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This is a great way for me to keep you informed about what's new at Oakdale Dental.  You'll find stories about todays dentistry and how it can make your life better and healthier, and sometimes some random thoughts I hope you find interesting. 

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So, come back once in a while...I try to post regularly and have some interesting things for you to check out and maybe a story or two to tell.



"Great things start with a smile!" Dr Rosenblat

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Go ahead, stick your tongue out at the dentist and make him smile!

I always know my regular patients like me when I sit down to do a routine examination, a checkup. How?  They stick out their tongues! Quite a lot if not most stick their tongues out at me as soon as I ask them to open their mouths for a look.  You see, I have them "trained". They know the first thing I do is look for oral cancer and stick your tongue out at theoakvilledentist.comone of the places I need to look is under their tongues. I have to hold and lift it up and look. I love it when they stick out their tongues because they are paying attention and know how important this is.  This is one of the most important parts of a dental examination: looking at the soft tissues ( not just teeth) for any signs of disease.  I need to look for anything out of the ordinary from cankers to growths and decide if there is an anomoly, and if there is, is it a passing harmless one or something more ominous.  Looking at the teeth comes afterwards in my dental exams.

So stick out your tongue at your dentist and make him smile!


But Dr. Oz said dental xrays are dangerous.....

Today I had an elderly woman come in for her routine "check up and cleaning".  When I came in to examine her mouth, Wendy, one of my dental hygienist told me that Mrs W. did not want to have dental xrays today.  It had been almost two years since she had her last set.  It wasn't just the amount of time that indicated to me she needed an "xray exam".  Last time we took xrays for Mrs W we found large, painless cavities that if not treated would certainly soon develop into painful and infected teeth.  As is common with advanced age, Mrs W isn't as good at brushing as she use to be and so she is also quite prone to tooth decay as well.  I asked her why she didn't want the xrays.  

She told me Dr Oz said they are bad for you and not to have them.  They aren't safe. 

Now I am not sure that is exactly what he said, but that is the message she took away form his show.  And that is the danger with medical shows.  Dr Oz is not a dentist nor a radiologist.  He covers lots of topics that are not in his speciality but people have a tendency to take for gospel the words of a "doctor" on TV.  TV doctors like Dr. Oz have others write up medical stories for them to present as the expert.  That's what Dr Oz does too.  He has never met Mrs W yet she is ready to take his advice.  It really concerns me that patients will follow the recommendations or warnings by someone they have never met with regard to their health and the need for treatment over their own doctor or dentist.  If someone does not trust the recommendations of their doctor or dentist, have a second opinion by all means.   But have that second opinion by a doctor or dentist whom you actually meet, examines you and understands your health concerns.  A TV doctor cannot give advice that addresses your specific concerns or conditions.  Besides, why are you seeing your doctor if you don't trust his or her recommendations?

This post isn't specifically about xray safety, but it is something we dentists take very seriously

I just can't resist also mentioning that Dr Oz has a tooth whitening recipie that supposedly saves you money.  It involves the use of Lemon juice.  Lemon juice is an acid.  It will damage your teeth as acids will soften and dissolve your teeth- wears away the enamel.  It also includes baking soda- this is an abrasive- will wear away the softened enamel very quickly if you brush with this.  Dr Oz is not an expert in this but he holds himself out to be one.  

He has really bad writers and researchers. 

BTW, after discussing the need for xrays, Mrs W had the images taken and I was pleased to be able to tell her there were no new cavities.  This really made her day!



What did you do for your summer holidays?



Well, the long hot summer of 2010 is soon coming to a close.  You couldn't tell by the weather but the CNE or "ex" as those in the GTA call it, opens tomorrow.  For those of us who grew up in the Toronto area that's a sign the "real" new year is coming- the new SCHOOL YEAR.   I suppose you can tell from the picture above I got a chance to relax a bit over the summer and I hope all of you got to enjoy some down time too.

Right now we're busy at the office seeing lots  kids for their dental checkups before going away to school.  I enjoy this time of year hearing about the different things kids have been keeping busy with over the summer.  Some have had summer jobs I would have loved to have had when I was a kid.  ( no it wasn't that long ago, or at least it doesn' t feel that long ago!).  And I really appreciate the advice university students have been giving me about living in residence as my son is leaving for university in a couple weeks.  While it is really easy to talk and even see our kids away at university these days with things like "Skype" I suspect he'll be way too busy with school and frosh week to call mom and dad too often. 

Oh well. 

Enjoy what's left of summer, it's been a great one and winter will be here before you know it!