George Thorogood asked, “Who Do You Love?” We ask, “Who Do You Trust?”

September 11th, 2017

Are there people you trust more than others?

According to pollsters in England, people are more willing to tell the truth to their hairdresser than to their clergy! Maybe that’s because your clergy-person can’t give you a bad haircut!

Recently the Gallup Organization wanted to find out what the least and most trusted professions in America are. What’s your guess?

No surprise – members of Congress and car salespeople were at the bottom of the heap when it comes to trust! You just have to listen to the news for a few minutes to start having a finer appreciation for those you can trust.

But here at Dillon Family Dentistry, we are proud to say that the top five trusted professions are nurses, pharmacists, physicians, engineers, and…….dentists!!

So are we trying to brag? Maybe a little bit! But the point is – we know dentistry can be confusing. I remember the first time I was buying a life insurance policy that no matter how simply the agent was explaining terms like, “whole, term, annuities, dividends” and other phrases that felt like they should make sense to me I just couldn’t grasp the concepts fully. I was largely left to trust the agent and the product he was recommending. We appreciate that our patients are sometimes in the same situation, so we take the time to explain things simply and thoroughly and exhaust all of our patient’s questions, because that’s what we would want for ourselves.

Dr. Dillon and our talented team have gone through years of rigorous and difficult training in order to provide you with the highest level of dental care and communication, and we are constantly continuing our training to treat you even better. We strive to offer the most conservative comprehensive treatment recommendations and then listen to your thoughts and concerns to help us come to the right plan for you and your teeth!

But most of all, we appreciate that when you come to our practice; you have faith in us and put your dental health and comfort in our hands. That is a responsibility we take very seriously. You can be sure that we will treat you just as we would treat any of our loved ones or members of our family – with the utmost level of care.

If you, or someone you know isn’t really sure that they are getting the level of care they deserve, whether it be being over-treated or not paying close enough personal attention to them please give us a call today at 610-525-5497. We are here for you!!!

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Earth, Wind and Fire and the Dentist!

August 10th, 2017

We are going through another season of natural disasters. Wild fires are breaking out and storms are causing floods and wind damage all over the country.
Fortunately, we have people and organizations to save us in all of those cases and we are very appreciative of their service, especially since many of the people involved are truly putting their lives on the line.
They say, “A friend in need is a friend, indeed!”
We’d be happy to be friends for those with needs.
If you know of anyone with a toothache, broken tooth or any emergent dental needs, we’re here for you. Especially in the summertime when many Bryn Mawr and Main Line dentists go down to the shore, their offices are closed and people don’t know where to turn for help. We can help.
If they call during the daytime in all likelihood Joanne will ask, “How soon can you be here?”
This is comforting music to the ears of someone in pain.
If they call in the evening or on the weekend I will answer the phone and help get them taken care of as soon as possible.
Not only is this good for the patient, but our personal attention makes you look like a STAR, which you are, of course…
We’ve always viewed dental emergency patients as one of the most important services we can offer to our patients and the community!
Please have them call Dillon Family Dentistry at 610-525-5497 and help is on the way.

(Earth, Wind and Fire was one of my favorite concerts, so it was nice to give them some exposure here)

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How would you like to have your dentist put you to sleep every night?

July 18th, 2017

More and more people are doing just that, and it’s GREAT!
Of course we are talking about oral appliances that help mitigate snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
About 22 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea. It is amazing how prevalent it has become.
I believe part of the reason that there is more talk about it is that the treatments for are getting better and better. Several years ago, one of the only forms of treatment was the CPAP machine, a giant mask that would noisily force air down the throat of the user.
Well good news– those devices have gotten smaller and quieter over the past few years, but many just couldn’t tolerate them.
Enter: The dentist to the rescue! That’s right…ME!
Your dentist has the most widely accepted treatment for sleep apnea ever offered. It is a simple device that is basically two mouth guards with a strap between them that pulls your lower jaw forward which keeps the airway in the back of your mouth open.
You can feel the effect of this when you tilt your head back, which might cause you to experience a little closing of your airway. Now, if you simply open your mouth a bit and get you bottom front teeth in front of your top front teeth you will feel that the airway is wide open. It is almost impossible to feel it obstructed at all in this position.
You can imagine how compliance is much higher with the mouth guards than the CPAP masks.
Many of the snorers you have come to love (sarcasm) also are being tormented by sleep apnea. They might be tired and grumpy during the day. Falling asleep while driving in the afternoon. They could be having issues with high blood pressure, weight gain, A-Fib or other heart problems. The device works beautifully for snoring as well as mitigating their sleep apnea.
So, not only can we help people with sleep apnea sleep better, but also the people that have had to deal with the snoring and the sound of the CPAP machines.
Please feel free to call us at 610-525-5497 if you or anyone you know would like to know more about how we can help the whole fam damily sleep better, feel more rested and have a happier, healthier life.

