July 3rd, 2008
The other day a patient stepped into my office with what she called a "labret piercing." It was a piercing in her chin or lower lip. She had been complaining of pain on her lower teeth and instantly I knew that the piercing was causing it. You see, the back end of the piercing had been banging up against the front of her lower teeth, causing the enamel on her teeth to ware off! Now, oral piercings are definitely all the rage for an overall aesthetic look, but looking hip today, can cause you to look not so great tomorrow.
Researchers at the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University found that 20% of people with oral piercings (a tongue or lip piercing) are at high risk for tooth fractures and gum disease! The next time you consider getting a piercing, think twice.
My patient ended up taking out her piercing, and I'd say it was just in time.
June 26th, 2008
Every good dentist needs a great dental assistant working with him/her to help build amazing smiles. As a dentist in Seattle, WA, I find that my practice is only as good as its weakest link. Lucky for me I have an amazing team of smile specialists.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a dentist? Maybe consider attending a dental school or getting into dental assisting. According to the American Dental Association's news feed, dental school tuitions have gone down and are 33% less for instate tuition vs. out of state.
Consider the many benefits of a career in making people smile! I love watching the evolution of my patients' smiles by providing them with dental restoration, whitening, cosmetic dentistry, and basic family dentistry. If you're interested in becoming a dental assistant or a dentist, feel free to ask me any questions you might have and I'll be happy to offer up advice.
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.
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.