Dental Health Blog

Congratulations to our Honors Intern student!

Beles and Holly at AFHS’s Internship Presentation and Gallery Walk on January 8.

Bell Family Dentistry had the pleasure of welcoming Beles Abebe to our team last semester.  She participated in the Honors Internship Program at Apex Friendship High School.  On Monday, January 8, the Honors Internship students prepared an interactive presentation and gallery walk that demonstrated their unique experiences and knowledge that they gained over the course of their internship.  Beles chose to focus on Infection Control in Dentistry as her showcase topic, and she discussed the infection control process and the sterilization of dental instruments.  Great job, Beles!  And thank you for interning with us!

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions?

Turning over a new leaf in the New Year can be tricky, but finding a way to stick with it is important when that new leaf benefits your health. If you want to take better care when looking after your teeth and gums this year, these five resolutions can keep you diligent.

Schedule a Dental Appointment

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist, you’re not alone. About one third of people in the U.S. don’t see a dentist yearly, according to the ADA. But booking this appointment is one of the most important things you can do when looking after your teeth. According to the ADA, some conditions – such as sensitivity in the teeth or bleeding gums – are sure signs that it’s time to see a dentist. Even if your teeth look and feel fine, enter a reminder in your phone or calendar for January 1 so that you can call your dentist on January 2 for an appointment.

To make the process of scheduling visits easier, book your next one before you leave the office.

Commit to Flossing

Brushing your teeth twice a day isn’t enough to keep plaque from building up on your teeth, or to completely remove bits of food from your mouth. To take the best care of your teeth, you need to floss too. If you’re not in the habit of flossing, the new year is a great time to start.

One way to make it easier to remember is putting a container of floss on top of or directly next to your toothpaste. Position the container so that you have to touch it when taking your toothpaste out of the drawer or cabinet. Stash another container of floss in your purse or desk drawer at work, so that you can floss on the go if you forget to do it at home.

Cut Back on Sugar

A study published in “BMC Public Health” in September 2014 confirmed a direct link between the amount of sugar a person eats and the amount of tooth decay he has. Cutting back on sugar can cut your risk for tooth decay considerably. The most convenient way to cut back on sugar is to reduce the number of sugary treats you buy. Simple swaps will help you cut back as well: Drink sugar-free seltzer water instead of soda, or chew a piece of sugar-free gum when you have a craving for something sweet.

Kick the Habit

Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease, according to the CDC, and is linked to a host of other health issues. Pick a date to give up the habit, get rid of all the tobacco products from your home and solicit the support of your friends and family to help you quit. There will be cravings along the way, so it’s important to find a healthy activity to engage in when a craving kicks in. Feel free to see your general practitioner if you struggle to curb the addiction by yourself.

Eat More Mouth-Healthy Foods

When you cut back on sugar, resolve to add more orally healthy foods to your diet to solidify your diet’s benefit to your teeth. Dairy products, which are high in calcium, are great for your teeth, as are fibrous foods that call up saliva and scrub away plaque and other food bits.

Making your new year’s resolutions as easy as possible to stick with will help you keep them. Take things one step at a time, and if you forget to floss one day or eat a big piece of caramel the next, don’t give up. Remember that there’s always tomorrow!

 

Credit:  https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/looking-after-your-teeth-five-new-years-resolutions-for-a-healthier-mouth-1214, “Looking After Your Teeth: Five New Year’s Resolutions For A Healthier Mouth” by Amy Freeman.  Photo credit:  https://www.uoe.co.uk/news/new-year-resolutions

 

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How to whiten your teeth in-office with Philips ZOOM

Bell Family Dentistry offers ZOOM in-office whitening for our patients.  Read here to learn more, and call us today to set up your appointment for a brighter, whiter smile!

With Philips Zoom in-office whitening, you can unlock a smile up to 8 shades whiter in just 60 minutes. The added bonus? You get outstanding results with little to no sensitivity.

 

No wonder millions of people have already trusted us with whitening their smiles.

 

Why choose Philips Zoom in-office whitening?

