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News in Dentistry Oct 15, 2016 - Many seniors do not realize that almost all Medi-care plans do not cover dental services. Or hearing aids, for that matter. For seniors who previously enjoyed the benefits of dental insurance along with their employer provided medical plans, this can be a jarring adjustment. Planning ahead for this eventual change can alleviate some of the financial stress.
Sept 16, 2016 - Chemicals found in plastics and fungicides have the potential to disrupt developing enamel. Enamel begins growing in the third trimester of pregnancy and ends around age 5, so minimizing exposure to these chemicals is important for enamel health. These compounds include Bisphenol A (BPA), found in items such as plastic food storage containers and refillable water bottles, and vinclozolin, a fungicide commonly found on golf courses, vineyards, and orchards.
July 17, 2016 - We all know smoking causes significant health problems including oral cancer. The governor of California, Jerry Brown, recently approved a package of bills further restricting tobacco use. E-cigarettes are now subject to all rules governing tobacco products. Also the age to legally buy tobacco products has been increased from 18 to 21.
May 22, 2016 - Ever had a photograph taken of a tooth inside your mouth? Now you can use a toothbrush that will show you a video of your teeth while you're brushing! It's a WiFi and Bluetooth enabled brush called Prophix.
May 1, 2016 - Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. It's actually a group of viruses. Some of these viruses are known to cause oral cancer, especially in the back of the tongue, the throat, and the tonsils. It's important to get your children vaccinated before they become sexually active.
April 6, 2016 - Antibiotic resistance is a real concern. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the use of antibiotics is the principal factor leading to antibiotic resistance. It is estimated that up to 50% of prescriptions for antibiotics are not necessary!
March 20, 2016 - The Wall St. Journal reveiwed a new toothpaste that attaches to plaque and turns it green, making brushing your teeth more effective since you can actually see the offending plaque! This idea is not new though. Pink disclosing tablets have been around for decades. You simply chew the tablet and swish it around your mouth. The plaque turns reddish or pinkish, helping to improve our oral hygiene.
January 31, 2016 - We all know that drinking too much soda is bad for your teeth. Besides sodas, flavored carbonated water, acidic juices such as orange, grapefruit, or pineapple juice, and sports drinks like Gatorade can all cause erosion and wear of your enamel. Consider drinking these beverages only once in a while and preferably through a straw.
October 27, 2015 - Did you know that prior to the 1950's trick-or-treaters were given non candy treats like nuts, cookies, and toys? Happy Halloween!
October 18, 2015 - In 1210 A Guild of Barbers was established in France. The modern dental surgeon evolved from this group - they were educated and trained to perform complex surgical procedures. Another segment, called lay barbers, performed services such as shaving, bleeding and tooth extraction.
August 2, 2015 - Paul Revere, the Revoluntionary War hero, was a skilled silversmith who also did dentistry! He was known for making false teeth for his patients.
June 13, 2015 - The triceratops was an elephant sized dinosaur who had 800 teeth - and these teeth were constantly regrowing. Good thing this dinosaur only ate plants!
May 17, 2015 - How often should you change your toothbrush? Experts recommend once every 3 months and more often if the bristles become worn and out of shape. It's also a good idea to replace your brush if you've had a cold or the flu. Rinse your brush thoroughly after every use.
April 17, 2015 - Researchers have developed an "intelligent mouthguard" fitted with sensors that will send information to your dentist and smartphone to provide information about nighttime grinding. Clenching and/or grinding can cause tremendous damage to your teeth.
March 20, 2015 - At a recent TED conference, a company called Carbon3D revealed a new and unique way of harnessing light and oxygen for 3D printing resulting in much faster printing times. It will be possible to make a part in real time, anything from shoes to medical devices to dental crowns!
March 8, 2015 - More people go to the dentist every year for a routine cleaning and examination than go to their primary care physician. So consider this! According to Medscape, a small amount of blood from a dental cleaning can accurately diagnose for diabetes. What an effective and low cost way to keep you healthy!
February 1, 2015 - Heard of oil pulling? It is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil - typically coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil - in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spitting it out. It's thought to promote healthy gums. However, despite its growing popularity, the American Dental Association has found no evidence of any health benefits associated with oil pulling.
January 15, 2015 - The father of the modern dental implant has died at age 85. Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, accidentally discovered that titanium placed inside bone actually fused with the bone and couldn't be removed. Titanium implants were originally meant to anchor complete dentures. Now they are used in many ways, ranging from replacing an individual tooth to attaching a hearing aid.
October 9, 2014 - Prescriptions for pain medication have increased over 300 percent in the last 20 years. The Center for Disease Control has declared fatal overdoses from opioid painkillers a nationwide epidemic. In response, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently tightened controls over the prescription of such pain medications. The prescription can no longer be phoned into a pharmacy and a patient examination to determine what's causing the pain is recommended.
August 15, 2014 - If your child participates in contact sports, such as football, consider this: Athletes who wear over-the-counter mouthguards are twice as likely to suffer concussions than those who wear custom made mouthguards. A well fitting mouthguard helps to absorb shock, stabilize the head and neck and limit movement caused by a direct jaw hit. It seems essential to your football player's brain safety.
