As a whole, our society is focusing on being more environmentally conscious. For the first time in decades the ozone layer is shrinking and to me that’s proof , that we are slowly but surely doing something right.

As a dentist, I always like to find ways our profession can contribute to preserving the environment. Toothbrushes are a key goody bag product in our office and we order hundreds every few months for the office. The plastic they are made of fills landfills and takes years to degrade. I was curious to find and alternative material to help solve the problem with these plastic toothbrushes.

I stumbled upon a company out of Australia, which started mass producing bamboo toothbrushes. Invented by a Brisbane dentist, The Environmental Toothbrush is made from bamboo, a natural cellulose fibre, the handles are biodegradable, environmentally sustainable, and do not pollute the environment. The amazing growth and self-renewing ability of bamboo means that deforestation is not necessary either and their packaging is bio-degradable.

I have ordered a few for myself and the office and am pleased with the results. My teeth are happy and I feel good about my contribution to helping the environment. Similar brushes can be found in Whole Foods and natural markets as well!!!

I recently hurt my neck and the first place I thought to go was my acupuncturist.

As I lay there and felt my pains diminish, I contemplated my dream of getting certified to be an acupuncturist. As a holistic minded person, I know there are many systemic things in the facial/oral area that could be helped with regular acupuncture treatments.

I have referred my patients with TMJ and facial pain issues to acupuncturists with great success. Its a great adjunct treatment for anxious/phobic patients as well. I look forward to registering for my coursework in the next years. In the meantime, I’d like to share some general information about acupuncture and how it relates to dentistry.

Acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for many conditions has been practiced and researched in institutions throughout Asia and Europe for many decades. Recently this practice began to gain momentum in the United States entering into academic clinics such as University of North Carolina Dental School Clinic.

Here are some common areas that dental acupuncture can help:

  • Temporomandibular disorders including pain, clicking and locking chronic muscle pain or spasm
  • Atypical facial pain
  • Tension and migraine type headaches
  • Nerve pain
  • Nerve injury
  • Post herpetic neuralgia
  • Gag reflex
  • Dental anxiety
  • Dry mouth
  • Rhinitis and sinusitis
  • Post operative pain

Please share your thoughts and opinions on the matter.