When you choose in-office tooth whitening, stronger whitening ingredients are used to safely complete your treatment. The result? Instantly brighter teeth, with little to no sensitivity.

  

How do I get started?

 

When it comes to Philips Zoom, you’ll get the most dramatic results with our in-office treatment. In 60 minutes your teeth could be up to 8 shades whiter, reversing stains from food and drinks, aging, even discoloration from some types of medication.

 

You’ll leave the dentist chair with an instantly brighter, more confident smile.

How to whiten your teeth with Philips Zoom

If you choose ZOOM, your treatment starts with your dentist checking your current shade, so you can both see the dramatic difference after your treatment is complete.

 

Once you’re ready, just sit back as your dental professional handles the next steps:

 

  • Your dentist preps your mouth for whitening and applies a layer of advanced whitening gel to your teeth.
  • To speed up the whitening process, they’ll shine our LED lamp onto your teeth. This accelerates the whitening, plus the lamp’s variable settings ensure you’ll get a comfortable experience.
  • This can be repeated up to 4 times – and is completed in just 60 minutes!
  • Once you’ve reached your desired shade, your dentist will apply our post-treatment gel to help protect enamel and reduce sensitivity.

 

Before you leave your dentist’s office, you’ll receive customized whitening trays and a take home whitening kit, which is included in the price of your treatment. This way, you can top-up the brightness of your smile whenever you want to.

Credit:  https://www.usa.philips.com/c-m-pe/teeth-whitening/zoom-in-office

The History of Dentistry — Innovations in Techniques and Technology (20th Century)

We conclude this historical dental timeline with Part 5 of a 5-part series with fun facts and interesting inventions in the field of dentistry.  For more information, you can visit the website of the American Dental Association. Part 5 will focus on innovations in techniques and technology (20th century).

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1903

Charles Land devises the porcelain jacket crown.

1905

Alfred Einhorn, a German chemist, formulates the local anesthetic procain, later marketed under the trade name Novocain.

1907

William Taggart invents a “lost wax” casting machine, allowing dentists to make precision cast fillings.

1908

Greene Vardiman Black, the leading reformer and educator of American dentistry, publishes his monumental two-volume treatise Operative Dentistry, which remains the essential clinical dental text for fifty years. Black later develops techniques for filling teeth, standardizes operative procedures and instrumentation, develops an improved amalgam, and pioneers the use of visual aids for teaching dentistry.

1910

The first formal training program for dental nurses is established at the Ohio College of Dental Surgery by Cyrus M. Wright. The program is discontinued in 1914 mainly due to opposition by Ohio dentists.

1911

The U.S. Army Dental Corps is established as the first armed services dental corps in the U.S. The Navy institutes its Dental Corps in 1912.

1913

Alfred C. Fones opens the Fones Clinic For Dental Hygienists in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the world’s first oral hygiene school. Most of the twenty-seven women graduates of the first class are employed by the Bridgeport Board of Education to clean the teeth of school children. The greatly reduced incidence of caries among these children gives impetus to the dental hygienist movement. Dr. Fones, first to use the term “dental hygienist,” becomes known as the Father of Dental Hygiene.

1917

Irene Newman receives the world’s first dental hygiene license in Connecticut.

1930

The American Board of Orthodontics, the world’s first dental specialty board, is founded.

1937

Alvin Strock inserts the first Vitallium dental screw implant. Vitallium, the first successful biocompatible implant metal, had been developed a year earlier by Charles Venable, an orthopedic surgeon.

1938

The nylon toothbrush, the first made with synthetic bristles, appears on the market.

1945

The water fluoridation era begins when the cities of Newburgh, New York, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, add sodium fluoride to their public water systems.

1948

President Harry S. Truman signs the Congressional bill formally establishing the National Institute of Dental Research and initiating federal funding for dental research. Dr. H. Trendley Dean is appointed its first director. The Institute is renamed the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in 1998.

1949

Oskar Hagger, a Swiss chemist, develops the first system of bonding acrylic resin to dentin.

1950

The first fluoride toothpastes are marketed.

