How’s your flossing technique?

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I remember the first time I learned how to floss properly. It was while working as an associate many years ago in Southampton with Dr. Norman Schenk, one of my early mentors. He was a great man. Kind to everyone, even under the most trying of circumstances. It was embarrassing because I had already been out of dental school for two years and didn’t know the correct flossing technique. In my defense however, I was never taught how to floss correctly, not even in dental school!

My philosophy today on flossing is really quite simple: You don’t have to floss everyday…only the days you eat! And you don’t have to floss all your teeth…only the ones you want to keep. Don’t waste your time with the rest!

If you’re not sure about what you are doing then please ask us. After all, you know we give “homework” here and we expect you to do it, and properly. So, if you haven’t been shown how, then shame on us. Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or the office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA, today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

 

Mobs, saints and dentistry – dentistry’s patron saint

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As we think of those who have fought for our cause this Memorial Day weekend, I thought you might be interested to learn that dentistry has a patron saint. Few are aware of this fact today, but in fact, St. Apollonia is the Patron Saint of Dentistry and the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of St. Apollonia every year on February 9th. Legend has it that during the Alexandria uprising of 248, and angered by the prophecy of an impending calamity, mobs committed bloody atrocities on Christians whom they blamed for such catastrophes.

Apollonia, an esteemed Christian deaconess at the time, was seized and tortured, having all of her teeth broken or forcibly removed. Gaining a brief moment of freedom, she willingly threw herself into a raging fire to die a martyr rather than commit a blasphemy against Christ.

The legend was thus born and Apollonia became the Patron Saint of Dentistry. The faithful prayed to her for centuries, long before the advent of modern dentistry, to relieve them of toothache pain.

So now you know. Next time you visit with us, don’t feel shy about saying a prayer to this brave woman. Maybe her sacrifice can help you endure your next dental appointment! Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have or contact Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

 

Safe dental restoration materials – What’s in Your Mouth?

Dental Restorations Fabricated in the U.S.

Most people assume that whatever a dentist places in their mouth, i.e. crowns, filling materials, dentures, etc. are safe. But how do you know? Many of the products we use in daily life come from abroad and many dentists, in an effort to cut costs, are sending dental work offshore.

Today it is estimated that 15% of all dental materials are either counterfeit or “gray market” materials. In addition, approximately 25% of domestic dental laboratory sales and 38% of actual restorations are manufactured overseas.

Why does this matter? Because only restorations that are fabricated in the United States can be guaranteed to be made with materials that are FDA approved and made in an environment that conforms to ISO 9001 – an internationally recognized sign of quality.

I guarantee that we use only premium FDA approved materials and only use dental laboratories In the United States. The next time you are in the office don’t be shy about asking us for details about your dental restorations. You deserve it!

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have or contact Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

 

Mouth Guards Part 2 – It’s Not Just About Dental Injuries!

Custom laminated mouth guard for student athletes

Recently I wrote a blog on mouth guards as they relate to preventing dental injuries in young athletes, and cheerleaders in particular. But there is another and possibly more compelling reason to make sure that any athlete is wearing a properly fitted mouth guard.

A study on the role of mouth guards in reducing the incidence of mild traumatic brain injury/concussion injuries (MTBI) in high school football players appeared recently in the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry. The study involved six high school football teams totaling 412 players over a single season. The players were divided into 2 groups: those that wore over-the-counter (OTC) mouth guards and those that wore custom fabricated pressure laminated (LM) mouth guards. There were 24 mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions) recorded during the season. The conclusion: Wearing a properly fitted custom-made laminated mouth guard was statistically significant in reducing the incidence of MTBI/concussion injuries when compared to OTC mouth guards.

If anyone in your family is involved in contact sports please have them call our office for a custom-made mouth guard. It’s not just about dental injuries! We are so committed to protecting our student athletes that we are offering a program for any high school or college student who participates in organized sports and is a patient with Dr. Larry Stone, having annual cleanings, x-rays and exams, is eligible for a FREE protective mouth guard to protect his or her teeth.

Be sure to ask us at your next visit about this important program for your children. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have or contact Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

Oral cancer – Why 3 is 3 Too Many

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Three. That’s the number of patients I have known in my career that I have helped to diagnose with oral cancer. Doesn’t seem like a lot but believe me, you wouldn’t want to be one of them!

Consider the facts:

  • The five-year survival rate for oral cancer is only 50% and that hasn’t changed in decades. Why? Because 63% of oral cancers are diagnosed in late stages. Treatment of late stage cancers is difficult, often involving surgeries like resection  (removal) of part of the jaw bone and radiation which can lead to loss of taste, dry mouth, tooth decay and loss of teeth.
  • It is also important to note that the number of oral cancers has increased while the prevalence of all other cancers has declined.
  • 40% of new cancers are in young non-smokers, primarily 20-30 year old patients, with the prevalence favoring men 2:1.
  • 40,000 new cases of oral cancer are being diagnosed every year, primarily due to HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) infections.
  • HPV related oral cancers are 6-7 times more common in men than women.

If this isn’t a good reason to be faithful to those dental check-ups I don’t know what is. It’s not just about cavities anymore! You may have also noticed that we are also using a new laser-based cancer detecting technology called Oral-ID in the office. Make sure you ask for it at your next visit.

And be sure to visit me for a FREE Oral Cancer Exam:
Wednesday May 21, 2014
Warrington Shop-Rite
11 am – 1 pm

I will be providing these free exams on behalf of the Doylestown Hospital Community Outreach Program.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have or contact Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

Do Dental Services Come With a Warranty?

You may be surprised…most of ours do.

Warranty Brochure for Laurence H. Stone DDS

Occasionally people ask me half-jokingly if I offer a warranty on the dental work we perform. Obviously they weren’t aware that I actually do offer a limited warranty on all dental services we provide. After all…why wouldn’t I?

You deserve it and I’m proud of the work my staff and I do. We use first class dental labs and superior materials. My staff is well trained and has to endure the daily rigors of working for me. (Not in itself any easy task – just ask them!) We are continually striving to provide the best dental care available by attending regular continuing education programs and keeping abreast of the latest that modern technology offers.

Most of our services are guaranteed for 3 to 5 years depending on what was done. The only requirement we have to maintain these warranties is that you keep your regularly scheduled maintenance visits. For all the specifics on our warranty policy just ask for a copy of our warranty brochure the next time you are in the office or call and we will be happy to send one to you.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have or contact Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!