First Day of Summer and the Importance of Follow-up Dental Care

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hello and welcome to the first day of summer.  It has been long time coming.  This has been about the coldest spring on record here is Spokane, WA.  All the flowering plants are about 2 weeks late.  It has saved on air conditioning costs, and many people have yet to hook up their lawn sprinkling systems.  Seeds planted are coming in slowly.  Weeds are lush, green, and vigorous, with all the rain we’ve had.  Today, the weatherman predicts the temperature to be over 80oF.  If we hit that mark, this is the first day 80o or over for 2011!  Not a record most people would have chosen.

During this warmest of all seasons, don’t forget about dental maintenance appointments.  The most sought after 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. appointments are easier to find now that kids are out of school.

Today, I was talking to a lady and she said that her husband has an abscessed tooth, but it had emergency treatment a “while back.”  She said he needed to have the root canal finished, but it didn’t hurt so she couldn’t get him in to have it finished.

When we medicate an infected tooth, we rely on antibiotics to get rid of the infection so that we can then seal the tooth and complete the root canal.  Antibiotics, which became readily available in the mid 1940s, have been a godsend to medicine and dentistry.

Before 1900, what do you think the single most common reason for death in a hospital was?  Yes, that’s right, tooth infection.  Most people don’t realize how serious tooth infections can be, simply because we now have very effective antibiotics.

Today, we can effectively treat and save most infected teeth.  On the earlier example, however, teeth that are treated merely with antibiotics will improve in the short term, but left untreated, the infection will return with a vengeance.  And, usually, it will return when your system can least cope with fighting the infection (i.e. when you are sick, run down, over-worked, stressed, etc.).

So, the moral of the story is:  relax and enjoy the summer season, take care of yourself, and maintain your dental health.

Keep smiling!
Dr. James G. Hood

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James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.
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Spokane Valley, WA 99037-8576  USA
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