1955

Michael Buonocore describes the acid etch technique, a simple method of increasing the adhesion of acrylic fillings to enamel.

1957

John Borden introduces a high-speed air-driven contra-angle handpiece. The Airotor obtains speeds up to 300,000 rotations per minute and is an immediate commercial success, launching a new era of high-speed dentistry.

1958

fully reclining dental chair is introduced.

1960

  • Sit down, four-handed dentistry becomes popular in the U.S. This technique improves productivity and shortens treatment time.
  • Lasers are developed and approved for soft tissue work, such as treatment of periodontal disease.
  • The first commercial electric toothbrush, developed in Switzerland after World War II, is introduced in the United States. A cordless, rechargeable model follows in 1961.

1962

Rafael Bowen develops Bis-GMA, the thermoset resin complex used in most modern composite resin restorative materials.

1980

Per-Ingvar Branemark describes techniques for the osseointegration of dental implants.

1989

The first commercial home tooth bleaching product is marketed.

1990

New tooth-colored restorative materials plus increased usage of bleaching, veneers, and implants inaugurate an era of esthetic dentistry.

1997

FDA approves the erbium YAG laser, the first for use on dentin, to treat tooth decay.

1998

The National Institute of Dental Research is renamed National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to more accurately reflect the broad research base that it has come to support.

Credit:  http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-history-and-presidents-of-the-ada/ada-history-of-dentistry-timeline.  Photo credit:  https://www.aaid-implant.org/about-dental-implants/what-are-dental-implants/; https://www.mchoralhealth.org/milestones/1945.html

 

The History of Dentistry — Advances in Science and Education (19th Century)

We will continue with Part 4 of a 5-part series with fun facts and interesting inventions in the field of dentistry.  The following historical timeline is presented by the American Dental Association. Part 4 will focus on advances and science and education (19th century).

1801

Richard C. Skinner writes the Treatise on the Human Teeth, the first dental book published in America.

1825

Samuel Stockton begins commercial manufacture of porcelain teeth. His S.S. White Dental Manufacturing Companyestablishes and dominates the dental supply market throughout the 19th century.

1832

James Snell invents the first reclining dental chair.

1833-1850

The Crawcours (two brothers from France) introduce amalgam filling material in the United States under the name Royal Mineral Succedaneum. The brothers are charlatans whose unscrupulous methods spark the “amalgam wars,” a bitter controversy within the dental profession over the use of amalgam fillings.

1839

  • The American Journal of Dental Science, the world’s first dental journal, begins publication.
  • Charles Goodyear invents the vulcanization process for hardening rubber. The resulting Vulcanite, an inexpensive material easily molded to the mouth, makes a excellent base for false teeth, and is soon adopted for use by dentists. In 1864 the molding process for vulcanite dentures is patented, but the dental profession fights the onerous licensing fees for the next twenty-five years.

1840

  • Horace Hayden and Chapin Harris found the world’s first dental school, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, and establish the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. (The school merges with the University of Maryland in 1923).
  • The American Society of Dental Surgeons,the world’s first national dental organization, is founded. (The organization dissolves in 1856.)

1841

Alabama enacts the first dental practice act, regulating dentistry in the United States. The act called for the assignment of a dentist to the state’s medical board in order to grant licenses for practicing dentistry in the state, however, the act was never enforced, few dentists are ever assigned a seat on the medical board and only a couple of dental licenses are ever granted during the forty years it was on the books.

1846

Dentist William Morton conducts the first successful public demonstration of the use of ether anesthesia for surgery. The previous year Horace Wells, also a dentist, had conducted a similar demonstration that was regarded a failure when the patient cried out. Crawford Long, a physician, later claims he used ether as an anesthetic in an operation as early as 1842, but he did not publish his work.

1855

Robert Arthur originates the cohesive gold foil method allowing dentists to insert gold into a cavity with minimal pressure. The foil is fabricated by annealing, a process of passing gold through a flame making it soft and malleable.

1859

Twenty-six dentists meet in Niagara Falls, New York, and form the American Dental Association.

