Discovering Novacain



Novacain was discovered by a German born chemist named Alfred Einhorn. The traditional forms of pain relief for dental procedures was to use cocaine however, this was less than desirable because it often left the patients extremely intoxicated and with an unwelcome addiction. Many oral surgeons were looking for anesthetic alternative. Alfred introduced the use of Novacain in 1905. Although some patients seemed to have allergic reactions and the effects seemed weaker than its counterpart cocaine overall this alternative was embraced and still practiced today in the art of orthodontia.

To ease the pain


Charles Land’s Jacket

As early as 1889 Charles H. Land patented the first all porcelain crown. These types of appliances play an intricate part in today’s orthodontic and dentistry practices. This procedure was introduced in the early 1900’s. The process entailed the restructuring of a tooth with a porcelain sheath encompassing the tooth in a type of jacket Land referred to the technique as. This practice became more popular after refining the practice and implementations by E.B. Spaulding and was utilized widely until the late 1950’s.Jacket


best and worst Halloween candy for your teeth

Seeing as today is Halloween, its only nature to write about the effects of different types of candy on oral health and teeth. Dentists pretty much agree that the best policy on candy is don’t eat it. But it’s Halloween, so to help you out, here’s a ranking of the kinds of candy because not all candy is created equal.

1. Sugar-free candy and gum with xylitol: Sugar-free foods don’t contain sugar that can feed on the bacteria in the mouth and produce decay-causing acids. Gum and candy with xylitol may actually protect teeth by reducing the acids produced by bacteria and increasing saliva to rinse away excess sugars and acids.

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Feeling No Pain…

The introduction of nitrous oxide to the dental community was once thought to have been made by William Morton. His credit for the discovery was in in direct correlation to his successful public demonstration on patient in 1846. However, it is alleged that a dentist from Connecticut named Horace Wells first realized the effects of using Nitrous Oxide as an anesthetic for his dental patients. It has been established that he practiced this application on many of his patients in private. Yet, when he tried to validate the benefit of his work to the public it was seen as a failure due in part to the negative reaction patient in 1844. Currently, nitrous oxide is an anxiolytic, in addition to local anesthetic used in dentistry.

nitrous oxide machine


5 Reasons why floss is important

Every time you visit the dentist for a checkup, there’s one question you’re almost certain to hear: “Have you been flossing regularly?” For a lot of patients, the answer isn’t always yes. Many people make a point of brushing their teeth twice a day, as the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends, but fewer people follow the recommendation to floss at least once a day.

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Dentistry creates its own Destiny

BCoDS (1)The first school devoted solely to the art of dentistry was the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery located in Baltimore, Maryland founded in 1840 by Chapin Harris and Horace Hayden.

The college established its bond, granted via the Maryland General Assembly. Dentistry had the potential to become a medical specialty. However, dentistry became a separate entity from medicine. Even though legislation had been approved by the state of Maryland for an invitation to integrate a dentistry division within the campus of the University of Maryland’s medical school the bid was ultimately denied citing budget challenges. Dentistry was left to create its own destiny. Over the next 35 years 15 dental schools were established throughout the United States. In 1923 the Baltimore College of Dentistry did finally unite with the Maryland School of Dentistry which is a current and active participant in the dental education community.


The Debut of the Dental Chair

Another major improvement in the Dental industry in the late 1700 was the debut of the dental chair. The chair was designed and constructed by Josiah Flagg a very well-known American dentist. His concept resembled a Windsor chair and was made out of wood. This specialized dental chair featured an adjustable headrest, an extension for holding instruments that attached to the arm of the patients chair.

Out with the old…..

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Coconut oil could combat tooth decay

Coconut oil has gained popularity in kitchens around the United States with all its new found health benefits and advantages over vegetable oils. Researchers from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland found that enzyme-treated coconut oil — similar to what would happen to coconut oil after it’s been digested — was able to stop the growth of cavity-causing bacteria.

Dr Damien Brady and team set out to determine whether coconut oil might have antibacterial qualities at combating some strains of Streptococcus bacteria which commonly inhabit the human mouth and cause tooth decay. They tested the coconut oil in its natural and semi-digested state. They added enzymes so that the oil could be tested in a digested state.

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5 Major Health Threats That Your Dentist Can Predict

When a dentist or oral specialist looks into your mouth they see more than just the pearly whites, dentist may sign of serious health problems. The Journal of Dental Research found that many dental problems can be signs of serious health complications.

The list below shows the top five health issues your dentist  may can detect from a simple check up.

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Ways to maximize SEO performance part 2

Earlier in the week I wrote a basic blog (Ways to maximize SEO performance) on search engine optimization and listed a few tips on how to increase the flow of patients to your practice’s website. In today’s age being able to market effectively on the internet is a must.

According to a study by Searchmetrics, social signals — recommendations through Likes, tweets and Google+ — account for 7 of the 8 most highly correlated ranking factors in Google search results. The social media site engineered by Google, Google Plus is a game changer.

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