July 2015



THE DENTAL OFFICE HOURS
Monday 10-2 Tuesday 10-7 Wednesday 3-7 Thursday 9-5 Friday 10-2


Christina Herbig
Christina is our new office manager. She replaced Sue, who retired at the end of 2014. Although she doesn't look it, Christina has decades of experience in the field of dentistry and we are happy to have her with us.


Care Credit
Care Credit Financing makes dentistry affordable.

AMALGAM FILLINGS
I have not placed an amalgam filling since 1998; not because they are unhealthy - that's not been proven beyond flimsy anecdotes - but because there are better, durable, more esthetic materials. I feel more confident in bonding a filling, as oposed to undercutting a tooth to lock a restoration in place, such as is done in the case of amalgam. A meticulously placed composite restoration (with emphasis on meticulous) has the potential to last for many years. I do not subscribe to the wholesale replacement of serviceable amalgam fillings for the purported benefit of health in any way, and there is no basis on which to hope for such benefit. In my opinion, a person has more to fear from the sodium in table salt than the metals in a filling. Mercury is harmelss when combined with the components in a dental amalgam. The only time mercury is released from the amalgam is during placement and removal. I do not place them, and I choose only to remove them when necessary. Count on that to preserve your health.

FLUORIDE
Afraid of fluoride? How come? It's only the greatest public health iniative since vaccination. But then, if you're afraid of fluoride, you likely fear vaccination for the same reasons. In fact, if you refuse vaccinations for "health" reasons, I might go so far as to speculate that you only get away with it because of people like me who reduce disease transmssion for you to nearly zero. Free access to misinformation has led many to believe flouride is unhealthy, causes birth defects, or is part of a terrorist plot to poison Americans. People are sheep of disparate flocks. One thing is certain: flouride reduces the incidence of tooth decay.

ANTIBIOTIC PROPHYLAXIS
No longer is it necessary to give antibiotic prophylaxis for subacute bacterial endocarditis (SBE) in patients with mitral valve prolapse or valve dysfunction due to rheumatic heart disease, according to the AHA, the medical body governing the official recommendation. In fact, the recommendations have been reduced to a very small and specific subset of those previously selected for coverage, namely: those with prosthetic heart valves, previous infectious endocardiitis, certain congenital defects, and cardiac transplant recipients who develop cardiac valvulopathy. Hip and artificial joints are not addressed in the report. Research states that infective endocarditis is much more likely to result from frequent exposure to random bacteremias associated with daily activities - such as tooth brushing - than by dental procedures. The risks associated with taking antibiotics include, in very rare cases, death due to allergy. This has been a long time coming, but the benefits no longer appear to outweigh the risks. Go here for complete guidelines SBE.


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