Flossing Health Claims Not Proven

do i need to floss everydayYou’ve probably heard a lot of hype in the news lately about flossing.  Certain claims say that flossing is not as important as once thought. In fact, a leading British dentist said there is only “weak evidence” that flossing prevents gum disease and cavities. He added that “more sophisticated trials” are needed.

An Associated Press research study said that evidence in leading journals was weak and unreliable. If you ask your dentist though, he/she will most likely tell you that flossing is still very important.  Some people may not have large enough spaces between their teeth to use an inter-dental brush so flossing is a good alternative.

Read more about flossing claims and studies in the Salisbury Journal.

 

 

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.

Medicaid And Dental Coverage

medicaidStudies have proven that more than 2 percent of emergency department visits are related to dental conditions. This is mostly because of a lack of dental insurance for adults. Even though the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has made it possible for more Americans to have health coverage, many states don’t provide dental coverage.

The studies suggest that Medicaid dental coverage could help reduce the need for many low income Americans to visit emergency departments for dental issues.

Read more about the issue of Medicaid and dental coverage and the difficulty finding dental care in America here: Dental Coverage For Patients With Medicaid May Not Prevent Tooth Related ER Visits.

Fluoride Isn’t The Answer Sugar IsThe Problem

fluorideMany people use fluoride to help keep their teeth healthy and strong.  While fluoride may help strengthen teeth, what you eat is more important to the health of your teeth. An article from Dr. Mercola suggests that fluoride isn’t the answer, sugar is the problem.

Cavities are caused by the demineralization of your teeth because of acids formed by fermentation of sugars. Studies have shown that the more sugar you eat, the more chance of getting cavities, regardless of fluoride use.

In order to minimize your risk of cavities, sugar should make up no more than 3 percent of your total calorie intake. Read the full article from Dr. Mercola here: Fluoride Isn’t the Answer, Sugar Is the Problem.

Bruxism Caused By Social Anxiety

bruxismSome recent studies have shown that bruxism, teeth grinding, can be caused by anxiety experienced in social circumstances. Bruxism can cause tooth wear and even fractures in teeth as well as jaw pain.

Some people may be prone to biting their nails when faced with uncomfortable circumstances or in social situations that are out of their comfort zones. It is now found that many people suffer from teeth grinding in these same situations.  The research studied men and women who had suffered from social phobia.  Some were on medications to help with these disorders. Some were not.  And some did not suffer from social phobia.  The subjects underwent psychiatric and dental exams.

See the outcome of the research here: Nail biters, beware: Teeth grinding is next – Medical News Today.