NEW STUDIES ON WATER-PIK

NEW STUDIES ON WATER-PIK   dentist Albuquerque

Nearly everyone can benefit from using an electric toothbrush.  the benefits are even greater for someone with periodontal disease.  But even the best brushing cannot get all the plaque that is between the teeth around the contact point.  The options for getting interproximal plaque off are dental floss and Waterpik-type devices.

In the past, I have recommended dental floss over Waterpik, but recent research has convinced me that a Waterpik can be as effective or even more effective than floss.  My opinion is that flossing is still a useful technique to clean in-between teeth and slightly below the crest of the gingiva (gum), but there are reasons why some people would benefit from using a Waterpik.

I have quite a few patients that just have a very hard time manipulating the floss in-between their teeth.  Their fingers and hands tend to get in the way, or they have a small opening into their mouth, making it hard to manipulate the floss. These people could greatly benefit by using a Waterpik.

A good YouTube video on use of a Waterpik device can be viewed by clicking here.

A very good article on the pros and cons of floss v. pik in medicalnewstoday.com can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental we stress the use of brushing and flossing with all our patients.  It makes a huge difference in a patient’s health to be following these good health practices.  We care about your health.

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MORE DUCKS IN CORRALES BOSQUE

MORE DUCKS IN CORRALES BOSQUE   dentist Albuquerque

Last week was a good week for ducks in the Bosque.  I don’t usually count Mallard Ducks, since they are so common that I call them “default ducks.”  I did spot another Wood Duck, which is the most common of the three, but I am always glad to see this duck with the outlandish color scheme.

The picture of the Ruddy ducks is not very detailed, as it was shot while it was raining and with dense cloud cover.  I was able to pull a little color out of them with Photoshop, but they are still mostly grey and black.  I have only got pictures of them once before, so I’m glad to have this one, even with its flaws.

The Cinnamon Teals are exceptionally colorful and easy to spot when flying.  They are quite a bit smaller than the Mallards.  I have only got pictures of them once before, a couple of years ago.

Clark Family Dentals-Ruddy Ducks s-Cinnamon Teal couple++++ s-Cinnamon Teal couple2s-Wood Duck

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APHTHOUS ULCERS AND COLD SORES—DIFFERENCES?

APHTHOUS ULCERS AND COLD SORES—DIFFERENCES?  Albuquerque dentist

Although many dentists and physicians treat aphthous ulcers, also known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS), the same as they treat cold sores (caused by herpes simplex virus), they have very different causes and presentations.  The disease often presents as a red circle of inflammation around a white, ulcerated area.  The disease almost always occurs on the oral mucosa, instead of attached gingiva and lips, as herpes simples does.

Research at the Sahlgreska Academy has recently shed more information on a variety of causes for RAS.  RAS is not caused by a virus as herpes simplex is, so anti-virals provide no benefit for RAS.  The research at the Academy indicates that there may be many complex interacting factors contributing to the disease.

Among the causes listed in the report, food allergies, hereditary factors, and bacterial imbalance in the mouth all can play a part.  Most treatment is directed at reducing the symptoms of the disease, which can be debilitating and very painful.

An article about this study in sciencedaily.com can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental, we stay alert to new research that has a bearing on the health of our patients.  We care about your health.

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CRAIG NEAL DROPPED AS HEAD COACH OF UNM BASKETBALL TEAM

CRAIG NEAL DROPPED AS HEAD COACH OF UNM BASKETBALL TEAM  Albuquerque 87114

Neal ‘s initial record of  27 wins with 15 conference victories, a Mountain West tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth where the Lobos were seeded in 7th place was a great beginning, but his record tapered off after early successes.

In his overall record for four seasons, Neal posted 76-52 record, 42-30 in Mountain West play. A serious decline in ticket sales after the first two years, along with the fans criticisms relating with his use of his son on the team, added to the pressure to remove Neal from the coaching position.

Neal was the highest paid state employee at a salary and compensations of $950,000 per year.  His contract provided a $1,000,000 buy-out package, along with paying him the remainder of the year’s salary.

