World Oral Health Day

Today, September 12th, 2008 has been declared as the First World Oral Health Day. The American Dental Assocation (ADA) and the FDI World Dental Federation want to use the day to “boost awareness of oral health and its impact on general health and well-being.” The date marks the anniversary of the FDI World Dental Federation and their groundbreaking International Conference on Primary Health Care, which was held on September 12, 1978. In addition the date honors Dr. Charles Godon, the FDI founder, who was born Sept. 12, 1854. “We hope that awareness of the importance of oral health can be elevated through the worldwide recognition of this day,” said Dr. Burton Conrod, FDI president. “The dentists of the world are committed to helping each and everyone in achieving optimal oral health through prevention and the highest possible standard of care.” … Read more

California Dental Association – Wisdom Teeth

I wanted to write briefly about the California Dental Association and applaud them for their current stance on wisdom teeth and their removal. It is available to the public at http://www.cda.org/popup/Wisdom_Teeth Here is an excerpt from the site. “In addition to problematic impacted wisdom teeth, partially erupted wisdom teeth (poking through the gums a little bit) should also be removed. Bits of food and bacteria get trapped in the pockets between the partially erupted tooth and gum, and cause infections and gum disease, not to mention pain. But according to Dr. Robert Boyd, Orthodontist, Periodontist, and Chairman of the Orthodontics Department at University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, the trend today is to leave healthy, stable, wisdom teeth alone, monitoring them over the years to make sure they stay healthy and stable. Dr. Alex McDonald, Oral Surgeon and Director … Read more