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'Living' Article February 2013- Antibiotic Pre-medication Update

Jan 29, 2013 @ 04:00 PM — by SEO Admin

‘Bacteremia’ is the word used to describe any situation in which bacteria get into the blood stream.  Across the years of my dental career there have been two groups of patients who have been told that they need to fear bacteremia as a condition that could cause significant disease or even death.  One of these groups had cardiac defects that made their hearts more susceptible to bacterial infections (bacterial endocardititis).  The other group had artificial/prosthetic joint replacements.  With these folks the fear was that bacteria within the blood stream could lead to infection around the artificial knee or hip. Since it was widely known that pretty much any dental procedure has the potential to introduce bacteria into the blood stream a well-meaning practice was developed calling for these ‘at-risk’ patients to take a dose of antibiotics prior to their dental procedure to kill bacteria that invariably would enter their blood stream. In time curious researchers began to look for evid

'Living' Article January 2013- The Science of Tooth Whitening

Dec 20, 2012 @ 04:00 PM — by SEO Admin

Tooth Whitening:In a perfect world smiles would be shared without care, as freely as a flower shares its fragrance.  And yet among Americans the most commonly desired cosmetic enhancement of any type is whiter teeth.  Indeed a study sited within the Journal of the American Dental Association shows that 81.8% of our population wishes they had whiter teeth. And so it is that across the last decade there has been quite an explosion of options available to Americans to address this issue of tooth whitening.  The problem is that many people have found their whitening experiences to be unpredictable, with rapid rebound and increased sensitivity. The November issue of ‘dentaltown’ magazine has a very nice article summarizing the science of tooth whitening.   Let’s take a look at some of these details.Why do teeth get darker over time in the first place?  There are two primary factors that account for tooth coloration.  During formation there are pigmented molecules that are trapped internally

'Living' Article December 2012- 'MATCHBOX' and Christmas

Nov 13, 2012 @ 04:00 PM — by SEO Admin

About four times a year I make the trek to Dayton’s Hara Arena for the quarterly toy show and sale.  Last month I came home with a Y-1 Allchin Traction Engine.  The Y-1 was released in 1956 as the very first of the ‘MATCHBOX’ Models of Yesteryear series of toys. My parents helped satisfy the shared automotive fixation of their three sons with the help of ‘MATCHBOX’ Toys.  We did most of our clothes and shoe shopping at the Miracle Mile Shopping Center at the corner of Jackman and Alexis Roads in Toledo.  If we behaved ourselves Mom would inevitably conclude our shopping trip with a stop in the Hobby Shop where we peered through the display glass and selected a ‘MATCHBOX’ treasure.  The toys were designated with a 1-75 number.  You would cross your fingers while the lady looked in the cabinet behind the display to see if they had your number in stock. But the Models of Yesteryear line was different from the normal ‘MATCHBOX’ toys we played with as kids.  A somewhat larger scale than the

'Living' Article November 2012- Grateful for 20 years

Nov 13, 2012 @ 04:00 PM — by SEO Admin

Where were you, what were you doing twenty years ago?  I was a 34 year old dentist just nine years into my professional journey.  My son Ryan, a physician today was in third grade at J.F. Burns Elementary School.  My daughter Jordan, a Wittenberg Univ. graduate and Los Angeles based actor/model, was a pre-schooler. It was twenty years ago when I had one of those days that in hindsight I am today able to recognize as a moment in time that forever changed my professional life for the better.  It began as one of those uncomfortable, foggy, mystery-filled episodes of change.  Angie my trusty chairside dental assistant had found herself compelled to leave dentistry behind.  It was a response to a classified advertisement I had placed in the Cincinnati Enquirer that resulted in that life enriching episode 20 years ago. I’m not sure what it was that spoke to Donna from the pages of the Enquirer but she responded, I was smart enough to see genuine enthusiasm and spirit, I offered a job, she ac

'Living' Article October 2012- 'Trivia Challenge' Answers

Sep 12, 2012 @ 05:00 PM — by SEO Admin

LivingOctober 2012  Your patience has paid off.  The time has come to announce Maineville’s Amy Haney as winner of the 14th annual ‘Dr. Davis Trivia Challenge’!  Congratulations Amy, whose name was drawn as one of just two people who demonstrated trivia mastery this year with ten correct answers.  Here is a review of this year’s questions, now complete with answers.   

