Brush if by Land, Floss if by Sea

Most people remember Paul Revere for his famed midnight ride, which took place 239 years ago this week.  But there’s a lot more to the story of this American Patriot.
Did you know that Paul Revere was also a highly skilled dentist and became the first forensic dentist in American history?
Paul Revere learned the silversmith trade from his father and quickly developed a reputation for being a highly skilled artisan around the Boston area.  However, in the early 1760′s, an English “dental surgeon” named John Baker arrived in the colonies and taught the eager Revere how to create and insert false teeth (usually made of ivory).  Interestingly, it was actually John Baker who made George Washington’s false teeth not Paul Revere as some have speculated.
On June 17, 1775, while in the throughs of the Revolutionary War, a Massachusetts Major General, named Joseph Warren was killed at the famous battle of Bunker Hill.  It was actually Major General Warren who had sent Paul Revere on his famous “midnight ride” to Lexington earlier that same year.
At the time of the battle, Warren’s body was buried in a mass grave by the British.  Once the territory was again occupied by the American troops, Warren’s family sought to find his body and give him a proper burial.  Unfortunately, by this time, the corpses had so badly decayed they became nearly impossible to tell apart — until Revere spotted one that was wearing a dental prosthetic he’d built to replace two of Warren’s teeth a few years earlier.
According to the National Museum of Health and Medicine, “Revere’s confirmation of General Warren’s identity was the first instance in this country of an identification of a military service member using dental remains.”
By this time you may be wondering why is there a picture of a Samuel Adams Beer label if this is an article about Paul Revere.  Because, the portrait proudly displayed on the label is not of Samuel Adams as you may expect but actually of Paul Revere.  There are many theories and speculations as to why the brewers choose to use the likeness of Revere instead of Adams, maybe we will never know for certain.
Paul Revere — American Patriot, Forensic Dentist, Beer Spokesmodel

Thank You!!

Yesterday was an incredible day of family fun, fundraising and great hockey. Queensbury Family Dentistry, in combination with Vicki Dodd and Saratoga Springs Publishing, raised over $600 for Glens Falls Hospital. Drs. Gregory Dodd and Alex Choe along with our hygienist, Christin Boeckman gave away over 800 oral hygiene kits, including toothbrushes and floss, to children at the game.
In the end, our Adirondack Phantoms won a 4-3 thriller over our arch rivals, the Albany Devils. Over 25 of our staff members and their families attended the game to cheer on the victory. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and helped to make it such a success.


You Will Be Missed!

For over 24 years, patients to our Saratoga Springs office have been greeted at the front desk by the familiar face of Ann Rizzo.  Unfortunately, with a sad heart, we wish Ann a happy retirement.

Ann started out in the medical profession as a nurse, working primarily in pediatrics and surgery.  She also was an EKG technician.  Later she worked 10 years in a family medical practice before making the switch to dentistry and joining our team.  In Ann’s 24 year career, she has become an indispensible asset with a vast knowledge of insurance and expertise in practice management.  Any time there was a question, everyone knew Ann would have an answer.  Her kind heart and compassion for others was always on display and her wisdom (and baking) will not be easily replaced.

Hopefully, now Ann will have the time in her life to dedicate to the things that are truly important.  Ann is a dedicated mother of two and proud grandparent to five wonderful grandchildren.  

Ann is a big reason our practice is successful and her contributions will be missed immensely.  We wish her the best in her new life.  Stay in touch and good luck.

Valentine’s Day, Chocolate & Toothpaste

Looking for the perfect gift for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? You could go with the traditional heart shaped box of chocolates or you could try something even sweeter —- toothpaste.

The new Mint Chocolate Trek flavor is part of the new line called Crest Be, toothpastes meant to excite and inspire while still providing all the standard oral-hygiene benefits. The other two flavors in the line so far- Lime Spearmint Zest and Vanilla Mint Spark.

