Friday, August 22, 2008
Thank-You For Asking, But Some Things Are Not Free(Confessions of a Walkaholic)
Many of you that know I deal in finance are asking more questions about the financial situation the United States is in then dental questions. Dentistry is one of the first things that gets squeezed out of the budget when times get tough and I have written more than once on how best to handle the dental budget. So now I would like to talk about an idea that has worked for me during these trying times.I am not going to give you any secret formula for making your paycheck buy twice as much as it should be buying or, how to make millions in real estate......
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Is My Dentist Speaking In A foreign Language to Me?
Many of you have written and asked what the heck is my dentist trying to tell me when he/she is using all that fancy language? The answer to that question is as close as the tongue and lips you just had your dentist (hopefully) do a cancer exam on.
Sometimes in ‘the heat of the battle’ of a dental office between patients arriving a little late, the dentist running a little behind, the dental representative waiting to ‘sell’ the doctor the latest new dental device, the accountant calling to leave a message that the quarterly taxes are done and need to get into the bank tonight, the patient from yesterday’s extraction on the phone with their ‘cheek’ swelling, and the dental assistant needing to pick-up their child from school; the dentist sometimes will tell you what you need to take care of your oral health in dental terms and phrases that mean little, if anything to you.
In other words, you walk out of the dental operatory more confused as to what you need then you were when you went into the operatory. At this point you need to sit down with the office treatment consultant and discuss your treatment in terms that
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
- The World's first Dental School opened in 1840 in Baltimore, Md.
- The ADA (American Dental Association) began in 1859 with a group of 26 dentists who met at Niagara Falls to exchange information.
- George Washington had only one of his own teeth at the time of his inauguration in 1790! He wore dentures made of ivory.
- Paul Revere (known for his famous "midnight ride" and the words "the British are coming!") was a dentist, as well as a blacksmith! He placed an ad in a Boston newspaper offering dental services. He actually became the first person known to use Dental Forensics when he identified the body of a Colonial Colonel who was killed at the battle of Bunker Hill.
- James Dean wore a bridge to gap his missing front teeth!
- Mick Jagger had a diamond chip implanted in his upper right incisor! Before the diamond, he wore an emerald.
- Unwaxed dental floss will remove more plaque than waxed floss.
- 3 million miles of dental floss are purchased every year in North America!
This was fun to research. For anyone who is interested, there are lots of places on the Web to find Dental Trivia. Enjoy!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
- The food you eat
- If you don't brush and floss daily
- A dry mouth
- Tobacco products
- Bad breath may be the sign of a medical disorder
To help prevent having bad breath, brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your tongue, too. To read more on how to prevent or treat bad breath click here.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
However, the arguments to that idea were basically saying that all toothpaste really does is freshen your breath.
So, I researched it. I wasn't able to find ANYTHING that supports my idea. :( But, I did find a TON of resources that support the idea that you don't need toothpaste (good to know), and that some toothpastes can actually harm your teeth.
Here is an excerpt I found on the subject off of an actual dentists website:
Toothpaste is not necessary for cleaning the teeth. Toothpaste masks odors as you brush your teeth. Toothpaste may make your breath feel fresher. If you choose to use toothpaste, select one that carries ADA Seal of Approval. Materials such as baking soda and salt may be used as a safe alternative to commercial toothpaste.
Some manufactures claim that their product whitens the teeth and, indeed, may do so initially. However, tooth whiteners may scratch the enamel of the teeth, creating more space for bacterial to grow. These are not recommended for use without careful professional guidance and instruction.***
So, there you have it. You don't NEED to use toothpaste to properly brush your teeth.
***excerpt taken from http://www.drdavidjones.com/qa.htm