“There are states that will not even provide relief of pain or treatment of active infection just because it’s between the nose and the chin,” Edelstein says.

According to him, health plans should regard incisors like they do kidneys—or any other part of the body. The gap between dentistry and medicine, he says, “has been a lasting, physiologically, medically, morally, and ethically inappropriate separation.”

How to Stop Whining and Make a Damn Appointment

You’re sick. Your tooth hurts. That mole you’ve been ignoring for five years has only gotten stronger and more powerful. There are a lot of reasons to make an appointment with your primary doctor, a specialist, or your dentist. But here’s the thing: you gotta do it. Your life may literally depend on it. Or maybe your education does. Maybe your sanity does. The point is, it’s a big fucking deal and I know you hate it, but goddamn, grow the fuck up and make an appointment already.

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If your little ghosts and goblins dump their candy on the living room floor tonight, go ahead: Let them at it. They can sort, then trade, and gorge on their favorites.

But if you’re like many parents, by tomorrow morning you may want to get rid of some of this candy glut.

One possible solution? Check out the Halloween Candy Buyback program, which was founded by dentist Chris Kammer in Wisconsin. Kammer’s office offers $1 a pound to buy back candy collected by the young trick-or-treaters in his practice.

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists’ Buyback Program Is Booming

Caption: Dr. Curtis Chan, a dentist in Del Mar, Calif., loads up a truck with 5,456 pounds of candy to deliver to Operation Gratitude during the Halloween Candy Buyback on Nov. 8 last year. Chan personally collected 3,542 pounds of candy from patients.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Dr. Curtis Chan

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Curious Fact of the Week: When Dental Work Came with Song, Dance, and Cocaine

Before local anesthesia could manage the pain, one early 20th century dentist distracted his patients with showgirls and brass bands. Painless Parker — or Edgar Parker as he was born in 1872 — found that a bit of the old razzle dazzle not only added enough commotion to keep a person from focusing too much on a tooth pulling, it drew an audience of prospective patients.

According to Ann Anderson’s book Snake Oil, Hustlers and Hambones: The American Medicine Show, Parker proclaimed himself “the greatest all-around dentist in this world or the next,” and at the Flatbush Avenue office he set up in Brooklyn, his sign crowed: “Painless Parker. I am positively IT in painless dentistry.” The staggering “IT” loomed four stories tall. Yet even in a respectable, permanent location, he just couldn’t give up the lure of a crowd and would sometimes hit the streets with a brass band or hire tightrope walkers and “human flies” to climb his building. Later he opened a chain of dental parlors on the West Coast and even bought a circus in 1913, so his carnival included acrobats, magicians, jugglers, and even Parker riding atop an elephant himself. 

At one point, his “Painless Parker” moniker was maligned as false advertising, so in 1915 he legally switched his first name to “Painless.” He could then keep his catchy brand until his death in 1952.

For more on this week’s curious fact, keep reading about Painless Parker, or visit the Historical Dental Museum, on Atlas Obscura!

anonymous asked:

I'm getting my wisdom teeth taken out tomorrow and im really scared. I could use a hug and some words of encouragement..

I hope that goes well!!

There is nothing to be afraid I assure you, the people that are working on you are trained professionals!

Here are some tips that may help you after you get it done

Watch what you eat: Stick to a diet consisting of liquids right after your surgery. Add solid foods back gradually, starting with softer foods, like pudding. You should stay away from spicy or hot foods and avoid straws.

Rest as much as possible: You’ll want to rush through your recovery and return to your normal life as quickly as possible, but for your long-term recovery take things slowly. Relax as much as you can with your head propped up by pillows. Do not do any light exercise for at least a day. Wait a few more days for any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting.

Rinse your mouth out with salt water: A salt water rinse can help reduce swelling and pain. By the second day, you can create your own mouth rinse out of salt and warm water. Rinse with this mixture several times a day, especially after eating or drinking.

Control bleeding with gauze and tea bags: Your oral surgeon will instruct you on to bite down gently on a piece of gauze to reduce bleeding. After 12 hours, you may want to switch to a damp tea bag instead. Tea leaves can help reduce pain and encourage clotting.

((However if you feel like something isn’t right I would call your dentist anyway)) xoxo

-Hermit Sam

tooth decay leading to dental caries (cavities) is predominantly caused by the bacteria Streptococcus mutans as it converts sugars remaining on the surface of teeth into acid that damages enamel

above, blue S. mutans is vying against a bioengineered bacteria (green) designed to specifically attack the livelihood of dentists everywhere

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Filling cavities may no longer be necessary as dentists reveal new tooth decay treatment

Scientists have developed a new pain-free filling that allows cavities to be repaired without drilling or injections.

The tooth-rebuilding technique developed at King’s College London does away with fillings and instead encourages teeth to repair themselves.

Tooth decay is normally removed by drilling, after which the cavity is filled with a material such as amalgam or composite resin.

The new treatment, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER), accelerates the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth.

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