Dr. Jadeja was in private practice in India for 3 years before moving to the US to pursue a career in dentistry. She attended UCLA for a research program in Oral Biology, and she graduated from the University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine. She is a member of the American Dental Association and Oregon Dental Association. While not at the office, she enjoys reading, hiking, exploring new places and different cuisines, and spending time with her 2-year old child.
The Unsung Realities of Dentistry
My job is to visit dental offices where procedures are underway. I observe. That’s a big part of my job. I’m a trained observer. Then, I gather what I hear and see and put into a report virtually anyone can read and understand. I’m hired many times because the doctor wants to make changes and improvements.
You’d be amazed at what I see. Or, then again, maybe you wouldn’t be.
Let me give you an idea: Shag carpet from 1975. Stained floors and walls. Unkept restrooms. Red décor. Old furnishings that should have been retired years before. I could go on and on.
You have to wonder, “Is the doctor really up-to-par on recent innovations and advancements in dentistry if they’re hesitant to keep things up?”
It’s a valid question.
On occasion, I also manage to accidentally overhear patients instructing the dentist or the hygienist when they think they should be seen. Usually the conversation goes like this, “I don’t want to have an exam two-times a year. My physician said once time is enough.”
Your physician? Huh? Since when did they spend 4 years and hundreds and hundreds of hours of ongoing continuing education specializing in oral health? Pretty sure, never.
That’s like a dentist giving you advice on cardiology and heart disease.
(I’m not even a dentist – just someone that has seen first-hand what can happen to someone that “skips” appointments or sets their own re-care schedule!)
Did you know oral cancer (cancer of the mouth) is normally only detected by dentists and hygienists?
That means since more than 50% of Americans don’t see the dentist, 50% of our country will never know they have or at high-risk of developing a severely painful and tough-to-treat disease.
And, pulling all your teeth probably isn’t the best solution. Sadly, sometimes, it’s the only one. Being “edentulous” or without teeth, poses its own unique set of undesirable health problems.
Here’s another one I’ve overhead more than once: “Periodontal disease? My teeth are fine. The bleeding stops by mid-morning. I don’t have any disease. That’s hogwash.”
According to one study, 80% of Americans have gum disease (Periodontal Disease). If you know 10 people, chances are, 8 will have gum disease. EIGHT!
Bottom line: If you choose to skip your bi-annual exams, you put yourself at risk. If you choose to ignore regular cleanings or, for someone already “perio involved” (they have the disease) ignore your SRP visit (that means, perio scaling and root planing), you’re putting yourself further at-risk for bigger, body-wide or systemic problems.
For the price of a dinner out at Olive Garden, you can find out what kind of health your mouth is in. It’s likely the best investment you’ll ever make. Don’t ignore your oral health. It can be a silent killer.
Why the “silent killer?” According to the ADA: “It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important.”
Call today. Don’t wait. Health has to be a top priority.
Black tea, the world’s most consumed beverage, may contain higher concentrations of fluoride than previously thought.
Medical College of Georgia (MCG) researchers say it may cause problems for those consuming more than 1 gallon per day.
The person drinking 2 to 4 cups a day, won’t be harmed, claimed the researchers.
Dr. Gary Whitford, Regents Professor of Oral Biology in the MCG School of Dentistry, discovered that the fluoride concentration in black tea had long been underestimated when he began analyzing data from 4 patients with advanced skeletal fluorisis, a disease caused by excessive consumption and characterized by joint and bone pain and damage.
The common link among the patients was their higher-than-average tea consumption – from one to two gallons of tea daily for 30 years.
What’s more, the tea plant, Camellia sinesis, also has huge concentrations of not just fluoride, but, also aluminum in its leaves – from 600 to more than 1000 mg of each, per kilogram of leaves.
Bottom line: as with anything we consume, moderation is key.
Sedation Dentistry Q&A
Dentistry has changed a lot over the years. It used to be you would only go to the dentist for a filling, root canal, or teeth pain. And, since the these visits were often less than pleasant to, folks didn’t go out of their way to go to the dentist. Thankfully fear is no longer an issue and dentists can now help you with things other than your teeth.
Dental fear is prevalent in many people, as it should be, since your mouth is very sensitive – and susceptible to pain. Plus, if someone is standing over you with a sharp tool going into you mouth – it can be a bit nerve racking.
Dentists can now help you deal with dental fear through oral sedation. Sedation medication focuses on anxiety rather than localized pain like anesthesia. The most commonly recognized drug for sedation is Valium. How sedation medication is administered is up to the dentist. (It could even be started the day before the procedure.) And, of course how much you may need or which medication is best for you, are reasons to consult your neighborhood dentist.
Now, let’s say that you are not anxious about visiting the dentist, you just don’t go because you have other things to worry about, like the fact you’re not sleeping, nor is your family, because the train that is your snore, keeps everyone awake.
Though snoring is not a 100% cause or sign that you may have sleep apnea – it may be. There is a lot of information on sleep apnea available online and of course you should consult your dentist or physician if you are concerned you may have it. The point is, if you believe you have sleep apnea, your neighborhood dentist may be able to treat it. Dentists can help with sleep apnea by making a splint for your mouth called a mandibular advancement splint.
Chances are, you or someone you know, is either anxious or suffering from sleep apnea. Once you have attained the proper medical advice and find that you may be suitable for either of the above procedures, make an appointment with your dentist, they would be happy to help you find the best course of action to take.
A cavity is the breakdown of a tooth’s protective enamel coating. They’re caused by bad bacteria attacking your teeth. The bad bacteria feed on sugary drinks and sticky foods. Even acids in coffee can cause your teeth’s enamel to erode, creating another opportunity for bacteria to attack.
Consider a tooth to be like a wedge of Swiss cheese and the bacteria that causes the air pockets that make the holes in the cheese to be what your teeth come in contact with. The pocket or cavities appear where the erosion is most concentrated.
But, did you know that one tooth could have up to five different surfaces for cavities to occur?
For example, a molar tooth exposed to sugary drinks or other corrosive foods and drinks, could very well have a cavity on every one of its surfaces – up to 5 – which also means the bigger the filling, the more time, materials and expense required to fix it. (Don’t forget: floss twice daily to clean in between teeth where brushing can’t reach.)
Just as Swiss cheese has different sizes of pockets, teeth can experience different levels of erosion. Depending on how deep the cavity is determines the procedure to repair it. For example if you have level 3 erosion, you may need a crown to cover the filling that goes into the cavity.
Just about everybody knows that one of the reasons to go to the dentist is to make sure you don’t have cavities and if you do, to get them fixed – because unlike some things in our bodies which heal with time, teeth only get worse.
Questions? Just contact my office. Don’t forget, second opinions are free at Wellness Springs Dental.
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