Little Details Make Big Differences

We all have things about ourselves that we wish we could change.  Subtle changes can sometimes make dramatic differences.  This patient had a beautiful smile, to many people it probably looked just fine.  However, this patient was unhappy with her undersized laterals which had been built up by a previous dentist with bonding.  Additionally, she disliked the white spots on her front teeth.  She made the decision to place very conservative veneers on the four front teeth to improve the cosmetics.  The final result was beautiful and natural.  Subtle changes that made a drastic difference.  If you have something about your teeth that you wish you could change, talk with one of our dental specialists today — the answer may be easier than you think.
 All photos published to this blog are actual patients of Saratoga Springs Dentists. This case was completed by Dr. Gregory P. Dodd.

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.