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The Opioid Crisis: An Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that there were a record number of American opioid deaths (47,600) in 2017 (Newman, Jan 28, 2019). Per the CDC, the ten hardest-hit states of opioid deaths from 2013-2017, in order, were New Mexico, Maine, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio, New Hampshire, and the hardest hit state of West Virginia (Newman, Jan 28, 2019). To create a plan for reversing this trend, experts from numerous hospitals met at the U.S. News & World Report “Healthcare of Tomorrow Conference” in Washington, D.C., on November 18, 2019. These hospitals and the

Bonding: Beautiful Result for Chipped Front Teeth!

It is quite common for the front teeth to chip or fracture. Depending upon the size of the chip, correction can be achieved by smoothing, bonding, placing a porcelain veneer, or replacing the tooth with a crown. It is very rare when a chipped or broken tooth much be extracted. In this case, the damage was well within the conditions which point towards a bonding procedure. As can be seen, the result was quite nice! With proper care, this repair can last for many years. For some patients, a night guard would be recommended to protect the repair and the

Vaping: an Update Concerning Health Effects

Much has happened nationally, beginning in September 2019, pertaining to the concerns about the adverse health effects of electronic delivery systems of nicotine and non-nicotine related chemicals. These concerned national organizations include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Dental Association (ADA), up to fifty other health organizations, in addition to President Trump and his administration. The reason why these concerns have developed pertaining to these electronic delivery systems is because “more than 805 people have developed possible lung illnesses, and twelve people had died, as of September 24, 2019, after

Limiting Opioid Usage for Dental Pain: Better Alternatives

As we all know, opioids are a concern. They are so addicting. Further, overdosing or usage with alcohol or some other depressant may lead to a change in breathing, which can result in death. There have been way too many deaths as a result of opioids. Certainly, opioids are helpful in certain situations. However, opioids also have side effects, which include nausea, vomiting, and constipation. We cannot forget that they should be stored securely and your inventory of these opioids must be monitored. As we can see, these opioids are problematic. For most dental pain, an over-the-counter (OTC) medications will

One of the 2019 Top 20 Dentists in Dallas: How Found Us

We just found out that Dr. Mark Venincasa was awarded for the second year in a row as a Top 20 Dentist in Dallas by They let us know that this year, they independently researched 321 Dallas dentists. From there, they scored dentists on more than twenty-five variables across the categories of reputation, credibility, expertise, availability, and professionalism. After analyzing the results of their research, they “hand-picked” their “Top 20” dentists in Dallas. We were among the chosen ones! Of the Top 20 chosen, several of them are clinics with either multiple locations or multiple dentists. Another of them

Depression in Teens: An Escalating Problem

Depression among teens in the United States has increased considerably since 2007, according to a reputable Pew Research Center’s report, published in July 2019. Per this report, 13% of U. S. teens “experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year.” Further, compared to 2007, the total number of teens in 2017 who “recently experienced depression” increased 59%. To build on this, 29% of teens feel “tense or nervous” about their day, at least as often as almost every day. Also, 61% of teens felt “a lot of pressure to get good grades.” Similarly, 30% of teens reported

CBD and Medical Marijuana: Is it Safe?

We have all seen the CBD stores opening up near our homes. They are in fact becoming quite prevalent. This creates some interest following the state’s allowance for these CBD products in June 2019. As a result, I decided to research this. Here is what I have found, thus far. CBD is the second most prevalent ingredient within marijuana; this is second to THC, which is the ingredient known for creating the condition for being “high.” CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, and is derived from the hemp plant, which is a cousin to the marijuana plant. At

Sundays Storms: Office Hours Affected

The storms of yesterday, Sunday, June 9, 2019, left many of us without power. Our office building, at this time, has no power and the exterior doors are dead-bolted closed. As soon as the building is open, we shall let you know here and on our Facebook community page. If my phone system is working, then we will be at the office shortly; there will be some lag time between having power restored, the building unlocked, and our travel time to the office. We value your understanding.

Is Your Bottled Water Too Acidic?

With the Dallas weather heating up, our water consumption is increasing. Many of us think that water is healthy, and that most all water is the same. We may tend to select our bottled water based upon taste more than anything else. Perhaps, we may select our bottled water more by price. With whatever means we use to select our bottled drinking water, may I invite you to consider the acidity of the water? You see, there is much variability in the measured acidity (the pH) of bottled waters. The ideal pH of water is 7.0. However, many brands of