteem? Your smile. Yes, poor oral health really can determine whether you reach the top rung of your potential ladder – or not. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a “top rung” kind of person, lots can get […]
Pop culture isn’t always kind to dentists. Likewise, news media often goes to town when a person who happens to be a dentist acts like a horrible human being – ala Cecil the Lion’s killer. No less sensational are stories about unlicensed dentists practicing in their garages, dental procedures gone awry, and “how your dentist […]
As we say, the best dental material of all is natural tooth. There’s simply nothing better. But there are times when decay or damage means we need to repair or replace it. In that case, the best material is one that you’re biocompatible with, be it composite, ceramic, gold or platinum. (Mercury amalgam, of course, […]
As Randall reminded in the comments on our last post, if insomnia is a persistent problem, Alpha-Stim can offer some good help. It’s a device we also use often in our practice for patients who want a natural, drug-free way to relax during long or difficult procedures – or help dealing with dental anxiety in […]
While the FDA holds fast to its position on mercury amalgam, the same can’t be said for the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). In their just released final report, they now state that alternative materials to dental amalgam should be the first choice for certain restorations, such as […]
Dentistry has witnessed some incredible advances over the years that have improved the ability of our profession to deliver a higher quality of care for our patients. Several examples include the air driven dental drill, light-cured composites for dental filling materials, and the intra-oral camera which offers the patient a visual aid to view oral […]
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