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The American Dental Association (ADA has 155,000 member dentists) recognizes nine (9) dental specialties. An accredited Dental Specialist has taken advanced training after graduating from dental school. The specialty training program must be recognized and accredited by the ADA Council on Dental Education at an accredited institution. Most states require a Dental Specialist to limit their practice to their specialty. An accredited Dental Specialist can elect to practice General Dentistry with specialized training. This is not a declared specialist that is limited only to their specialty. A general dentist can provide any dental treatment that they are competent and confident in doing. All of the specialty areas of dentistry can be performed by a general dentist that get the necessary training. That is why the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) was founded with the support of the ADA.

Since 1952 the AGD has served the needs and interests of general dentists. The AGD promotes the oral health of the public and fosters the proficiency of general dentists through accredited continuing dental education. The AGD helps general dentists to better serve the public. This is why 35,000 general dentists belong even though they must take accredited continuing education to maintain their membership.

The nine accredited (real) specialties:

1. Endodontics

2. Oral Pathology

3. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

4. Orthodontics

5. Pediatric Dentistry

6. Periodontics

7. Prosthodontics

8. Public Health Dentistry

9. Oral Radiology & Imaging

Licensed dentists that hold themselves out to be specialists that have not completed an accredited training program in one of the dental specialties at an approved institution may be committing fraud. Most state Dental Practice Acts do not allow dentists to hold themselves out as a specialist in non-recognized/non-accredited “specialty”. State Licensing Boards usually only allow the nine (9) ADA approved specialties and use the ADA accreditation system. Dentists that advertise and hold themselves out as a non-recognized/non-accredited “specialist” without informing the public that they are not really a specialist but only providing services in that non-recognized/non-accredited specialty area of general dentistry can be disciplined and even lose their dental license in that state. This is to protect the public from unscrupulous practitioners.

A dentist that provides unproven tests and treatment may not give relief or produce a correct diagnosis.

To be fair there are organized continuing education programs and dental organizations that can be comprehensive and extremely helpful to training the practicing dentist. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD is the 2nd largest recognized US Dental Professional Organization) has their Fellowship (FAGD) and Mastership (MAGD) programs. This includes a program that requires a large number of accredited continuing education courses (FAGD = 500 hours; MAGD = 1100 hours including hands-on courses) in specified fields. The Fellowship also requires a strictly administered written examination. The General Practice Board Certification (Civilian and Military) requires accredited continuing education lecture and hand-on courses, written examination and an oral examination of a comprehensive clinical case. The dentist must indicate that they are a General Dentist with the FAGD, MAGD or Board Certified GP. I believe that all 50 states have no problem with these designations but not as specialists.

Be cautious of a dental organization that provides expensive courses and is run by the person that profits financially from the courses. This can provide a conflict of interest. It may sound professional but money does strange things to people.

There are many professional dental organizations that provide valuable continuing education to dentists in practice. These organizations should not tout non-existent specialties. This can be a serious problem.

Some organizations offer training and tests but the quality must be individually investigated.

Examples of non-dental specialties:

“Amalgam Detoxification Dentistry”,

“Holistic Dentistry”,

“Cosmetic Dentistry”,

“Esthetic Dentistry”,

“TMJ Dentistry”

“Implantology”

” Implantologist”,

“Certified Restorative Dentist”,

“Prevention Dentistry”,

“Nonsurgical Periodontics”

Beware of dentists that claim to be a “New Specialty” Dentist

1. Unrecognized field or specialty

2. Unscientific fields,

3. Have not completed an accredited advanced training program,

4. Touts membership in impressive sounding but bogus professional organization

5. Touts membership in an unrecognized professional organization,

6. Articles that are not published in Peer-Reviewed Medical &/or Dental Journals,

7. Books and articles written by non-professionals.

8. Miracle cures that only this one dentist or group of dentists can provide you because of some conspiracy or “goof”

9. Tests that are provided by a lab that is owned or run by health professionals that lost their licenses due to fraud

Remember: just because you can Google it & see on the Internet does not make it true!

Beware of hucksters!