An article about this story in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

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DUCKS IN THE BOSQUE

DUCKS IN THE BOSQUE    dentist Albuquerque

This happens quite a lot.  Although I usually go on hikes from 4 to six miles, I often get the best pictures within a couple of hundred yards of where I park my truck.  Last Saturday I spotted two of my very favorite species of ducks within a hundred yards of the truck:  A Wood Duck and a Common Merganser.  The male Wood Duck looks almost like a clown with all the vibrant colors, and I love the female Merganser with her head feathers that look like a wild hair-do.

The Wood Duck is well named, since it is about the only duck that I quite often see sitting in a tree, clinging to a tree branch with its claws–almost talons.  It has partially webbed feet, but impressive claws at the end.  We almost always see Mallard Ducks–so often I commonly refer to them as “default ducks.”

 

s-Common Merganser female+++ s-Wood Duck male2 20l17++++

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VIBRATION RESISTANT MATERIALS BEING DESIGNED TO MIMIC TOOTH ENAMEL

VIBRATION RESISTANT MATERIALS BEING DESIGNED TO MIMIC TOOTH ENAMEL  dentist Albuquerque

University of Michigan research on building materials that can withstand vibration and stress came up with a perfect model: tooth enamel.

Soft materials absorb stress and vibration very well, but cannot be used to make structures like airplane fuselages and computer motherboards.  Rigid materials like steel and titanium are very strong, but vibration and stress over long periods of time can cause failure of the material.

In studying animal structures that hold up for decades under vibration and/or stress, the ideal material appeared to be tooth enamel.  Many organs and tissues in vertebrate bodies have evolved over millennia to try to improve on performance.  Tooth enamel, however has remained unchanged in a wide variety of animals over eons because the design has worked out so well.

Enamel is made of ceramic crystal columns bonded together with an organic matrix, set up in a hard protective covering.  This bonding of materials gives this resilience not seen in much harder substances.

The research at the University of Michigan mimicked the tooth enamel by growing zinc oxide nanowires on a chip then layered them with a polymer and baked the result.  The process is replicated thousands of times, linking the wire/polymer structures to form a solid sheet.The researchers showed that this structure duplicated some of the vibration-resistant characteristics of the tooth enamel.

This is a very pains-taking process, but one that researchers feel can eventually be refined to produce similar materials for industrial use, like cars, airplanes, and bicycles.

An article in sciencedaily.com on this subject can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental we will strive to inform our patients of interesting and useful information related to dentistry and health.  We care about your health.

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DR. HOLLY MAE LINDSLEY DELIVERS 5 LB, 4 OZ BABY GIRL, ROSA RUTH LINDSLEY

DR. HOLLY MAE LINDSLEY DELIVERS 5 LB, 4 OZ BABY GIRL, ROSA RUTH LINDSLEY

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Following many miscarriages (some In-vitro), and nine months after a six year-old frozen egg was implanted, March 15 at 11:54 pm, Dr. Holly Mae Lindsley, my dentist daughter, gave birth to a 5 lbs, 4 oz baby girl named Rosa Ruth Lindsley. Mother and baby are doing well following the C-section, and will probably be home by Saturday or Sunday . We are SOOO THRILLED!!

Dr. Lindsley will be taking a couple of months leave from the practice to get to know Rosa Ruth better.  Dr. Clark will be working on Saturdays starting in April.

Pictures (at about three hours postpartum)s-Proud Grandpa and Rosa s-Rosa Ruth Sleeping 3hrs old s-Rosa Ruth Smiling3hrs old of Rosa sleeping, smiling, yawning and with adoring fan (Actually all sleeping).

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TOOTHPASTES WITH TRICLOSAN MORE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING DENTAL PLAQUE AND DECAY

TOOTHPASTES WITH TRICLOSAN MORE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING DENTAL PLAQUE AND DECAY  dentist Albuquerque

Data studied by The Cochrane Oral Health Group found that triclosan, an ingredient in many toothpastes, reduces the level of caries (dental decay), plaque formation, bleeding and gingivitis. The triclosan reacts with a copolymer to bring about these results.

