The Best Dental Websites Online

Recently I was made aware that my blog here at blog.teethremoval.com was included as one of the Best 7 Dental Websites Online right now over at http://www.emergencydentistsusa.com/best-dental-websites-online-right-now The 7 contestants include: The Dental Warrior Teeth Removal (this site) Dr. Chetan Brookside Dental Dr. Tom Farley Modern Dental Marketing The Junior Dentist Of course if you run a dental website and were not included in the list, you probably are quite upset and wondering how the websites were selected. The post says “…we only picked websites that were interesting to us. Sure, we could have done things by the book and found the most “educational” dental websites with pictures telling you exactly how to do thing A or thing B. Instead, we picked websites with a unique view of the dental profession. We looked at the overall design of the site, the content found on the site and the personality behind the site.” A poll powered by polldaddy is currently taking entries for the 7 possible contestants. Right now 11 votes have been cast and the The Dental Warrior is in first place. So if you feel inclined you can go over to the website and cast your vote. The previous […]

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Chewing Ability Tied to Dementia Risk

 If you are able to bite into an apple, you are more likely to maintain mental abilities according to new research. Research shows several possible contributors such changes, with several studies demonstrating an association between not having teeth and loss of cognitive function and a higher risk of dementia. A potential reason for this could be that few or no teeth makes chewing difficult, which leads to a reduction in the blood flow to the brain. Even so there have been no direct investigation into the significance of chewing ability in a national representative sample of elderly people. Researchers at the Department of Dental Medicine and the Aging Research Center (ARC) at Karolinska Institutet and from Karlstad University in Sweden have looked at tooth loss, chewing ability and cognitive function in a random nationwide sample of 557 people aged 77 or older. The researchers found that those who had difficulty chewing hard food such as apples had a significantly higher risk of developing cognitive impairments. The researchers explored this correlation  further and it remained even when controlling for education, sex, age, and mental health problems. Whether chewing ability was sustained with natural teeth or dentures also had no bearing on […]

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Propofol-Remifentanil Versus Propofol-Ketamine for Third Molar Surgery

A study titled “Comparison of Propofol-Remifentanil Versus Propofol-Ketamine Deep Sedation for Third Molar Surgery” appears in the 2012 Anesthesia Progress journal. The authors of the study set out to better determine what anesthetic to provide during third molar (aka wisdom teeth) surgery. In the study, two drug combinations for use as deep sedation during oral surgery were evaluated. Patients in a control group received a continuous intravenous infusion of propofol-remifentanil,  and patients in an experimental group received a continuous intravenous infusion of propofol-ketamine. This study was double blind in that neither patients nor surgeons were aware of which treatment was given. In this study, 37 patients  were monitored while sedated for respiratory, heart rate, and blood pressure stability. Emergence from the effects of anesthesia and total recovery time were recorded. In addition, patients and surgeons were both asked to rate their satisfaction with the anesthetic given. It was found that those patients who received the ketamine treatment took longer to emerge from the effects of the anesthesia. For those who received ketamine, the average emergence time was 13.6 minutes while those who received remifentanil  had an average emergence time of  7.1 minutes. The recovery period for ketamine patients was an […]

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Should you Stay Out of the Medical Businesses

Dr. McDougall, who I have written about before on this blog, see http://blog.teethremoval.com/how-to-protect-yourself-from-abusive-doctors/ and http://blog.teethremoval.com/food-children-and-diet, discussed in August, 2011, an article from Newsweek about the importance of avoiding some medical tests and treatments http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2011nl/aug/110800.htm. The Newsweek article is titled “The One Word that Can Save Your Life: No!,” by Sharon Begley, August 14, 2011. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/08/14/some-medical-tests-procedures-do-more-harm-than-good.html. Dr. McDougall in response to the article says “You and your family cannot win by being familiar with doctors, drugs, and hospitals. Just like you do not want to be on a first name basis with morticians, lawyers, auto mechanics, and plumbers, you do not want a doctor as a best friend or your calendar littered with appointments to visit these professionals. An undeniable fact is that the more you see doctors, the more likely you are to be tested and treated; for better or worse.” The Newsweek article highlights some issues with modern medicine. Stents which are devices designed to prop open blocked arteries in the brain, with the aim of preventing strokes, has been found to cause twice as many strokes as in control groups in a study. Neither the PSA blood test for prostate cancer and/or an annual electrocardiogram to screen for […]

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ADA hires Fleishman-Hillard as Public Relations Firm

An article written on February 14, 2013, titled “ADA selects national communications firm“, by Kelly Soderlund discusses how the American Dental Association (ADA) has recently hired Fleishman-Hillard as their public relations (PR) firm. The article states “Fleishman-Hillard will be charged with developing communications strategies and messages; proactively pitching major oral health stories to national media; and creating toolkits and other multimedia materials that dental societies can also use as issues management resources. The goal…is to build and enhance dentists’ reputation and the profession; position the dentist as a fully-trained doctor who leads the dental team; demonstrate dentistry’s leadership in breaking down barriers to oral health for all Americans; and ensure that the media portrays dentistry fairly and accurately.” I am not quite sure what exactly to expect from this PR campaign. The article talks about portraying dentists fairly and accurately and also providing people with the knowledge that empowers them to be good stewards of their own oral health. I believe the information necessary to be empowered to be a good steward of oral health is from examining the evidence and seeing the real issues. In an article in 2011 I explored the issue of Are Dentists Ethical or Scam Artists? From […]

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