Monthly Archives: June 2015

Dental x-ray could save your life

As published in the Bucks County Courier Times Most people are aware of the importance of dental x-rays (radiographs) for the diagnosis of cavities, gum disease, and infected or abscessed teeth. What you may not know is that dental x-rays can also be an important tool for helping to
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What I’ve learned from my patients

As published in the Buck’s County Courier Times on Friday, April 10, 2015 When I reflect on my more than two decades of dental practice, there are many lessons that I have learned about my patients and my approach to their care. Some of the most important lessons were
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Root Canals not associated with cancer risk

It seems like every time you look, someone is posting misinformation on the web about some medical or dental procedure. Not surprisingly, root canal is often the target of these unscientific scare tactics. Root canal therapy is a process where the dentist removes the infected nerves and blood vessels
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Mid-level Providers Unqualified to Treat Patients

I recently wrote a commentary in this journal about the numerous dangers I see associated with mid-level dental providers. Dr. Frank Catalanotto subsequently rebuked my views in his harsh and unprofessional “counter-commentary”. Dr. Catalanotto’s position is sharply out of step with The American Dental Association[1] and other prominent dental
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“New” procedure has dental patients asking for the needle

As published by Dr. Jerry Gordon in the Buck’s County Courier Times Most people don’t look forward to a visit to their dentist. Among the least favorite things are the needle and the drill. Both are needed to make dental treatment tolerable and often painless, but still not the
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Ebola virus precautions at the dental office

Due to the recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, dentists have been advised by the American Dental Association (ADA) to include a travel history in their routine medical history work-up. Any persons who have been to the West African countries Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea
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Doctors play key role in curbing prescription drug abuse

Medical doctors, dentists and other licensed practitioners commonly use prescription opioid or narcotic medications to help elevate pain after surgical procedures. These medications are also used to treat chronic ailments or other conditions that cause people pain. Despite the importance of these drugs, they are sometimes overprescribed and have
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Ten tips for beating dental fears

Does the sound of the dentist’s drill make you cringe? Does the sight of the needle make you scared and nervous? If so, you’re not alone. Fear of the dentist, or in more severe cases, dental phobia, is the main reason that many people avoid the dentist. The problem
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Step up and be a mentor

Climbing the ladder of life is not an easy process. Many obstacles get in our way, and at times it seems like no one is around to help us. Just about anyone who has achieved success in any aspect of life has had the help of family, friends, teachers,
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New technology can troubleshoot root canal problems

Root canal is still one of the most feared dental procedures. There are also those who have a negative view of root canal due to a bad experience, result or the cost of the procedure. Once the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, a root canal is the only
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