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May 24, 2016
by FVDC Office
Hello FVDCers!

Filling in for Dr. Pointner today! I was recently at a lecture and it was a great reminder on what to do after a tooth injury. The most common causes of tooth injury are slips and falls. Since the summer is such an active time, we could all use some useful tips concerning what to do if you bang you tooth!

 

If you or a family member sustains trauma to a tooth (or teeth, yikes!) it is important to get in to see us as soon as you can. Upon impact in an injury, teeth can become chipped, broken/fractured, cracked/split, become loose, or even experience avulsion--when a tooth comes completely out of the socket. In the case of an emergency where more than just the mouth is injured, seek prompt medical attention (ER), especially if there is uncontrolled bleeding, unconsciousness, or repeated vomiting. The sooner you can come in the more you can minimize your chances of long term damage. And remember, teeth injuries are managed differently based on if they are baby teeth or adult teeth.

 

Until you can be seen, there are few things you can do. Assess the damage and identify all affected areas of injury. Gently feel around to see how many teeth were affected, and check if the teeth are in place. If the teeth are in place, gently rinse/clean the area. If there is bleeding, cleanse the area and apply firm pressure for 15 min at a time to help the bleeding stop. Use an ice pack if there is swelling (10 min on and 10 off), and this will help diminish associated swelling. Warm salt-water rinses can be done to help keep the area clean.  Avoid eating on the injured area, and stick to a soft food diet. Take OTC pain medication, preferably Ibuprofen (as long as you aren’t taking anything that would react poorly to taking an NSAID and are not allergic) to help manage pain/toothache.

If an adult tooth has avulsed, a.k.a. has fallen out of the mouth. Locate the tooth, and hold the tooth by the crown of the tooth. This is the white part of the tooth. Avoid holding the tooth by the root (which is yellow in color). DO NOT RINSE tooth and avoid wiping off tooth. Replant tooth as soon as possible and hold in place by biting down. If you know for a fact the avulsed tooth is a baby tooth, you don't need to replant tooth.
If you are unable to re-position the tooth back in, store the tooth in one of the following liquids (in order of preference):

* Hanks Balanced Salt Solution, can order online from Save A Tooth (see link below)

*Saliva


*Saline


*Milk


If you are the on the way to see us, and you have no where else to store your tooth, you can store the tooth in your cheek, as long as you don’t swallow it! You can buy a Save-A-Tooth-Kit online, and it is an ideal storing medium for teeth that have avulsed and it gives us a much higher success rate for teeth that have been replanted.

One more big tip ... Always wear a mouth guard/sports guard when engaging in sports. If you don't already have one, let us know.  Have a great summer!

Saema Qadri DDS

Links for Reference
http://www.aapd.org/media/policies_guidelines/g_trauma.pdf
http://www.uptodate.com/contents/mouth-and-dental-injuries-in-children-beyond-the-basics
http://www.uptodate.com/contents/head-injury-in-children-and-adolescents-beyond-the-basics?source=see_link
http://saveatooth.com

Posted by FVDC Office on May 24, 2016 at 7:05 PM
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Dec 28, 2015
by FVDC Office

Merry Christmas everyone! Its the Monday after Christmas, and having some time to reflect on the Holidays, my dear brother reminded me of a great story that pretty much sums up what Christmas is about:

     "A wealthy man and his only son traveled the world together collecting priceless paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, and many other master artists. Tragically, the son died at war during a rescue mission. Distraught and lonely, the old man dreaded the upcoming Christmas day.
    Christmas morning, a young soldier knocked on his door and said, "I'm a friend of your son. I am one of the men he rescued." Then, the soldier presented a picture he had painted of the son. Though the picture lacked genius, the brokenhearted father saw the features of his precious son and immediately valued this painting above all the masterpieces in his home. Every day, the father gazed at the portrait and told his housekeeper of his great love for it.
     When the father died, the art world buzzed with excitement over the sale of his extraordinary art collection. The first item offered was the painting of the son, but no one in the self-important crowd would bid on the amateur portrait. The auctioneer insisted that the terms of the will required the portrait must be sold before any other paintings could be offered. Finally, the housekeeper, tears streaming down her cheeks, said to the auctioneer, "May I pay ten dollars for it? That is all the money I have. I knew the son, and I know how much the father treasured his portrait." The auctioneer said, "The bid is ten dollars. Going once, going twice, gone," and the gavel fell. The auctioneer then announced that the auction was over. "What do you mean?" said the stunned audience. "There must be hundreds of millions of dollars of art here." The auctioneer replied, "It is very simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes the son gets it all."