1. Ask for credentials.

2. Ask for double blind scientific studies that are peer-reviewed and published.

3. Ask for are peer-reviewed and published articles

4. Check to see if there is a dental insurance code for the treatment.

5. Check to see if the dental insurance company covers this treatment.

6. Ask to see scientific peer-reviewed evidence for “Miracle” treatments or tests.

7. If it sounds too good to be true then BEWARE!

There are dentists with good intentions that join non-accredited bogus specialty organizations. They can want good results for their patients but may not receive the training that they really need to provide the care that they would like to provide or advertise. It is often difficult for a dentist to know which of these organizations really will provide the training and support that they need and want. It is even more difficult for the patient to determine this. When in doubt go the proven route!

There are many general and specialist dentists that follow the rules and provide you the public with quality care with compassion. When in doubt go the proven route!

Check the AGD (AGD.org), ADA (ADA.org), your state dental association &/or local dental association, and ADA recognized dental specialty websites to see if the “specialty” or organization in question is recognized by the AGD, ADA, state dental associations &/or local dental association &/or recognized specialty organizations. The ADA website has all of the state and local dental association and specialty websites and contact information. Remember the AGD was originated with the assistance of the ADA and headquartered in the ADA Building in Chicago. When in doubt go the proven route!

It is like going to a developing nation to get cheap dentistry. That is exactly what you usually get, Cheap Dentistry. There is a reason why that dentist cannot practice in the US. You can end up paying twice. Once for the bargain or “Miracle” treatment and a second time to have it done correctly.

When in doubt go the proven route!

Source by Gary Robert Johnson

The Medical economics, managed care, governmental cut-backs, each a catalyst for downsizing has created a climate of unprecedented financial pressures. Consequently, new alliances and strategies for growth are at the forefront. Emerging as a viable affordable health care alternative, adult day care is such an alliance.

Adult day care, a community-based program designed to meet the needs of functionally impaired adults through an individual plan of care, is composed of 5-8 hours of care / programing including door-to-door transportation and lunch for adults 18 and over . It is a program designed to serve adults who may be physically impaired, who may have some form of dementia, and who may need special supervision, increased social opportunities, assistance with personal care or other activities of daily living.

Senior citizens, wheelchair bound or ambulatory, may not as yet require the services provided by a nursing home; a center very likely, will be all the support necessary for these individuals. Thus, adult day care meets the needs of the frail elderly and provides a cost efficient alternative to institutionalization.

Professional nurses can have a tremendous impact on society in adult medical day care. By daily evaluation of the frail elderly, nurses can recognize and interpret the signs of a potential medical problem and often prevent a medical emergency. Professional nursing is the basic premise upon which the cost saving centers are based; without which centers cannot function efficiently.

The financial incentive to start one's own facility is excellent. States now provide a Medicaid Waiver which allows people to stay in their own homes; grant money and Veterans benefits are also available. Moreover, these programs can be enhanced by providing revenue producing ancillary services such as nursing services, geriatric nurse practitioners, medical care, rehabilitation, occupational, physical and speech therapies, family support, nutritional counseling, mental health services, medication reviews and case management for those senior citizens coping with multiple health problems. These services may be billed to Medicare. These programs reduce geriatric hospital stays and re-admissions by providing an additional discharge option.

This type of facility requires the least amount of "start-up" capital when compared to other health related facilities. Some adult day care centers were started in churches. This enabled these centers to have an initial client-base from the congregation. Thus, because of their low rent involvement their start-up capital was minimal.

The demand for these centers continues to grow. By the year 2020, it is estimated that our nation's elderly population will increase to over 53 million.

In this complex world, where our technologies may sometimes compromise our ideologies, there are some justifiable concerns over the quality and quantity of care being received by our frail elderly. Whereas, with adult medical day care, the frail elderly can obtain the medical and social assistance they require, and the cost savings pressures of managed care and downsizing may be satisfied.

To find out more about starting a center go to http://www.adultdaycaregroup.com .

Source by Lowell Spirer

If you’ve ever experienced the discomfort and embarrassment of tonsil stones, you may be wondering if adenoid removal would be beneficial for you. With removal of the tonsils and associated structures seemingly so common, many sufferers of tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones, consider surgery an attractive option.

