What Materials Do/Can We Use?

Dentistry is in a period of renaissance and we believe our patients should be well informed about the various materials that are available for restoration: gold, composite, and amalgam. Each material has positive and negative attributes, and we want our patients to be familiar with what they are. We have current articles available at our office if you would like further information.

Sometimes What is “Old” is Actually “New”

Some new and unique ideas have come in the area of dentistry which include the use of vitamins to maintain the tissue strength and thereby improve the outcome of periodontal therapy. Herbal preparations including the use of garlic in fighting oral viral lesions is finally now under study, but has been used dentally for hundreds of years. There are alternative pain therapeutics that can help patients eliminate a great deal of their post operative discomfort, and most recently, a study was completed by members of the Academy of General Dentistry surrounding the use of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in the maintenance of healthy tissue. This old standby proved to be a very effective means of controlling bacterial growth and odor.

The digestion of food begins in the mouth. Ineffective mastication (or chewing) of that food puts an undo stress on the remaining digestive system. We receive many question from practitioners involved in digestive tract distress as to whether their patients might be helped via dentistry. Another question that is frequently asked centers around halitosis, or bad breath. It is my belief that even though there are a growing number of dental practitioners selling bad breath monitors and treatments, the majority of cases are greatly helped by establishing a more healthy bacterial flora in the nasal cavities and by correcting digestive disorders. If any of my readers would have further questions about this, I hope you would drop me a line.

Please feel free to ask us questions about anything that seems unclear or something that is of particular interest to you. We encourage all of our patients to actively participate in the decision making process of treatment plans in order to make a choice that suits their needs.