Nancy Tweezes Tongues

Yesterday, Nancy, an RDH at the CDHA (Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association) conference told me how much my my presentation, “Tongue-Tied’ meant to her. I always try to ask what resonated most about my presentation. Often I hear the part about my children or the theological part….but today, I heard something quite different: the tongue tweezing! She went on to say …

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The Dry Mouth Lollipop

According to Dr. Brian Novy, an assistant professor of restorative dentistry at Loma Linda University, you can ask a pharmacist to make these Dry Mouth Lollipops. The pharmacy may need a prescription…and thanks to a friend who heard Dr. Novy’s presentation at the Pacific Dental Conference, I’ve got the recipe to share with you! Ingredients: 5mg Pilocarpine Hydrochloride in a …

Tattoos 4 Teeth!

I just read an article about a dental technician who makes permanent art on teeth. Call it a tattoo! Usually it’s a crown on a molar. You would pull your lip aside to show someone the team you admire, the country flag, or a flower. He doesn’t just paint it on. He engraves the design into the crown. Each color …

A New Career: Dental Therapists (DT) and Advanced Dental Therapists (ADT)

Dental therapists can fill cavities, extract primary teeth and put in crowns and spacers. DT’s get a 2½-year degree (compared with four years for dentists) and earn roughly half what a dentist does. University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s Dental Therapy program is the first in the country to graduate 9 students in 2011. The school’s second graduating class of …

Caffeinated Coffee Reduces Oral Cancer

The results of this study were posted online this month in The American Journal of Epidemiology and in today’s NY Times Well Blog. Researchers found the risk of death from oral or throat cancer was 26 percent lower among those who drank one cup of caffeinated coffee a day, 33 percent lower among those who drank two to three cups …