1864

Sanford C. Barnum develops the rubber dam, a piece of elastic rubber fitted over a tooth by means of weights. This simple device isolates the tooth from the oral cavity, a troublesome problem for dentists.

1866

Lucy Beaman Hobbs graduates from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, becoming the first woman to earn a dental degree.

1867

The Harvard University Dental School, the first university-affiliated dental institution, is founded. The school calls its degree the Dentariae Medicinae Doctorae (DMD), creating a continuing semantic controversy (DDS vs. DMD).

1869

Dr. Robert Tanner Freeman, graduating from Harvard University Dental School, becomes the first African-American to earn a dental degree.

1871

  • James B. Morrison patents the first commercially manufactured foot-treadle dental engine. Morrison’s inexpensive, mechanized tool supplies dental burs with enough speed to cut enamel and dentin smoothly and quickly, revolutionizing the practice of dentistry.
  • The American George F. Green receives a patent for the first electric dental engine, a self-contained motor and handpiece.

1877

The Wilkerson chair, the first pump-type hydraulic dental chair, is introduced.

1880s

The collapsible metal tube revolutionizes toothpaste manufacturing and marketing. Dentifrice had been available only in liquid or powder form, usually made by individual dentists, and sold in bottles, porcelain pots, or paper boxes. Tube toothpaste, in contrast, is mass-produced in factories, mass-marketed, and sold nation-wide. In twenty years, it becomes the norm.

1883

The National Association of Dental Examiners is founded by the members of the dental boards of several states in order to establish uniform standards in the qualifications for dental practitioners, the administration of dental boards overseeing licensing and the legislation of dental practice acts.

1885

The first female dental assistant is employed by C. Edmond Kells, a prominent New Orleans dentist. Her duties include chair-side assistance, instrument cleaning, inventory, appointments, bookkeeping, and reception. Soon “Lady in Attendance” signs are routinely seen in the windows of 19th century dental offices. The American Dental Assistants Association is founded in 1924 by Juliette Southard and her female colleagues.

1887

Stowe & Eddy Dental Laboratory, the first successful industrial-type laboratory in the U.S., opens in Boston, marking the ascendancy of the modern commercial dental laboratory. The earliest known dental laboratory in the U.S. was Sutton & Raynor which opened in New York City around 1854.

1890

  • Ida Gray, the first African-American woman to earn a dental degree, graduates from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
  • Willoughby Miller an American dentist in Germany, notes the microbial basis of dental decay in his book Micro-Organisms of the Human Mouth. This generates an unprecedented interest in oral hygiene and starts a world-wide movement to promote regular toothbrushing and flossing.

1895

Wilhelm Roentgen, a German physicist, discovers the x-ray. In 1896 prominent New Orleans dentist C. Edmond Kells takes the first dental x-ray of a living person in the U.S.

1899

Edward Hartley Angle classifies the various forms of malocclusion. Credited with making orthodontics into a dental specialty, Angle also establishes the first school of orthodontics (Angle School of Orthodontia in St. Louis, 1900), the first orthodontic society (American Society of Orthodontia, 1901), and the first dental specialty journal (American Orthodontist, 1907)

Dr. Charles Edmund Kells wrote that he “believed the Roentgen ray [x-ray] is the greatest asset of the oral diagnostician.”

James Snell of London designed and created the first fully adjustable dental chair in 1832.

Credit:  http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-history-and-presidents-of-the-ada/ada-history-of-dentistry-timeline.

The History of Dentistry — The Development of a Profession (18th Century)

We will continue with Part 3 of a 5-part series with fun facts and interesting inventions in the field of dentistry.  The following historical timeline is presented by the American Dental Association. Part 3 will focus on the development of the dental profession (18th century).

Paul Revere engaged in America’s first instance of forensic dentistry. After examining bodies found in a mass grave, Revere recognized the dental bridge he had created for his friend Dr. Joseph Warren, and was therefore able to identify his body.

