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Wild Dentistry

You might think the last place you’d want your hands to be is in a wild animal’s mouth, but some people make a living off of it. The people we’re talking about are wildlife veterinarian dentists, of course. Wild animals come across dental issues just like we do and many need our help to survive life-threatening problems. There’s probably not a huge need for those kind of dental services in Prescott, AZ but other places, such as Australia, have more opportunities for such care.

Check out a little of this video below. There’s a fun bit at the beginning and at around the 3 minute mark they begin to show the process of dental surgery on the animals.

As you might imagine, as a wildlife veterinarian you get to be very close to animals that most people will only ever see from a distance and never come into contact with. These animals can be lions, jaguars, elephants, rhinos, you name it. You might even become friendly with some just like the Kevin Richardson (the man in the video) was with those lions. Having lion friends must be an exciting and, for most of us if we were to have one, probably a scary experience.

As you can see in the video, many animals must be sedated first. Sedation is, of course, a wise choice as otherwise the surgeries would truly get…“wild”. If you kept on watching, you saw that there is also a risk that comes with putting the older animals under. The vets have to make a choice on whether or not they should leave the teeth of an older animal how they are or try to improve the quality of their teeth (and life) when they are likely at their worst, as was seen with the lion.

Veterinary dentistry is a whole different side to the field of dentistry and we appreciate those who make efforts to further that field of expertise. We hope you enjoyed the video, it was certainly interesting and for any dental services in Prescott, AZ, you know who to call!

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (3/23/2017) Tambako The Jaguar (Flickr)

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Ancient Dentistry

Anyone know how old dentistry is? Anyone? Bueller? According to seeker.com, recent evidence suggests that dentistry started back at least 14,000 years ago! That is a lot of legacy to live up to. But how was dentistry back then? Did they even have Biomimetic Dentistry Prescott, Arizona? Surely, dentistry was not as enjoyable as it is today? Without further adieu, here are some things you might not have known about the ancient art of dentistry!

The first “dentist” we know of lived around 2,600 B.C. This is according to the American Dental Association which states that his name was Hesy-Re, an Egyptian. We know he was a dental practitioner by the engravings on his tomb which reads, “the greatest of those who deal with teeth, and of physicians.” You go Hesy!

You might have wondered how it was possible for society to function before the wonderful combination of the toothbrush and toothpaste was invented. The earliest “toothbrush” we know of dates back to around 3,000 B.C. according to bessdds.com. Unfortunately for society at large, no toothpaste accompanied it until around 2,000 years ago as far as we know. Early toothpaste from the Romans was made out of… can you guess it? Human urine. And yes there was a mouthwash made out of it, too. “Upper-class Roman women paid dearly for Portuguese urine, the most highly prized, since it was alleged to be the strongest on the continent.” It’s important to remember history folks! Okay, okay time to move on.

Grills might have seemed like the hot, new thing when they were growing in popularity but it turns out they are actually more of an old fashion. National Geographic states that Mayans started the bling thing around 2,500 B.C. Grills were so five millenniums ago!

There are likely a lot of intriguing facts about ancient dentistry that we have not yet discovered–some of them might be better left that way as we all know today. Now you have to ask yourself, if you lived all the way back then without the modern cleaning products, could you use that era’s toothpaste and mouthwash? Could you survive never cleaning your teeth!? There was certainly no Biomimetic Dentistry Prescott, Arizona. Happy brushing!

Prescott Dentistry: Trained Ozone Dentists in Arizona

What is Dental Ozone?

Ozone is the most powerful naturally occurring oxidizing agent — the same element that cleanses the earth’s atmosphere. Ozone occurs when three oxygen atoms are bound together and charged by electricity — it’s oxygen empowered. A colorless gas at room temperature, ozone has the scent of fresh rain after a lightening storm. It is nature’s most effective tool for purification — all without synthetic chemicals or detergents. As a powerful oxidant and purifying agent in food, beverage and water applications, ozone is one of the best ways to disinfect and decontaminate with no toxic byproducts. As an unstable molecule, ozone is eager to destroy germs, viruses, and microbes that cause illness. When impurities have been eradicated, ozone naturally reverts to oxygen. Ozone is a simple, powerful, and natural purifier. The Doctors at Prescott Dentistry are the only fully trained ozone dentists in Arizona. We’re pleased to offer less-invasive dentistry with the use of Ozone.

What are Ozonated Oils?

The natural healing ability of ozone can be captured within vegetable oils. Ozone gas can be bubbled through the oils for several days and it’s healing properties can be saved for years. All our oils are certified organic. Pure medical grade oxygen is used to generate ozone gas to bubble through the oils. Worldwide research has mostly focused on olive, sunflower, flax (linseed) and safflower oils in medical settings. We offer these ozonated oils as staples along with several other proven oils. These oils can be used in a variety of different ways.

Can Your Dentist Spot Diabetes?

Can Your Dentist Spot Diabetes

At Prescott Dentistry we understand that the health of all parts of the body are linked.  The health of your mouth affects more than just what’s above your shoulders, and the rest of your body can certainly affect your teeth and gums. Because of this, the state of your smile can be an indicator for other problems that might be found elsewhere in your body. This is why continually monitoring your dental health and restoring your teeth to their original, natural form and function is so important through the science and practice of biomimetic dentistry.

One example of this body-mouth connection comes from recent research that severe gum disease may in fact be in an indicator of undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

The study discovered that a stunning 20% of people with severe periodontitis (gum disease) suffered from type 2 diabetes but didn’t know it. This is critical because both diabetes and periodontitis require early diagnosis to prevent further complications. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that 285 million people worldwide have diabetes, and it is suspected that nearly ⅓ could be unaware of it.

Because people with diabetes aren’t as able to fight off infection and inflammation, they generally  don’t respond very well to periodontal therapy. This is when your dentist knows to send you to your doctor to get tested for diabetes. Once the diabetes condition is under control, the gum disease can be easier to treat. The relationship of treating one assisting the other seems to work in both directions, but it is still unclear if there is any cause-and-effect relationship.

Are you suffering from severe gum disease and fear you may have diabetes? Contact Prescott Dentistry today and we will work in collaboration with your primary health care provider to help optimize your overall health and well being.

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (2/28/2017) jason shultz (Flickr)