Saturday, September 18, 2010

Today I participated in 'Dentistry From The Heart' at work, treating patients for free, who needed extractions, cleanings and fillings. My boss, Dr. Bob, brought this program to Western New York this year for his four dental offices, and is hoping to make it an annual event. It was a fantastic experience for me, and it was a nice way to give back to the underserved members of the community. I think I saw a dozen patients or so (who were very appreciative of the services provided), and I made some new friends in the process!

Although the office was very busy, the staff members really meshed well as a team, keeping things running smoothly and organized.

Dentistry From The Heart is a national non-profit organization with a simple mission – making people smile. Founded in 2001 by Dr Vincent Monticciolo in New Port Richey, Florida, DFTH was created to aid those in need, including the growing population of under-insured Americans. Over 100 million Americans lack dental insurance and over 29 percent of adults have untreated cavities. Without events like DFTH, dental care simply isn't an option for many of the uninsured. To date, DFTH has helped more than 25,000 patients and provided over $5.5 million in dental care.

Here is the website of the group I'm proud to work for (it contains more info on Dentistry From the Heart):

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon

While visiting France to follow the "Tour de France" this summer, my two friends and I made a stop a little off the course: Lyon.

A city that combines the beauty of classic architecture, delicious food, and a booming shopping district, we loved walking in this city (after finally finding a place to park our rental car!).

Surrounded on both sides by the Rhône & Saône rivers, I wondered where locals may find a dentist. As it happens, we wandered right into a dental clinic in a building that looks like a palace! The Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon, was erected in medieval times, and served as the "Confrérie des frères pontifes" (est. 1184), a meeting place for clergy. It wasn't until 1454 when the doctor Maître Martin Conras was hired that the building transformed into a fully functional hospital.

Anyhow, I serendipitously ran into the Dental School part of the building, and while I didn't work on any patients, I did chat with the friendly staff telling them I am dentist from the United States. I was introduced to dental residents working there.

One of the residents told me the clinic was not going to be opened much longer, as the entire building was purchased by a Canadian billionaire, to eventually be turned into fancy condos!

If this is the case, I hope the residents appreciate their time there, because it is a truly unique location in a building steeped in history! Vous brosser les dents! Bon chance!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Dental Motivation!

While washing up after a work-out at the gym, the gentlemen next to me in the locker room was brushing his teeth. I commented to him, 'Great habit!' He didn't know I'm a dentist, but he responded, 'Three times a day! I had one root canal to know that I had to take better care of the rest of my teeth!' I was impressed with his oral hygiene motivation!

So next time you're going to the gym, bring your tooth brush! After a work-out, your mouth is drier than when you're at rest, and bacteria love to thrive in a stagnant environment.

What's YOUR motivation to keeping a healthy mouth?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Tap Water

Want to help the environment and save some cash? Stop drinking bottled water (which lacks fluoride), and start drinking tap water.

'Tap water? Ewwww!' you say? Please! American tap water is the safest in the world, and your tax dollars help keep it that way.

By drinking tap, you'll throw away less plastic bottles into the garbage, and if your city's tap water is fluoridated, you'll strengthen your teeth as well!

Find out if the water supply in your city or town is fluoridated. The fluoride added to the water strengthens teeth, and has done more for oral hygiene in America than any other measure to date!

Check out the article on 'Medical News Today!'

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Fluoride therapy!

For patients with a high caries risk (ie. likely to get cavities), the dentist will often prescribe a high-fluoride tooth-paste or rinse (for instance PreviDent 5000) for the patient to use twice a day. The directions to the patient are to 1) brush your teeth for 2 minutes with regular toothpaste right before bed-time. 2) Rinse your mouth. 3) Use a dry toothbrush with the prescription toothpaste to re-brush your teeth for another 2 minutes (gently scrubbing all surfaces). 4) Spit, but do not rinse. 5) Go promptly to bed without eating or drinking or rinsing. The goal is for the residual fluoride to 'soak into your teeth' increasing their natural strength. My personal suggestion is, even if you don't have the prescription-grade toothpaste, use your regular fluoridated toothpaste in the same manner. Those hours you spend asleep can either benefit your teeth if you've brushed properly, or allow the bacteria and germs to accumulate and wreak havoc!