Tonsil stones are often felt as a mass or glob of “something” stuck or caught in the back of the throat. Sufferers may initially suspect that a piece of food is lodged in the throat. A closer inspection of the mouth structures may reveal tonsil stones, pale-colored masses embedded in the pitted surface of the tonsil or adenoid. Infection and bad breath may accompany the stones.

Treatment for tonsilloliths may vary with the severity of the condition and the preferences of the health care professional providing treatment. Available options include self-removal with a curette, surgical removal of the stone, pulsating irrigation (water treatment), laser cryptolysis, and complete adenoid removal, which is the most aggressive of the treatment options.

Adenoidectomy involves the total removal of the adenoid glands. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Adenoid removal may involve the use of a curette to remove the tissue or a microdebrider followed by cauterization. A packing with gauze or similar material may be employed to control bleeding.

While the appropriate treatment is best determined by individual examination and consultation, signs that may point to a need for surgical treatment include snoring, difficult breathing, and sleep apnea. Often adenoid removal is not considered unless the condition is both recurrent and interferes with the patient’s ability to function normally.

Source by Susan W Robinson

In-office teeth whitening treatments done by a dentist certainly provide dramatic results, and you can have dazzling white teeth in an hour or so. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to pay $500 up to $1000 per visit. People who are looking for a more affordable alternative are now turning to DIY teeth whitening kits.

Dental bleaching or laser teeth whitening done by a dentist provides excellent results but you don’t really have to spend a lot of money to get your teeth whiter. Treatments that cost much less can be just as effective. Over-the-counter DIY teeth whitening systems are now available at drugstores and on the internet. Some of these kits are quite expensive but others are more affordable. These kits come in the form of strips, gels or dental trays. Their methods differ and they provide varying results with accompanying pros and cons.

The bleaching agent in a whitening kit is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in a gel base, paste or brush-on liquid. Peroxide is a strong oxidizing agent that effectively removes stains and discolorations. The solution in a do-it-yourself kit is typically 10% to 20% concentration. In contrast, dentists use up to 45% bleaching agent.

Teeth sensitivity is an important consideration in DIY teeth whitening. You can prepare your teeth by brushing them with toothpaste for sensitive teeth such as Sensodyne for a couple of weeks before you start the treatment. It is also best to get your dentist’s advice if you have sensitive teeth and gums. He may be able to recommend the best DIY treatment for you.

DIY teeth whitening treatments for home use range from simple whitening strips to dental trays. Dental trays vary in price and effectiveness. They are designed to hold the bleaching solution or gel against your teeth and prevent saliva from washing off the solution.

Over-the-counter dental trays cost less than $100 but may not fit your teeth perfectly. Professional dental trays prescribed by a dentist for home use are designed to fit around your teeth and will provide better results. However, they are more expensive and may cost around $200.

You can also use adhesive strips to whiten your teeth. The strips contain whitening gel and are placed on your upper and lower teeth. Leave them on for up to 30 minutes. The strips are inexpensive but effective.

Other DIY teeth whitening products include whitening toothpaste and brush-on liquids. You can use whitening toothpaste in combination with strips, dental trays and brush-on liquids.

In choosing a DIY teeth whitening method, you must consider your budget and the sensitivity of your teeth. Above all, be patient and don’t expect overnight results.

Source by Jamie Hawkings

Fluoride free dentistry must be a surprise for you! Fluoride was considered to be good for the teeth, we all read in schools. Then why is it so that suddenly people are talking about Dentistry being free of fluoride? It is generally seen that the fluoride deposits on the tooth leads to its yellowing and pigmentation. But the dentists point out that this drive of fluoride free dentistry is not for cosmetic reasons. There are other serious reasons for going fluoride free.

