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Dentists Are Prescribing Far Too Many Antibiotics

The B.C. Dental Association says increasingly complex work could be why antibiotics are overprescribed While antibiotic prescribing by doctors is dropping, the opposite is true in the field of dentistry. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says dentists are prescribing too many antibiotics — and it wants patients to help solve that problem. A new poster campaign launched  by the BCCDC and the B.C. Dental Association is asking people to consider how they use antibiotics. The posters, posted prominently on SkyTrains, picture the open mouth of a dental patient with the caption, “Just say ‘nahhh’ to antibiotics.” “Whether your patient leaves your office pissed off or happy with your decision not to prescribe, that’s going to affect your likelihood to do that again,” David Patrick, the centre’s medical epidemiologist and lead for antimicrobial resistance, told On The Coast host Gloria Macarenko. “That’s very clear in all the behavioural literature.” Posters similar to this are being run on SkyTrains in Vancouver and other locations. ( That, Patrick says, is why patients need to be part of the effort, even though it is the dentist who writes the prescription. Lower costs, fewer infections Concerns that overprescribing antibiotics is leading to drug resistant infections are not new. Reducing […]

How to Beat Your “Dentaphobia”

A phobia is an extreme and possibly unreasonable fear. And according to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 9.1 percent of U.S. adults experience specific phobias that impact their lives. Maybe it’s a fear of flying or a type of social anxiety. Maybe you have a form of claustrophobia that prevents you from using an elevator. Or how about a fear of going to the dentist? More people than you might think experience an intense fear of the tooth doctor. Here’s how it affects their lives — and what they can do to manage the condition. WHAT IS DENTOPHOBIA? Dentophobia is exaggerated fear or anxiety about going to the dentist. Roughly 9 percent to 15 percent of Americans avoid seeing a dentist because of this phobia, according to Cleveland Clinic. And others might need to practice coping methods to make it through their dental appointments. Some people with this fear might have had a past experience that triggered it, while others can’t pinpoint when exactly it started. “People with dental phobia have an awareness that the fear is totally irrational but are unable to do much to change it,” Cleveland Clinic says. COMMON SYMPTOMS A woman is afraid during […]

It’s Time to Bust Some More Root Canal Myths!

At York Hill Endodontics, we enjoy nothing more than debunking a few Root Canal myths! Myth#1 Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is painful RCT does not cause pain, instead it relieves it. Stress about getting a RCT done causes more pain than the treatment itself. The toothache is normally caused by damaged tissues and infection in the tooth. The process involves administration of proper anaesthesia before commencement of RCT. The damaged tissues and infection are removed leading to relief from pain. Make sure you are comfortable during the treatment. Still if you feel any discomfort, ask your dentist for additional anesthesia. Myth#2 RCT causes illness/heart disease There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body. A root canal is a completely safe and an effective procedure. RCT also known as endodontic treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal preventing reinfection of the tooth and saving the natural tooth. Myth#3 Tooth removal is better than RCT RCT and tooth removal are two different procedures. RCT saves your natural tooth but in extraction, your natural tooth is pulled out. Depending on the level of infection and tooth structure loss, your dentist will […]

Advanced Technology in Root Canal Treatment

Do you know the hard surface of our teeth is meant to protect the roots of our teeth? Underneath our teeth enamel are miniscule passages called canals, which hold blood vessels and nerves. In endodontics we treat these sensitive tissues of the teeth also known as the pulp in case of inflammation and pain arising due to potential infection in the tooth’s pulp. This treatment is popularly known as Root Canal Therapy (RCT) often required when the tooth’s pulp gets infected. Usually this can happen due to injury to the teeth or an unnoticed dental decay and the procedure involves making a small opening on the affected tooth, cleaning and sterilising the infected tissue, sealing it with sterile biocompatible filler, and closing the tooth to avoid the possibility of re-infection. Tooth preservation is the cornerstone of endodontic dentistry and endodontists will try give their best effort in trying to save a natural and this is where microscopic endodontics comes into real play. Traditionally an endodontist would take an x-ray of the problematic tooth to access the extent of infection in the dental pulp to chalk the treatment plan. This would then be followed by cleaning out of the infected tissue […]

All jokes aside, a root canal is not awful and is better than getting abducted by aliens

You’ve heard the jokes for years such as, “I’d rather be abducted by aliens than have a root canal.” Dentists across America want to debunk this myth of excruciating root canal pain once and for all. Technology has made the root canal process a straightforward procedure to more easily relieve pain and most importantly, save your teeth and smile. Millions of teeth are treated and preserved each year thanks to a root canal. “Root canal” is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of a tooth. The pulp, also known as the pulp chamber, is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth’s nerve sits in that canal. So when that area is damaged or infected and you feel pain, it’s time to call the dentist. In extreme cases the infection becomes abscessed. When this happens the canal actually fills with pus and there’s the danger of the infection spreading to the rest of the body. It can also lead to massive swelling called Cellulitis, an infection that travels under deep layers of skin near the tooth. It is treated with antibiotics but can lead to hospitalization if not caught soon enough. That’s why it’s […]