Digg, my kids and the dental office.

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This morning while reading through Digg.com, I noticed an interesting post, entitled “If You Don’t Go To The Dentist, Your Teeth Will Literally Fall Out Of Your Head“. As the lead picture, they used an interesting photo of a Panarex x-ray.  So I decided to click on it and give it a read. I must admit I started reading the post with fear and trepidation. You never know what people are going to say on the internet, especially about dentists. After reading the article, twice, I couldn’t help but let out a sigh of relief. The article talked about how increased dental visits correlate with keeping your teeth in your mouth. The article pointed out that states with lower dental … Continue reading →

Radiation protection and lead aprons

Why do we use lead aprons when taking dental x-rays?

Lead aprons don’t matter during x-rays? This is not what I expected. Of course I’ve always been a big fan of lead aprons. If I take a dental x-ray through a lead apron, the lead apron doesn’t let any of the dental x-rays through. The way it’s always been is that the lead aprons are great at stopping x-rays.  Which begs the question to be asked, If dental digital x-rays are so safe, then why do need to use a lead apron? We just received this information from the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). If I understand it correctly, when taking panoramic dental x-rays, it’s doesn’t make a difference whether or not you have a lead apron.  The … Continue reading →

Fluoride alternatives

X-ray showing from a young patient with holes in his teeth.

Have you ever been in one of those situations where you come up with a great answer, but it’s too late?  While at Yankee Dental Convention in Boston this year, I found the answer to a question that was given to me earlier this year. When asked, I didn’t have a great answer.  But if the question ever comes up again, I hope I will have more to share on the topic. The question that was asked was derived from the x-ray shown.  The young mother is a very articulate, educated women who is very protective of her child. The mother was very much against x-rays, but when explained that we would be unable to do a filling on a … Continue reading →

Dental X-rays and Southwest Airlines

Logo of Southwest Airlines

We at Seasons of Smiles Dental are so excited about Southwest Airlines flying in and out of Portland Maine.  We just love Manchester New Hampshire, we have driven there so many times, sometimes I think we can drive there with our eyes closed.  Have you ever picked up loved ones at the airport in Manchester?  It’s an all day event.  If we have a choice though, Portland Maine would be my pick. But what in the world does Southwest Airlines, or flying, have to do with dental X-rays? Last week we were at Yankee Dental taking some continuing education courses. We were in a lecture given by Dr. Gordon J. Christensen. I just love listening to Dr. Christensen’s lectures. He … Continue reading →