Chronic poisoning due to fluoride from its concentration in water leads to several symptoms in certain individuals. These symptoms are hard to interpret but are in accordance with the symptoms found in people working in industries or cattle having high doses of fluoride. It was found in the studies of Cornwall islands in Ontario, Canada that the cattle having high doses of fluoride in their food were stricken with dwarfism. The details of the symptoms observed in humans include loss of appetite in kids, gastric and gut problems, weakness of muscles, and nerve damage. It also leads to damage of the skeletal structure as fluoride has strong tendencies to bind to bones, and due to this various joint problems and decomposition of teeth happen. Similar symptoms are shown when there is a deficiency of fluoride and this makes the situation even worse to imagine. But the tests and experiments have always been happening and one such person studied the symptoms in approximately 400 of his clients. And then he has come up with a syndrome that explains the excessiveness and its effects on the person. He said that when a individual shows unexplainable symptoms such as excessive thirst, eczematous rashes, pains in the stomach and weakness of muscles and they seem to disappear once the person moves to some other place tells that he was suffering with this fluoride ailment. This he studied in not only few but hundreds of his patients. He considered the fact that there could be different reasons for these happenings, but the indicators were continuously pointing towards the excessive intake of fluoride and after confirmation he told others about it.

With the continued cases of excessive fluoride and the disease caused due to it the UNICEF also agreed to declare it. It said that there are some products which have amounts of fluoride in it and it is done deliberately. The reason being that fluoride is important for the body and needs to be provided to those it is not available to. The excessive fluoride deposition is irreversible and hence there is no treatment known in the dentistry for it. The only way to save you from it is prevention. You need to prevent the intake of fluoride in your body as much as possible.

Source by Donald Robbin

Now, that you have finally graduated from college and you are taking the chances to land your dream job, you spend a lot of time searching at the classified ads and securing those job interviews. You jazz up your resume, prepare a cover letter, practice answering the frequently asked job interview questions and think of the most dignified and presentable ensemble that will scream “perfect employee for your company”. Once you’ve got everything down pat, there is still one important thing that you have to make sure of. Bear in mind that you will be speaking with a respected HR representative of the company so you have to make certain that your breath smells fresh.

Bad breath is a condition that plagues a lot of people. It may be just the occasional unpleasant scent after waking up in the morning or a chronic illness that demands medical attention. There are people who failed in landing their dream jobs because bad breath got in the way of a successful job interview. Make sure that you will not experience the same by doing these ten things that would ensure fresh breath in no time.

  1. The number one rule still stands. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Clean your teeth properly for about two minutes by using a good toothbrush and brushing in circular motions. Be sure that you are cleaning the sides of the teeth and along the gum lines as well.
  2. Clean your tongue as well. Some skip this important step not knowing that the tongue can be a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque. You can use a toothbrush or a tongue cleaner for more effective tongue cleaning. Be careful not to scrape too much to avoid damaging your taste buds.
  3. Floss, floss, floss! The plaque and bits of food stuck in between the teeth are common reasons why people have foul-smelling breath. Regularly floss in between the teeth to penetrate the tight spaces and along the gum lines.
  4. For an instant whiff of fresh breath before the interview, you can take a sugar-free mint or gum. Choose a product that contains Xylitol because it helps in keeping those cavities at bay.
  5. Do not manage your pre-interview jitters by smoking a cigarette. Not only will your breath stink but it will also leave the scent on your hands and clothes.
  6. Load up on water to keep your mouth hydrated and to maintain your saliva flowing. Dry mouth can be a reason why your breath smells and saliva is a natural mouth cleaner because it flushes bacteria and food particles.
  7. Stay away from foods that contribute to bad breath such as fish, onions, and garlic.
  8. After eating, gargle with water or mouthwash. Do not choose a mouthwash that contains alcohol because it will dry the mouth.
  9. Instead of having your usual coffee in the morning, opt for a cup of green tea. It helps in keeping breath fresh through its antibacterial compounds.
  10. Visit your dentist especially when you have a serious case of bad breath. Your dentist will know what to do on how to treat and address this issue.

Source by Valik Rudd

Looking for a dental implants specialist? What's more, do you want to find a dental implants specialist fast? In this article, you will discover some great methods at getting access to the best specialists and the cheapest prices. Also, you will discover the procedure to follow.

