Things To Look For When Picking A Dentist

Generally, the most suitable place to commence your search would be with your general physician or with those closest to you. Family members, friends or co-workers may suggest suitable dentists, especially if they got served well by a particular one. A general physician is likely to know reputable dentists in the area and can recommend one for you. When necessary, your own doctor or physician may refer you to see a dental practitioner. A qualified dentist will either be designated as DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery).

Professional Qualifications

The office of any dentist must be able to inform you regarding the training and qualifications of the dentist. If the office staff appears uncomfortable when responding to your questions, or you feel uncomfortable with answers given, you might think of searching further. You also could get information in relation to the qualifications of a dentist from your insurance carrier or the local dental society. Most specialty dentists’ organizations also list all their members and respective qualifications. Inquire if they belong to any professional associations or international bodies. For example, the International Journal of Dental Science and Research offers a platform to academicians, clinicians and researchers in the dentistry field to expand their professional acumen and intellectual horizon so as to encourage confidence and self reliance in the dental fraternity globally. Has he or she contributed to publications in reputable journals in the field such as the International Journal Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, a frequently-cited journal?

Your Personal Comfort

Among the most vital things to think about as you select a dentist is if you personally feel comfortable in the presence of that practitioner. Are you feeling free to explain all the symptoms and pose your questions and air your doubts if any? Do you think the dentist is hearing and understanding all your concerns? Are you comfortable asking him or her for some pain medicine or asking some questions concerning a dental procedure?

Office Hours And Location

Ensure that their dental office or clinic is open on those days and times when it is possible for you to plan your appointment. Choosing a dentist who is located close to your place of work or home will make it less complicated to schedule appointments visits.

Get to know what happens in case you got an emergency dental need, at night, during a weekend or even just during regular office hours. A reliable dentist ought not to refer you elsewhere like to a different clinic or hospital emergency room. You ought to able to get in touch with your dentist at whatever time by cell phone or calling their answering service.

Cost Implications

This is a major consideration. For example, does that dentist recognize your insurance cover? Do they offer various options of payment such as credit cards, personal checks or if they accept payment plans? Be alert that costs vary by dental practice. If possible, get estimates in advance of what you might be charged for procedures like crowns, fillings or root canal procedures.

Certifications From Licensing Boards

All medical practitioners are normally required by law to register with respective bodies in their states. Ensure that the dentist is registered with all the mandatory bodies. For example, to practice dentistry in Australia, one has to be registered with the Dental Board of Australia and must adhere to the provisions of the Health Practitioner Regulation National law Act of 2009.

You are Closer to Being Vitamin C Deficient Than You Think

Okay, so you think you are doing pretty well with your diet. You prepare most of your meals at home, don’t eat much junk food and aren’t a fast food eater only rarely. You think vitamins are pretty much nonsense–particularly since you are eating so well–and besides, you feel pretty healthy.

Well let me rain on that parade a little.

Consider this. In order for nutritional researchers to determine the required levels of nutrients, diets must be designed of known nutrient content with a specific deficiency in the nutrient being studied. Then varying doses of the nutrient can be added to the diet to determine at what level symptoms of deficiency disappear.

In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a vitamin C-depleted real meal menu is described. The diet consists of the following choices:

Breakfast: Apple Juice, Applesauce, Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat, Unprocessed bran, Hominy grits, Cream of Wheat, Eggs (scrambled or hard poached), Cheddar cheese, French toast, Syrup, Yogurt (plain or strawberry), Bran muffin, Glazed doughnut, Mini bagel, Cream cheese, White toast or bread, Wheat toast, Margarine, butter, Honey, Peanut butter, Sugar substitutes, Low-fat cream cheese, Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Tea (regular or decaffeinated), Cream, White milk (whole, 2%, or skim), Chocolate milk, Buttermilk.

Lunch: Chicken noodle soup, Cream of chicken soup, Croutons, Escalloped chicken, Pork chops, Brown gravy, Garlic herb pizza, Grilled cheese sandwich, Tuna chunks, Yogurt (plain, vanilla or blueberry), Rice royale, Black beans, Rice, Pretzels, Applesauce, Diet Jell-O(TM), Cookies (chocolate chip or sugar), Ice cream (vanilla or chocolate), Bread (white or wheat), Saltines, Margarine, Butter, Sour cream, Peanut butter, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Sugar substitute, Relish, Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Tea (regular, decaffeinated or iced), Cream

Dinner: Chicken and rice soup, Cottage cheese, Croutons, Fried shrimp, Roast beef, Brown gravy, Macaroni and cheese, Cheeseburger, Chicken salad, Yogurt (plain or peach), Pinto beans, Rice, Diet Jell-O(TM), Vanilla ice cream, Angel food cake, Bread (white or wheat), Margarine, Butter, Peanut butter, Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Cream, Tea (regular, decaffeinated or iced)

Evening Snacks: Peanut butter crackers, Graham crackers, Chocolate chip cookie, Popcorn, Ginger ale, Diet cola

If you review these choices you should note something familiar. They are the very foods that the majority of people now consume! By eating these foods a person will restrict vitamin C intake to less than 5 mg per day. The bare minimum RDA (Recommended Daily Alolowance) so far established for vitamin C is 90 mg per day for men and 75 mg per day for women — and this is highly contested as being far too low. There is a huge body of research now demonstrating that humans need several hundred milligrams (some believe more than a thousand) per day to achieve optimal health.