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Best query in a long time

July 14th, 2017

I was reading an article in the ADA Newsletter and felt some of the points were too good not to share.
The author. Mark Bronson, DDS, started with this great query?
Isn’t it funny that patients ask their dentist all of the time about the best toothbrushes, best toothpastes, rinses and flosses. Some will ask about foods and drinks that are good and bad for their teeth. But even here in my Bryn Mawr dental office I have never had a patient start a dialogue about the greatest dental healthcare initiative in history. One that the CDC called one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th Century.
You might have figures out that I’m talking about fluoridation of municipal water supplies.
I would call Dr. Bronson’s claim of at least a 25% reduction in decay in children and adults VERY conservative. Statics show the DMF (decayed, missing and filled) rates of teeth dramatically falling upon the initiation of municipal fluoridation over 70 years ago. The results have been incredible. Much more so that you will ever find from a fancy electric, sonic, oscillating, vibrating rota-brush-thinga-ma-bob. The trend continued until about 5 years ago when the combination of municipalities discontinuing fluoridation and people drinking more and more filtered water.
People’s main concern about public fluoridation are based around fluorosis and other diseases.
Fluorosis is a condition that afflicts people that are exposed to high amounts of fluoride in the water. It causes rock-hard teeth that can be disfigured and discolored. It has never been shown to be a problem in areas where the water is fluoridated at levels suggested for municipal supplies. The studies referencing fluorosis are either based on areas that naturally have levels exceeding the .7mg/l, or are areas where industrial waste has caused water supplies to have insanely high levels of fluoride in the water. This last situation is why the UN identified Fluoride as a neuro-toxin when ingested in these areas, NOT levels anything close to the .7mg/l recommended.
Please feel free to contact me at my Bryn Mawr Dental office at 610-525-5497 or email me if you have any questions about fluoride and it’s safety. The safety of municipal water fluoridation is one area that the dental community is in complete agreement as well as the overwhelming majority of the scientific community.
Yours in health,

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Computerized teeth are here to save the day!!!

May 3rd, 2017

Teeth in a day.
Right here in Bryn Mawr.
We’ve been doing this for years now, but it just keeps getting better.
Last week I went to a continued education event and was hearing about the way that digital dentistry is making this easier, faster and better for dentists and patients.

With computer imaging and CAD CAM processing we are making the process more precise and it is making the whole experience more streamlined.
A big part of the process is having a 3-D X-Ray, called a CBCT. This allows the surgeon and the lab know exactly where the bone is and they can determine the most ideal number and sites for the dental implants.
If someone has teeth and needs them all extracted the surgeon takes out the teeth, places the implants and we attach their new teeth all that day. They are never without teeth. As a matter of fact most patients look better and chew more confidently just days after the procedure than they have in years. It’s truly amazing.
The pieces we have are much smaller than dentures so the patient can taste and feel the texture of the food much better.
After everything has healed in a few months we can change the transition piece into the permanent one, known as an overdenture or hybrid denture, the patient will have for many years. Once again with the help of CAD CAM technology we can do this in just a few visits.
The same procedure can be done with people that already have partial or full dentures.
Please call us if you have any questions on how we can make your life, or that of a loved one, better.
Dillon Family Dentistry
Modern Dentistry, Old Fashioned Care

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Laughter in the office (without the gas!!!)

April 18th, 2017

I just wanted to use this week’s blog to thank all of our wonderful patients that make our office such a nice place to visit!