The reasons you may need find a dental implants specialist fast, can be due to a number of reasons. For example, you may need to actually go through and replace a missing tooth fast, and this is a good idea, as generally the success of the procedure is due to quickly getting the procedure, after a tooth has come out. However, there are some other reasons why you may need to find a dental implants specialist fast.

Practically, there is talk that when a tooth comes out, the jaw bone starts to decrease to close up the gap! Now this is something that needs to be fixed fast!

So, how do you find a dental tooth implants specialist fast?

One option is to ask your dentist for recommendations. In most cases, you local dentist does not have the ability to do the treatment, and you need a specialist, and this dental tooth implants specialist, may be found from recommendations from your local dentist.

However, there are some other options, which may actually be a little better. You see, when you ask your local dentist, you may get 1 or 2 options, but these options are often very highly priced.

So, you want options, and there needs to be some better options, and they can be found!

The first step is to look through the local business listings for your area, city or state. This will help you find a few options.

There are some other options, and I think you will be pleased with the results of this.

Going online for example, is a great way to find many options. I have found the prices that the specialist offers online is much better than many recommendations that local dentists provide.

Investing an hour or two into this method, can result in some great findings.

So, now you have found a dental implants specialist, and they have what seems like great prices, and quick treatment. Perhaps you have found a same day treatment, which can be a great idea.

Now, you will want to set up a consultation period, which many dental implant specialists need. Then you can actually get full confirmation of price as well as what you can expect.

Then you will go to get the treatment. If you go for the same day options, you will find that it is quick, whereas in most cases, you will need to go a few times.

Source by Kozan S Huseyin

Achieving excellent oral health will depend on a variety of components including wearing orthodontic braces, adhering to a healthy diet and receiving regular dental care. This is true for children, adolescents and adults. Many individuals ignore their dental needs, assuming that the teeth are not such a big deal for well-being.

If a person is on a strict budget, they may not think that they can afford to take care of their dentistry needs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Having adequate oral health care will not only allow an individual to keep their teeth throughout their lives, but also contribute to their entire body's well-being. Here are some things to think about:

– Braces to straighten a crooked smile can be beneficial for many reasons. An orthodontist is a highly trained dental practitioner who is an expert at alignment. The old metallic silver contraptions referred to as "railroad tracks," "tin grins," and "metal mouths" are relics of the past, too. Nowadays, orthodontic braces may be clear, multi-colored or even removable. Some are so subtle that they are barely noticeable at all.

Having a straightened grin will improve a person's self-esteem, keep the enamel surfaces from wearing against each other, curtail decay and gum disease and allow for proper jaw bone positioning. How a person feels about their appearance can have a profound effect on their success in life.

The current recommendation is for children as young as age seven to have an orthodontic checkup. Early intervention will reduce the time in braces, eliminate unnecessary tooth pulls and reduce overcrowding before it occurs. If an adult has a crooked or unsightly grin, it may be hampering his or her social and business success. Orthodontia can completely turn their lives around.

– A healthy diet is essential for good health, both oral and otherwise. Too many sugary snacks can create overweight bodies and rotten teeth. The saying that "you are what you eat" is so true. Having a menu template complete with lean proteins, fresh veggies and fruits, whole grains and lots of water will make a big difference in how a person looks and feels. Sodas and soft drinks are common culprits contribute to tooth decay and extra poundage. Staying away from junk food is a wise plan; brushing and flossing after every meal is smart, too.

– Dental care: Along with good oral hygiene practices, every individual should visit their dentist regularly. Every six months, an appointment should be made to look for cavities and signs of other maladies such as cancer of the lips and mouth. Heart disease, diabetes complications, and premature birth can all be prevented with appropriate dental care. A general DDS can make a referral to a reputable orthodontist if straightening the pearly whites is necessary.

If an individual wants to achieve optimum oral well-being for themselves or their children, they should look get braces if necessary, adhere to a healthy diet and get regular dental checkups. This will give them a reason to smile.

