The research conducted at the University of Adelaide in Australia proved that high level of acidic drinks - soft drinks, boxed juice, sports energy drinks and fruit juice, can have a disastrous effect on the teeth, leading to tooth erosion. “Our research has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30 seconds of high acidity coming into contact with the teeth. This is an important finding and it suggests that such drinks are best avoided,” revealed study corresponding author Dr. Sarbin Ranjitkar.
Since 2003, the Board has been issuing cease and desist orders to beauty shops or any other business that offered teeth whitening services. The legal basis for such orders is that the “practice of dentistry” is restricted to licensed dentists and the Board decided that teeth whitening falls within that practice. Unless you’re a licensed dentist, you must stop.
"If you go to a new dentist, and you’ve barely ever needed any work in your mouth, and all of a sudden he tells you that you need 16 fillings, that’s a big red flag," said David Silber, a dentist in Dallas.
“If you go in to a new dentist for a cleaning, and things are feeling good in your mouth, and all of a sudden they say you need a ton of work — that’s probably not a good thing,” Mindy Weinman said.
Related is what James Quiggle calls the pressure trap: “The dentist tries to pressure you to get expensive procedures done right away, citing urgent medical need,” he said. “The dentist is evasive about details involving your medical need but is specific about the urgency for that procedure.”
New York City-based periodontist Dr. Nicholas Toscano explains which items will hurt your smile—and maybe even your personal life.
Dark Liquids—Duh! “Teeth absorb colored liquids—coffee, tea, cola, and wine—throughout your life causing intrinsic staining of the teeth, which is hard to remove,” says Toscano. The dark liquid penetrates the enamel, causing discoloration of the dentin (the innermost layer), which is why it’s so hard to remove.
Generally speaking people visit the dentist more frequently than they do their doctors, according to Pollack’s research. He estimates that nearly 70% of high-risk individuals schedule annual dental appointments, whereas most people only go to the doctor when they are certain that something is wrong.
Dentists in Canada, Mexico, and South Korea have begun administering HIV screenings as a part of a regular checkup. In the U.S., the practice is not nearly as common, and not without significant hurdles. For all of their scarcity, HIV clinics are more than merely a place that will administer health screenings and medication. Clinic staff are trained to handle and share kinds information that dentists don’t have to deal with very often.
Under the proposals, dentists will be given Ofsted-style ratings, allowing patients to easily identify the best and worst. Visits will be made to 1,000 practices, to be rated from “outstanding” to “inadequate”.
Last night Conservative MP Sir Paul Beresford, a practising dentist, gave a cautious welcome to the proposals. “Primary dental care in this country is of a very high standard compared with those in other parts of the world,” said the Mole Valley MP.
“I hope the CQC is very careful, if they bring these proposals into force, not to give a practice a damning report before seeing if they can take action to help raise standards.”