Saturday, June 7, 2014

Houston Academy of General Dentistry Names Respected Dentist in Houston, Dr. Randy Farmer of Houston Smile Docs, President-Elect of Largest Group in U.S.

On Thursday, May 15 the Houston Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) installs its 2014 officers, including President-Elect, Dr. Randy Farmer of Houston Smile Docs. Dr. Farmer’s new duties include oversight of continuing dental education affiliated with the Houston AGD as chair of the programming committee, and educational planning for 2015 and beyond.

“The AGD is dedicated to helping general dentists succeed through education and collaboration,” says Dr. Farmer, a respected dentist in Houston. “The mission and values of the AGD are very much inline with our philosophy at Houston Smile Docs, where my wife, Dr. Isabelle Farmer and I collaborate with a team of excellent dental care professionals each day to continually educate our patients about healthy living and dental care.”

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Extreme Makeover Dentist Implants Hardly Affected By Bone Loss Drugs

A team of physicians studied the success rate of dental implants among patients who have serious cases of bone loss, namely osteoporosis, to the point of taking bisphosphonates like Fosamax® (focus of the study) and Actonel®. These drugs work by slowing down the rate of osteonecrosis or bone loss.

The reason behind dental implants being relative to this study is because bone loss can also affect the jaw, which is called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). In addition, doctors believe that ONJ is a side effect of taking bisphosphonates despite the chances of triggering being low. The study aims to find out if implants can survive in an environment teeming with the drug.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Finding a Gentle Dentist Means Dental Phobia is No Longer a Problem!

In a nutshell, CBT alleviates fears by encouraging people to adopt a more positive mindset. For example, people with dental phobia can be empowered by being told they shouldn’t be afraid because visiting a dentist is already one way of taking control of their health. The British Dental Journal can attest to the effectiveness of CBT, thanks to a 2011 study in Sheffield in which thirty percent of the respondents with severe dental trauma had effectively fought off their fear and no longer needed sedation. Thanks to CBT, even supposedly-scary and invasive procedures like dental implants are no longer a source of worry.

Of course, CBT can’t compensate for the dentist’s lack of skills and experience. So when it comes to getting dental implants in Houston, TX, it’s still important for people to find a reliable and experienced dentist who can carry it out.