God's message to you is simple: "Whoever accepts My Son, gets it all -- all My mercy, grace, forgiveness, and eternal love." Do you know the Savior, and have you made Him Lord over every area of your life? No greater gift has ever been given than the one God gives to us through faith in His Son."

 Have a great New Year! Blessings!

 

 

Posted by FVDC Office on Dec 28, 2015 at 7:05 PM
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Nov 30, 2015
by FVDC Office
It is with great pleasure that we’d like to announce that Dr. Priyanka Jain has decided to join our practice, taking Dr. Cathy’s place after Cathy decided to work closer to home. Although Dr. Cathy’s departure will leave a void and we will always miss her, it's quite a relief to know that the person taking her position is similar in many ways.

After months of interviews, reading resumes, and fielding inquires about working for Fox Valley Dental Care from a multitude of sources, Dr. Jain quickly rose to the top of our list and thankfully has agreed to start seeing patients with us. She will be working Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7:00pm, gradually integrating with our treatment protocols. Her style of practice will fit right in. She is soft spoken, a good listener, gentle, and well trained in all aspects of dental care at the state-of-the-art Midwestern Dental School.

If you are a patient of Dr. Cathy’s, we thank you for your continued support and we just know that you’ll really enjoy meeting Dr. Jain. And if you are patient of Dr. Pointner or Dr. Qadri and you need to be seen at a time when they are booked already, we hope that you will give Dr. Jain a chance to earn your trust.

So let’s all give a warm welcome to Dr. Priyanka Jain DDS!!

Posted by FVDC Office on Nov 30, 2015 at 10:22 AM
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Aug 29, 2015
by FVDC Office

Howdy everyone! It is with a heavy heart that we are saying goodbye to Dr. Cathy this week after she has served our wonderful patients for these last several years. Dr. Cathy has decided to establish herself closer to home in anticipation of starting a family. Easily one of the best dentists I have ever worked with, we wish her well.

 Who will be taking her place you ask? Good question. Dr. Qadri will remain working at FVDC on Monday, Tuesday, and Saturdays as she has for the past two years and we have added appointment times on Thursday and Friday until we can find a suitable replacement for Dr. Cathy. But we don't want to just hire anyone and with associate dentists difficult to come by, I'll need to remind myself to wait patiently on the Lord. When the perfect dentist comes along, we'll know it. 

Its interesting when you wonder why it is difficult to find a new dentist. Years ago, there were three dental schools in Chicago alone, each graduating 125-150 students year after year. In the early 90's, two of them closed and the University of Illinois College of Dentistry reduced their enrollment to under 100. Why? Looking at our brothers and sisters in the legal profession, we saw an over abundance of attorneys... so much so that many new graduates were working crazy long hours for little pay because if they didn't, someone else would. In an effort to avoid saturating then devaluing the dental professional marketplace, enrollment was cut way back. But now, years later, we have been seeing that there are many older practices who's senior dentist is ready to retire, but no one there to make a purchase. It will help that Midwestern Dental School is now graduating young dentists, but again, finding a replacement for Dr. Cathy may take some time. Say a prayer for us, that we will be blessed with a great new dentist.

 That's all for now. Be back soon.....

