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04/08/14: Smile Reminder, edition for April
Startling New Technology to Aid in Oral Health
Because Dr. Cannon has been so involved in new technology and product development, the office now has extra-ordinary new tools in the struggle against periodontal disease. The FotoSan unit utilizes a safe gel that is applied to the teeth and then a blue light is used to kill the bacteria specifically associated with SO many terrible illnesses. Then a gel that contains probiotic bacteria is applied around the teeth to re-colonize, but with beneficial bacteria.
This prevents the pathogenic (bad) bacteria from coming back and re-infecting the patient. This is also useful with young patients who suffer from the brown or black staining caused by some bacteria. We are justifiably proud that we are the first office in the region to have this technology. We are always investing in the total health of our patients.
The Oral Systemic Health Connection
What diseases have oral pathogens (oral bad bacteria) been strongly associated with by extensive research and numerous scientific publications?
Antibiotic Prophylaxis and Dentistry
On occasion, we may ask you to check with your child’s pediatrician or orthopedic surgeon if antibiotics are required prior to their dental visit. This is termed a “pre-med” or an “antibiotic prophylaxis”. The bacteria in our mouths can enter into our bloodstream, called a bacteremia, from even simple tasks such as brushing and flossing. A dental “cleaning” or a “filling” requires manipulation of the oral tissues or the puncturing of oral tissues for a local anesthetic injection creating a bacteremia. A healthy immune system prevents these bacteria from becoming harmful, however for some people these bacteria will actually cause in infection in the body. The guidelines have changed over the years and your child’s specific medical condition may increase their risk for infection from a dental procedure. The pre-med is usually a single oral dose of an antibiotic taken 1 hour prior to the procedure. People who are at risk usually have specific heart conditions and/or may have undergone certain surgical orthopedic procedures. Be sure to talk to your child’s physician or surgeon if you have any concerns about your child’s need for an antibiotic prophylaxis before your next trip to the dentist.- Dr. Tylka
ORTHODONTICS AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
One of the less prominent provisions of the Affordable Care Act is a benefit for Medically Necessary Orthodontic Care under the Pediatric Essential Benefit section of the act. This benefit will only apply to orthodontic treatment that meets certain minimum criteria. Each state will determine the parameters of these criteria and the criteria may vary widely from state to state. This has led to confusion for some of our patients as parents are purchasing health plans that have an orthodontic benefit only to find out that the case is not severe enough to qualify for insurance reimbursement. Dr. Durbin, in his role as Chair of the American Association of Orthodontists Council on Orthodontic Healthcare, has been working with representatives of the insurance industry to formulate working criteria that will streamline the process of eligibility determination for both patients and the insurers. These discussions are ongoing and it is hoped that a definitive solution will be forthcoming in the near future. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Dr. Durbin or Sue, our insurance coordinator, with any questions you may have on your insurance benefits.
Dr. Cannon to present at the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health Annual Meeting
Dr. Cannon will be lecturing at the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health Meeting this September. His research into the effects of oral medicaments on gluten metabolizing bacteria will high light his presentation. Dr. Cannon is also presenting his Probiotic research to the Special Care in Dentistry Association annual meeting, dealing with new strategies in providing preventive care to patients with special needs.
Some Oral Rinses and Toothpastes Also Kill Beneficial bacteria
As has been postulated and a concern with many researchers, commonly used oral agents can greatly reduce the levels of beneficial bacteria. Although this is only laboratory research and must be carefully studied in clinical trials, gluten digesting bacteria that are present in our mouths are killed by certain mouth rinses. These bacteria start to digest gluten as soon as you chew your food and they continue to break down the gluten throughout your digestive tract as they easily survive an acid environment. Unfortunately, they are oral inhabitants, slowly growing, and very susceptible to certain oral anti-microbials. This may be one of the reasons why IBS is a “western” disease. Absolutely more research is necessary before any conclusions are drawn. If you are curious as to what the findings are so far, feel free to ask Dr. Cannon.
Feel free to recommend us to friends and family. We are always happy to see new families in our practice!
Come Work With Us! We Have the World's Best Patients!
We are looking for a few outgoing, responsible people to work with us during our summer months and for Saturdays throughout the year. This is a perfect opportunity for high school and college students to earn some income and to learn about the dental field through experience. If you are interested in this great opportunity, please call our office and ask for our practice manager, Kara.
call at: 847-634-6166
Have a great day!
Associated Dental Specialists