The old phrase “fighting fire with fire” comes to mind in regards to a recent finding by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine. The researchers found that sewage in Jerusalem could actually help eliminate infections after dental work.
In regards to the medical field “fighting fire with fire” this discovery comes on the heals of other recent studies showing signs that a modified form of the HIV virus can be repurposed and used to attack cancer cells. However, in this case, the method scientists used to fight infection was actually proposed last century and has only been revived due to the overuse of antibiotics which has lead to bacteria developing resistance to current antibiotics.
This therapy consists of infecting the patient with minuscule amounts of viruses known as bacteriophages. Researchers succeeded in isolating an anti-E. faecalis phage retrieved from a Jerusalem sewage treatment facility which can infect a strain resistant to vancomycin, an effective anti-E faecalis antibiotic. The information was put into use and proved to work well in root canal infection in both in vitro and ex vivo tissue samples. The genome of the bacteriophage does not contain harmful genes which may lead to widespread adoption.
Contact us today for more information on root canal procedures as well as less invasive alternative biomimetic dentistry.
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In previous articles, we’ve discussed Biomimetic Dentistry and it’s focus on mimicking nature. However, another easy way to understand what Biomimetic dentistry encompasses are the sayings “less dentistry is the best dentistry” and “there is no dentistry like no dentistry.” For those of you who suffer from dental fear, those two sayings might cause a huge sense or relief to wash over you. Less invasiveness, less amputation, and more conservative approaches are all apt descriptions of Biomimetic Dentistry.
The heart and brain of the tooth is the pulp. Biomimetic dentistry aims to preserve that pulp rather than remove it entirely. Not only is this more conservative in the sense that more of your mouth is being saved as opposed to amputated, it also has positive economic implications. Invasive traditional dental procedures can be overly costly and unnecessarily extensive. Biomimetic dentistry saves your teeth and your wallet from a lot of unneeded trauma.
This form of dentistry is largely influenced by preventative dentistry, however, if old fillings and tooth decay exist, they can still be treated with more conservative techniques and materials. Periodontal problems and tooth infections also can be treated with modern therapies and proper home care instead of the resection of tissue.
Contact us for more information on Biomimetic Dentistry and it’s conservative properties.
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What: Educational Seminar regarding Less-Invasive and Preventative Dentistry
When: 03/19/2015 – 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Where: Natural Grocers – 1470 Gail Gardner Way – Prescott, AZ 86305
You are invited to learn more about less-invasive alternatives to traditional drill and fill dentistry. This educational seminar will introduce you to the world of Biomimetic Dentistry.
Seating is limited. First come, first seated.
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According to a survey commissioned by the creators of Invisalign Teen® many teens feel that their appearance is a large contributing factor to the angst they feel, which is amplified by a world overwhelmed with social media. Anything that can make a young person stand out in a negative light can cause serious anxiety in an increasingly appearance-driven society, whether its braces, glasses, or anything else.
Ninety-two percent of teens actively use social media, while 54% of which say that their teenage experience would be improved without social media. Forty percent answered that they feel their appearance is more closely judged on social networks than in person, while 87% still regularly post selfies and 56% worry about their appearance most days.
A lot of the surveyed teens’ angst was a result of their lack of satisfaction with their smile. Thirty percent were the most self-conscious about their teeth, and 96% were not happy with their smile and generally insecure about their looks.
Many teens (42%) would not want to go through the “humiliation” of regular metal braces, while just 8% think wearing Invisalign aligners would be embarrassing. The high school years can be some of the toughest socially for many people. Most of us wish we had done something a little differently and perhaps had a bit more confidence. Perhaps Invisalign can provide that for you or your child. Contact us for more information on Invisalign services in Prescott, AZ.
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