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Prevention takes bite out of the dentist
I know that most people don’t like to visit the doctor. Not only are they afraid of what they might be told but they also know that some pain may be involved, and nobody likes pain. As painful as a visit to the doctor may be, just think how painful it is to visit the dentist.
Now, please understand, I like dentists. Why, some of my best friends are dentists and even several of my relatives are dentists, and my dentist is great. But we have all had the experience of dental visits that left something to be desired. When you are not sure that the toothache is worse than the cure, then you must have had a negative experience in the past.
My dentist tells me that dentists will all soon be out of business anyway, since medication to prevent tooth decay will soon be available. Dentists will become a thing of the past. Such a medication, when and if it does become available, probably will work best if started in childhood and most of the rest of us are already over that hill.
Take heart. All is not lost. I have discovered a way to minimize, if not eliminate, the need for dentists. In truth, I haven’t really discovered anything. The dentists discovered it themselves and really can blame no one but themselves for the end of their profession.
The answer is prophylaxis. That is prevention of dental problems before they occur. This prevention is available in most dental offices today in the form of the dental hygienist. That’s right, dentists have solved their own problem. They have developed a wonderful and reasonably painless answer to dental disease.
Periodic examinations and treatments by your dental hygienist will result in many fewer dental problems. Examinations and treatments, followed by improvement in your daily dental practices will do even more to avoid the dreaded dental visit for treatment of a neglected dental problem.
What should you expect? Expect to see many very sharp and twisted metal instruments that the hygienist uses to poke around and on your teeth looking for the dreaded tarter. That’s the hard material that forms on your teeth near and under your gums because of bacterial action in your mouth.
When the tarter accumulates it can lead to both gum and tooth disease, and the hygienist will want to scrape all that tarter off your teeth. The metal instruments are designed to get into all the narrow and tight places around your teeth to do the scraping. There are also ultrasonic instruments that spray water and remove the tarter using high frequency sound waves to vibrate the tarter loose.
We all form tarter at different rates, but those of us that brush our teeth regularly and floss regularly will form less than those of us who do not. It is important to do this regularly, after every meal if possible.
I realize that what I am suggesting does take some time and some mental discipline. Before my wife has a chance to call me a hypocrite, I do admit that I don’t always do all that I have suggested. But I do visit my dentist regularly and have the hygienist work on my tarter.
Your hygienist will tell you how often you should be checked. It is important to keep your appointments and undergo the periodic evaluations. If we all do it, dentists might start to appear on the list of endangered species.
Posted: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:00 am
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimates that more than half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease – from mild cases of gingivitis, to the more severe form known as periodontitis, also known as gum disease. However, despite this prevalence, approximately only three percent of those patients seek treatment for their gum disease. With increasingly more research indicating that gum disease may be linked to several other diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer, maintaining healthy teeth and gums has become more important than ever. In order to help distinguish fact from fiction regarding periodontal disease, the AAP has identified and addressed some common misconceptions about oral health.
Myth #1: Bleeding gums are not that big of a deal.
Red, swollen and bleeding gums are an important sign of periodontal disease. If you notice bleeding while brushing or flossing, or when eating certain foods, you should schedule a visit with your dental professional to be evaluated for periodontal disease. Studies have shown that in addition to tooth loss, gum disease may contribute to the progression of other diseases, including heart disease and diabetes, so it is important that you begin treating periodontal disease as soon as possible.
Myth #2: You don’t need to floss every day.
Routine oral care, which includes brushing after every meal and before bedtime, and flossing at least once a day, is the best way to prevent gum disease. However, a recent survey estimates that only 13.5 percent of Americans floss each day. It is vital that you keep up with your daily oral care, and see a dental professional for a thorough check-up twice a year. If gum disease is diagnosed, a consultation with a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating periodontal disease, may be beneficial.
Myth #3: A visit to the periodontist will be scary.
