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Oral Longevity - A healthy smile at all ages

June 19th, 2008

As science continues to evolve and answer questions about why things are the way they are, we are gaining abundant knowledge on how oral health affects overall health. Though younger generations are getting educated even earlier about the importance of keeping your teeth clean, there is a different generation that has been left untapped... at least until recently.

In an article I read entitled: Museum event focuses on oral health needs, news for older adults, I got to read first hand about how a company called OralLongevity is working to educate the elderly about the importance of oral health. Take some time to read the article and then let me know what you think.

This event is one of several outreach activities the OralLongevity initiative has planned this year to reach consumers and patients age 55 and older with oral health information targeted directly to their needs.

"The National Museum of Dentistry's new Elderhostel program addressed issues that affect older Americans, such as how mouths change as we age, and how this change can alter utilization of dental services," said Dr. Janet Yellowitz, director of geriatric dentistry at the University of Maryland Dental School.

Military Dental Research - Low Funding

June 6th, 2008

As a dentist in Seattle, I have come across many different cases. Some patients need basic dental treatment, while others may need extreme treatment. What few people know is that Seattle isn't too far from Fort Lewis, a military training camp near Olympia Washington. Because of the proximity, it is not unlikely that I will treat someone from the military here and there. Because of this, you can understand my surprise when I came across a headline: Military dental research funding 'woefully inadequate,' ADA testifies. I highly suggest you checkout this article, but be prepared, there are some images of war wounds included. Here's a snippet from the article:

he Association in graphic Senate testimony urged modest increases in the "woefully inadequate" and declining budget for military dental research into facial reconstruction and the wounds of war.

What do you think? Should funding be improved? As a dentist, I think it definitely should, but you might have other opinions. I'm open to your thoughts.

David Letterman Needed CEREC

May 28th, 2008

I just came across this great video showing exactly why CEREC single visit restoration is the way to go. Had Letterman used CEREC, he would have saved himself time and pain. To learn more about CEREC, and dentistry in Seattle, feel free to checkout my site or give my office a call.

Overall Health and Dental Health - Seeing a Dentist in Seattle

May 5th, 2008

I have been a dentist in the greater Seattle, WA area for many years. My services range from cosmetic dentistry, to smile enhancement, basic dentistry, and even single visit dental restorations through CEREC technology. Some of my patients will visit me only once, assuming that getting dental care once every 10 years is all that is necessary to achieve good oral health. Unfortunately, there are many other factors necessary to achieving a healthy smile. Eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins C and D, for instance, will help your smile improve, while also aiding in your overall health. An article written by the Leader Post points to the scientific findings stating "Mouth the key to good overall health."

"I think that people are finally recognizing that you can't really take your teeth aside, put them over there, and think this is not really related to what's happening to my body,'' says Luke Shwart, president of the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry. "It's an integral part of your body."

What do you think? Does your overall health relate to your dental health? This Seattle dentist thinks so.

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