While visiting the dentist can be uncomfortable, it is important that our patients are well-informed when choosing a provider. Ahead of World Patient Safety Day on Sept.17, we want to raise awareness about an issue that many may not have heard of: dental quacking.
Aug. 6 is National Fresh Breath Day. Dentists all over would rejoice if this holiday was celebrated every day and not just once a year. Breath smells are something we are all too familiar with, and its remedies are routine parts of our oral hygiene instructions to patients.
2020 presented many new challenges for practicing dentists as they were forced to enact new procedures and grapple with unprecedented change presented by a global pandemic. In addition, dental offices nationwide had to deal with another challenge: complying with the new amalgam separator law.
When we go to the dentist, we are used to paying for the appointment through a private insurance company or out-of-pocket. Government-funded programs do exist, but their scope is relatively limited. Other places in the world have different models to pay for various health care services.
Patients who have neglected their dental health while dealing with substance use disorder find themselves in pain due to severe decay and gum disease; many of them also have anxiety and stress about visiting a dentist after becoming sober.
The ADA started with seven recognized specialties and has only added five specialties in the past 160 years. Three of the specialties, dental anesthesiology, oral medicine and orofacial pain, were recognized in the last three years. Ever wonder why more specialties aren’t recognized?
With the COVID-19 vaccination readily administered in local pharmacies, hospitals and even university campuses, the government is attempting to increase the vaccine rate to achieve herd immunity. However, what if you went to your dentist and, after discussing your treatment plan, they were able to administer the vaccine as well?