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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Can Dental X-Rays Cause Tumors?

In light of a recent article on Yahoo, suggesting that bitewing x-rays may be dangerous, here are some facts from the American Association of Orthodontists on Radiographs...

Why does we need this x-ray?
X-rays are recommended so that dentists and orthodontists can gather information about a patient's condition that cannot be seen with a visual clinical evaluation.  It allows specialists to see the placement and development of teeth that have and have not come in and the relationship of teeth to bone and gum tissue.  Special x-rays have allowed us to see how the jaws are related to each other and help plan for proper treatment.

Can diagnosis and treatment be effective without x-rays?
The information gained through x-rays help doctors know how to move teeth based on where they are now and where they need to be at the end of treatment. Only through x-ray images can we figure out the precise placement of teeth.  X-rays aid the diagnosis and treatment plan, allowing doctors to deliver the best results possible.

Which type of x-ray will provide you with the information you need with the least amount of radiation exposure?
A cone beam CT provides far more information for diagnosis than routine dental bite-wing x-rays, a panoramic x-ray or a cephalometric x-ray alone.  However, not all patients requre a cone beam CT. The recommendation for the type of x-ray needed is based on each patient's individual needs.

In our office, we take digital panoramic and cephalmetric x-rays. The x-rays are about 80% lower in radiation and are convienent for the purpose of orthodontic treatment diagnosis.  Because the x-rays are digital, we don't have to send our patients to labs to get them done and can send our x-rays to their general dentist should he/she need them.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Easter Everyone from the Orthobee Team!

Ninja wishes you a Happy Easter too!
Easter is a time of springtime festivals. Traditions associated with the festival survive in the Easter rabbit, a symbol of fertility, and in colored easter eggs, originally painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring, and used in Easter-egg rolling contests or given as gifts.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

April is National Facial Protection Month!

The Orthobee Team would like to remind parents, coaches and athletes to play it safe as young athletes when suiting up for recreational and organized sports by consistently wearing mouth guards and safety equipment! 

Every year, dentists and dental specialists are called to hospital emergency rooms to treat children who have sustained knocked out teeth, broken jaws and other facial injuries during organized or neighborhood sports activities. For most of these children, these injuries could have been less severe or prevented entirely if they had worn a mouth guard, helmet or other protective head gear.

When kids don't wear mouth guards or protective head gear in sports activities, it's usually because parents and coaches are unaware of their importance. Many parents have limited sports backgrounds and don't realize the potential for serious injury in an impromptu neighborhood game of basketball or baseball, or a simple bike ride.

Although mouth guards are now generally considered standard equipment for football and hockey players, they really should be worn during any contact sport. “Contact sport” is not limited to one player knocking into another, but encompasses any sport in which the player is likely to have his or her face come into contact with the pavement or other hard object. Kids who participate in soccer, extreme sports (BMX biking, skateboarding and in-line skating) and other common sports should wear a mouth guard and other protective helmets and equipment to protect them from injury.