Posted by FVDC Office on Aug 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM
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May 7, 2015
by FVDC Office
At a time and in an age where it seems that everything in health/dental care revolves around insurance, we try to be as insurance friendly as possible. It would be nice if everyone had the luxury of  not worrying about things like ‘participating providers” and “out-of-pocket expenses.” But the reality of it is that without help from our insurance plans, dentistry can be very expensive if you are in need of major work. Heck, even if you are not in need of major work.

In an effort to work with as many PPO’s as we can  as preferred providers, we try  to be active in seeking out those companies that our patients are covered by. We recently heard from a patient who asked us why we weren’t part of her PPO. It was a good question. So we contacted Principal for more information about the possibility of partnering with them. Three short months later, I’m happy to announce that we are now officially participating/preferred providers with Principal PPO.  If you have Principal, know that our relationship now with them will allow you to enjoy maximum benefits from your insurance plan. Should you work with someone who is looking for a dental office that takes your insurance, please send them our way.

If you ask we’ll listen. We might now always be able to accommodate all requests, but rest assured, we have your best interest in mind.

Talk to you soon... (I really need to update this blog more than every 5 MONTHS!)

Posted by FVDC Office on May 7, 2015 at 7:06 PM
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Dec 29, 2014
by FVDC Office
Long time, no blog! Where does the time go… First I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope that 2015 will bring you peace, health, and joy. And I'd also like to thank all of our patients for their loyalty and business this past year. Its been a good year in many ways but also a challenging one. Its been a year that has asked us to maintain the proper perspective. I was reminded of this just this past week.
I've been working with a patient on an extended treatment plan for a while and we got down to what we had hoped would be the final "we're-finally-done" appointment. But as we went to deliver the case, it just didn't look as nice as it needed to. The patient was so gracious, but I was very much disappointed. Maybe if I were a better dentist, we might have been done by now. Maybe I if had a better lab, the case might have looked better. Maybe if the patient had not waited so long for treatment, his case might not have been so complicated. How easy it is to place blame. He was my last patient before lunch, and I stewed about it all afternoon and although we weren't dealing with a pain issue or an infection, I had really hoped to finish him off before Christmas. My last patient of the day was coming in for a routine check up and cleaning. I hadn't seen her for a while and I come to find out that her husband had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and the prognosis was bleak. Wow. It really hit me how although my problems are real to me, in the big picture, being upset about a case that didn't finish up right away is nothing compared to dealing with issues like cancer, divorce, foreclosure… things that good people are suffering through right now. Whatever you are going through, someone always has it worse. I need to remind myself just how blessed I am to have the problems that I do.
Life can really hit you in the face. Its especially hard around the Holidays… a time when you are "supposed" to be happy. For many people, this time of year can be very difficult as it only seems to remind us of what trials we are going through, what dreams we've had to let go of, and what we've lost along the way. We are bombarded with books, councilors, and so called experts that tells us what will make everything ok. If you just follow this diet, you look and feel great. If you just invest in this, you'll be rich. If you do these things, you're marriage won't have any more problems. If you spend this much time thinking about this set of idea's, all your stress and anxiety will go away. If only all those things were true. I like how Jesus put it when He said that in this life we will have troubles. He didn't try to sugar coat the human experience and tell us that everything will go our way. He told it like it is. Its like what my grandfather always told me. "Tommy Boy, if you like solving problems, you'll be happy your whole life."
So if you've had a blah kind of Christmas, don't worry you're not alone. But take heart. There is reason to celebrate. We are not abandoned. We don't have to rely on our own strength to make it past our struggles. There is hope for the future. God is with us. Emmanuel. Happy Birthday Jesus.
Until next time...

Posted by FVDC Office on Dec 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM
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May 10, 2014
by FVDC Office

Howdy Gang,

Last month we purchased a new x-ray imaging system that will now allow us to take all kinds of x-rays and not have to put the x-ray sensor (or film before the days of digital x-rays) in your mouth. Gone are the days of struggling to take an x-ray on a patient with a big gag reflex. Gone are the days of having the sharp edges of an x-ray dig into the roof or floor of the patients mouth. Gone are the days of worrying about excess radiation exposure. 