Crest hopes these new exciting flavors will arouse your senses and energize your brushing routine like never before! This new line of toothpaste hit the shelves locally last week.

So, if your looking for a last minute gift for your special Valentine, forget the heart shaped box of candy, don’t rush to the jewelry store. Instead give the gift of healthy teeth!

Happy Valentines Day!

* Just a word of caution to parents. These new toothpastes contain the same amount of fluoride as regular products but the enhanced flavor may encourage young children to swallow more of the toothpaste than desired. While finding a flavor your child will brush with is important, a flavor that they don’t particularly love will discourage them from swallowing a lot of the paste. Always use a pea size amount and monitor your young child’s brushing to limit the amount of paste they are swallowing. If you have questions, always consult with your dentist.

Mint Chocolate Trek is one of the new bold flavors Procter & Gamble is unveiling as part of its Crest Be line of toothpaste. The new flavors will be on shelves the first week of February.
(Photo: Procter & Gamble Co.)

We Take Pride in Caring for Your Teeth

Placing white composite restorations well takes time.  When done correctly, these fillings will be both beautiful and functional for years, often avoiding more costly and aggressive treatment such as crowns or caps.  When you entrust any of our dentists with your care you can be sure that we take that trust and commitment seriously.  We will strive hard to exceed your expectations painlessly.  If you have been avoiding the dentist for any reason, call today and let our office deliver the care you deserve.

*All photos are actual patients of the practice.  Dentistry completed by Dr. Gregory P. Dodd DDS FAGD.  Rubber Dam removed in most photos for better images.

Dax Visits Queensbury Family Dentistry

On Thursday, DAX, mascot for our Adirondack Phantoms, had an appointment in our Queensbury Family Dental Office.  He met the staff, had a thorough exam and a good cleaning.  We are proud to say DAX was cavity free!  DAX was excited to learn that starting next week, Dr. Gregory Dodd, team dentist for the Phantoms, will be seeing patients in our Queensbury Office!

Floss Daily and Properly

Everyone knows flossing daily is recommended however flossing properly is often ignored. Flossing incorrectly or aggressively can be both frustrating and damaging. As seen in the photo taken by our hygienist, Heather Nygard, RDH, aggressive flossing in a sawing motion has led to gingival clefting and recession around the patient’s molar.

Proper flossing technique starts with a long piece of floss, approximately 18 inches. Wind the floss around the middle finger of each hand. Hold the floss taut between the thumb of one hand and forefinger of the other, leaving about an inch between the two. Carefully, floss between two teeth. If needed use a back and forth motion to ease the floss between the contact of the two teeth. Try not to snap the floss through the contact which can lead to injury of the gum tissue. Gently bring the floss to the gumline, curve the floss around the tooth and slide it up and down along the tooth surface. Do not saw back and forth at the gumline aggressively. If you have not been a diligent ‘flosser’ in the past, you may experience slight discomfort initially along with some bleeding gums. These symptoms may be an indication of gingivitis or an underlying periodontal condition however do not be discouraged. Continue to floss and as the gums become healthier the discomfort and bleeding should resolve. Additionally, it is also important to maintain your recall appointments with your dentist.

Patients always ask what the best floss is to use at home. The answer is whatever floss you prefer. The most important factor is picking a product that you find ease and pleasant to use and therefore you are more likely to floss regularly. Numerous studies have shown no significant difference in the effectiveness of any of the different kinds of floss, including waxed vs. unwaxed.

Happy Flossing!

Congratulations to our Dr. Valerio!

Dr. Valerio has dedicated his life to helping others. He has been providing dental care to patients with special needs at the Center for Disability Services since 1981. The 2013 Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State Annual Awards Banquet presented The Program Innovation Award to Dr. Valerio for his participation with the Center for Disability Services & Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For the past six years the School of Engineering at RPI and the Center for Disability Services have had a collaborative agreement providing biomedical engineering students with opportunities to make meaningful impacts on the lives of people with diverse and complex needs.