Fear of Routine Dental X-rays

The NZ Herald published an article this week questioning the need for dental X-rays, implying that dentists take X-rays at an examination to find work to do to make more money (logic?), and linking them with meningioma. This followed a New York Times article reacting to a study published in the American Cancer Society Journal. This study was quite flawed in design and outcomes, according to an ADA review and [Continue Reading…]

Teeth Cleaning – Dentist or Hygienist?

A few years ago a dental patient would attend for a check-up and the dentist might do a bit of a scrape and sometimes polish the teeth. The whole thing took about 5 minutes and was cheap. Now you have your check-up and the dentist says: “you have gingivitis and you should see my hygienist”. What’s changed? Well, for a start, 10-20 years ago people didn’t expect their teeth to last forever, [Continue Reading…]