Archive | October, 2008

Dentist Drill Use Dwindling in The Future

A new technology that spots tooth decay almost as soon as it’s begun promises to reduce the need for drilling and filling. Drilling is one of the top dental phobias causing many to not to go to the dentist. The new technology may be available five years from now, is based on Raman spectroscopy most commonly used to distinguish between different chemicals by identifying each molecule’s unique fingerprint. It detects decay simply and painlessly by pointing a tiny optical fibre at the tooth to check on its health. A preliminary study at King’s College London, where the technique is being developed, found that chemical changes in the tooth could be detected by analysing how light is scattered when a laser is fired at the tooth. Researchers were able to tell healthy teeth from carious teeth because bacteria, responsible for the decay, scatter light in a different way to healthy teeth. A PhD student working on developing the technique at King’s College London, said: ‘The earlier you spot decay the better as you can remineralise the area so there is no cavitation and therefore no need for a filling.’ The downside of developing the machines is the cost and the time […]

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Latest Happenings – Healthcare – McCain – Obama

I wanted to post about some of the recent developments and soon to be developments that are happening relating to the dental community and my website. I feel that there are some important issues currently occuring. First off, I want to thank dk from PurposeInc.com for the Chiptole burrito coupon. I won a free burrito coupon from a contest he was running on his blog. Next off the U.S. election is fast approaching. On Novemeber 4th, 2008 millions of Americans will vote for their next president. I recently wrote an article over on Associated Content discussing the issues faced by Americans with the recent government bailout and it’s impact on the health system. Further I addressed some of the issues regarding Obama and McCain and their plans for healthcare. If you suffer from chronic health problems the best choice is to move to another country. Neither candidate has a health care plan that works. Both continue to use the same old policies that leave over 45 million Americans without health care. Therefore, TeethRemoval.com is not endorsing either candidate. However, if you will be voting in the election and you are concerned about your health care the better choice is Barack […]

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Silent Enamel-Eating Syndrome, Are You at Risk?

Your teeth could be in more trouble than you know because of a silent and destructive phenomenon called dental erosion. The incidence of dental erosion, which is the steady loss of the teeth’s protective enamel, is on the rise in the United States. Bennett T. Amaechi, M.S., Ph.D., associate professor of community dentistry at the UT Health Science Center, and colleagues discovered a 30 percent prevalence rate of dental erosion among 10- to 14-year-olds in the United States. Dr. Amaechi led the San Antonio portion of the nation’s first population-based, multi-center study of dental erosion. The study, involving 900 middle school students, was conducted in 2004 and 2005 at Indiana University, the University of California at San Francisco and the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. Dental erosion has not been widely analyzed in the United States. “This study is important because it confirms our suspicions of the high prevalence of dental erosion in this country and, more importantly, brings awareness to dental practitioners and patients of its prevalence, causes, prevention and treatment,” Dr. Amaechi said. He explained that dental erosion is caused by acids found in products that are being more widely consumed than ever in the U.S. These […]

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Abandoned Dentist Chair

I found this great photo of an abandoned dentist chair while searching through photos on Flickr. I think this image captures the fear many people feel when visiting the dentist. You may be feeling that something is going to go terribly wrong and that your life may be changed forever. Or you may feel really uncomfortable and want to be doing some other activity. The original URL is http://www.flickr.com/photos/22793898@N04/2191423773/

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Dental Fear

Do you have a phobia or suffer from dental fear. Many people suffer from fear of going to the dentist. DentalFearCentral.org offers the following explanation. DENTAL FEAR is a reaction to a known danger (“I know what the dentist is going to do, been there, done that – I’m scared!!”), which involves a fight-or-flight response when confronted with the threatening stimulus. DENTAL PHOBIA is basically the same as fear, only much stronger (“I know what happens when I go to the dentist – there’s no way I’m going back if I can help it. I’m so terrified I feel sick”). Also, the fight-or-flight response occurs when just thinking about or being reminded of the threatening situation. Someone with a dental phobia will avoid dental care at all costs until either a physical problem or the psychological burden of the phobia becomes overwhelming. To discuss your dental fears with others and learn more visit the dental fear central forums.

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