Reads like a Dentist’s Advertisement

I periodically like to check out the wisdom tooth page over on Wikipedia. Recently I came across the talk page which has an interesting comment near the bottom written on September 3, 2012, “There is very little discussion of how common it is to have wisdom teeth, and how often wisdom teeth pose no problems if left alone. Nor is there adequate discussion of how often extraction is necessary when they do pose problems. Some lip service is paid to it in the “controversy” ghetto, but in the end the discussion of the “controversy” is equivocating and unclear. As a whole, the article conjured up the image of an eager, pushy dentist insisting that, “Yeah, buddy, wisdom teeth are a huge problem! It may not seem like it, but it’s bad – trust me, I know these things – I mean, would I lie to you? We’ll have to do an extraction, but don’t worry! Here, just sign your agreement to all these expensive medical procedures…” No offense meant to the contributors. At least the discussion of the pathology is extensive.” I personally think the wisdom tooth page on Wikipedia could use some work as it seems a bit […]

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Porcelain Laminate Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of a tooth to improve the aesthetics of the tooth or protect the tooth from damage to to the surface. Composites and dental porcelain are the two main types of materials that are used to fabricate a dental veneer. A porcelain veener must be fabricated in a dental laboratory whereas a composite does not have to be. Porcelain laminate veneers were first researched in the early 1980s. This research found that porcelain can be etched with hydrofluoric acid and  porcelain veneers can be bonded on the surface of a tooth permanently. Since then advances in ceramic materials, adhesive technology (bonding agents), and clinical techniques have allowed for porcelain laminate veneers to evolve into the treatment of choice for minimally invasive aesthetic dentistry. Various factors affect the long-term success of porcelain laminate veneers and a veener may have to be replaced over time. In one study, fracture represented 67% of total failures after an observational period of 15 years of clinical performance. The most frequent failure modes associated with porcelain laminate veneers are fracture, microleakage, and debonding. The most common uses for a dental veener are for teeth […]

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Fred R. Klenner And His Vitamin C Treatment of Polio

Recently I came across some of the work by Fred R. Klenner, a physician in North Carolina in the 1940s who worked on treating illnesses with vitamin C megadoses. He published a paper titled “The Treatment of Poliomyelitis and Other Virus Diseases with Vitamin C” in the Southern Medicine & Surgery, Volume 111, Number 7, July, 1949, pp. 209-214, discussing some of his work. In this paper Dr. Klenner states: “In the poliomyelitis epidemic in North Carolina in 1948, 60 cases of this disease came under our care. These patients presented all or almost all of these signs and symptoms: Fever of 101 to 104.6, headache, pain at the back of the eyes, conjunctivitis, scarlet throat; pain between the shoulders, the back of the neck, one or more extremity, the lumbar back; nausea, vomiting and constipation. In 15 of these cases the diagnosis was confirmed by lumbar puncture; the cell count ranging from 33 to 125. Eight had been in contact with a proven case; two of this group received spinal taps. Examination of the spinal fluid was not carried out in others for the reasons: (1) Flexner and Amoss had warned that “simple lumbar puncture attended with even very slight […]

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Rogue Dentist’s Crusade

An interesting article appears recently over on Yahoo by Liz Goodwin, December 3, 2012, titled “Rouge dentist’s 30-year crusade against wisdom teeth removal extracts results,” located over at The article discusses 86 year old (retired) dentist and public health advocate Jay Friedman. I have talked about Dr. Friedman before such as on this post The article on Yahoo states “Friedman has argued for more than 30 years that removing a young person’s healthy wisdom teeth — called “third molars” by professionals — is an unnecessary and irresponsible practice. …Many dentists and oral surgeons have dismissed him as a traitor and a zealot…” The article discusses how oral surgeons have been angered by Dr. Friedman and have questioned his qualifications. Some say he is biased against wisdom teeth extractions because his aim is to save the insurance industry money. The article mentions how recently the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) has adopted a new recommendation on wisdom teeth removal where  young patients’ wisdom teeth can be considered to be retained if they do not show signs of disease. The article states “Friedman calls the new AAOMS policy “a big sea change” from the days when retaining […]

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Preservation of Confidential Health Care for Young Adults

An interesting article titled “Health Reform and the Preservation of Confidential Health Care for Young Adults” written by Lauren Slive and Ryan Cramer appears in the Summer 2012 issue of the The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (vol. 40, issue 2, pages 383-390). A discussion is made regarding how sometimes when getting health care services confidential information can be inadvertently disclosed. If a breach of confidentiality can occur then a minor or young adult may not seek the health care services. The authors state “Of primary concern is that young adults, not just minors, who remain on their parents health insurance plans often forgo sensitive services with the concern that explanation of benefits (EOBs) from such services will inform their parents, the policyholders.” In addition, of note and some may not be aware of, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the U.S. adult children can remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until they are 26. However, the parent remains the policy holder here. The authors discuss in five parts of the article confidential care as it relates to young adults. In part 1 the article addresses how young adult most choose between utilizing private health […]

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