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Twas the Night Before My Appointment

Twas The Night Before My Appointment…

Twas the night before my appointment,

While lying in bed

Visions of sharp things

Run through my head

Needles and scrapers

And drills galore,

My living nightmare

Need I say more?

It’s a dental appointment

Creating this fright

Walking through the door

Takes all of my might

This appointment was put

In my calendar with care

6 months goes so fast

The alert says “BEWARE”

I’ve been obsessing and stressing

For over a week

My flossing and brushing

She will critique

The noise gives me chills,

The bleeding makes me faint.

When it hits the nerve,

That’s my biggest complaint

Desensitizing toothpaste

They say that will work

Flossing and fluoride

I shouldn’t shirk

It’s too late now

I’m already here

I DON’T LIKE THIS!

Let me be clear

I’m met with a smile

As she calls my name

There’s no going back

We walk in twain.

“How are you?” she asks

If she only knew

I’m clammy, I’m weak

It feels like the flu

Her hand on my shoulder

The tears they do come

This fear I have

I …

Oral Cancer: Common Causes and Symptoms

On Sunday, September 18, 2016, members of the Seidner Dental Team participated in the Oral Cancer Foundation Walk/Run for Awareness in Memory of David Nasto. This annual event takes place at Perona Farms in Andover and not only helps to raise money for the Oral Cancer Foundation but to educate the population on the symptoms and treatment options of oral cancer. The 4.1-mile walk/run is also quite inspirational as some of the participants have battled oral cancer themselves. Speakers, tricky trays, raffles, music and a fantastic barbecue are all provided in honor of this gentleman who lost his life to oral cancer. David Nasto passed away in 2006 after an incredible battle with stage IV tongue cancer. He was 47 years old. Awareness, early detection, and early action are vital for the successful treatment of oral cancer. David’s family feels that early detection would have saved his life, so along with The Cancer Foundation, this event offers oral cancer screenings by dental professiona…

Pediatric Dental Emergencies

A PARENT’S GUIDE TO PEDIATRIC EMERGENCIES

To round out a series of blogs on child and adolescent dentistry, I would like to include a discussion on pediatric dental emergencies. Traumatic and non-traumatic dental emergencies can be stressful not only for the child but for the parent as well. Tooth emergencies can occur suddenly and can lead to significant pain and discomfort if not treated right away. Sports, running, jumping, climbing and bicycling are just a few of the activities that increase the risk for medical and dental emergencies in children. Also, 80% of all dental injuries affect one or both front teeth.

Traumatic injuries can be accompanied with bleeding lacerations, knocked out, dislodged, or fractured, broken teeth. What is done immediately following an injury can make the difference in saving or losing a tooth. The following recommendations will help save teeth and minimize pain and further complications.
In the event of any dental emergency, it is recommended to see a…

Dental Concerns for Tweens and Teens

Randolph Dentist Tween Dental Concerns Blog Image

Children begin losing teeth at around six years old and continue through their teens. Initially, the primary dental concerns for children and their dental health are to control plaque accumulations and minimize sugar exposure to reduce the incidence of decay. In my experience, cavities are the greatest risk to newly erupted permanent teeth, followed by traumatic dental emergencies in young patients. However, as children near their teen years, a change occurs in the bacteria in their mouths that increases not only their cavity risk but also impacts their gum health.

Between the years of 10 and 13 years old, approximately 16 teeth will have been shed and erupted from both the top and bottom arch of the oral cavity. Primary molars and cuspids will be pushed out and replaced, while permanent second molars (12-year-old molars) will erupt in the deepest area of the mouth, just in front of the future wisdom teeth. When all is told, 28 adult t…

Your child is now 18, how does this impact their healthcare?

Spoiler Alert!

The tradition for most informative written pieces is that the information given is presented in logical order, building ideas upon each other in a forward movement and expansion of knowledge.  HA!

Well, that’s the beauty of a blog!  There are few rules for the author, so while I have your attention I’d like to start at the end….that is to say the end of “childhood” and the beginning of adulthood, which is the legal age of 18 years old.

For all parents of 18-year-olds, LISTEN UP!  Your child, the one who’s room is a disaster, the one who still looks to you for food, shelter, heat and clothing, the one for whom you pay health insurance, dental insurance, car insurance and now tuition insurance is a LEGAL ADULT.  Overnight, they have become in charge and control of decisions regarding their lives and you, as the parent, are technically and legally no longer in the position to ask about their health or make decisions regarding their health without their written consent to …

Pediatric Dentistry: An Early Start to a Healthy Smile

The United States will see just shy of 4 million new babies born this year alone, and August/September are the most popular birth months, with October and July rounding out the top four. What this means is somewhere around February the greatest number of baby teeth will be erupting, and teething discomfort and drool will be off the charts! Getting an early start on oral care for infants will help create a favorable oral environment that promotes strong, healthy teeth now and in the future.

THE BUD…

Embryonic tooth formation begins with cell changes early in utero and “tooth buds” developing around 8 weeks gestation. Microscopically these buds can be seen in the upper and lower arches, representing each primary tooth. The teeth continue to form while the baby is in the womb, with the initial placement of enamel being laid down during approximately the 3rd or 4th month of pregnancy. Fevers, malnutrition and some medications during the formation of the teeth can affect the health, color…

Why I Chose Adult Orthodontic Treatment (and why you should too).

