Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dentists and Bad Business Reviews

I read an article on Yahoo some time ago about a dentist who is considering a lawsuit against an elderly man who posted a bad review about her on an online review forum. Seriously? Apparently she had him sign a few papers prior to treatment (while he was in pain and on medication). Included in the paperwork was a waiver stating that he would not report his experience or write any negative reviews about the dentist following his treatment! He says that he had problems dealing with her office for almost a year after his treatment, and, exasperated, finally felt that he needed to share his experience. Maybe, after a year....but I think there may have been a better way.  I once had a client file a formal complaint with the Board of Dental Examiners against a dentist because it was cold in his office and he didn't have a blanket for her to cover up with. Frivolous, thoughtless and completely unnecessary.  Personally, in my 20 years of working in this industry, I have never heard of such a thing. The dentist wound up losing time and money because he had to attend continuing education classes and pay a fine for the infraction.  Nonsense! 

That said, there are many ways to resolve issues with your dentist, whether they are staff related, price discrepancies or quality of care issues. The solution is to go through the proper channels. I certainly would not advise anyone to file a complaint with the board because a receptionist was rude, or post it on any review forum, ever! Only as a last resort would I suggest filing a board complaint for anything less than malpractice. Consider a well written, certified letter, registered mail sent directly to the dentist.  Believe me, he will be much more receptive to a resolution than his receptionist or office manager because it is his license that is on the line!  9 times out of 10 the complaint will be resolved when it is approached this way. 

What do you think? We'd love your opinion on the issue.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top 15 Halloween Candies Your Dentist Wishes You Won't Eat!

With Halloween just around the corner, every year dentist offices across the country encounter a rush of patients experiencing Halloween candy related dental emergencies!! No joke!! It's very common for patients to present themselves to the dental staff with crowns or bridges that have been pulled off, fillings that have been pulled out, teeth that have been chipped or cracked all by these innocent sweeties we consume every year!! I've compiled a list of the most common offenders that can be found in your candy bowl!
Top 5 Worst Culprits
(these are known to extricate crowns, bridges and fillings with ease)
  1. Sugar Daddy
  2. Milk Duds
  3. Dots
  4. Bit-O-Honey
  5. Good n' Plenty
Top 10 Accomplices
  1. Jolly Rancher
  2. Laffy Taffy
  3. Caramel
  4. Gummy Bears
  5. Toffee
  6. Tootsie Rolls
  7. Sugar Babies
  8. Now & Laters
  9. Super Bubble Gum/ Dubble Bubble Gum
  10. Slowpokes
There ya have it! For those of you who have any type of dental work done, watch out for these sneaky little candies...or you may find yourself in the dental chair bashfully blaming your missing filling on one of these sweet little criminals!

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

Original Post by Dawn_DA on October 13th 2009

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fun Trivia Facts

Wow, is this for real?
  • An average person produces enough saliva in a lifetime to fill up a couple of swimming pools!

  • You actually have a tongue print! It is as unique as your fingerprint. No two tongues are identical...

  • Back in the middle ages, people used wine boiled with dogs teeth as a mouth rinse to fight tooth decay. Dogs Teeth? Ugh!

  • The mouth on the Statue Of Liberty is over 3 feet wide.

  • The famous Mount Rushmore took 14 years and 400 men, mostly miners, to carve and it was done during the Great Depression.  The mouths on each president are 18 ft wide! 

  • Snails can have up to 14,000 teeth but they can't chew.

  • It takes 17 muscles to smile, and 43 to frown!

So, keep smiling everyone!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Oral Piercings

Pierced tongue, lip and cheek may be attractive to some but there are many heath related risks that are involved with these oral piercings.
  1. Infections - With the amount of bacteria in your mouth with the addition of bacteria from handling the jewelry you have a increased risk for infections.
  2. Transmission of diseases - Potential risk for the transmission of the herpes virus along with hepatitis B and C.
  3. Nerve damage - Numbness at the site of the piercing or even worse loss of movement (piercing of the tongue) can occur if the nerve was damaged.
  4. Gum disease - The jewelry can come into contact with the gum tissue causing injury as well as recession of the gum tissue, this can also lead to loose teeth or tooth loss.
  5. Damaged teeth - Jewelry can crack or chip a tooth.
  6. Difficulties of daily functions - Tongue piercings can result in difficulty chewing or swallowing or Even speaking.
If you decide to get a oral piecing remember these risks.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

What Is Hyperdontia?

Hyperdontia - The condition of having supernumerary teeth (teeth that appear in addition to the regular number of teeth) They can appear in any area of the dental arch.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Is Chewing Gum Good For Your Oral Health?

Did you know that chewing sugarless chewing gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay?

Chewing gum causes your mouth to produce saliva, which helps neutralize and rinse away some of the acid that forms in your mouth when you eat.

Of course chewing sugar containing gum increases saliva flow too, but it contains the sugar which is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay causing acids. Where sugarless gum contains non-cavity sweetners.

Don't replace brushing and flossing with chewing gum, this is not a replacement. Brush and floss daily along with getting a regular dental exam every 6 months.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

8 Things You Should Never Put In Your Mouth!

Many people have bad habits that, when accidents strike, can be devastating to your oral health!  The following is a list of things one should never do!  Take heed!  Dentistry is very expensive! 

1. Never chew ice.  Ice chips teeth and causes minute cracks in the enamel, which weakens the structure of your teeth. 
2. Never open can tabs or bottles with your front teeth.  It will cause chips in your teeth.
3. Beware of biting into fruit that has pits in it.  More broken teeth and dentures are caused by cherry pits than any other fruit! 
4. Try to avoid biting your nails.  It just isn't a good practice all the way around.  You can chip your teeth and your mouth contains bacteria that you can deposit near your nail bed and cause infection.

In addition to these things, you should also avoid putting small objects like marbles, coins, paperclips and hairpins into your mouth.  These things all pose a threat to your teeth and can also become a choking hazard.

Keep smiling!!