Friday, September 30, 2016

Great articles on teeth and dental issues

Here are some links I've been posting on my Facebook page.

They'll provide you with good information and interesting articles on Teeth in the News, dental technology, getting your children to love brushing their teeth, and much more.


NASCAR female driver Danica Patrick is a driving force behind “Healthy Mouth Movement,” a campaign to promote dental health care with a special focus on veterans.


Colorado dentist explains the advantages of today's dental veneers.


Brushing your teeth correctly, especially right before going to bed, will save you a lot of pain and expense.


About 42,000 years ago, the Neanderthals — the stocky cousins of modern humans — fashioned tiny jewelry beads from animal teeth, shells and ivory, a new study finds.

The finding is momentous, as it suggests that Neanderthals could engage in symbolic expression — the ability to make art — before they went extinct about 30,000 years ago, the researchers said.


Menopause affects your gums, teeth, and saliva, due to hormone changes. Check out these tips on how to ensure oral health during menopause.


"Mimi is one of 20 children who underwent baby tooth root canals, or pulpotomies, at Children’s Dental Group in recent months who have developed suspected mycobacterial infections. Initial testing has implicated the office’s water system, which has been shut down and must be replaced."

Personally, I'm not so sure the water system is to blame.

There is a medication that is applied to root canal areas to keep them disinfected. Either they weren't applying it or it was past the expiration date and was not potent enough. This might be the real reason for the infections.


A recent study revealed that the teeth of decades-old hippo skeletons hold information about Africa’s changing plant life and could model the further decline of elephant populations and savanna ecosystems.


As per the Pew Charitable Trusts, more than 2/3 of the American population face crucial challenges in getting access to dental care, lack of dental insurance policy, insufficient and limited dental care providers, prohibitive cost and transportation and mobility issues.

As the policymakers throughout the country look forward to understand the issues and act against them, the average person is still confused about what to do and what not to do.


Teeth Whitening can be harmful if an untrained, or unprofessional person performs the treatment.


“I always encourage people to get electric toothbrushes,” says Valerie Martins, DMD, a board-certified periodontist with a private practice in Beverly, MA.

“They are the best.” Why? Martins compares the two to cleaning the floor with either a Hoover vacuum or a broom. Electric brushes oscillate faster, moving water and toothpaste at greater speeds—which makes them more effective at removing plaque, she says.

These brushes also keep you from over-brushing. Plus, they time you (so that you’re really brushing for a full two minutes), buzzing every 30 seconds or so to alert you to switch sections in your mouth.
Try brushes from Oral-B or Sonicare, suggests Martins.


Are you really brushing your teeth correctly?


Is it logical to remove a wisdom tooth that doesn't exhibit any symptoms?


You may decide not to use this list as your sole criteria for selecting dental health products, but here are the non-prescription, consumer items that have the ADA American Dental Association seal of approval.


Do you make any of these 8 Bathroom Mistakes?

#2 = You store your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet.


More than half of opioids prescribed to patients following surgical tooth extraction – such as the removal of impacted wisdom teeth – were left unused by patients, research shows. 

The authors say the surplus is troubling given the ongoing opioid epidemic and evidence showing that individuals who abuse prescription opioids often use leftover pills that were prescribed for friends or family members.


Fans of the show regularly comment on the appearance of the people that appear and seem to always make the same connection: "Why does every guest on Jeremy Kyle have bad teeth?"

But today's guest Vicky, sent the Twittersphere into meltdown as she appeared on the show with an unhealthy looking set of gnashers.

One begged the show to bring on a dentist: "Dentist badly needed on Jeremy Kyle show # feelinsick"

Friday, January 8, 2016

ADA Annual Dental Meeting 2015

Looking back over our accomplishments during the past year, I'm grateful for many things.

I have deep appreciation for my patients, staff, schools, and colleagues that have made our success as a dental practice possible.

 One highlight occurred toward the end of the year.

Our staff attended the American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Dental Meeting in Washington D.C. November 11-15, 2015. 

ADA 2015 is the premier event for dentists and dental professionals who are looking for the highest quality, most innovative and effective continuing education to improve patient care.

Thousands of dentists and dental workers attend these annual meetings, which impart the most advanced information and showcase the latest dental technology.

Founded in 1859, the not-for-profit American Dental Association is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 157,000 dentist members.

Since then, the ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients. The ADA is committed to its members and to the improvement of oral health for the public.

It's amazing to see the rapid progress of high tech dentistry and James Lynn Davis Dentistry aims to stay at the forefront of ADA approved innovations.

Each staff member attended continuing education courses designed to learn the latest information to help our patients. Topics of interest included nutrition, aiding patients with decreasing saliva causing dry mouth, and preventing cavities in high risk patients.

There were nationally known experts speaking and over 550 exhibitors from all over the world presenting the latest advances in technology.

Our office purchased several items including an advanced light curing unit to speed the placement of white fillings and a new intra-oral scanner to take digital impressions of teeth.

I'm delighted to say that our entire staff was highly motivated to learn. We all had fun as we learned. This new, state of the art knowledge will result in better ways of helping serve you and your family as patients.

P.S. Big Thanks to our local Peoria, IL federal judge, Honorable James Shadid, who amazed us by arranging for dental assistant Cathy, my wife Susan, and I to visit the Supreme Court for a guided tour. It was impressive and I learned that they hear only about 80 cases out of 10,000 per year.

Now, the Supreme Court is no longer an abstraction, but a real and living reality that we were fortunate enough to experience personally. It makes you feel more connected to the nation's inner workings.