Like the panoramic x-rays that some of us remember our orthodontist taking when we were young(er), our new Pro-Max machine is a stand up imager that rotates around your head to take the picture. The x-ray "film" is outside of your mouth so these x-rays are very comfortable and very easy to use on patients of all ages. Keeping the small x-ray tab out of your mouth means that patients that tend to gag will now have a much more pleasant experience having x-rays taken. Patients that have a small mouth or very sensitive tissues will also like not having the x-rays pushing on those sensitive spots. And one of the best reasons that we love our Pro-Max is that the radiation levels that our patients are exposed to are extremely low. By comparison, you get 8 times as much radiation taking a flight from New York To LA, 16 times as much radiation smoking 1 and a half packs of cigarettes, 20 times as much radiation taking one chest x-ray, 60 times as much radiation taking a mammogram, and 2800 times as much radiation from an abdominal CT scan than you do from our new machine.

Lastly, the images that we do get are very high in diagnostic quality. We are now able to view problems that we might have previously missed. We have always had a philosophy of early detection and early treatment and this machine allows us to do just that. I have had several patients ask if they could update their current x-rays using the Pro-Max to be sure that everything is ok. Unfortunately, most insurance companies have limits on how often certain x-rays can be taken and still be covered under the patients plan. Our offer.... if you would like us to take a Pro-Max image of your mouth but your insurance won't cover it due to a frequency limitation, we will take a new x-ray for only $40 (normal fee is $100). Please let us know if you would like to take us up on our offer. Just mention our Pro-Max blog deal and we'll take care of you.

 Hope everything is going well for all of you faithful dental bloggers our there. See you soon!

Posted by FVDC Office on May 10, 2014 at 10:33 AM
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Feb 11, 2014
by FVDC Office
If you have been a patient here at Fox Valley Dental Care for a while, you may have noticed that recently we have been wearing these strange, very blue, exam gloves. And while they may look like something that we would be wearing if we were cleaning the kitchen sink, I can assure you there is a reason for our odd choice of hand wear.

Did you know that 1% of the population is allergic to latex? Latex is derived from the milky sap of the rubber tree and used extensively in the production of medical and dental products including examination gloves. Up to 15% healthcare workers are or become allergic to latex. There are three types of latex allergies that vary in terms of severity.

The most serious reaction is called an IgE mediated Type 1 reaction. This systemic reaction can cause hives, angioedema (swelling), rhinitis (inflammation of the tissues inside the nose), asthma, and/or the potentially life threatening anaphylaxis. Prompt medical treatment is essential.

The second and non-life threatening allergic reaction would be a cell mediated Type IV contact dermatitis. This is usually limited to where the skin contact occurred and can result in skin irritation, redness, blistering, and rash.

The last reaction that we see is not a true allergy but an irritant dermatitis. Constant washing of the hands, gloves on and off... your hands can get irritated, dry, and itchy. Annoying but no big deal.

In the past, when a patient with a known latex allergy would come in, we would switch to non-latex gloves. But what of the patient with an allergy that has yet to be diagnosed or recognized as such? We want to protect everyone, not just those who know about their condition, thus we have switched to using non-latex gloves exclusively.

So at your next appointment, if you see us wearing our “new blues” its not because we were just cleaning the bathroom. Its because we want to create the safest dental work environment for everyone that we can.

If any of you has a suggestion, comment, question, or an idea about a topic that you would like me to address on our blog, please don’t hesitate to contact me: tom@fvdc.com. Until next time...

Posted by FVDC Office on Feb 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM
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Dec 9, 2013
by FVDC Office
Hello everyone. I hope that your Thanksgiving was fun and meaningful. We are in full holiday mode here at the office, getting all the decorations up, trying to squeeze in all the patients who want to use up their left over insurance money, and enjoying the Christmas songs that we get to play for about a month each year.

I was asked if I was afraid that some folks might be offended by the Christmas music that we play. I don’t hide that fact that I am a follower of Christ and how I run my office is no exception. But I also want to be sensitive to those of other faiths or to those without any religious affiliation. Here is my take.

