Friday, October 26, 2012

Dental Horror Stories in time for Halloween

One thing that I have learned in my short career as a dentist, is that many patients have 'dental stories,' to share.  Often they are not first-person stories (in other words, they usually begin with 'my friend told me that when he went to the dentist....').  The stories range from ranting-complaints to outrageous fairy-tales, but they can often be very entertaining!

Sometimes the stories share a theme.  Common themes include 1) the dentist stepping on the patient's chest as leverage to pull out a tooth, 2) the dentist drilling maliciously with no offer of anesthetic, 3) the dentist drilling/pulling the wrong tooth, 4) the patient waited a long time in the waiting room.  Obviously the severity of the stories ranges greatly!

In the spirit of Halloween, I would love to hear your dental horror stories!  Please share in the comments!

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dog Kisses

Dogs are a human's best friend... They love us (especially if we sneak them the occasional table scrap), but should you let your dog kiss your face?  Many folks are grossed-out by this action, but dog-lovers often allow it without thinking twice.

According to a study in the Archives of Oral Biology, "several periodontopathic species could be transmitted between humans and their companion dogs," as over 70% of the dogs that participated in the study, had periodontopathic microbes in their saliva.  Obviously, more studies need to be conducted to investigate the transmission rate of these germs from canine to human, and whether periodontal disease in humans can ever be traced back to their pet dogs!

This is Poppy, my fiancée's dog, and although Poppy is very lovable, I'm going to think twice the next time she tries to give me a kiss.