Vitamin C is a critically important nutrient for humans since our bodies are unable to synthesize it. In the wild, fruits and vegetables would be the main source. Vitamin C bolsters the immune system and is critical to connective tissue integrity and health. In its absence, the nutritional disease scurvy occurs resulting in a sort of meltdown of the basic structure of the body. Teeth fall out, internal bleeding occurs and it can cause a miserable death. In days gone by, ancient mariners feared the disease more than capsizing. But left out to sea long enough with only bread and salted meat they were almost sure to suffer it to one degree or another

Heart disease is a leading killer in modern society. Dental disease is epidemic. Both of these conditions can be initiated or fostered by vitamin C deficiency. There presence may in fact be the very marker that vitamin C deficiency is widespread. Coronary and cerebral vessels lose their integrity leading to heart attacks and strokes, and periodontitis (gum recession, bleeding and oral infection) leads to loss of teeth, foul breath and seeding of the body’s organs with pathogens.

Vitamin C is not a silly nutrient to be ignored or played with. Don’t assume that because you seem healthy at the moment that chronic degenerative disease is not incubating within. In fact, if you are eating exclusively processed modern fare, you can count on it.

Convert the diet to more fresh and raw foods (See authors The Thinking Person’s Master Key to Health (CD),
Product_Code=EDCD21&Category_Code=EDUAIDS&Product_Count=0. Note that there were no fresh foods in the test diet. And certainly taking daily vitamin C supplements (500-1000 mg per day) is prudent insurance given that normal dietary fare is clearly vitamin C deficient.

. (Am J Clin Nutr, 1997; 65(5):1434-40.)

Steps to Possible Heart Attack Prevention and Better Overall Health

I have had two instances where people I knew had dental problems, and when those problems were resolved long term health problems disappeared. I have always been of the opinion that mouth health had a serious impact on health overall, and had circumstantial evidence, but no real proof. That proof has now emerged and not to my surprise is backed by years of cases similar to those I cited.

Specifically observed was a connection between oral health and heart health. This study was published in the International Journal of Cardiology, so if you are interested in more detail when you have concluded this brief article, visit their website. There are articles from the August 2008, and the November 2009 issues. (

In layman’s terms (my terms) comparing two groups of patients one group who had suffered a heart attack, and a control group, found that those who did have the heart attack generally had poorer oral health. This isn’t to say that the poor oral health was the cause of the heart attacks, but probably was a contributing factor.

The linking cause is toxins resulting from either gingivitis or periodontitis Gingivitis is the milder of the two, being more of a gum infection, and periodontitis is a more advanced oral infection affecting the bones, often leading to tooth loss. The bacteria and plaque lead to the toxins which circulate around in the blood stream. This basically tells us that not only the heart can be affected, but also the circulatory system and probably any other organs. Take a moment and think about whatever health issues you or those around you have at this time. Whether heart, lung, kidney, liver, skin, or whatever, do you think that you should take steps to help those organs function at their optimum? So many people today are quick to react to symptoms, rather than be proactive, but as the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And at the price of today’s over the counter and pharmaceutical ‘cures’ tooth paste and floss could be the bargain of the century.

In the two instances I personally witnessed, both men had a history of poor dental health and eventually had all their teeth removed and replaced with dentures. Afterwards, both reported (informally) that chronic pains and persistent illnesses were reduced, and that they generally recovered from illnesses more quickly. Again, that is curcumstancial, but I think those first hand stories are very compelling.

The moral of the story is take care of your mouth and teeth. Some estimates have up to thirty percent of Americans with some sort of dental disease, whether gingivitis or periodontitis, so brush and floss people. Everyday.

Fluoride Damages Children’s Bones, Study Says

White-spotted or yellow splotched teeth may reveal more than needed expensive cosmetic dentistry.

Children with fluoride-discolored teeth (dental fluorosis) are more likely to have bone damage, according to a study published in the journal “Fluoride.”

