The modern day use of dental anesthesia has been effectively administered for over 50 years. Its purpose, of course, was to reduce or eliminate the painful effects associated with most dental procedures. Local anesthetics such as lidocaine, polocaine, mepivicaine, septicaine and marcaine are routinely used in our office along with nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and […]
In 2008, researchers at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis completed a year long study which shows that a simple and inexpensive way to reduce the risk of potentially deadly pneumonia in intensive care patients is to keep their teeth clean. This interesting study was performed by nurse specialists in the intensive care unit (ICU) at […]
I recently discovered an interesting connection between patients suffering from Celiac Disease and its effects on the oral cavity. Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the micro-villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. What does this mean? Celiac disease is triggered by consumption of the protein […]
Another year has slipped away. I wonder what’s in store for us in 2012? We may not be younger and we may not be richer but I hope we all may be a bit wiser than before. We may not know the cure for cancer yet, or even understand how to manage the chronic and […]
For many years it’s been routine dental practice to treat all patients with a history of rheumatic fever, mitral valve prolapsed, or other such disorders with antibiotics. It was believed that streptococcal bacteria in the mouth could enter the bloodstream during routine dental procedures, such as cleaning teeth that may induce a bleeding condition. These […]
I’m sometimes amazed by the remarks I receive from patients after we perform a routine dental examination or a new patient evaluation that includes an oral cancer screening. “I’ve never had that done before,” or “What are you doing that for?” are some of the comments that I hear. Although dentistry provides our patients with […]
A recent dental journal article described, at length, the Oral-Systemic connection, i.e. the influence the teeth and gums have on the whole body (the “system”) and vice-versa. It referred to the overwhelming attention this topic is receiving in both the dental and medical literatures. As an example, the common knowledge in dentistry is that, if […]
Many of my patients over the years have asked me questions about the therapeutic effects of oil pulling. Although I was familiar with this treatment, I never really examined the holistic benefits of this age old Ayurvedic process until now. My research indicates that oil pulling not only can improve my patients’ dental health but […]
Dental research indicates that people with gum disease are two to three times as likely to suffer from heart disease. So, if you have a gum problem, it might be a good idea to visit your dentist on a regular basis to protect yourself from being another statistic in the journals of medical archives. As […]
Click here for a print-friendly version of this article If medical treatment, nutritional support, chiropractic techniques and manipulations do not improve your patient’s health and wellness, don’t forget to “look in the mouth.” A quick and thorough examination of the oral cavity can easily done by any health care professional. Dr. Reinhold Voll, MD, a […]
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