Drs Clara Lee and Jean Furuyama
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New York, NY 10010
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May 27, 2015
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Dear Diary… Nothing’s Hurting So I Don’t Need to Come See You

 

Dear Diary…

Last week, a patient whom I haven’t seen for a few years came back in. We had been calling her every few months as a reminder to have her cleaning and exam. She always returned our phone calls but says she was busy so I was surprised to see her on my schedule.  Sure enough, something was hurting.

A new report from the ADA (American Dental Association) recently states that 91% of Americans from ages 20-64 have had cavities at least once in their lives.  27% of people over the age of 20 have untreated cavities in their mouths that they may not be aware of.  Many Americans that do not plan on visiting the dental office in the next year say that cost and the belief that they do not need dental care to be the main reasons. In other words, “I’d rather spend my money somewhere else than on my health” and “Nothing’s hurting so I don’t need to come see you.”

As a dentist, we are not just here to “fix things”; the other job that I also take seriously is education and prevention.  In my opinion, education and prevention needs to be emphasized as the final answer to decreasing dental disease. 

Education is teaching people the need for them to keep their teeth healthy as they age. What causes gum disease?  What causes tooth decay? Prevention is equally important. What can be done to prevent tooth decay in the first place?  Fluoride added in drinking water, sealants for children, teaching adults to take care of their families’ teeth and gums. 

The ADA has come up with 6 easy ways to prevent cavities. 

  • Beware of dry mouth. Dry mouth is the side effect of many medications and it can cause cavities. Talk to your dentist or hygienist about ways to prevent dry mouth.
  • Brush 2x/day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at least 1x/ day.
  • Drink water with fluoride. Limit bottled water, sports drinks, sodas, juices, etc…
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Visit the dentist regularly for checkups.

My patient had a cavity that I was able to fix that same day.  It was an educational lesson for her that the cost of prevention is less than the cost of that filling and time spent away from work.  When she left, she made her next appointment for a checkup and a cleaning and she wrote down the 6 tips from the ADA. She told me she would tape it on her bathroom mirror at home and tape to her computer at work so she could be reminded when she was at home and at work. The perfect example of education and prevention!  

 

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May 27, 2015
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By contactus@watersidedds.com
May 06, 2015
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    Shhhh…. Secret Dentistry

My last patient yesterday was a 12 year old little girl. She and her brother have been coming to my office since they were 7 and 8 years old. They are always in competition with each other. Who gets better grades in school? Who plays better tennis? Who runs faster? Who plays better piano? 

Two years ago, their whole family came in and I had to tell their father that Brother had a cavity, Sister was smiling and saying, “Ha, ha! My teeth are better than yours!”

Today, I found a cavity on Sister’s tooth. “Oh no! I’ve never had a cavity before! Are you sure?” she asked me.

“Yes, I’m sure. “ I showed her an enlarged picture of the tooth with my camera on my computer screen. Having the cavity look so large on my computer made it unmistakable.

“Don’t tell Brother I have a cavity! He will laugh at me!” she made me promise.

“Yes, I don’t talk about your teeth in front of your brother,” I promised her.

With the white fillings, they look so natural that no one can tell what was done.  After I finished filling her tooth, I moved her seat up and handed her the mirror.

“Wow! I can’t even see what you did!” she said surprised.

I told Sister, “No one will know you have a filling on that tooth except for the 3 people in this room. Me, my assistant and you!”

“Good!” she said and made me promise again not to tell Brother.

I promised one more time.

As she was leaving, I said, “I made a mistake, there WILL be one person in your family who will know you had this filling.”

“Who?” Sister asked, worried.

“Your dad. Because he will be the one paying for your filling!”

“That’s OK, as long it’s not my brother!” she said with a smile and left my room with her ponytail bouncing along.

August 05, 2010
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