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Fluoride and Dental Health

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Friday, May 20, 2011
  • Fluoride is a compound formed by one or more atoms of fluorine, a water-soluble element (the 13th most common element in the earth’s crust).
  • Fluoride is a trace mineral found in most water supplies and almost all food.
  • Spokane, unlike most major metropolitan communities in the USA, has no fluoride in the water supply.
  • Fluoride is found naturally in tooth enamel and bone.
  • Fluoride may be used in two different ways:
  1. Systemically: Ingested into the system through food, water, or fluoride tablets.
  2. Topically: Added directly to teeth as gels, pastes, rinses, or in the diet.
  • Both systemic and topical fluoride help maintain strong teeth.

What our office wants is to achieve the optimum level of systemic and/or topical fluoride for the maximum reduction of tooth decay in all our dental patients.

Glossary of Useful Terms

  • Demineralization = process occurring in the mouth all the time, which dissolves or removes fluoride from teeth.  When occurring more profoundly than remineralization, the result is dental caries.
  • Dental Caries = tooth decay.  Possible causes of dental caries include:
    • Poor oral hygiene
    • Active decay in teeth
    • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
    • Eating disorders (i.e. bulimia, anorexia)
    • Lack of professional dental care
    • Rough filling or active orthodontics, making cleaning difficult, resulting in poor oral hygiene
    • High levels of caries causing bacteria, possibly due to (1) blood dyscrasias – abnormal conditions in the blood, (2) poor diet
    • Exposed root surface on teeth, which are more susceptible to dental decay
    • Exposure to head and neck radiation
    • Decreased salivary flow (dry mouth) due to medications or diseases (such as uncontrolled diabetes, Sjögren’s Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)

  • Plaque = bacteria.  Plaque is the sticky film produced (including bacteria) and the acid waste products from its activity.
  • Remineralization = process occurring in the mouth all the time, which adds minerals to the teeth.  When occurring more profoundly than demineralization, the beneficial result is strong teeth.

Happy Smiles,

Dr. James G. Hood

Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S.

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James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.

507 North Sullivan Road, Suite A-1

Spokane Valley, WA 99037-8576  USA

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Pentagon report: China extending military reach, Source: CNN

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pentagon report: China extending military reach

By Adam Levine, CNN
August 16, 2010 5:40 p.m. EDT

Washington (CNN) — The Chinese military continues to expand its reach and capabilities beyond its immediate geographical area, a new report from the U.S. Department of Defense concludes.

The report, an annual assessment sent to Congress, notes that some of those capabilities have been positive, like humanitarian and anti-piracy efforts, but others are meant to give China “extended-range power projection.”

While China’s continued effort to be able to sustain military operations far from its shore are concerning to the U.S. military, “China’s ability to sustain military power at a distance, today, remains limited,” the report says.

As in the past, the U.S. program to sell military equipment to Taiwan continues to create tension with China and has led to cessation at times of military relations between the two countries.

The assessment notes that China has the most active ballistic and cruise missile program in the world, including developing anti-missile technology. Also of concern are Chinese efforts to develop a long-range anti-ship ballistic missile with a reach of more than 900 miles, which would include areas in which the U.S. Navy is active. Such a measure would give the Chinese military “the capability to attack ships, including aircraft carriers, in the Western Pacific Ocean,” according to the report.

The Chinese could start building their first aircraft carrier this year, and China has started to train pilots to operate off such carriers. It already has a Russian carrier that it is refurbishing.

Its naval muscle is also being flexed with additional nuclear powered submarines, and it has nearly completed a navy base on Hainan Island, “with direct access to vital international sea lanes,” which will allow for “stealthy deployment of submarines,” the report says.

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