The study found that the addition of triclosan to fluoride toothpastes produced a 22 percent reduction of plaque, 22 percent reduction in gingivitis, a 48 percent reduction in bleeding gums and 5 percent lowering of cavities.  The rate of periodontal disease did not seem to be affected.

A more detailed article on this study in the Online Dentistry Today can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental we encourage our patients to use effective toothpastes and will inform our patients about the effectiveness of various toothpastes.  We care about your health

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I SPOTTED A GREAT BLUE HERON, PORCUPINE

s-Porcupine 2017s-Great Blue on Island  dentist Albuquerque

The past week I have been down in the Corrales Bosque several times, but the birding has been somewhat limited.  However, I did manage to get this shot of a Great Blue Heron perched on an island made up mostly of drifwood.  I also got a couple of shots of a pretty healthy looking Porcupine.    dentist 87114

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SILVER FILLINGS AND MERCURY TOXICITY

SILVER FILLINGS AND MERCURY TOXICITY

SILVER FILLINGS AND MERCURY TOXICITY   Dentist Albuquerque

In a comment to a recent blog on the Clark Family Dental website, the responder mentioned that he had a friend who had been told by his dentist that all of his metal fillings and crowns needed to be replaced.  He asked me if this was the right thing to do and asked if it would cost very much to replace his own fillings and crowns.
The short answer is that it would probably be the wrong thing to do, and it could cost quite a lot.

If you want a more complete response, I also said that I would post a more thorough blog on the issue of the health considerations around silver fillings and metal crowns. The more complete response follows:

First of all, about silver amalgam fillings:

In most communities in the US, there are dentists who promote their practice by announcing that they practice “metal-free dentistry.”  If  asked why they refuse to use metal fillings, some will reply that because of the mercury content in silver fillings, silver fillings are toxic and could harm their health.  There are literally thousands of websites and blogs that talk about a conspiracy between government agencies and the American Dental Association to hide the danger of silver fillings.  Many of them talk about the conspiracy’s willing effort to “poison our children.”

Silver fillings do have mercury in them.  Silver amalgam is a “eutectic alloy” of silver, mercury, tin, zinc and often copper.  In the metallic form, mercury poses no threat.  Mercury vapor, however, is quite toxic in certain concentrations.  So, swallowing a silver filling releases no mercury inside the body, and passes through the GI system unscathed.  However, vigorous chewing on large surfaced amalgam fillings does release microscopic amounts of mercury vapor into the mouth, most of which is expired into the atmosphere.

The general scientific consensus is that if you have a large number of silver fillings and chew a lot of crunchy foods, you will probably release about as much mercury vapor as you would eating an occasional tuna fish sandwich.  I live right on the edge—I have silver fillings in my mouth, AND eat seafood about once a week.

The biggest outcry in the US about silver fillings occurred in 1990 with a “60 Minutes” segment on dental amalgam that was called “Poison In Your Mouth.” The show was repeated in 2007, and had interviews with several dentists who warned about the supposed danger of silver fillings, and several patients who claimed to have been poisoned by their silver fillings.

I have been practicing dentistry for decades and have reviewed dozens of thorough scientific studies, many involving hundreds of thousands of subjects, about the toxicity of silver fillings.  They convince me that silver fillings are one of the safest foreign materials used to augment the body, second only to titanium.   Although the silver-hating theorists report studies of their own, they appear to me to be flawed and subjective.

By way of support, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviewed 200 scientific articles and another 70 abstracts regarding the safety of silver amalgam fillings.  The FDA stated that “dental amalgam is a commonly used device with a low risk of adverse events reported to the agency.”  The American Dental Association warned dentists that if they talked patients into removing silver amalgam fillings and replacing them with other types of fillings because of the asserted health risks of silver fillings, they were violating ethical standards and could be prosecuted for fraud and malpractice.

If you consider the ADA and the FDA to be a part of the evil mercury-loving conspiracy, Consumer Reports weighed in on silver fillings in a book titled, “Health Schemes, Scams, and Frauds.”  The book concluded: “in CU’s view, dentists who purport to treat health problems by ripping out fillings are putting their own economic interests ahead of their patients’ welfare.  The false diagnosis of mercury-amalgam toxicity has such harmful potential and shows such poor judgment on the part of the practitioner that CU believes dentists who engage in this practice should have their license revoked.”  I agree.

