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    Dentists take part in free dental care day

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Dental professionals from around the Rutland region are donating their time, resources, and expertise as they pair up with the United Way of Rutland County, Rutland Free Clinic and Vermont State Dental Society to offer Free Adult Dental Care Day on Saturday. 

    Rutland County residents over the age of 18 who are low-income, do not have medical or dental insurance and are unable to pay for needed dental health care will be eligible to receive free urgent dental procedures during the event.

    “There is a huge need statewide for dental care,” said Nanci Gordon, executive director of the United Way of Rutland County, adding that many people simply do not have dental insurance available to them and if they do, it’s often very limited. 

    “Dental disease is so preventable,” she said.

    This year marks Rutland’s fifth year participating in the statewide initiative, with an average turnout of more than 100 participants who utilize the services of the event each year.

    Registration will begin at 7 a.m. at Grace Congregational Church in Fellowship Hall. To qualify for care, residents should bring a Vermont-issued form of identification, proof of income and a list of medical conditions. 

    Upon check-in and evaluation participants will be directed to one of the participating dental offices for completion of care where they will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    Focusing on urgent dental needs, Free Adult Dental Care Day procedures will include restorative work, broken teeth care, extractions and fillings, and is part of a statewide effort to provide quality dental care throughout the state. 

    “The ultimate goal of free dental day is, of course, to serve those without dental insurance who have a need for urgent care because of dental issues. What goes on behind the scenes to reach that goal is the result of willing volunteers in our community,” said Tony Morgan, executive director of the Rutland Free Clinic.

    Referring to the event as “a day of community volunteering and collaboration,” Morgan said that thousands of dollars in services are provided free of charge each year in this single day. 

    In addition to providing dental services, the event also aims to increase dental education, with oral care supplies such as floss and toothpaste available to patients. 

    “Dental professionals in the community and their willingness to give a full day to this event is extraordinary,” he said. “Dental Day is successful because everyone does their piece so well.”

    This year, half a dozen dentists will be participating, along with three hygienists and countless other support staff who will be on hand to help things run smoothly. Local participating dental professionals include the following doctors: Ted Polgar, Lance Smagalski, Eric Holmgren, Judith Fisch, Julie Pratt, Frank D’Auria, Jim Wright, Michael Dick and Sonia Yau.

    “It’s important to give back to the community and help those in need,” said Fisch, of Heaton and Fisch Dental Associates, who has volunteered at the event for the past four years.

    Fisch said she rallies Rutland dentists to participate each year. Local professionals are always eager to help and those who cannot lend their services on the dental day often offer supplies or donations, she said.

    “It’s a real community event,” she said.



    Dental braces and wisdom teeth extraction: What do I need to know?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    My son just had his wisdom teeth removed. Lots of pre-surgery angst (How long is the surgery? Will it hurt? How long will it take to heal?) and stress (What to eat? How much missed school?). No worries…I got through it.

    As a parent, I’m done with my son’s dental braces (√) and wisdom teeth extraction (√).  As an adolescent medicine physician, I’m not done.  I often see teens who have unresolved orthodontic issues or who are experiencing mouth pain or headaches due to wisdom teeth impaction. 

    Dental braces. Orthodontists use dental braces to correct the position of teeth. Many people who need dental braces get them during their early teenage years. The goal of dental braces is to properly align the teeth and improve not only the appearance of the teeth, but also the way a person bites, chews and speaks.

    Dental braces offer corrective treatment for:

    • Overcrowded or crooked teeth
    • Too much space between teeth
    • Upper front teeth that overlap the lower teeth too much
    • Upper front teeth that bite behind the lower ones

    Dental braces usually remain on for six months to two years. After the braces are taken off, removable retainers are worn according to a prescribed schedule. Wearing braces is generally very safe. However, as with any procedure, there are potential risks including gum disease and cavities due to bacteria that gather in spaces caused by the braces.

    Wisdom teeth extraction. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are located in the back of the mouth and usually start to emerge between ages 17-25.  They are the last adult teeth to erupt. Most people have four wisdom teeth — two on the top and two on the bottom. A panoramic X-ray done during adolescence assesses the presence, development and position of the wisdom teeth.

