at 990 Ebenezer Blvd, Madison, 39110 United States
Richard S. Poole, DMD (601) 856-3926 Laser, Cosmetic, Implant, and Restorative Dentistry + Dental Sleep Medicine
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
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Let's talk about your "sweet-tooth." Almost everyone consumes a bit of the sugary stuff now and then. If consumed in moderation, sugar is not any worse than any other foodstuff as far as your teeth are concerned, but when moderation gives way to frequent habit, trouble is usually on the horizon for your teeth. Just what is the "line in the sand" when it comes to sugar and teeth? It has everything to do with how often it passes over your lips and how long it stays in your mouth. It also has to do with your oral hygiene. Daily flossers are not as likely to get in trouble with sugar. Hard candy, such as peppermint or chewing gum keeps sugar around the teeth for hours. This is really, really bad for your teeth - even if you only consume two or three hard candies or chew a couple of sticks of gum in a day. When fed by sugar over an extended time, the cavity bacteria go nuts! Substitute sugar-free candy or gum. Soft drinks such as soda or sweet tea will get your teeth in trouble if your habit is to sip along during the day. Just go ahead and get it down the gullet! Bottom line - small amounts of sugar consumed often are much worse than large amounts of sugar consumed quickly. When in doubt, FLOSS, FLOSS, FLOSS!---and leave off the hard stuff.
Quick update on the Philips AirFloss. We have begun seeing recall patients who have been using the AirFlosser for 6 months now, and the results are very good. I am glad to say that most who bought the Flosser are using it daily, as recommended. I want to caution those of you who don't plan to take it with you on out-of-town trips, however. You need to empty the reservoir completely and "pump" out any remaining water from the system any time you plan not to use the tool for a few days to prevent bacteria from finding a home! This goes for any of you who are not flossing with it daily, as well. (You KNOW I can tell, don't you?!!!). In addition to emptying the water from the reservoir and pumping out the system, I recommend leaving the reservoir door open to allow drying as well. The State Fair (and all that taffy) and Halloween are coming, so stay flossed up! Dr. P
After all the years of providing "Laser Dentistry" for my patients, I still enjoy the delight that registers on the face of the patient who just finished a filling with no shot, no drill. Still amazing. I now have many patients who have never experienced the "old way" - with the numb lip and the sound of the drill. But there are still plenty of us who remember that technique, and those patients who have experienced "both sides of the coin" are the true believers in Laser Dentistry. In my office, at least, the Dental Laser has helped many people get past their fear of the shot or the drill. I like that. I had a bit of that fear as a young dental patient myself. But in this blog, I thought it might be more fun to hear from patients who have experienced Laser Dentistry than to hear me talk about it. So how about it? Any of you willing to take a minute and post your personal experience with Laser Dentistry? I would love to hear your comments!
I have had more than one patient ask recently, "Will my crown be made in China?" For patients in need of a crown, veneer, or partial, it is an appropriate question. The answer is yes - many American dental labs ARE farming crown cases out to overseas labs. For me, the real concern is - what materials are in these crowns, and are they really safe? Unfortunately, I can't answer those questions because foreign labs are not regulated. Crowns are hand made, most often by a laboratory that your dentist chooses. In order for a crown to look the best and last the longest, it must be made with utmost precision and with the best materials possible. Why, then, would any patient (or dentist) shop for the "cheapest" crown? After all, it is going to become part of your body! Lesson #1: All crowns are not equal! Made in the USA really matters. Lesson #2: Talk to your dentist and get him/her to help you choose the crown that is right for you. Lesson #1 is worth repeating - ALL CROWNS ARE NOT EQUAL. This is your smile and your body. Think about it! Dr. P
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It is almost Christmas once again, so no dental discussions today. I just want to take the opportunity to be thankful. I have been blessed with the most wonderful patients, and I am truly grateful for your friendship and support. We are just completing an in-office survey to study why patients have chosen OUR office over all the other offices they have to choose from, and I am quite humbled by the results. By far, most of our new patients have listed a friend or co-worker's referral as the reason they have chosen us. That means you, our patients, have thought enough not just to trust me and my wonderful staff with your own dental health, but to actually send others to us. I repeat, I am truly humbled, grateful, and honored by your kindness and by the confidence you have shown in us. Patients tend to refer others who are much like themselves, and we have the best patient family on the planet! From me, my staff, and our families, please accept our heartfelt thanks. We wish you a very Merry Christmas! Dr. P and Staff P.S. Keep up the good work!
Dentistry and your overall health: how do they relate? The truth is, dentists are more likely to see patients more frequently and follow them over a longer time than any other health-related professionals. The Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree was created with this fact in mind, through a total body health curriculum. The first way dentistry and overall health relate, then, is through training that helps dentists recognize health problems that are not just related to teeth. Our training helps us pick up on problems that might otherwise go undiagnosed, often because patients are unaware of the problem, or only "go to the doctor" when they don't feel well. For example, our office conducts the American Cancer Exam of the mouth and face as a part of every check-up. At the urging of dentists who have long felt that a healthy mouth correlates well with a healthy body, the American Medical Association conducted a study about flossing. They found that people who floss daily live an average of ten years longer than people who don't floss daily. The medical community was so surprised by the finding, they repeated the study. The result was the same! This ties in with the second way dentistry and overall health are intertwined. Flossing daily helps control the build-up of bacteria in the mouth. When undisturbed for more than 24 hours, the bacteria forms a colony (plaque) that attacks teeth and gum tissue. This causes cavities and gum disease. Unhealthy gums allow the bacteria into your bloodstream 24/7. You get the picture. So, go to the dentist for regular check-ups. We are checking for more than cavities. Dr. P
Last June, I wrote about Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the deadly disease caused by the collapsing of the airway during sleep. Loud snoring and awakening with a gasp for air are common symptoms. Ninety percent of Sleep Apnea victims are undiagnosed. The most common treatment for OSA is a device called a CPAP, which stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. It is basically a fan which is hooked to a hose which is hooked to a mask which is strapped to your face. The fan literally blows the airway open to keep it from sealing shut. Unfortunately, one out of every two CPAP users gives up using the device within two years because they simply cannot tolerate the inconvenience or the discomfort produced by the device. I am writing about this medical malady because there is a DENTAL alternative to the CPAP which many people don't seem to know about. The airway is simply held open by a special type of mouthguard which works by holding the mandible in a forward position. The Oral Appliance (OA) is comfortable and very easy to use, is much more portable than the CPAP and requires no electricity or special airport screening. Like the CPAP, the OA may not be ideal for every application. Poole Dental Clinic can evaluate to see if OA treatment is right for you, and fit you for the Oral Appliance if you qualify. It is usually covered by medical (not dental) insurance. Beware of the "Boil and Bite" remedies advertised on late-night TV. They can actually be very harmful to your teeth, and may only mask OSA, not correct it.