Chew on This! with Dr. Isabel Garcia

Filmed in a single shot, the FDA asks intriguing people what they like, what they don’t and that fascinating middle ground that defines them.

We visited University of Florida College of Dentistry Dean Dr. Isabel Garcia in Gainesville. Want to know the weirdest thing she’s ever done? Click below to find out!

 

32 Questions with Dr. Isabel Garcia from Florida Dental Association on Vimeo.

 

Chew on This! with Dr. Brittney Craig

Introducing “Chew on This! 32 Questions.” Filmed in a single shot, the FDA asks intriguing people what they like, what they don’t and that fascinating middle ground that defines them.

For our first edition, we visited Dr. Brittney Craig’s practice in Tallahassee. Dr. Craig won the 2016 FDA New Dental Leader Award. She graduated from both FSU and UF … click below to see which team she roots for.

32 Questions with Dr. Brittney Craig from Florida Dental Association on Vimeo.

An Early Bite with Dr. John Paul: “Doc, Just Give Me a Reline”

By Dr. John Paul, FDA Editor

If you are a dentist, and you practice in Florida, you are more than likely to have a patient walk into your office and ask to have their dentures relined. Many are convinced that this is a simple procedure handled entirely by a technician, and the dentist is just a toll collector on their highway to better eating and speaking. “I’m paying you good money, just put the stuff in my teeth so I can be happy.”

I focus on the “make me happy” part. I want you to have comfortable, functional dentures that allow you to speak and eat with confidence. You know they “don’t fit.” I want to know why you aren’t comfortable. That requires an examination and evaluation. I will definitely want to look at your mouth and touch the parts that support your dentures. I may want to take an X-ray to determine the quality of your bones.

More often than you might guess, the patient’s dentures fit their jaws fine, but do not stay in under function. The teeth don’t mesh together properly and that is why they seem “loose.” No need for a reline, just adjust the bite. There are times when the bones have changed shape and the denture no longer fits. That’s when we take an X-ray to determine if the bones are healthy but a different shape, or if the reason for the change is disease in the bones, like cancer. We need the X-ray to make that diagnosis, and the treatment plan may be something much different than “just a reline.”

Without a proper examination, evaluation and treatment plan, it isn’t possible to provide appropriate treatment. What makes for a proper examination and evaluation is specific to each patient and is something you should discuss with your dentist. I can’t make my diagnosis based solely on information provided over the internet, and you shouldn’t rely only on what you read on the internet to make your decision.

Have a question you have a tough time answering? Send it to Dr. Paul at jpaul@bot.floridadental.org.

An Early Bite with Dr. John Paul: “Why Won’t You Give Me an Antibiotic?”

By Dr. John Paul, FDA Editor

Have any of you heard this today?

“Doc, I’m calling you at home after hours because I’ve got this toothache again. This time it’s been hurting about a month and it’s just killing me. You’ve got to call me in an antibiotic.”

Here’s my answer:

“Mrs. Gruntbuns, back when Mr. Fleming found penicillin, antibiotics seemed like magic. You give people a pill and their problems went away. While that was the net effect, what really happened was the drug killed enough of the infection that your body could heal itself. The drugs were so new that they wiped out every bacteria they came in contact with. It’s important to remember over time that changes. The more often bacteria contacts a drug that does not completely wipe them out, the more they develop resistance to the drug until that drug becomes harmless to the bacteria.

“We’ve talked about this before. That antibiotic I gave you last time was to help you get by until you got a real treatment. Once a tooth is infected enough that you have symptoms, there is no way for your body to heal it after a little help from a drug. You’ll need a real treatment like a root canal or an extraction to remove the source of the infection before you can heal. The more times you get a drug without the real treatment, the more the bugs get a chance to become resistant.

“Tomorrow morning I can get you an appointment with an endodontist or an oral surgeon. Which would you prefer?”

Have a question you have a tough time answering? Send it to Dr. Paul at jpaul@bot.floridadental.org.