Blogging and content marketing are growing in popularity among dentists and all service businesses. Showing thought leadership and an effort to educate others in dentistry sends signals that your firm is capable and confident. There are so many topics to tackle, too. Like new products, new techniques, classic techniques, technologies, and general musings.
We’ve listed the top 9 dentists blogs to follow in 2019. We selected these award-winners based on post content, frequency, interesting insights, social pages, and more!
We highly recommend you ready along and see how these dentists are using blogging to their advantage. Share, follow, and subscribe and enjoy the ride! These talented authors are on their way to dominating the space. Take some inspiration from what’s being done, and who knows, maybe you’ll win this award next year!
Top Dentist Blogs
Excerpt from “How do dentists recognize and remove tooth decay?“
Lately I have been teaching on Thursdays and Fridays at NYU’s school of dentistry. The students often ask for tips on how to recognize decay and how to tell when a tooth it is completely removed. The answer is not simple and not all dentists employ the same exact criteria. Decay is a process that affects dentin, in which both dentin is demineralized and invaded by bacteria. Decay can appear to be different colors depending on what it is stained by. Decay that has been present for a long while, say six months- years, usually has a orange or brownish appearance, some some decay can actually have a similar color to naturally occurring dentin. Often it is not fully visible when a dentist performs their clinical exam and it can be covered by healthy looking enamel. Even when it is visible on a tooth’s surface, often the decay visible is on the tip of a proverbial iceberg, and the amount of actual decay is much larger. When viewed on a radiograph interproximal decay can be seen as a darkening on the tooth since demineralized tooth looks darker on a radiograph than healthy dentin.
Excerpt from “What causes bad breath?“:
Dental issues. Bad breath can be caused by dental issues such as gum disease or cavities. Crowded teeth or ill-fitting dental appliances can also cause bad breath. See your dentist to rule out any oral care issues as a culprit.
Bacteria. Without proper brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist, bacteria is not being removed from your mouth. The build-up of this sticky bacteria can lead to bad breath. By following the ADA recommendation of brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and routine visits to the dentist, you can keep bacteria in check.
Dry mouth. Lack of saliva creates dry mouth, which may be a side effect of medications, smoking, or mouth breathing or it could be a symptom of an underlying health concern. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth for the best remedies for both dry mouth and resulting bad breath.
Disease. Sinus infections, tonsillitis, respiratory issues and even diabetes can result in bad breath. Your doctor may prescribe medication for these conditions which may make dry mouth, and resulting bad breath worse. Talk to your doctor if your side effects are problematic.
Excerpt from “Seniors And Gum Disease: What You Need To Know In 2019“:
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. As plaque builds up at the base of the tooth, it can begin to grow beneath the gum line. Over time, untreated gum disease can cause permanent damage to the gum tissue and may even result in tooth loss.
There are two primary types of gum disease. The first — gingivitis — is milder. You may have gingivitis without any discomfort or noticeable symptoms. This is why it’s important to see your dentist on a regular basis. Though you may not see the signs of gum disease, the professional providers in our network will. Periodontitis is a more severe form of gum disease that may develop when gingivitis goes untreated.
Excerpt from “Are your brushing habits harming your teeth and gums?“:
It’s a new year, which means it’s time to shed those bad habits that you may think are beneficial. If you want the cleanest mouth around, you can still right those wrong habits. To start, check out this list of common habits that might be causing harm to your teeth and gums.
Excerpt from “Sugar Bites: A Tool Educating Parents About Healthy Toddler Drinks“:
Although most parents realize that soda is not a healthy option for their kids many have no idea just how much sugar is in the beverages they serve to children. Sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugar in young children’s diets, in part because parents are influenced by confusing labels and the beverage industry’s misleading marketing tactics, including product placement and ads on children’s websites, social media, and video games. Families need information and enhanced awareness to avoid offering their children drinks with even more added sugar and calories than soda, such as juice, energy drinks, flavored milk, and sweetened waters and teas.
Excerpt from “Urging a holistic approach to oral health“:
CDHP submitted comments on the direction of the upcoming U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health. Upon announcing that oral health would once again be the focus of a Surgeon General’s Report, federal officials solicited public comments aimed at providing the report’s authors with a better understanding of the current oral health landscape. CDHP participated in an initial stakeholder listening session in November 2018 and provided in-person feedback. Our formal comments attempt to shed additional light on high-priority policy issues that are relevant to improving the oral health of children and families.
Excerpt from “Dental Visit vs. Dental Experience: There’s A Huge Difference“:
Dental professionals don’t just care about replacing crowns or the number of dental caries they fill in one day. Above everything else, they care about their patients. That’s why dentists and hygienists from every corner of the world are looking at treatment from a “What can I do to make my patients more comfortable?” perspective. And when I say “comfortable,” I don’t mean they’re adding 1,000 fill down pillows to their waiting rooms. I mean they’re actually investing in expensive technologies, such as dental lasers, that help create ideal environments for the patient who fears local anesthesia or the unfortunate sounds that creep out of exam rooms. Just thinking about both are enough to send someone running in the opposite direction of anyone with a bright smile and precision lenses around his or her neck.
Okay, back to the whole idea of defining “comfort.” Some dentists very well could be upping the atmosphere of their practice by providing patients with down pillows—maybe even blankets, too—while they wait for their turn in the chair. In that case, is it a practice or something else?
Excerpt from “New Law Aims to Broaden Dental Care Access“:
Last week, proposed legislation aimed at broadening access to dental care in the U.S. officially became law.
The Action for Dental Health Act of 2018 (Public Law No 115-302) was first introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives back in mid-2017 by representatives from both parties. The law gives the Department of Health and Human Services expanded power to award grants or enter into contracts with public officials and other stakeholders to improve oral health.
These grants are designed to spur investment in new technology and bring dental professionals to parts of the country that have limited access to dental care.
In a recent press release, Senator Tim Scott, who helped introduce the legislation, explained: “Dental health and oral care are important facets of overall health. The zip code you are born in shouldn’t affect your access to good care and education.”
In expanding access to dental care, the bill’s authors also hope to reduce the over-reliance on emergency room visits for dental treatment.
Excerpt from “Top Questions Parents Ask About Their Child’s Teeth“:
February is Children’s Dental Health Month. As a parent, your child’s health and protecting it are your #1 concern. Heath recommendations for children are constantly changing as new health studies and information become available, and it can be hard to stay on top of it all.
To help you out, we are answering some of the most-asked questions by parents about their children’s teeth and dental health.
Q: ARE HEALTHY BABY TEETH THAT IMPORTANT SINCE THEY WILL FALL OUT EVENTUALLY?
A: Baby teeth are small but important. Healthy teeth are necessary so your baby will have no problems chewing food and speaking clearly. Baby teeth also act as placeholders for adult teeth. If teeth are infected or lost too early, your child may develop poor eating habits, speech problems, or crooked teeth, along with a greatly increased chance of crooked permanent teeth. Also, bacteria can quickly move from one part of the mouth to another, resulting in infections and cavities in newly erupting adult teeth.
Not to be discounted are the emotional effects to your child of decayed and painful teeth. It can affect their social interactions and skills in a way that will negatively impact them throughout their life. Having a healthy smile is important no matter how old you are!