June 29, 2014 - Should you routinely get your wisdom teeth removed? Not necessarily...some people have enough room for their wisdom teeth and those teeth can function like any other molars. Typically, it is recommended to extract wisdom teeth if they cause chronic pain and/or infection, become decayed, show pathology such as cysts, or adversely affect the adjacent teeth. Contrary to popular belief, there is little evidence that wisdom teeth push the other teeth and cause crowding in areas like the lower front teeth.
May 7, 2014 - The first toothbrush was from the Tang Dynasty (619-907 AD) in China. It was made from the bristles of hogs. Since then, we've evolved to "smart" brushes that can wirelessly relay how effectively you're brushing to a smartphone app!
March 1, 2014 - DNA found in the tartar of 1000-year-old teeth will provide researchers with a wealth of information. Apparently the tartar (or calculus) acts like concrete protecting the integrity of the DNA! Researchers have determined that the bacteria which causes gum (periodontal) disease has not changed much in the last 1000 years. They've also identified a gene in this ancient bacteria that allows resistance to antibiotics - amazing since antibiotics were not discovered until 1928!
February 16, 2014 - For the first time, researchers have shown a DIRECT correlation between the health of your gums and the plaque that builds up in your blood vessels leading to heart disease. The study was conducted at Columbia University's School of Public Health and recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. So - plan to get your teeth cleaned and gums examined today!
January 18, 2014 - Last year the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued new guidelines stating that teeth cleanings AND dental x-rays are safe for pregnant women. Due to the hormonal changes in pregnancy, they encourage pregnant wormen to seek dental care during their pregancies.
November 21, 2013 - Investigators have discovered a 6500-year-old human jawbone containing a tooth with a beeswax dental filling! The tooth contained a vertical crack. This discovery is the earliest direct evidence of using a filling to relieve tooth sensitivity or pain.
September 28, 2013 - Moms and dads, beware of sticky fruit snacks, such as Fruit Roll Ups. Many of these "healthy fruit" items list corn syrup and sugar as main ingredients. Many don't even contain the particular fruit shown on its packaging. For example, "Top Secret Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups" are not made with strawberry at all; its fruit component is pear concentrate. That aside, it's the stickiness that's the problem. The stickier the sugary snack, the longer it will remain on your child's teeth, the greater the chance that a cavity will form.
July 14, 2013 - Crowns fall out for various reasons: There is leakage in the crown causing a cavity underneath. The tooth itself may not have the ideal shape to hold a crown in place. The cement has washed out after many years. The bite is incorrect leading to dislodgement of the crown. Maybe you simply bit on a sticky, hard candy and opened suddenly? Regardless, contact a dentist within a few days to ensure the best chances of being able to recement the crown.
April 30, 2013 - Who put the WISDOM in wisdom teeth?
The terminology dates back to the time of the Greeks and Romans. Hippocrates called wisdom teeth "sophronisteres," from the Greek sophron, meaning prudent. In Rome, they were referred to as "dentes sapientiae," translated it means teeth of wisdom. In Spanish speaking countries, wisdom teeth are called "muela de juicio," meaning molar of judgement. Since wisdom teeth are the last to develop, usually in late adolescence or early adulthood, this is the time when a person begins to develop good judgement and wisdom!
March 24, 2013 - Heard the ads for the $599 implant? Or perhaps you've seen billboard advertising for the $399 implant? Well, not all implants are created equal. The implant manufacturers that we recommend represent only a handful out of the hundreds of implant companies in existence. These few manufacturers have been around for many years and, more importantly, have a likelihood of continuing to be in business. They produce high quality implants, warranty their products, and have considerable research and development commitment to their products.
February 18, 2013 - Do you snore? Do you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness? You may have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has been linked to heart attacks and strokes, even car accidents. A sleep study test is the first step to diagnose whether you have this condition.
How much is an old crown worth? Elvis Presley's old crown reportedly sold in the high six figures. Truly a crown fit for The King!
January 13, 2013 - Researchers in Japan have recently developed an artificial, transparent tooth enamel that can be used to repair damaged enamel. They estimate it will be at least five years before this can be put to practical use.
November 17, 2012 - Advances in local anesthesia
Hate the injection? Researchers are working on a nasal spray that will provide anesthesia to the upper teeth. Imagine that! Other researchers are working on adding sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) into the local anesthetic solution to increase the pH. It's thought that the sting of the injection is partly from the acidity of the solution. So by raising the pH, the injection will be more comfortable.
October 21, 2012 - Data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the U.S. Dept. of Treasury indicate that per capita cigarette consumption has declined more than 40 percent in recent years! That's the good news...The not-so-good news is that per capita consumption of noncigarette smoked tobacco products (pipe tobacco and cigars) has increased a whopping 97 percent!
September 13, 2012 - A recent study revealed no significant risk of oral cancer in patients who use mouthwash on a daily basis, even mouthwashes containing alcohol.
August 19, 2012 - The FDA has reissued a warning that benzocaine gels or liquids should not be used in children under age 2. Used to relieve teething pain, benzocaine is found in products such as Anbesol, Hurricane, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase. Benzocaine can cause a serious and potentially life threathening disease called methemoglobinemia.
July 2012 - Researchers are working on a simple, low cost saliva test to detect malignant oral cancers and pancreatic cancer. The successful development of such tests could mark a breakthrough in the screening and treatment of these diseases, particularly in the difficult to detect pancreatic cancer. Who knew saliva contained such valuable information?