The silver-hating theorists give several reasons why they believe dentist are happy to “poison our children.” They say dentists are “lazy.” That’s probably the best reason they give, because silver fillings are easier to do properly.

The silver-hating theorists also say that the silver fillings cost the dentists more to perform.  That is absolutely false.  Materials used to do resin fillings are more expensive than the materials used to do silver fillings, and the products needed to produce ceramic or gold fillings are many times more expensive.  The dental materials manufacturers also make much more in the sale of resin, gold and ceramic materials than they do with silver amalgam materials, so they have little financial reason to promote silver over alternative materials.

The silver-hating theorists say that it is more profitable for dentists to do silver fillings.  That is absolutely false.  Nearly all dentists charge, and most insurance schedules allow about 50% to 100% more for resin fillings than for silver fillings. We make about six to seven times more doing ceramic or gold fillings.  They mention glass-ionomer fillings as a worthy substitute for silver, but the glass ionomer fillings usually last 20 -30% as long as silver fillings.  If silver amalgam fillings were outlawed it would greatly improve my financial bottom-line.

I have yet to have heard a good reason from the silver-hating theorists why dentists want to “poison our children.”  Sounds to me like a terrible practice builder.

And then there is “Hormesis.”  Hormesis is a subset of toxicology that studies the effect of very low doses of natural and man-made toxins.  Toxicology usually teaches that the harmful effects of toxins are reduced as the dose is lowered, until there is zero harm below a certain dose.  Hormesis, however, suggests that below these low doses, toxins actually prosper the animal or plant.

Studies have been done on ionizing radiation, mercury, arsenic, various pesticides and many other toxins and have reported that very low doses promoted good health in the plant or animal studied.  The FDA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have both done studies on mercury that support the concept of hormesis.  This suggests that maybe, maybe the minute amounts of mercury vapor released from silver fillings are not just benign, but maybe beneficial. We should see over time if this concept proves to be correct.

This seems to make sense.  Consider that every vitamin and every mineral essential for life can kill you if the dose is too high.  Even drinking water in very large amounts can kill you.  I usually read about one newspaper article a year about some parent who has done a “water cure” on their child and killed them.  The excess water in the blood causes the red blood cells to explode and the brain dies from lack of oxygen.

As I mentioned, I have had many silver fillings placed in my own mouth (I know, I know…why would a dentist EVER get cavities), and have in recent years placed silver fillings in my childrens’ mouths, and recommended them in my grand-childrens’ mouths.

About metal crowns:

Study after study have shown gold alloy crowns to be safe, except in an extremely small percentage of the population who are allergic to gold, silver or palladium.  Titanium crowns are tolerated even better.

Stainless steel crowns, however, are a problem for many people.  About 50% of the female population in the US is allergic to nickel, largely as a result of getting stainless steel ear-rings and studs from infancy and older.  The male population is currently less allergic to nickel, but that is changing, largely due to the increasing number of men getting metal studs and ear-rings.  Stainless steel crowns are an alloy with nickel, and many of the patients who have them develop unpleasant or horrible allergic reactions from these crowns.

Porcelain and Ceramic crowns certainly have their advantages.  They are tolerated by the body very well if the fit is accurate.  The beauty and natural appearance of these crowns are unexcelled.  However, their strength and accuracy of fit are usually not as great as metal crowns, but are usually very adequate.

Conclusion:

Silver amalgam and resin fillings can be done with a high degree of success in most instances, and I am happy to do either when the patient requests them.  I usually point out that the silver fillings are more durable and cheaper than resin fillings, but are not very beautiful.  I almost always use resin fillings on front teeth that need to be filled.

I often use gold alloy crowns or porcelain-to-metal crowns on posterior teeth. I routinely use porcelain or porcelain-to-metal crowns on front teeth.

Dr. Guy C. Clark will answer all questions about Silver Fillings and Mercury Toxicity

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