I have had a few patients tell about giving nice testimonials to their experiences here in the office. Invariably, people question that they were actually in a dental office, getting dentistry done. They usually have to do some convincing to get them to believe that it can be fun to go to the dentist right here in Bryn Mawr.
Yesterday I had several patients that opened up with powerful life stories and it was an incredible bonding experience. We’ve worked hard to develop a safe, happy environment that instills trust and friendship.
Today, KD had me in tears with laughter. Might be the best interloper we have in the office.
Dental interlopers aside I need to thank my 2 aces, Joanne and Victoria for being happy, dependable rocks and rockstars in dentistry!!
It is far from unusual for patients to hang out and just talk to Joanne in the reception room and chat for a while after their appointment, or sit in the chair and continue an engaging conversation with Tori.
Thank you all for being part of my blessed Dillon Family Dentistry life!


Why Is Dentistry Separate From Medicine

March 10th, 2017

This is a really interesting article that I will dissect in my next couple blogs:
In the first part of the article they offer an historical evaluation how dentistry and medicine got separated. There is some truth to it, but they don’t address why it’s this way in practically every country.
The gist of it is that in our first 2 years we take many of the same classes, taught by the same instructors in the same schools as medical students. We are also learning dental anatomy and theory. We have both laboratory and didactic treatment classes. This article has many references from the early 20th century. Dentistry has since offered 20 times more treatment options and they are immeasurably more complicated then what was offered back then. The amount of time required to become proficient in these skills is very significant.
An argument could be made that we must first need to graduate medical school and then learn technical dentistry in a residency program. This is kind of consistent with other evolutions in dentistry. My father and I both graduated from Temple’s Dental School. My dad received a Doctoral of Dental Surgery, but they changed the degree to that of Doctor of Dental Medicine, to acknowledge the important connection between oral and systemic health and that we need to be more concerned about the medicines and treatments our patients are receiving. Basically accepting that we are doctors working in the mouth rather than tooth mechanics.
One of the biggest problems I see with making dentists go through med school and then a dental residency is access to care. If you were to add 2 more years onto the education process, those costs would not just get absorbed, but would have to be reflected in the ultimate cost of dental care, further distancing the access of care to millions, as referenced in the article.
Also, the article fails to acknowledge that most countries have different school for medicine and dentistry.
I will go into more detail in my next post.

Alternative Facts: Dental Edition

February 20th, 2017

As with many aspects in life, people may firmly believe things that simply are just not true. There are definitely Alternative Dental “Facts” circulating around that are not only not true, but also can be harmful to your overall dental health! So, let’s set the record straight and debunk the top 5 dental fake news myths!
Alternative Fact #1: An electric toothbrush is better than a manual one
Truth: There are many companies and dental offices out there that want you to believe that you need to use an electric toothbrush. You see the ads for them everywhere. Enter science. There was a properly conducted scientific study that showed NO difference between the two if the users were using them properly. The danger is that if one switches to the electric toothbrush they might feel that they don’t have to scrub as much. Not so. Just use it the same way you would use a manual and you’ll be fine. A nice benefit to some of the electric ones is that they have timers on them that might get some to use them longer.
Alternative Fact #2: If you put aspirin near your tooth it will help relieve a toothache.
Truth: If you are suffering from a toothache, call to make a dental appointment immediately! Also please take aspirin the normal way. Putting aspirin on the side of your tooth will only cause irritation to your gum tissues. The source of the pain will not go away unless you are seen by a dentist in order to have it diagnosed and treated properly!
Alternative Fact #3: Since baby teeth will eventually fall out, there is no reason to treat them.
Truth: Even though they are baby teeth, they are still extremely important!! Along with the same reasons teeth are important for adults, to chew, to speak, and to smile, they do the same things for children. These teeth also act as spacers allowing the jaw to continue to grow while keeping the correct room for adult teeth to grow into. Baby teeth can also develop toothaches, cavities, and lead to poor dental health in the future if not taken care of.
Alternative Fact #4: You must see your dentist TWICE a year.
Truth: This “fact” was made up by an ad agency!! The proper amount of times to visit your dentist varies people to people. Visiting the dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups is enough for some patients but not all. This should be determined by your own dentist based on your overall dental health.
Alternative Fact #5: It is normal for your gums to bleed a little bit while brushing or flossing.
Truth: If your gums are healthy, they will not bleed when brushing of flossing. Bleeding is a sign of gum disease – and gum disease can lead to tooth loss!! Please contact your dentist immediately if you notice any amount of bleeding when brushing. It is not only not normal but an indicator that you might have early signs of gum disease!
Dillon Family Dentistry is here to help! If you have any questions regarding a dental alternative fact and you are in the Main Line, Bryn Mawr area call us today at 610-525-5497!

