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When we were planning our new office location a few years ago, the dental equipment and supply company we worked with offered us a dental laser unit to sweeten the deal. We were thrilled to have them throw in an $85,000 freebie, but didn’t quite know what to do with it at first. All we knew was that it had lights that flashed, buttons to be pushed, and a cool futuristic look. We dusted it and hung our jackets on it for 6 months before I finally decided to take the plunge and try to figure out how to use the thing.
That plunge has been quite an education. I initially took a few courses offered by Biolase, the manufacturer of our laser. I learned some useful information specific to our unit, but found that many of the claims they made seemed to over-hype what the laser could do. I then joined
After some spitting and sputtering, Spring finally seems ready to spring upon us. As the snow has retreated and the warming rains have moved in, the perennial season of mud is now arriving.
I was sitting here thinking back to the many years of battling the Spring mud on the organic farm my family ran as our kids were growing up. Many of you knew of our farm adventures and often asked about how our critters and crops were doing down in the Pompey hills.
Since I haven’t gotten around to finishing the next dental blog article, and since I am instead daydreaming about our past family farm days, I thought I’d share one of the old farm newsletter articles I wrote quite a few years back. Its more than a little off-topic for a dental blog, but I beg your indulgence, and hope you enjoy this little farm story.
I am writing this blog while sitting in a hotel room. I’m attending a two-day course on new developments in laser dentistry, and will write about it in an upcoming article. So far it has been a great seminar, both lecture and hands-on training from people involved in cutting edge laser dentistry research and development.
Another area of office news to report is that Ashley, Dr. Greene’s dental assistant the past 8 years, is moving to Saugerties, NY. She has been doing volunteer work at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary on weekends for some time, and has accepted a full-time position there. Ashley has long had a heart for the welfare of animals in need, and we are excited for her and her new adventure working with rescued and orphaned farm animals. We will miss her but wish her all the best, and are excited about the great work of service she will be doing.
Last month in my When Acid Attacks - Part I article, I discussed some of the dental problems that excess acid can cause. One additional problem I neglected to bring up last month is the impact of a lower pH on mouth bacteria. As acid increases and pH falls, the growth of acid-producing plaque bacteria is promoted. These bacteria then cause an increase in tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.