“What Does RDH Stand For?”

Plain and simple, it’s shocking. If you are in dentistry, you know. If you aren’t, even some of the smartest people you know, may not know! My friend Tina is a physician, a radiologist specializing in women. She is hyper vigilant about using all natural products including her mattresses, rugs, creams and foods. Tina is my go-to person when I …

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Oral Pathologist Uncovers Gross Negligence: Walter Reed Medical Center

When Oral Pathologist Dr. Laura Ike couldn’t find the radiology report on a scan of patients jaw, she wondered if other patients had scans that fell through the cracks. She uncovered gross negligence on a big scale affecting a couple of thousand patients at the Walter Reed Medical Center. If you don’t have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal …

Tongue & Lip Piercings: Effect On Your Oral Health

Tongue piercings may be trendy, but biting down on the metal stud can crack a tooth. Lip piercings pose a similar risk. When metal rubs against the gums, it can cause damage to the oral tissue which may lead to tooth loss. The mouth is a haven for bacteria. Piercings raise the risk of infections and sores. Get educated by …

Alaska Natives: Dental Care Without A Dentist

Increasing reliance upon Western diets has exacerbated problems with tooth decay in Native Alaska. Soda pop arrives by the crate to villages only reachable by plane, boat or snowmobile. Public water supplies of fluoridated water is rare. The underfunded Indian Health Service has had chronic difficulty hiring dentists to serve in remote communities. Even if they come, they often leave. …

T.O.T. Tethered Oral Tissue and Tongue-Tied

Last year, when I gave a presentation to the Academy of Laser Dentistry, I sat in on a course by Dr. Larry Katkow, a laser dentist who specializes in babies. In a ten second procedure, he can laser a piece of tissue in the oral cavity and free it from being tethered to the tongue, lip or cheek. After his …