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DFD vibe: Everything but Heavy Metal

February 6th, 2017

We set the tone of our office by the music we select for every patient that comes in, but we don’t do Heavy Metal.
OK, at least not in the teeth.
As dentistry has evolved, we’ve moved away from metal restorations. Porcelains have gotten stronger and more versatile over the years.
We’ve been admiring all of the smiles and lives we’ve changed with porcelain veneers over the past few weeks. Porcelain looks so warm and natural when there is no metal under it. Just about all of the crowns and veneers we do in the front of the mouth are porcelain or a variation of porcelain.
In the back we have been using Zirconia crowns for the past few years. It is one of the strongest materials available, allowing it to be thinner, which means less tooth structure needs to be drilled away in order to place it. We can use the material for crowns and bridges.
I haven’t placed an amalgam or any other metal filling for almost 25 years now. The bonding materials and process have gotten so good that there is rarely any sensitivity and they are very strong. Maybe the best thing about the bonded, composite fillings is that they also require much less drilling. This means more conservative treatment and allows us to do more fillings painlessly without even having to get the patient numb.
There are other values in being metal-free. The biggest one might be health. We’re not using materials that have toxic components in our patient’s mouths or our office. Better for everyone and the environment.
Back when we were using crown and bridge materials that had metals in them many of our patients had had bad reactions to even some of the trace metals. In very rare occasions this could have some type of a systemic response, but much more commonly the gums would be chronically inflames around the metal-containing crowns, opening the door for progressive periodontal problems in the area.
The more we rock-on with these materials the better we all are cosmetically, environmentally and health-wise.
If you would like to know more about how you might benefit from metal-free dentistry, please call us at 610-525-5497. We have your back at Dillon Family Dentistry.

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Who remembers this commercial?

February 2nd, 2017

Over the years, TV commercials have shared dental statistics to viewers, such as “Four out of five dentists tell their patients to chew sugarless gum.” We all wonder, ‘What the hell was the 5th dentist thinking?’ Although that is a great statistic to share, there is one that is much more important to pay attention to!!
Even here in Bryn Mawr, four out of five adults who are over the age of 35 have some stage of gum disease. Wow! That is pretty frightening!! That is why it is the most common disease for humans (and cats and dogs, as I learned from my favorite Main Line veterinarian, Dr. Royster’s office).
What is gum disease you ask? Periodontal disease or as patients typically know it “gum disease” is when the gum tissues become infected and inflamed due to bacteria in your mouth. Our mouths are a playground for bacteria so periodontal disease isn’t as unrealistic as you might think.
As the gums continue to stay infected, they will start to become red, puffy, and will tend to bleed. The more severe the infection becomes the more damage it will do to your mouth. It can start to eat at the bone that keeps your teeth in place! And to cause even more problems it gives you terrible bad breath, yuck!
The beginning of it is called gingivitis, inflammation of the gums. As it progresses and starts to breakdown the bone and officially becomes known as periodontal disease. That’s the important thing to remember is that you irreversibly lose the bone. Whether you intend to replace the teeth with dentures or dental implants you need the bone for each of them.
More adult patients lose their teeth due to gum disease than from anything else including accidents and cavities. We sometimes refer to it as the “silent killer” because not only does it infect your mouth, but also other parts of your body too!! In recent years, studies have shown that gum disease can be linked with diabetes, heart disease, and many other conditions.
At the beginning stages only we, your dental professionals, are able to detect if it is happening to you. This isn’t horrible for you as a patient since most cases are able to be treated right here in our office! Although we’re here to help this isn’t just about us, you too need to help your mouth out by flossing and brushing properly.
So if are overdue for a dental cleaning and exam give us a call! We want to check your gums and ensure that you are not included in the four out of five statistic!! Call Joanne at 610-525-5497 to set up an appointment today.

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