Dental Implants Can Save Money, Boost Quality of Life

Dental implants may provide the best way to avoid emptying one’s bank account.

A new report in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants demonstrates the ways in which dental implants are a beneficial alternative when compared to conventional tooth replacement treatment.

The report stems from a comprehensive review of all studies published in the English language from 2000 though 2010. The total ended up being 14 studies on the matter.

There were numerous specific findings that came from the study. The first of which was that for single-tooth replacement, implant-based solutions were cheaper than traditional tooth-borne prostheses.

Milk Essential to Fighting Tooth Decay

A glass of milk after breakfast may do wonders for your oral health.

A new study shows that when milk is consumed after breakfast in the morning, the risk of developing tooth decay goes way down. The study indicates that drinking a small glass of milk serves to reduce the amount of plaque acids in the mouth by more than 50 percent.

The study was done by the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Illinois. To compile the results, 20 adults were provided with a bowl of cereal that was followed by a glass of milk, a glass of fruit juice or a glass of water. The acid levels were lower among the participants who had a glass of milk. The average pH numbers were 6.48 for milk drinkers, 6.02 for water and 5.83 for apple juice.

Will Botox Become Widespread in Dentistry?

Botox is now being used for practical purposes in some places.

Treating jaw tension and pain is one of the side benefits of Botox and it’s beginning to catch on in some places. In some places, there may even be debates about using it more frequently.

In Utah, for example, the law permits dentists to administer drugs that could be construed as related to dentistry.

In other places, such as Massachusetts, the dental board passed a law last March that permits dentists to administer botulinum toxins and other substances that reduce wrinkles. There are 20 other states that allow such procedures, according to the American Dental Association.

Some people say that Botox is within a dentist’s boundaries to administer.

Law Attempts to Thwart Unnecessary Dental Treatment

It will soon be harder for dentists in Texas to perform unnecessary dental treatments.

A new Texas law will take effect January 1, 2014 that will give more power to regulators in regards to determining what dental treatments are essential. The law was set in motion based on numerous reports of transgressions that came to a head after an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and PBS Frontline.

The reports indicated that Kool Smiles, a dental chain that focuses on Medicaid dental treatment for children, was performing dental procedures that didn’t have to be done. Former employees of the chain came out and said that they were instructed to perform the more costly procedures whenever possible. There were instances of putting more expensive stainless steel crowns in the teeth of babies instead of fillings, which would have easily sufficed.

Louisiana Doesn’t Have Enough Dentists

Louisiana has a dental shortage that can rival any other state in the United States.

The new report released by Pew Charitable Trusts showed that more than 24 percent of the state’s population is underserved by dentists. The dentist shortage in Louisiana is tied with Alabama, behind only Mississippi.

The problem is exacerbated by the fact that around 42 percent of these dentists are older than 55.

The information came to light as the state Department of Health and Hospitals is reducing reimbursement rates to dentists that stem from Medicaid. Dentists say this will lower access to services.

But the DHH doesn’t believe this will have a major impact on dentists.

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