'Living' Article September 2012- Inventing the toothbrush

Sep 12, 2012 @ 05:00 PM — by SEO Admin

LivingSeptember 2012 I debated saving this question for next year’s ‘Dr. Davis Trivia Challenge’ but some things are just too important to withhold.  So here it is.  What object is the common tie that binds together the ancient Chinese (1600 BC), Japanese Zen Master Dgen Kigen (1223), British antiquitarian Anthony Wood (1690), William Addis (1780), H.N. Wadsworth (1857),  and Maineville, Ohio’s 12 yr. old Dane Dobereiner?  The answer is the “toothbrush”!Indeed a historical writing dating to roughly 1600 BC is the first known mention of a stick with a frayed brush-like end used to enhance oral hygiene.  By 1223 Japanese Zen master Dgen Kigen wrote that he observed Chinese monks using ox-bone and horse-tail hair brushes on their teeth.  It was in his autobiography that in 1690 British antiquitarian Anthony Wood first used the word “toothbrush” to describe our tufted tooth scrubbers.  During the 1770’s British prisoner William Addis drilled holes in a bone from one of his jailhouse meals,

'Living' Article August 2012- Occlusion

Sep 12, 2012 @ 05:00 PM — by SEO Admin

LivingAugust 2012 oc-clude: verb- to close, shut, or stop up a passage, opening, etc.In the dental world this verb is utilized when we discuss the ways in which the teeth meet when the mouth is fully closed or shut.  The study of the ways and places in which the teeth meet is called “Occlusion”. I can think of no other facet of dental health analysis that is as foggy as occlusion.  Depending on where any given dentist went to dental school or to which current occlusion guru he or she follows there is a myriad of ways in which occlusion is understood and how occlusal disease is diagnosed and treated. When my Dodge Durango started acting up I took it to the dealer, they hooked it to a computer, made a diagnosis, replaced a faulty part and it’s worked fine ever since.  I’ve learned at the dental office that people are not like Dodges.  Following dental treatment most people have no problems related to the way in which their teeth occlude even if we’ve restored most of the teeth within any

'Living' Article July 2012- 'Dr. Davis Trivia Challenge'

Sep 12, 2012 @ 05:00 PM — by SEO Admin

LivingJuly 2012The time has arrived for the 14th annual ‘Dr. Davis Trivia Challenge’!  Each year’s challenge reflects areas of personal interest to me.  The rules remain the same.  You don’t have to be one of our patients to join in the fun.  The more the merrier!  Just mail or e-mail ( me with your name, address and phone number along with your trivia answers.  The deadline for entries will be September 1, 2012.  Anyone who answers all ten questions correctly will be entered in a final drawing to determine the true trivia champion and winner of a $100.00 gift certificate to the local store, gas station or restaurant of your choice.  Have fun and good luck!

'Living' Article June 2012- 'You' and periodontal concerns

Sep 12, 2012 @ 05:00 PM — by SEO Admin

LivingJune 2012 Occasionally we can figure out the meaning of words by breaking them down and looking at the parts individually.  Within the dental world the word ‘periodontal’ is often used.  The first half of the word, ‘peri’ means around or surrounding.  The second half of the word, ‘dont’, indicates a tooth.  Put them together and you are referencing the tissue (gums, bones, ligaments) around a tooth.  Periodontal disease is a bacterial attack and destruction of these tissues that surround and support the teeth. In the presence of diseased periodontal tissues oral bacteria are more easily able to work their way through the tissue and into the blood stream.  For the past several years research has been ongoing to explore concerns that diseased periodontal tissues might be connected in some way with other ailments throughout the body.  Indeed everything from heart disease and some forms of cancer to the low birth weight of infants have been explored with an eye toward an influence fr

'Living' Article May 2012- A Texas Dentist in the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame

Apr 16, 2012 @ 05:00 PM — by SEO Admin

How is it that a Texas dentist has been inducted to the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame?  Meet Dr. Leonie von Zesch, born in Texas in 1882.  By age 19 she had graduated as a dentist from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in San Francisco during an age when women dentists were few and far between.  She went on to postgraduate studies at both Chicago’s Northwestern Univ. and New York’s Columbia Univ. As chairperson of the Cincinnati Dental Society’s “Access to Care” committee, Dr. von Zesch has won my heart!  For nine months following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire she treated patients from a tent at Presidio.  When two years later the US Navy established the Pacific Fleet at San Francisco she was responsible for the dental care of thousands of sailors.  Next stop was a return to America’s southwest where she provided care for the Hopi Indians of Arizona’s high desert. It was 1915 when Leonie set out on her “15-year visit” to Alaska.  Soon thereafter she was licensed as the


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