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One of the joys of practicing dentistry is to be given the opportunity to treat the children of our patients at The Martin Dental Center. There are so many of our current patients who have been in our practice since their parents brought them in as little children, who are now bringing their children. Many of these lifelong patients have achieved adulthood without a single cavity, or filling. This is Dr. Martin’s goal, and with the vigilance of parents, and the preventive measures that we routinely perform during your child’s visits, it is a goal that can be achieved. Our preventative measures include regular cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, and placement of sealants where needed.
It is important that our children grow up without fears of visiting the dentist. We make every effort to make your child’s visit fun and happy. Some of our best patients are children, and working together with parents, we strive to make children’s appointments "happy times".
Raising children is expensive as we all know. At The Martin Dental Center, we try to keep our fees as low as possible. For our zip code, our average fee is in the 40th percentile range, which means 60% of other dentists have higher fees than ours. Practice overhead is always increasing, with ever rising costs of rent, supplies, lab bills, salaries and benefits, utilities, etc. Accordingly, we have to have a periodic fees increase to run the practice. Dr. Martin has decided to freeze fees for children’s services indefinitely. This means NO fee increases for parents who are taking proper care of their children’s dental needs. We hope that this will ease the financial pressure of regular dental care.
If you have children who have been seeing pediatric dentists, but you feel that their care has been “factory like”, we promise that they will receive individual, caring treatment in our office. It’s about quality, not quantity here at The Martin Dental Center.
Thank you to all of our parents for trusting us to care for your children.
Self Magazine: “Gum Disease Is No Joke.”
Stating that information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows “nearly half of adults 30 and over have some form of periodontal (gum) disease,” SELF Magazine (11/21, Barnes) discusses the importance of keeping gums healthy. The article states that “gum disease is no joke,” and “when it gets severe enough, it can even lead to tooth loss.” Some signs that could indicate a problem include gums that bleed easily, are red and swollen, or are pulling away from teeth. The article also mentions that while research suggests an association between gum disease and heart disease, the relationship between the two is “not fully understood.” The ADA states, “The current position of the American Heart Association and the American Dental Association is that while periodontal disease and heart health have an association, additional research is needed to establish whether one causes the other.”
New York University states the National Institute of Health has awarded a two year grant of nearly $450,000 to researchers at New York University College of Dentistry's Bluestone Center for Clinical Research "to develop biomarkers for tongue cancer", which is a subset of oral cancer. They hope to learn how to diagnose aggressive cancers earlier, modulate the microbiome, and prevent or at least slow the oral cancer progression, per Donna Albertson, PHD. Hopefully, this research will lead to the development of new, targeted therapies for these cancers.
What exactly is Dr. Martin looking for when he is doing your oral examination? There is an entire list of things he checks. First, there is your medical history, which alerts him to past and present medical issues that may alter dental treatment and alert Dr. Martin to look for certain issues. Medications that are being taken need to be accurately disclosed, along with reasons why they have been prescribed.
Your examination includes a thorough oral cancer screening. Nearly 500,000 patients per year will be diagnosed with oral and oral pharyngeal cancer in the U.S. Sadly, nearly two out of three of those diagnosed are already in advanced stages and the cancer has already spread into the lymphatic system, which makes treatment much more problematic and lowers the cure rate. About 150,000 people die in our country each year from oral cancer. Early detection is key to saving lives and disfigurement. Only your dentist will do a thorough oral cancer exam, hopefully twice per year.
During your examination Dr. Martin will check your lips, oral mucosa, palate, both hard and soft, your tongue, salivary ducts and glands, your throat, tonsils, lymph nodes in your neck, and if visible your thyroid gland. He will examine your occlusion, the way your teeth fit together, your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), your gums, looking for signs of gum disease. Also he will look for any traumatic injuries to tissue or teeth, acute conditions, oral habits, and the condition of any crowns, bridges or dentures. X-rays, photographs, CariVu images and visual inspection will help to identify cavities, cracks in teeth, erosion of tooth structure that will require restoration. Dr. Martin also will be able to identify teeth that will possibly need root canal treatment.
The appearance of your teeth will be evaluated for various cosmetic procedures that will improve your appearance. These might include replacing fillings, making crowns or veneers, moving teeth by orthodontics and tooth whitening procedures.
Occasionally, we have patients who say “LET’S SKIP MY ORAL EXAM TODAY”. Is this really a decision that will benefit your physical and oral health? The answer is NO! Let’s work together to keep you as healthy as possible. Remember to feel free to ask Dr. Martin about any questions or concerns that you may have during your oral examination. Good communication is important and always encouraged.