Archive for November, 2012


Benzocaine is a local anesthetic that is used to relieve pain.  It can be found in most drugstores, usually under the product names Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase.  Benzocaine has been associated with a rare but serious, and sometimes fatal, condition called Methemoglobinema, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced.  Because of the association, the Food and Drug Administration recommends that parents and caregivers not use Benzocaine products for children younger than 2, except under the advice of a health care professional.  Symptoms of Methemoglobinemia can occur minutes to hours after ingestion and include:

***shortness of breath


***pale, gray, or blue colored skin, lips, and nail beds

***headache, confusion, or rapid heart rate

If you suspect your child is suffering from Methemoglobinemia, take your child to the emergency room immediately.


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Preventative Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on those procedures and life practices that help people to prevent the beginning or progression of oral disease.  It includes at home dental care performed by patients, as well as dental care and education by professional dental staff in the office or clinic.  Preventive dentistry includes two aspects of dental care, both performed to help patients avoid dental disease or to catch it in its early more treatable stages.  Preventive care in a dental office includes prophylaxis, or the cleaning of the teeth, which removes accumulations of calculus.  It includes examination of the teeth and soft tissue, using visual and tactile exams, radiographic examination, such as x rays, and oral cancer screening.  Sometimes, dentists prescribe medications to help prevent dental disease.  Consult your Dentist if you have questions about your preventive care.



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