Drugs & Supplements Don’t Always Play Nice with Each Other

As we’ve mentioned before, it’s important to keep all your health care providers aware of all medicaments you regularly take – not just pharmaceutical drugs but also things like dietary supplements and herbs. There can be negative interactions among them. Keeping your dentist, physician and other providers informed goes a long way toward avoiding such […]

KTH Flashback: Patients, Doctors & the Elephant in the Room

Originally posted March 30, 2009 Over the years, our practice has become increasingly specialized. Of course we continue to provide general dental services, but a large portion of our practice is made up of people with chronic illnesses and dysfunction, who want to see what role their dental and oral conditions might be playing in […]

Depends on What You Mean by “Best”

5. The last place, they say, you want to be when you’re sick. Consider George Bush, Sr. – still in a Houston hospital after being admitted just before Thanksgiving for “mild bronchitis.” He’s since had, as they say, a “series of setbacks.” And although he was finally moved out of ICU earlier this week, the […]

NOT Thinking Differently

Of course, all those drugs cost a lot of money for consumers, while generating mega-profits for Big Pharma. They’re one reason why “health care” costs so much – and perhaps one reason why our lives are shorter than many of those who spend less. Between the cost of treatment and the tough economy, dependence on […]

Cashing In

So much more talk lately of “health care,” and so little of it about either health or care. Rather, the focus is money: Who pays how much? Who profits? And it underscores a profound tension: While health care providers – dentists included – dedicate themselves to their patients’ health needs, they’re also running businesses. There’s […]

Unhealthy Satisfaction

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: More medicine is not necessarily better medicine. It’s just more medicine – a point highlighted by a recent study on “patient satisfaction” in Archives of Internal Medicine: The authors – four family medicine doctors at UC Davis – suggest that in a healthcare marketplace in which […]

The Need for Clear, Honest Communication

Gosh (via the Hillsboro Argus): According to reports, 39-year-old Jeffrey Dean Pettijohn was arrested after he physically attacked a dentist he believed was being too rough with his pregnant girlfriend, who was having a tooth pulled. Police say Pettijohn became irate when his girlfriend Jennie Arnholz left the appointment just after noon and told him […]

Patients, Doctors and the Elephant in the Room: CAM Use

Over the years, our practice has become increasingly specialized. Of course we continue to provide general dental services, but a large portion of our practice is made up of people with chronic illnesses and dysfunction, who want to see what role their dental and oral conditions might be playing in their health. When we first […]

Dental Health as Preventive Medicine

As the economic outlook has grown bleaker, the more you’ve heard about people cutting back on health care. While this can seem logical in the short term, it can include the risk of aggravating current health problems or developing new ones. And without a doubt, treating these will be much more expensive in the long […]