Becoming an Emergency Dental Practice

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If you have thought about becoming an emergency dental practice, you should know that there are many rewards both financially and emotionally.  But there are also many personal and professional sacrifices. If you are considering it, you will want to have a good idea of what types of issues you may come across so you can prepare.

Pain – Patients looking for an emergency dental service are most often under a significant amount of pain.  They may have an abscessed tooth or even broken or damaged mouth and teeth from an accident of some sort.

Payment – Most people don’t plan on payment for an emergency dental issue, because, of course, it is unexpected. You may often run into patients who won’t be willing or be able to pay.

Extended and Early Hours – If you plan to enter the field of emergency dentistry you know that you will need to offer extended hours as well as early morning hours.  Most emergency practices stay open from 8 am to 9 pm on average.

One time patients – Being an emergency dentist also means that you will get more one time patients. Many of your patients already have a family dentist, but need to be seen after hours so you’ll only see them the one time. You will also see more patients on weekends.

As an emergency dentist you will see certain issues more than others. These include things like denture problems, trauma, tooth fractures, crown and bridge problems and pain diagnosis.  You will need to be proficiently trained in these things.

If you have thought about becoming an emergency dental practice, keep these things in mind and check out the article from The Dental Geek here: The Rewards and Sacrifices of Becoming an Emergency Dental Practice.

Testing Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

toothpaste and toothbrushesEvery morning you wake up and brush your teeth. You use toothpaste and a toothbrush. Have you ever wondered the process that went into getting you that toothpaste and toothbrush?

There are a large selection of dental hygiene products. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths. Bristles that are rounded, pointed, hard and soft.

There are various forms of toothpaste formulas that have been tested on artificial tooth enamels. In an article from the Dental Tribune, they explain the process of testing toothbrushes and toothpastes. Check it out here:

Hardening Toothpaste That Works While You Sleep

toothpaste 2A new ingredient is now being added to certain toothpastes.  This ingredient puts back lost minerals from tooth enamel and helps prevent decay and treat sensitivity.  All while you sleep. This hardening toothpaste is available online from special dental distributors, but may be available in stores soon.

The new ingredient, known as BioMinF will provide relief to millions of people who are prone to tooth decay and tooth sensitivity. Tooth decay is the most common disease worldwide and also the number one reason why children are admitted to the hospital.

Toothpastes that contain BioMinF slowly release calcium, phosphate and fluoride ions over a time frame of 8 to 12 hours. Using this type of toothpaste makes teeth more resistant to acidic foods and drinks.

BioMinF is available from dental practices and distributors now or via at £4.99 for 75ml tube.

Breakthrough Toothpaste Ingredient Hardens Your Teeth While You Sleep|ScienceDaily

The Science of a Genuine Smile

genuine smileA beautiful, genuine smile is a spontaneous form of self expression.  A smile is a universal way to communicate joy, excitement, and caring without even saying a word. While a dentist has the duty of improving a person’s smile, they may not have ever actually thought about the phenomenon of the smile itself. Here is some research on the smile.

A French neurologist G.B. Duchenne studied the muscles that cause the smile.  His research from 1862, found that the corners of the lip pull up with the help of the cheek muscles.  He found that true joy is expressed on the face by a combined contraction of the lip muscles and the muscles of the eyes. He also discovered that there are two types of smiles. Voluntary and involuntary.  Artificial smiles are performed at will because the brain signals the conscious mind.  Real smiles come from another part of the brain and cause the lip muscles and eye muscles to contract involuntarily.  This may be one reason the expression “sparkle in the eyes” came about for someone who is truly happy.

Other studies have linked the genuine smile with overall health, emotional fulfillment, and longevity.  Some psychologists named LeAnne Harker and Dacher Keltner analyzed 141 college yearbook photos of women.  They then matched their smile ratings with personality data that was collected over 30 years.  The women who displayed true smiles in their old photos had greater levels of general well being and marriage satisfaction.

An authentic smile, often referred to as the Duchenne smile, is perceived as more sincere, honest, friendly and approachable.  So regardless of your age or gender, if you want to live a happy life, a genuine smile may be the most valuable gift you can give another person or yourself.

The Science of Genuine Smiles|Huffington Post

Could a Probiotic Pill Prevent Cavities?

probioticResearchers have pinpointed a ‘good bacterium’ that reduces acidity and fights ‘bad bacteria’ in the mouth, potentially paving the way for a probiotic remedy to prevent caries. Dealing with cavities could one day be as simple as taking a supplement to keep unwanted bacteria in check. This is according to findings published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Read the full article from Medical News Today here: Could a probiotic pill prevent dental cavities?