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To Tell The Tooth...

Dr. Pietrini writes a monthly column for Fra Noi, an Italian newspaper. This month's article is featured below. Click here to view articles by category

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth By Dr. Dennis R. Pietrini

As a child growing up in post-World War II, America, one of my earliest memories of Christmas was listening to a song by Spike Jones and His City Slickers—All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth (1948). Since starting my private dental practice in 1972, I have treated as many as five generations of patients in some families. Recently, a darling seven-year-old girl presented with her two front teeth missing. It seems as though it was just yesterday that her mother was a little girl with her front teeth missing.

When I examined the seven-year-old, I found that she had several cavities in her primary (baby) molars. Due to the extent of the decay, I had to give her a local anesthetic to perform the required treatment. As the numb feeling began to take effect, she quipped, “My tongue feels wavy like a camel’s back.” She was very co-operative and allowed me to complete the treatment necessary to retain these teeth. For future function and development a child should not loose the primary teeth prematurely.

In the last sixty years, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of decayed, missing and filled (DMF) teeth in American children. The main reason for this improvement has been the addition of fluoride to drinking water, toothpaste and mouth rinses as well as fluoride applications in dental offices. In the October 24, 2005 issue of Time magazine, an article discussed the ongoing debate about fluoridating communal drinking water.

In the past, I have avoided editorializing in this column; however, I feel in this case I must express my opinion. As stated in the Time article, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers the addition of fluoride in the drinking water to be “one of the 10 great public-health achievements of the 20th century.” To quote the CDC’s director of oral health, William Maas, “A community can save about $38 in dental-treatment costs for every $1 invested in fluoridation.” Nearly every major medical/dental organization or institution endorses the use of fluoride, yet there are several antifluoridation groups voicing their opposition. In a future article, I will discuss why I believe that these groups are very misguided.


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Laser Techniques

Look Ma, No Cavities

Nothin' Against You Doc, But I Hate Dentists

Light Up Your Life

The Popcorn Filling          

Cosmetic Services

The White Stuff

Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!

Surgical Services

Oral Cancer

A Little Long In The Tooth

The Jewel Of Denial

Air Abrasion

Just Drill It

Gum Disease

The Barnacle
A Very Sticky Situation
Break A Leg

Root Canal Treatment

Marathon Man

Fillings & Crown/Bridge

Don't Throw The Baby Out With The Bathwater

Like A Shiny New Penny

Getting The Seal Of Approval

Full & Partial Dentures

George Washington's Wooden Teeth

A Partial Solution

A More Complete Solution

Implants

You Must Have A Screw Loose In Your Head

 

Nitrous Oxide & Local Anesthetic

You Must Have A Hole In Your Head

POW, Right In The Kisser

Take Two Aspirin And Call Me In The Morning

Other Dental Services

Getting Your ZZZZ's

Grinding It Out

Hi Ho Silver

Watch For The Bump In The Road

A Little Young To Be Hitting The Bottle

Are You Too Sensitive?

The Tooth Fairy

Technology That Would Amaze da Vinci

The Wisdom Of It All

Dentistry And Sea Hunt

Dental Insurance - At Best A Limited Fringe Benefit

No Easy Way Out

Here Comes The Judge

Women's Oral Health (Part I)

Women's Oral Health (Part II)

Mandatory Back-To-School Dental Exams

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

Medical History

The Romantic Type

Where There Is Smoke, There Is Fire

Sometimes Less is More

Dental Myths And Wives Tales

Getting The General Idea

A Joint Venture

When A Toothache Becomes A Headache

Adverse Drug Reactions

Your Heart In Your Mouth

 

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