    Wisdom teeth become impacted when they don't have enough room to emerge or grow normally. The following signs or symptoms may develop with impaction: 

    • Painful, swollen or bleeding gums
    • Swelling around the jaw
    • Halitosis (bad breath)
    • Unpleasant taste
    • Headache

    Dentists recommend removing a teenager’s wisdom teeth if they are impacted. In addition, because the third molars are in the back of the mouth and may be difficult to clean, some dentists suggest removing them if they are at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Most wisdom teeth extractions are uneventful. Rarely, however, problems may occur, such as:

    • Dry socket, or exposure of bone when the post-surgical blood clot is dislodged from the site of the surgical wound (socket)
    • Infection in the socket from bacteria or trapped food particles

    Bottom line: Teenagers need to have regular dental check-ups not only to have their teeth cleaned and to be checked for cavities and gum disease but also to evaluate for orthodontic issues and wisdom teeth impaction. These common dental issues may be bumps in the road for teens (and their parents!) but it’s all good when you see their beautiful smiles. 


    The Story of My Teeth

    Last updated 3 years ago

     - is a lovely and lightly fictionalised account where teeth are the true windows on to the soul.

    | Valeria Luiselli

    Valeria Luiselli’s extraordinary The Story of My Teeth recounts the life of Gustavo “Highway” Sanchez and his quest for a mouth full of straight and gleaming bone. When we meet him at the beginning of the novel he is, he tells us, “the best auctioneer in the world”. He also hints that he might be speaking posthumously, that by the time he has reached the end of his tale “it will no longer be my place to say any­thing in the first person. I will be a dead man, a happy, enviable man.”

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    Yellow teeth? Six ways to get a Brighter, Whiter Smile...

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Toothpastes are a dime a dozen, but for a prettier, pearlier smile, sometimes it takes more than a standard toothbrush to do the trick. Lights, veneers, and even coconut oil can eradicate stains and give you more satisfactory enamel. Though some routes require professional support (a visit to the dentist’s office), many brightening techniques can be accomplished without assistance. Here are some doc-approved methods to achieve that million-watt smile. Now, smile like you mean it.

    Shine your light over here. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Marc Lowenberg, of Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor in New York City, uses ZOOM to whiten patients’ teeth. Oxygen molecules are released, breaking up deeply embedded stains, when light is used as a catalyst. The only preparation required is brushing teeth before having the treatment done. Three or four 15-minute rounds should be completed to see full results: 1-2 shades lighter teeth, which last up to three months. Each treatment costs $1,200.

    Show me your teeth. Porcelain veneers cost a pretty penny ($1,600 to $2,700 per tooth) but are perfect for patients looking to change the shape, size, and broadness of the smile, in addition to color. “Find a dentist who has a niche in cosmetic dentistry and experience with porcelain restorations,” says Dr. Victoria Veytsman, DDS in New York City. “Find photos of smiles that you like, and bring them to your consultation.” There’s a bit of planning and many in-office visits before completion, but most take two to six weeks. The wait is well worth it – they last about 15 years.

    Don’t forget to floss. Flossing is necessary, and now it’s twice as nice. Flossing out food and plaque is an essential part of a healthy dental regimen. With a built in tongue cleaner, DenTek Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks use whitening micro-crystals to create a whiter smile when done for three minutes daily. Recommended by Dr. Laura Ruof, DDS in New York City, the medicine cabinet staple will only sent you back $3.

    Coconut oil isn’t just for cooking. Rinsing your mouth with coconut oil 10 minutes per day, twice a day, yields whiter teeth in two weeks and lasts as long as the routine is maintained. Dr. Adam Salm, DMD of Madison Dental Spa in New York City recommends this to patients with gingival disease and heavy plaque build up. To prep, the oil must be heated to liquid form (at 76 degrees). Though this is a holistic remedy for the treatment of gum disease, the American Dental Association has not yet approved it.

    Charge, spin, and smile. GO SMiLE Sonic Blue Teeth Whitening System is the first rechargeable LED sonic toothbrush that works to kill bacteria, reduce plaque, and whiten. Dr. Maryann Lehmann, DDS of Darien, CT recommends the brush which uses combines brushing and whitening into on step using blue light wavelengths and gel. It takes only two days to achieve teeth that are two shades whiter. In 30 days, a seven-shade difference is seen. The device comes with a toothbrush, whitening gel, blue light, a charging station and two brush head replacements.

    Bleach your smile, not your hair. Take-home bleach trays with Opalescence Whitening Gel start with a visit to your dentist and are a favorite of Dr. Robin Ford, DDS at Ford Family Dental. In order for a custom tray, teeth impressions taken to specifically fit the individual’s teeth. Once at home, whitening gel is applied in the trays for certain amount of time (this depends of the gel concentration, which varies per patient). The trays are worn for as little as an hour or as long as overnight. Greater long-term results (even with a low concentration) are seen over the course of several weeks. Before bleaching, it’s recommended to have and exam and a cleaning to determine if the client is clear of decay. To maintain your pearly whites, it’s best to avoid coffee, teas, cigarettes and red wine.

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