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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 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?

How’s Your Posture?

In Dental Care on November 18, 2010 at 4:00 AM

If you resemble a question mark rather than an exclamation point, we need to talk.

Poor posture is a result of lots of things; stress, maybe injury, or possibly just being chained to a desk all day long. According to the AGD, our poor posture could have a lot to do with causing headaches, jaw pain, and even TMJ disorders.

You never thought your dentist would be commenting on your posture, did you?

Poor posture places the spine in a position that causes stress to the jaw joint. When people slouch or hunch over, the lower jaw shifts forward, causing the upper and lower teeth to not fit together properly, and the skull moves back on the spinal column.

This movement puts stress on muscles, joints and bones and, if left untreated, can create pain and inflammation in muscles and joints when the mouth opens and closes.

“Good posture is important, yet many people don’t realize how posture affects their oral health,” says AGD spokesperson Ludwig Leibsohn, DDS.

What Do You Do For Migraines?

In Dental Care on November 16, 2010 at 4:00 AM

If you are unfortunate enough to know what a migraine feels like, you know it’s debilitating. Often times nothing can make it go away, maybe some rest in dark silent room – maybe some Excedrin or other pain relief that is only treating the symptoms.

Have you ever thought that your migraines can be caused by the alignment (or misalignment) of your jaw?

According to ICNR (International Center for Nutritional Research), approximately 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches, and of them, 28 million suffer from migraines. To the chronic migraine headache sufferer, headaches can mean more than sheer physical torture –they can disrupt work, destroy weekend plans, and even put a strain on marriage and relationships with family and friends. Statistically more woman get migraines than men. Twenty-five percent of women and 8% of men get migraines sometime in their lifetime.

Be sure to let us know on your next visit if you suffer from migraines – and let us know how you treat them. As we’ll keep preaching, all the technology and information being shared allows your dentist to construct a more complete health care picture.