Periodontists are gum disease experts. They have received three or more years of specialized training following dental school centered on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease. Periodontists are equipped with the latest treatments and technologies, using innovative tools such as digital radiography, ultrasound technology, biomarker measurement and laser therapy. These newer methods of periodontal treatment are far less invasive and have speedy recovery times making your visit and recovery much more comfortable compared to traditional treatment methods.
Myth #4: A tooth lost to gum disease is a tooth lost forever.
Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, in addition to treating gum disease, periodontists are also experts in placing dental implants – a convenient and comfortable way to permanently replace missing teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth. Studies have shown that dental implants have a 98 percent success rate, and with proper care, allow you to speak, eat and smile with confidence. In fact, a survey conducted by the American Academy of Periodontology found that over 70 percent of respondents reported being “pleased” or “extremely satisfied” with the results of their dental implants.
Myth #5: Poor oral hygiene is the only way to develop gum disease.
Forgoing good oral hygiene can certainly contribute to the progression of gum disease, but there are a variety of other factors that can also impact your risk. For instance, tobacco use has been shown to greatly increase your chance of developing gum disease. Stress, poor diet, and even genetics, can also play a role in the health of your gums. To determine your risk of developing gum disease, the AAP offers a free online risk assessment test, found on perio.org. Now that you are armed with the facts about gum disease, make sure you discuss any concerns about your oral health with your dental professional. Also let them know of any chronic health issues such as respiratory disease, osteoporosis, even some types of cancer since those and several other diseases have been linked to gum disease. As with any disease, early detection and treatment is always best.
As always, everyone was very friendly and welcoming
“As always, everyone was very friendly and welcoming. Dr Burgess and his assistants make me feel comfortable every time, and I enjoy the conversations, even when I’m just the listener while I’m being treated. I’m never thrilled to have to go to the dentist, but this office makes it as pleasant as it can possibly be!”
In recent years, the use of thin ceramic or porcelain veneer layer bonded to your existing tooth has become a popular cosmetic treatment. Veneers allow a skilled cosmetic dentist to reshape the appearance of your front teeth (upper and lower) using a thin shell to effectively cover stains, hide gaps and straighten misaligned teeth.
Cotton candy’s earliest origins date back to 15th century Italy. Here, in specialty bakeries off cobblestoned streets, sugar syrup would be boiled in a pan and “flicked out” with forks to create decorative, wispy strands. Due to the laborious process and the high price of its only ingredient, this “spun sugar” was only produced in small quantities, exclusively for the uber-wealthy.
For 300 years, the confection stayed in fashion—but only among elite circles. Ornately-spun Easter eggs and “webs of gold and silver” were rare delicacies for high society Europeans. Italians were particularly skilled at sugar spinning; as one historian describes, Venetians “moulded it into a fantastic tableaux of animals, mythic figures, buildings, birds, and pastoral scenes.” When Henri III of France visited Venice in the late 1500s, he was treated to a fanciful banquet at which 1,286 items —including the tablecloth —were spun of sugar. For the average citizen though, the treat remained widely inaccessible.
Centuries later, in 1897, a 37-year-old dentist from Tennessee decided the sugary goods should be enjoyed by everyone.
Born in Nashville in 1860, James Morrison’s passions were strangely conflicting. He excelled in dentistry school (by 1894, he was named President of the Tennessee State Dental Association), but was also a confection enthusiast with a penchant for culinary advancement. By the mid-1890s, he patented several devices — one which extracted oils from cottonseed and converted them to lard, and another which chemically purified Nashville’s drinking water.
But Morrison’s biggest breakthrough came in 1897, when he paired with John C. Wharton, an old pal and fellow confectioner. Together, the two designed and co-patented what they called the “electric candy machine.” Utilizing centrifugal force, the device rapidly spun and melted sugar through through small holes until it was fluffy and nearly 70% air. They called the new treat “fairy floss,” formed the “Electric Candy Company,” and spent several years perfecting the process before debuting it to the public.