Waterford, MI Dentist
Lloyd H. Alpert, D.D.S.
4025 Highland Road
Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 682-6010

Posts for: April, 2015

It’s a traveler’s nightmare – a painful toothache or other dental emergency far from home and your regular dentist. What should you do when you have a dental emergency? When should you call a dentist? And how can you find one while you’re traveling? Following are tips on what to do when you’re on the road and your teeth need attention.

An Ounce of Prevention

It’s a good idea to make an appointment for a dental checkup before you leave on your trip, especially if you’re traveling to developing countries or remote areas without access to good dental care. Have your teeth cleaned.  This is especially important if you have gum disease. If you will be away for an extended time, consider having any partially exposed lower wisdom teeth removed. 

All root canal treatment should be completed before travel to avoid potential infections and pain due to pressure changes during air travel.

If traveling to certain lesser-developed countries, immunization against Hepatitis B might be a good idea in case dentists abroad are not vaccinated, says the Organization of Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP is dedicated to safe, infection-free dental care globally). This does require a series of vaccinations beginning six months in advance of your trip.

On the road, consider these preventive tactics:

  • Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy

  • Don’t use your teeth to cut tape or other materials.


April 01, 2015
Category: Fun Dental Facts
Tags: Dental floss  
Coming soon.
April 01, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Dental Floss

Dental floss-like substances have been

found in the teeth of early pre-humans and

American Indians. Dental floss made from

a thin thread of silk, was first invented in

1815 by a New Orleans dentist named

Levi Spear Parmly. Floss was not

manufactured using unwaxed silk floss

until 1882 by the Codman and Shurtleft

Company in Randolph, Massachusetts.

In 1896, Johnson & Johnson Company

released dental floss made from silk

surgical sutures.

After World War II, a medical doctor

named Dr. Charles Bass thought that nylon

had advantages over silk floss, which was

prone to shredding. Nylon had a greater

resistance, could be produced in bigger

quantities, and could have diameters

that are consistent. Dental floss remains

a critical component for good oral

health today.




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