I see a lot of families and little fellas in my office and it’s true that every one is a little bit different. Some kids scream, other kids bite, then there are the kids that won’t even open their mouths… they are by far my most challenging patients.
Usually it’s because they don’t really know what to expect at the dentist and it’s pretty scary for them. I mean, I would be scared, too. If a big guy’s looming over me and demanding that I open my mouth for unknown reasons, well, you can be certain that I’m not going to comply.
Ah, Valentine’s Day — a day for lovers and mutual exchange of oral bacteria.
From a dentist’s point of view, those deep, passionate kisses are just opportunities for you to contract all sorts of strange germs, but hey, what do I know? The good news is that there are some ways to lower your risk this year, keep reading…
I was in the barber shop recently, just watching the ole pole spin while I was pondering life and listening to the scissors snip away. You know, it wasn’t that long ago that I could get a whole list of medical procedures handled in that same chair, it was really an incredibly convenient set up.
But then modern medicine came along and now, you know, you have to come to me to get your teeth worked on.
Anyway, I found a neat article about the colors on that barber pole and how they’re related to dentistry. It was really very enlightening.
Sometimes when I’m alone in the office, my mind starts to wander and I think about all the things that have happened to get us to the point we’re at in dentistry. You do that, too, right? Like, who was the first person to call themselves a dentist? What sort of treatments did they use for dental problems before modern dentistry?
Life is hectic. Between taking your kids to soccer practice and piano lessons and maintaining your own work and social calendars, there’s hardly time to drop everything to have a dental implant made. It’s been a while since you’ve had to have one, but you know it used to take weeks to get a realistic implant crafted. The entire process was incredibly unpleasant, so unless you’ve damaged a visible tooth, it might just be easier to put it off indefinitely. Anyway, you know there’s not going to be a break in the schedule long enough to go from dental x-rays to a perfect new implant any time soon.
Did you ever just stop and wonder where it is that dentists got the idea to pull teeth or put in fillings? I mean, it had to start somewhere. It turns out that archaeologists have recently found some new evidence that kind of rewrites the history of dental practices. I don’t think we ever imagined how long ago we’ve actually been fiddling with our own teeth.
Mystery is always a popular genre for movies and television, but did you ever wonder how the coroners in those programs get access to the dental records of the deceased? Or how they can identify a body by their teeth? As you might expect, what they show on the screen isn’t quite the same as reality — what we can do with forensic dentistry is much cooler.
There was a time when buying toothpaste was simple. There were just a couple of brands and they only had one or two varieties, at best. Usually that second type was brightly colored and bubblegum flavored in the hopes it would encourage kids to brush more. Today, you can get toothpaste that tends to a whole array of specific dental needs, using a maddeningly long list of different ingredients, both active and inactive.
You have lots of it in your mouth right now and probably don’t even know it. In fact, plaque’s responsible for all sorts of dental problems, from bad breath to tooth decay. Eventually, that sticky, gummy plaque can harden and become tartar, which has to be scraped off your teeth. It’s all pretty unpleasant, really.