Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What is Gingivitis?

Click to read a good article on gingivitis. .  Gingivitis is a common oral infection that just about everyone will suffer from at some point in their life. The good news is it is almost always reversible with relatively simple therapy.
 Periodontitis, on the other hand, is not as easy to manage.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Childhood Decay on the Increase...Three Keys to Control the Problem

A recent New York Times article "Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities" highlighted the growing problem of severe tooth decay among youngsters. Putting off routine exams and unhealthy habits can lead to an expensive solution for mostly preventable problems. There are three keys to keeping a kid's mouth (and grown-ups too!) healthy in a cost effective manner.
  1. Early Detection - Modern diagnostic techniques such as high magnification, Diagnodent laser decay detection, or Spectra fluorescence decay detection help the dentist to find decay at its earliest. These systems detect decay long before the old fashioned dental explorer detect the proverbial "stick".
  2. Early Intervention - Early decay can be managed a multitude of ways once detected. These techniques include non -invasive approaches such as topical fluoride, topical calcium, sealants, and dietary changes. More advanced caries that need fillings are much easier to provide with a better prognosis the sooner they are detected. We treat most of these in our office using the laser and no needle or drill is required. This approach is much less traumatic for the child.
  3. Healthy Habits- Frequent carbohydrate exposure such as juice in sippy cups is a primary culprit in the explosion of childhood decay. Decay bacteria need frequent carbohydrates to create the acid that destroys enamel. A healthy diet and good oral hygiene habits help kids grow and keep strong teeth. It is no accident that the rise in childhood obesity has accompanied this increase in dental problems.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Photos of the new office.....
We've been in the new office for four months now and we love it....for a photo tour click here
Important Warning from the FDA......

Spinbrush Powered Toothbrush by Arm and Hammer or Crest: Safety Communication - Choking Hazard and Serious Injuries

[Posted 02/16/2012]

AUDIENCE: Comsumer, Dentist

ISSUE: FDA notified parents, caregivers, consumers, and dental care professionals about reports of serious injuries and potential hazards associated with the use of all models of the Spinbrush. These reports indicated that while turned on, the brush head has either “popped off” or broken off in the user’s mouth or near the face, causing cuts to the mouth and gums, chipped or broken teeth, swallowing and choking on the broken pieces, and injuries to the face and eyes. When the unexpected release of any part of the powered toothbrush occurs, there is a potential for serious injury. This risk is higher for unattended children or adults who may need assistance while using this device.

BACKGROUND: The Spinbrush line of powered toothbrushes is currently sold as the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush and until 2009 was sold as the Crest Spinbrush. The Spinbrush line is manufactured by Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

RECOMMENDATIONS: FDA recommends that consumers:

  • Inspect the Spinbrush for any damage or loose brush bristles prior to using. If you notice any damage or loose brush bristles, DO NOT USE.
  • Check to be sure that the headpiece is connected properly to the handle of the brush and test your brush outside of the mouth prior to using. If you notice the connection feels loose or the headpiece easily detaches from the handle, DO NOT USE.
  • Supervise children and adults who need assistance when using the Spinbrush.
  • Do not bite down on the brush head while brushing.

See the FDA Safety Communication for FDA/manufacturer recommendations and product photos.

Prompt reporting of adverse events can help the FDA identify and better understand the risks associated with medical devices. If you suspect a problem with a Spinbrush, we encourage you to file a voluntary report through FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178