What do we do every Jan 21st? We celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. What do we do every Feb 18th? We celebrate the birth of George Washington. These are two great and influential men whose birthdays provide us with a day to remember them and their contributions to our society, our culture, and what it means to live a life that made a difference for the better. As a Christian, Christmas means the coming of the Savior and so much more. But at its most basic level, Christmas simply commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. And birthdays are a cause for celebration. There are conflicting opinions of who He was and what His life meant, but I would hope that simply acknowledging the birth of the most important, influential, and controversial person to ever live would be no different than celebrating the birth of King or Washington.

Some question if He ever even lived at all. Why celebrate a fictitious birthday?

Unless you simply choose to ignore the pages of history, it is extremely difficult to argue that Jesus never existed. There is just too much historical and literary evidence demonstrating that Jesus really did walk this earth, live a sinless life, and die on a Roman cross. NOT counting the Bible, there are actually more literary references to His life than there are for Tiberius Caesar. If we then include the pages of Scripture, there are almost 5 times as many ancient writings about Jesus Christ than for the Roman Emperor. To doubt His existence, is to doubt history (a great reference summarizing all the evidence can be found in a book by Dr. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek entitled “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist”). The evidence is pretty convincing. Jesus was “in the building.”

Most world religions see Jesus in a positive way. Both the Quran and Jewish texts, at the very least, view Jesus as a good man, a wise teacher, and someone worthy of respect. And while our Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and other non-Christian brothers and sisters might not profess faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior who gave Himself in payment for our wrongs so that we may be right with God, that doesn’t mean that it's inappropriate to celebrate His birthday. Celebrating Christmas doesn’t make you a Christian. Celebrating Christmas doesn’t mean that you have claimed Christ as your Savior. So if all you do on Christmas is to acknowledge the birth of Jesus, that’s ok. It's ok to say Merry Christmas. It's ok to call it a Christmas Tree. And after all, it's a birthday and unless we are talking about remembering the birth of a bad person (and we’re not), birthdays are reasons to celebrate.

I realize that a dental blog should focus on dentistry, so I apologize for not mentioning teeth (easy on the candy canes and in a pinch, tinsel can be used as floss :-) ). But for a Christian, Christmas (like Jesus Himself) brings hope, peace, meaning, encouragement, reason, strength, and salvation. I would hope that such things would not be considered offensive. No offense is intended. And if there is something (or someone) that brings people happiness and enrichment, that is reason enough to celebrate, even if you are not one of them. I wish everyone, whether you are a Christ follower or not, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2014.

Peace.

Posted by FVDC Office on Dec 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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Sep 23, 2013
by FVDC Office

Well, its been three weeks now that our new dentist, Dr. Saema Qadri DDS, has been with us. I have several thank you's that I need to mention.

First off, thank you Saema for choosing Fox Valley Dental Care as the practice that you wanted to work with. You have been a breath of fresh air as you bring a brightness to the office with a smile and a willingness to treat our patients with such tenderness and care. Starting your career right out of dental school can be a challenge, yet you have handled yourself exceedingly well. Welcome to our practice. 

And second, I'd like to thank the patients of Fox Valley Dental Care who have been seen by Dr. Qadri. Thank you for your willingness to give "the new kid on the block" a chance to put to good use all those skills that have taken years to develop. As Dr. Qadri is settling into her role her, she has been so busy asking questions, learning about the particular materials and techniques that we implement that might be different than the has become accustomed to at the dental school. She has been like a sponge, soaking up information and putting into practice as much as I can teach her. As a dentist that has been practicing in Elgin for over 21 years now, I may know more, but from a skill set standpoint, she will quickly pass me up, as Dr. Cathy (our other associate dentist) has already done.

We look forward to a long and fruitful run, treating the wonderful families that we have the privilege of seeing throughout the year. See you next time! Blessings!

 

Posted by FVDC Office on Sep 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM
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