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Many dental care practises are likely unnecessary
 

Many dental care practises are likely unnecessary

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A review of the everyday tooth and gum care guidelines that dentists and oral hygiene experts have advocated for years found that while some of these practises are crucial, many are not actually needed.
 
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11 Sep 2016 - General
 
Hi Dr. Inserto, I am ever so grateful with the information you have shared with us. However, I've got one more question and I think you might have missed to read it in my previous post or shall I say a lengthy post. :) As mentioned previously, it is about using Fluoride Free toothpaste for little ones. Is there any school of thought about it? or any experiences related to it? As I've been using it with my daughter since she had her first tooth. If anyone has noticed, Fluoride free toothp...
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Maria Cristina Inserto Thank you for the invaluable contribution on this topic. Something just caught my eye. "Avoid toothpicks" My wife and I usually ask for one especially if we had some mean meat. I mean it is irritating if a meat fiber gets stuck in between the teeth. This is something I will take note of. Radiographs are really a dilemma. Sometimes is it obvious that this is the diagnosis but we hav...
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Here in the Philippines dentists do not require annual dental xrays, but in other countries, it's the first thing you get asked for. Either you get a panoramic radiograph or the dentist will do a full mouth xray with a periapical radiograph. As part of a your thorough diagnosis, the xray is good because it shows infection and caries even before it becomes significant. Here in the Philippines, where dental health is almost a luxury to the common man, xrays are not annually taken. Some dental ...
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In the scientific world, the absence of proof is not a proof on its own. Having said that, to conclude that twice a year preventive dental visits and the use of bonded amalgams are ineffective would be inaccurate. Perhaps evidence is lacking because of inherent biases or limitations within the study. But that doesnt mean that these should not be done. I can compare this to a negative Pap's smear. The lack of cytological abnormalities doesnt translate to an absolute absence of disease. It may...
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I was going to tag our dentist in the house as well, but looks like Dr. Mark already did. As I was reading through the article, it did mention about Fluoride several times, and fluoridation of water has been mentioned to be one of the best oral health measures. I would like to direct my question to Dr. Inserto, my toddler has been using fluoride free toothpaste since she started to have teeth. I used a fluoride free toothpaste simply because an elder sister (a family friend) told me so, without ...
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You Yi Hong Also, tongue brushing was not mentioned in the study. I think that dentists recommend x-ray to rule out any bony abnormalities just like doctors do when ruling out fracture as a preventive measure. Fluoride has been proven to keeping the teeth strong and in fact even has osteoblastic properties. Annual visits at least are a must for preventive maintenance and allied healthcare professionals must not n...
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Sometimes, too many unnecessary interventions will only increase the costs, without any proven benefit. As this article has pointed out, proper brushing of the teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, with dental visit once a year are sufficient enough to maintain good dental hygiene and dental care. Electric toothbrush was shown to be more effective, comparing to the traditional toothbrush dental care. The other interventions like yearly dental x-ray, or flossing are not proven to i...
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