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What is Anti-Aging Dentistry?

In Dental Care on September 27, 2011 at 4:30 AM

We all get old.

Despite the newest advances in technology, medicine, and even dentistry, that is an undeniable fact none of us can avoid.

But there are steps we can take to mitigate health problems and degenerative ailments, allowing us to not only age gracefully but also with a better understanding of how technological advancements in medicine can also improve our quality of life.

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Photo courtesy of Julien Tromeur

And we’re not talking about growth hormone therapy to retain the Rocky-esque physique, or sleeping in hyperbaric chambers like Michael Jackson.

While those methods of personal anti-aging wellness may certainly prove advantageous for some, most of us don’t have the resources or even the desire to explore such extremes.

However, most of us can certainly benefit from a little anti-aging dentistry.

According to transgenerational.org; today, one out of every 9 Americans is “old”—another former youth turns 50 every 8 seconds. Those age 65 and older now exceed 35 million, a number poised to explode. January 2011 ushered in the first of approximately 77 million Baby Boomers, born from 1946 through 1964 and are surging toward the gates of retirement.

Anti-aging dentistry is not a fad, phase, or sales pitch.

bit_collapse_anti_aging_dentistryTechnology and medicine combine to offer the growing elderly population a way to not only reduce the visual signs of aging, but more importantly the health-related oral systemic issues often associated with tooth and gum degeneration.

Yes, Botox injections and purely cosmetic dentistry applications certainly offer the elderly population an expanded array of dental options to combat the outwardly noticeable indications of time.

But, anti-aging dentistry also addresses the oral systemic health issues such as neuromuscular dentistry, and even the removal and rehabilitation of old porcelain veneers, fillings, or crowns.

A recent press release from a dentist in Santa Monica, California, outlines another area of concern among the growing population of elderly dental patients – ‘bite collapse.’

While Los Angeles is probably the epicenter of anti-aging dentistry as it relates to vanity and cosmetics, that doesn’t mean oral systemic health doesn’t receive top billing!

So, how can this building groundswell of dental health information move its way across the country and around the world?

Interpersonal communication.

How can you learn more about anti-aging dentistry?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is Teeth Whitening Dentistry?

In Teeth Whitening on June 16, 2011 at 4:30 AM

It is according to the state of Connecticut. We’re pretty sure a good number of dentists out there would agree.

According to a recent DrBicuspid article referencing a local New Haven Independent publication…the Connecticut State Dental Commission has ruled that tooth whitening is dentistry and can no longer be performed at spas, salons, and shopping malls unless it is done under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

Tooth whitening at the shopping mall…what’s next Botox® in the dental office?

While at-home whitening methods may yield short-term results, we have to understand that in order to properly diagnose any problem or potential problem related to our teeth and gums before undergoing any whitening procedure; we would require the help of a professional.

The same holds true of certain aforementioned wrinkle wrecking cosmetic procedures!

Bleachorexia issues aside, applying some whitening strips and following the directions on the box to magically transform our corn colored chompers into dazzling white chicklets does offer some convenience, but at what cost?

And we don’t mean the $50 or so the products cost, we’re talking about the cost of our optimal oral health. Convenience is great, but is it really that much more convenient and cost-effective (never mind safe) to knock out the teeth whitening while we’re browsing the discount rack at the local mall?

Maybe it is, and maybe most of us are completely comfortable with the idea of shopping mall teeth whitening.  When you think about it, we do some pretty weird things already, and plenty of things that don’t make sense when we consider the consequences and potential pitfalls.

Who is to say we can’t do 32 cumulative things at one time that don’t make dollars or sense?

The local beauty salon could certainly be another place to throw down some cash on a super terrific bright smile package; even the ubiquitous nail salon could pull off some teeth whitening to diversify their product offering.

But with hair care and mani-pedis already reaching critical mass on cost quotient, how much can we expect to pay at these places to have our smiles enhanced?

And will it really be a safer, more affordable option than simply asking our dentist about safe and effective teeth whitening options performed by a professional in the field?

Is the Face of Cosmetic Dentistry Changing?

In Cosmetic Dentistry on April 14, 2011 at 4:30 AM

It seems there is an ongoing debate out there about dentists offering Botox injections to patients. Is patient health and well-being at the forefront of this battle, or is the debate about the cosmetic application of Botox in the dental practice something else entirely?

That’s up to the medical boards and individual states to decide, but it does kinda seem like a natural progression of things. We can pay our bills from our mobile phone while waiting for our triple-dipped low-foam no-fat half-caf latte all while updating our Facebook status and catching up on the latest #Winning tweets from Charlie Sheen. What’s a little cosmetic procedure with your dental check-up?

Some states are scrambling to develop continuing educational requirements and some are even limiting dental practices from offering Botox for use in cosmetic procedures. But the fact is Botox has long been used in dentistry to treat TMD/TMJ and other dental problems – according to this recent article from NorthJersey.com detailing the Botox in dentistry debate in that state.

Here’s what The Doctors have to say:

And click here to read a story out of Cleveland where a migraine sufferer was treated with Botox injections by her dentist. The article goes on to mention how the treating dentist was quoted as saying, “I by no means believe that botox should be the first step in treating migraines. But it should definitely be considered when everything else fails.”

So we guess the argument is about the cosmetic application of Botox in the dental practice, if it’s used for more important treatments like TMJ and chronic migraines. And that’s only two examples. In this day and age is it really that big of a stretch to take some preventative wrinkle maintenance at the same time we’re getting the regular oral health checkup?

It seems like a perfect time saver for those patients that demand such a cosmetic service during their dental check-up. It also offers a level of discretion for those cosmetically inclined dental patients. Just picture it, you walk into the dental office for a regular check-up and have your wrinkles blasted away at the same time – and best of all nobody is the wiser!

Sure, maybe the cross section of the dental patient population we’re talking about here resembles more Housewives of Orange County more so than Middle America, but we all love choices.

What do the dental patients think?