Archive:


CAPTCHA Image
Get New Code

Posts for: March, 2012

By contactus
March 07, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

These tough economic times are causing hard-working people to suffer unnecessarily and pay more for dental care, long-term, because they are delaying needed treatment. 

A recent case in point:  I have a patient who works two jobs, including one with a restaurant chain that provides decent dental insurance. The restaurant changes his work schedule every week.  Over a year ago, he had a tooth treatment planned for a composite filling which would have cost him a co-payment of $40 through his employer’s dental insurance.  However, since this patient was not getting a reliable number of work hours each week, he has been afraid to take time off.  He has been working every hour offered in order to make sure he can pay his rent and other regular bills, so he postponed his dental treatment.  Left untreated, the tooth decay worsened and the tooth recently fractured.  Now, the tooth requires a crown at a co-payment multiple times the cost of a filling.

I worry that my patient will continue to postpone treatment until he is in constant pain, at which point he will need root canal therapy.  It is also possible, that, due to the additional time and cost involved, he might also risk medical complications from an untreated dental infection.  Ironically, that would cost his employer more in lost productivity and insurance than just dealing with the problem now. 

+ Dr. G + 


By contactus
March 05, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

I want to make sure everyone knows about this…

On February 16, 2012, the Food & Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers that certain electric toothbrushes can break during use, chiping teeth and damaging the gums around your teeth.  The warning indicated that parts flying off these toothbrushes had also resulted in cut lips, eye injuries and incidents of choking!  Eight versions of Arm & Hammer’s popular battery-operated Spinbrush, including a children’s model are involved.  For complete details, go to www.fda.com/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm291790.htm.

At home, our family uses a Braun Oral B electric toothbrush (the same model available is available at my dental office for $109.00, by the way).  I am not aware of any quality issues with this device or its replacement heads. The model we have has a built-in timer and buzzes every thirty seconds to help users make sure they brush long enough. There is also an indicator to make you aware if you may be brushing to hard.  My wife, the tree-hugger in the family, also likes that it is rechargeable.  Now if we could only get our son to use it as often as he is supposed to…

+ Dr. G +