Source by Andrea Avery

If you are worried about your pale yellow-colored teeth, you should head straight to a dentist, who is highly specialized and skilled in teeth whitening therapies. Who doesn't want to have a broad, white smile with a Hollywood-style grin? However, for several reasons, our teeth get discolored and lose their white shine. Mostly, food particles, drinks, smoking and other such things become instrumental in discoloration of our teeth. If you wish to get back your 1000-watt smile, leave your dental care at the hands of a dentist – you will see the results soon.

Here, we will explore the various aspects of teeth whitening procedures:

The market

Do you know that an incredible amount of $ 1.7 billion is spent in America for teeth whitening treatments? More and more people are choosing to whiten their teeth everyday. Almost 10 million people in America alone are willing to spend on teeth whitening. Today, whitening of teeth is one of the common cosmetic services provided by any dentist.

History

You will be astonished to know that teeth whitening, the forte of any dentist today, was prevalent in the mid 1800s as well! In the early days, chloride of lime, oxalic acid, ether peroxide and finally hydrogen peroxide were used as bleaching agents. In the 1900s, hydrogen peroxide activated by light or heat became the standard. Today, home whitening products are also available.

Important aspects of teeth whitening

Teeth whitening can be defined as a process in which stains from teeth are removed through bleaching using bleaching products. A good dentist will take several measures to whiten your teeth. There is an immediate in-surgery treatment, which is followed by take-home tooth-whitening kits. Both these legs of teeth whitening treatments depend upon bleaching. The bleaching compound is used in varying strength (3-30%) – the higher the percentage, the more powerful will be the action of bleaching.

A dentist will take measures so that your gums or lips are not burnt. The gums and lips need to be covered with a protective material to avoid burning. There are some complains regarding home tooth whitening kits, as they lead to badly burnt lips and gums. A dentist with a high degree of professional acumen will be in a much better position to understand your needs and to protect your lips and gums.

What results can you expect?

The result of teeth whitening procedure at the hands of a dentist will vary from person to person. The result also varies on the package chosen and the type of whitening system used. Your dentist will be in a much better position to advise you upon the likely outcome.

Many people feel a sharp sensation coming from their teeth during and after the treatment. This sensation lasts only for about 48 hours. The dentist might prescribe you a special gel or muse for relief in these cases.

Source by S. Stone

Most people hate going to the dentist. It's common for someone to miss years of bi-annual visits because they're just plain scared to go. If you're one of these people, you can find a dentist that will make going a low stress and pleasant experience.

What are some of the factors to look for when choosing the right dental clinic to go to?

Has a very friendly staff that's responsive to your needs
You should know what the staff is like from the very first phone call. There isn't a checklist to determine this, but you'll feel it in your gut if they connect with you. Also, ask how many years the staff members have been at the office. Most reputable clinics with a great staff have been with the dental office for many years. That's a great sign that everyone enjoys the atmosphere.

Qualified dentists
You're hesitant and you want to make sure you're going to visit the very best for effective treatments and ease of mind. Here are some qualities to find in your new dentist.

• Has an excellent atmosphere at the office. He will have a clean and inviting office that is well running and not only do you receive the very best care, but you never feel rushed.

• Continues to learn. Just because he has been in practice for many years does not mean he stays on top of the latest techniques and advancements in the dental field. Technology is always changing and anyone you go to should have the most advanced training for providing superior care.

• Have compassion and a gentle touch. This can't be underestimated. You are very sensitive to the fear of painful treatments and your dental assistant should be very aware of it to. You want to visit a doctor that has your best interest in mind by providing all procedures with the goal of minimizing pain and discomfort.

• Is up to date on the newest technology. This goes hand in hand with up to date education. For example, a great doctor will use only lasers in his practice. This is modern technology that is so effective and has so many advantages for you. Why would you want to go to someone that can't give you the very best care because of older equipment and technology?

• Will put you at ease. You want to be completely comfortable going to a dentist office for any treatment procedure. A great doctor has a way of making you feel safe and will communicate with you effectively, so he knows and understands your concerns as well as you knowing his.

In summary, a great dentist has these qualities discussed and more. If you want to receive great dental care, find an office that can make you feel at ease and want to go back for regular dental care for the rest of your life.

Source by Richard George Moore

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