Understanding Biocompatibility Before Dental Treatment
“Understanding Biocompatibility Before Dental Treatment” by Dr. Blanche D. Grube One of the things I have noticed over the many years of my dental career is that “ALL” dentists think that they are the best dentist in their community, state, or maybe even the country. Yet there is something that many of these dentists are […]
How a Dentist Decides on What Materials to Use
How does a dentist decide on what materials to use? Allergies are among the most common but overlooked diseases. It has been reported that over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, that’s almost 1/7th of the total US population. Usually, those allergies are environmental, like pollen, grass, or dust. They can also be allergic […]
Heart Health Starts in Your Mouth
Everyone knows that going for an annual checkup is good for your health. These checkups can provide you with information and discover potential health problems before they can develop into something serious. What has been the most overlooked area as to where many of these health problems actually start, is the mouth! Evidence-based science has […]
Is it Wise to Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Your third molars are commonly known as “wisdom teeth” and they generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 23. One of the most common practices amongst dentists is to remove wisdom teeth as soon as they start to come out, whether they are hurting the patient or not. In medicine and dentistry, this is […]
Getting to the Root of Your Root Canal
Perhaps your root canal is the root cause of your health problems. Have you ever gone to a dentist for a scheduled cleaning and the dentist says, “I’ve got bad news, you need a root canal!” Your first thoughts might be, I don’t see anything wrong, and I don’t feel any pain, why would I […]
Is there a link between poor oral health and cancer?
Not so long ago, when a patient heard the word “cancer”, they immediately thought it would be an inevitable death sentence for them. Fortunately, there has been a tremendous amount of research that has been done in the past 20 years, that is exposing potential causes of cancer such as environmental factors, lifestyle, and most […]
Was Dr. Hal Huggins Right – Is it Really All in Our Head?
Have you ever woken up and felt something wasn’t right? After going through your day, you still feel something is off…You decide that perhaps a visit to the doctor will give you the answer, but the first doctor tells you, nothing is wrong. You quietly leave the office and tell yourself, “maybe I will feel […]
How Often Should You Get Tested for Dental Biocompatibility?
Biocompatibility testing is an indirect measurement of the reaction between serum proteins and the composition of various dental restorative materials. Dental restorative materials, just like prescription drugs, can have certain side effects or adverse reactions. Some of these reactions are of medical significance, and some are not. One of the objectives of this report is […]
Biocompatibility – The New Buzzword in Dentistry
Everyone is talking about “biocompatibility” not just in medicine, but especially in dentistry. What exactly does biocompatible mean? Basically, biocompatible materials are materials that should not harm the patient. You may ask, “Aren’t the materials used in dentistry biocompatible”? The answer is complicated, there are literally thousands of dental materials in the marketplace with more […]