If you had told me ten years ago that I would receive adult orthodontic treatment while I was in college, there is no way I would have believed you. Growing up, I never had a perfect smile. This was a fact that I accepted. As a college student, I figured that going in for an orthodontic consultation would only lead to disappointment. The idea of dealing with the expense of braces or Invisalign seemed too far out of reach. It turns out, I was wrong.

“If you look in the mirror right now, and you are not completely satisfied with the smile you have, it’s never too late to do something about it.” The fact of the matter is this: orthodontic treatment is far more affordable than it has been in the past decade. At Seidner Dentistry, we pride ourselves in helping patients renew their smile by utilizing their insurance and creating affordable payment options.

When I had my braces removed in December, I noticed a dramatic difference in my smile. My bite was finally aligned properly. My teeth w…

White Spots on Teeth: Cosmetic or Something More Serious?

Beautiful teeth are always trendy, now more than ever. It comes at no surprise that 47% of Americans choose a person’s smile to be their most important physical feature. Luckily, more than half (64%) of those surveyed like their smile. Unfortunately, those who are unhappy with their pearly whites attribute their disappointment to the color of their teeth. White spots and yellow/gray tinting are a few of the factors that motivate patients to seek the advice of their dentist about enhancing their smile. Improving tooth color can be as simple as whitening at home or a dental office, however not all tooth imperfections can be corrected this way. White spots can leave a patient feeling self-conscious about their smile and at a loss of how to get rid of them. Aside from being a cosmetic concern, white spots can be a primary indicator of tooth decay. Fortunately, treatments are available to help reduce their appearance or eliminate them altogether.

White spots can be found on any tooth but …

Dental X-rays: Do I Really Need Them?

I was recently in a spirited discussion with a patient on the necessity of dental x-rays. This particular patient had not been in for a while; in fact, it was about two years since his last visit and check-up. As he sat in the chair, I reminded him of his last appointment date which included an exam and x-rays. I further explained that with his “extended” leave of absence I would recommend having check-up x-rays taken before we started the cleaning. With a sheepish grin, he responded, “No thank you, I want to live!” I couldn’t help but chuckle, and I knew I was going to enjoy our conversation. As we tried to outwit each other on the pros and cons of dental radiation exposure, our lighthearted and humorous verbal sparring went something like this:

Me: “I want you to live too, just pain-free!”

Him: “Well I don’t have pain, so I don’t think there is anything wrong.”

Me: “Many areas of decay may not be painful and when caught early can be easily removed with minimal involvement to the to…

When Do I Need To Premedicate For My Dental Work?

As a dentist, I meet patients every day who are not familiar with the regulations of antibiotic prophylaxis.  Patients do not know if premedication with antibiotics is necessary for them due to a medical condition or procedure they had done.  I hope to shed some light on the most up-to-date indications for antibiotic prophylaxis as they have changed considerably by the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons and American Heart Association (or by the corresponding national associations).

Antibiotic prophylaxis (or premedication) is the act of taking antibiotics one-hour before certain dental procedures like cleanings, extractions, and root canals.  The bacteria we naturally have occurring in our mouths can enter our bloodstream due to everyday things we do like eating, brushing, flossing along with dental treatments mentioned earlier.  For the healthy immune system, this bacteria will not cause harm; however, it can pose a risk to those immune-compromi…

Dental Health: Medicine or Makeover?

Activity on my blog has been more like a bog. Lo, since the start of the year.  But since spring has sprung and the cats off my tongue, it’s time to get into gear!

So first on the list, I just can’t resist, is a light-hearted discussion of teeth.  Is it medicine we do while treating disease? Or is it a makeover we bequeath?

To my surprise, I thought it well known, dental health is what we strive. But we have the knowledge from years in college to make your smile come alive.

But without hesitation and don’t be mistaken, like a house on a rocky foundation….If infection takes hold and decay grow like mold, your teeth will not last the duration.

This is serious business, can plague like a sickness, paving the way to pain and unease.  Our goal is your comfort but our OATH is to your health and managing the Dental Disease.

Some May question “what’s with the banter?” And I’m at risk of being a ranter and sounding as if on a soap box. So here’s my prescription, I’ll clarify the job descripti…

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Child with candy in mouth for dental health month

Each year in February, the American Dental Association, along with dental health care professionals, teachers and caregivers celebrate good oral health habits by promoting awareness to dental health needs in children, tweens and teens. This year’s slogan is “Sugar Wars” and the ongoing fight against sugar invaders! (ADA) The campaign highlights the value of a cavity free lifestyle, provides education on proper brushing and flossing techniques and making teeth friendly food and drink choices, reducing sugar in our diets. Presentations, games, coloring books and contests, along with take home dental supplies are a few examples of how dental teams and educators across the nation are teaching children the importance of healthy teeth. Starting early and learning good habits young have been proven to instill lifelong habits and save teeth.

It is estimated that on average 115-130 million Americans do not have dental insurance, affecting appro…