Despite living in a low-water-fluoride district, 132 Tibetan children, aged 8 to 13-years-old, developed dental fluorosis from dietary fluoride sources such as brick tea, a popular Asian drink, fed to children as young as two years old. (1)

Wrist x-rays reveal that 96% of those children with dental fluorosis had “developmental skeletal abnormalities” including carpal bone hardening or thickening.

“Therefore, dental fluorosis in children should be viewed as more than a matter of cosmetic concern, since it can also be a sign of early-stage skeletal fluorosis that might lead to full-scale debilitating skeletal fluorosis in adulthood,” write researchers Cao and colleagues.

Skeletal fluorosis with pain, stiffness and/or deforming bone defects, is common in Nalgonda, India (See: [])

To avoid skeletal fluorosis in the U.S., the maximum-contaminant-level of fluoride allowed in drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency is 4 parts per million (4 milligrams per liter).

But, some people exceed 4 milligrams daily from their diet, alone (2). Up to 63% of children living in optimally fluoridated areas (0.7 – 1.2 ppm) have dental fluorosis (3). More studies show a link between dental fluorosis and bone damage.

A British Medical Journal study reports that older white women from fluoridated communities have a 32% higher rate of wrist fracture. (4)

A Mexican study links dental fluorosis to bone fractures. (5)

Polish pediatricians found abnormal bone changes in 11 to 15 year-olds exhibiting dental fluorosis. (5a)

A Rheumatology International study links naturally fluoridated water to knee osteoarthritis in amounts many Americans consume daily. (6)

Early fluorosis warning signs include joint pain, stomach pain, excessive thirst and urination, muscle weakness, and/or anemia, especially if accompanied by discoloration in the patient’s front row of teeth, according to Dr. A.K. Susheela, Director of India’s Fluorosis Research and Rural Development Foundation. (7)

A U.S. woman’s spine pain alleviated when she avoided fluoride.(8)

“Americans are unaware that their arthritis or irritable bowel syndrome could be fluoride-related,” says attorney Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation.

Additional bone/fluoride research can be found here:


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children with dental fluorosis,” Fluoride, 1993 26:l, 37-44.


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Old Bethpage, NY 11804

Dentistry For Children: Helping Kids Overcome Their Fear Of Dentists

The Australian Orthodontic Journal has proposed that every child needs a dental evaluation once he/ she reaches age 7. However, from the point of view of the child, any trip to the dentist could become a very scary experience, lying on a weird chair in some unfamiliar room that is packed with strange objects and unfamiliar noises. All this whilst a complete stranger is busy poking unusual, metallic and cold instruments in their mouth.

In a study published in Australian Journal of Rural Health that covered clinical oral health of rural Australian children, it emerged that many children would rather endure the discomfort and some mild levels of pain, rather than admit it their status to their parents, for fear of being taken to see a dentist.

To assist in easing the visits for your kid, follow these suggested steps so that the child will feel more relaxed.

1. Start Young And Keep It Simple

The earlier your kid visits the dentist’s clinic, the better. When you’re preparing for a visit, particularly for the first time, try and avoid too many details as doing so will only raise more questions which you may not be well placed to handle. For instance, adding additional information on a treatment such as a filling may cause more unnecessary anxiety. Maintain a positive attitude, but don’t give the child any false hope or lie!

2. Carefully Watch Your Words

Avoid using words like “shot” or “hurt” with children. Allow the professionals to introduce their own suitable vocabulary to help the kids get through those potentially difficult situations. Instead use positive phrases such as “strong, clean or healthy teeth” to make the impeding visit appear fun rather than alarming and scary.

3. Consider A Mock Visit

Ahead of the initial appointment, play pretend or mock visit to the dentist with your child. All you’ll require is a simple toothbrush. Avoid lining up the other dentist’s “instruments” or making those alarming drilling noises. You even could hold up a mirror and show your child how the dentist might check their teeth. Then allow the child role-play using a baby toothbrush to clean a doll or stuffed animal’s teeth. The important thing is to get the kid familiar with the dentist routine so that he or she becomes more comfortable during the real visit.

4. Avoid Bribing The Child

Experts don’t recommend promising your kid any special treat if they behave well or don’t cry when at the dentist as this will only increase their levels of apprehension. Your child may become just apprehensive thinking about what could be so bad at the dentist’s that would make him or her want to cry! The International Journal of Orthodontia and Dentistry for Children in its Volume 21, Issue 12 cautions that to promise a sugary treat to your kid also sends a wrong message after the dentist has been emphasizing having healthy and clean teeth through avoiding sweets that could cause growth of cavities!

5. Give More Emphasis To The Significance Of High-Quality Oral Hygiene

Teach your kid that a visit to the dentist is a requirement, not an option. That the dentist is going to take care of their teeth so that they remain strong enough for eating and for that beautiful smile.