Third Molar Multidisciplinary Press Conference

Just a quick update to remind you that the Multidisciplinary Conference on Third Molars (Wisdom Teeth) will be occurring today October 19, 2010, at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. at 11 A.M Eastern. To find out more details please refer to my previous blog post If you are unable to make the conference and would like to listen in online, a live audio stream will be provided. Simply visit This conference is being put on by American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and Ira. D Cheifetz, the immediate past president of AAOMS, will be in attendance. Update: I did get a chance to listen in on the conference which lasted just over an hour. The live stream also showed a PowerPoint presentation to accompany the speakers. The speakers who presented are seen in the above slide on the panel.  If you are interested in learning more about this panel who consisted of Dr. Ira D. Cheifetz, Dr. Louis K. Rafetto, Dr. James Q. Swift, Dr. Raymond P. White, Jr., Dr. Stephen Offenbacher, and Dr. M. Anthony Pogrel you can visit Each member of the panel did have their own slides which they presented […]

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Do Wisdom Teeth Cause Crowding?

For some reason which is not clear to me, people still often ask the question: do wisdom teeth cause crowding of anterior teeth? The answer to this question is a plain and simple no. Thomas B. Dodson, DMD, MPH says “extracting third molars to prevent or alleviate crowding of the dentition is not usually justified.” Jay Friedman, a retired dentist, says “It is not possible for lower third molars, which develop in the spongy interior cancellous tissue of bone with no firm support, to push 14 other teeth with roots implanted vertically like the pegs of a picket fence so that the incisors in the middle twist and overlap.” Dr. Jeff , a dentist, says “Wisdom teeth will not cause lower anterior crowding, ask any competent orthodontist, or just think about it from a logical standpoint. Realistically can a tooth the size of a wisdom tooth (generally not that large) be expected to “push” all of the root structure of the 5 to 7 teeth mesial to it to “move” the lower anteriors?? It just doesn’t happen.” It certainly seems to me from the above quotes who are from people who have regularly seen and examined the teeth of patients, […]

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Anesthesia in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Office

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is continuing to attempt to increase their ability to attract young adults to elect to have their wisdom teeth removed. Back in May 2010 they released a video called “Anesthesia: Safety and Comfort in the OMS Office.” The video is over nine minutes long and takes viewers into actual Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon’s offices with interviews by Dr. M. Anthony Pogrel who is Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of California, San Fransisco, Dr. Andrew Herlich who is Chief of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dr. Michael Miloro who is director for the Postgraduate Residency Training Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Dr. Michael Ding who is Chief Resident of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Baylor College of Dentistry, Roni Lockhart who is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Anesthesia Assistant, Dr. Anthony M. Spina who is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Kathy A. Banks who is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, and Dr. Richard D. Leathers who is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. There is even a brief interview of a patient who […]

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I have recently been using a website called frequently whenever I am going to go to the grocery store. I feel like if you have a few extra minutes that you can really save some money while you shop for food at your grocery store. allows you to search the current available coupons in your area. You then can select which ones you like, also known as clip, and then you can install a simple piece of software in order to print out the coupons. The coupons from work just like normal coupons you would find in your local newspaper. The difference is is that you print them out at home with your printer. If you don’t regularly get a newspaper then really makes it convenient to still save money on your groceries. I personally don’t advocate always looking to buy the cheapest food you possibly can. It is known that some of the cheaper food isn’t always the most healthy choice. I am simply suggesting an additional way to save a few dollars each week on food you would normally buy. Certainly, it probably is not a good idea to just buy food based on […]

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Childhood Experiences Impact Headache Frequency and Cardiovascular Disease

Recent research by Gretchen E. Tietjen, MD, of the University of Toledo College Of Medicine, and her colleagues have shown that childhood experiences have an impact on headache frequency and cardiovascular disease experienced once these children reach adulthood. Specifically Dr Tietjan and her researchers found children who experience maltreatment such as physical abuse, emotional and/or sexual abuse, and/or physical and/or emotional neglect, are more likely to experience frequent headaches as adults. In another study, Dr Tietjan and her researchers found that if migraine suffers’ experienced adverse experiences (as previously mentioned) as children than they were more likely to experience cardiovascular health problems as adults. “It is clear…that early adverse experiences influence a migraine sufferers’ cardiovascular health in adulthood,” said Dr. Tietjen. “Earlier studies have linked childhood maltreatment to frequent headaches and migraine,” said David Dodick, M.D., president of the AHS. “The biological underpinnings of this relationship should be a target of future research and clinicians should be aware of and evaluate for this important relationship in order to facilitate appropriate management strategies.  Dr. Tietjen and her teams are pioneers in understanding the relationship between negative childhood experiences and migraine. Now we need to drill even deeper to understand the relationship […]

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