 

1723

Pierre Fauchard, a French surgeon publishes The Surgeon Dentist, A Treatise on Teeth (Le Chirurgien Dentiste). Fauchard is credited as being the Father of Modern Dentistry because his book was the first to describe a comprehensive system for the practice of dentistry including basic oral anatomy and function, operative and restorative techniques, and denture construction.

1746

Claude Mouton describes a gold crown and post to be retained in the root canal. He also recommends white enameling for gold crowns for a more esthetic appearance.

1760

John Baker, the earliest medically-trained dentist to practice in America, immigrates from England and sets up practice.

1760-1780

Isaac Greenwood practices as the first native-born American dentist.

1768-1770

Paul Revere places advertisements in a Boston newspaper offering his services as a dentist. In 1776, in the first known case of post-mortem dental forensics, Revere verifies the death of his friend, Dr. Joseph Warren in the Battle of Breed’s Hill, when he identifies the bridge that he constructed for Warren.

1789

Frenchman Nicolas Dubois de Chemantreceives the first patent for porcelain teeth.

1790

  • John Greenwood, son of Isaac Greenwood and one of George Washington’s dentists, constructs the first known dental foot engine. He adapts his mother’s foot treadle spinning wheel to rotate a drill.
  • Josiah Flagg, a prominent American dentist, constructs the first chair made specifically for dental patients. To a wooden Windsor chair, Flagg attaches an adjustable headrest, plus an arm extension to hold instruments.

Credit:  http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-history-and-presidents-of-the-ada/ada-history-of-dentistry-timeline

The History of Dentistry — The Beginnings of a Profession (Middle Ages)

We will continue with Part 2 of a 5-part series with fun facts and interesting inventions in the field of dentistry.  The following historical timeline is presented by the American Dental Association. Part 2 will focus on the beginnings of a profession (Middle Ages).

Published in Paris in 1585, illustrations of dental instruments from Ambrose Pare’s Ouvres, Complete Works.

700

A medical text in China mentions the use of “silver paste,” a type of amalgam.

1210

Guild of Barbers is established in France. Barbers eventually evolve into two groups: surgeons who were educated and trained to perform complex surgical operations; and lay barbers, or barber-surgeons, who performed more routine hygienic services including shaving, bleeding and tooth extraction.

1400

A series of royal decrees in France prohibit lay barbers from practicing all surgical procedures except bleeding, cupping, leeching, and extracting teeth.

1530

The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth (Artzney Buchlein), the first book devoted entirely to dentistry, is published in Germany. Written for barbers and surgeons who treat the mouth, it covers practical topics such as oral hygiene, tooth extraction, drilling teeth, and placement of gold fillings.

1575

In France Ambrose Pare, known as the Father of Surgery, publishes his Complete Works. This includes practical  information about dentistry such as tooth extraction and the treatment of tooth decay and jaw fractures.

Credit:  http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-history-and-presidents-of-the-ada/ada-history-of-dentistry-timeline.  Photocredit:  https://libraryblog.rcpsg.ac.uk/tag/ambroise-pare/

Celebrating Claudia!

We just love to party!  Especially when the occasion is something as special as a new baby!  The team at Bell Family Dentistry hosted a baby shower for Claudia on Friday, October 6.  Congratulations, mommy-to-be!

Baby Shower for Claudia!

The Bell Family Dentistry team celebrated Office Manager Claudia LaSmith’s baby shower yesterday at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Durham.  Baby girl LaSmith is due in November!

Office Manager attends Leadership seminar

Claudia LaSmith, office manager at Bell Family Dentistry, attended a leadership seminar in Raleigh last week with fellow AADOM members.  The topic, “Making the Shift:  From Manager to Leader”, was presented by Mindy Altermatt, a professional success coach.  Mindy states, “Making the shift from manager to leader is an internal process.  It is about seeing yourself as a leader, designing a strong vision, and then behaving in ways that inspire others to follow that vision…Big Vision, Bold Action, Brave Accountability.”

We are so appreciative that Claudia is a effective and proven leader, connecting with and inspiring her team at Bell Family Dentistry every day!

Claudia with speaker Mindy Altermatt and other AADOM Triangle area Chapter Board Members