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The Perio Patient Podcast

This is a podcast produced by one periodontist to his patients and talks life and the management of a condition of chronic inflammation called periodontitis or periodontal disease. It is produced in small chunks for easy digestion.

Tracks

3 -- Why I Didn't Like Periodontics in Dental School
And what changed my mind.
07:26 8/8/20
4 -- What Influenced Me To Go Into Periodontics
The things we end up doing in life are not always the result of a well laid out plan. 
09:43 8/8/20
5 -- How Joining the US Air Force Changed Me Part 1
I joined to get my dental education paid for, but little did I know how profound a transformation on my life personally and professionally this experience would be.
13:15 8/8/20
6 -- How Joining the US Air Force Changed Me Part 2
I also talk about job interviews and marketing in dentistry. The Social Being.
10:23 8/8/20
7 -- How Joining the US Air Force Changed Me Part 3
Usually society misunderstands the military culture.  
09:56 8/8/20
8 -- Explaining Periodontal Disease
Explaining periodontal disease in ways that are simple and still honest. Where I came up with A Tooth Has Four Parts.
12:22 8/8/20
9 -- Why You Want a Comprehensive Dentist
Add the word “cementum” to your vocabulary. Brushing and flossing tips – what’s important and what might be damaging? What is a comprehensive dentist?
10:17 8/9/20
10 -- Inflammatory Diseases in General
Happy birthday to a new grandson! Do you know the difference between infection and inflammation? Allow me to make it simple. Also, we discuss inflammatory diseases in general as well as what autoimmune diseases are. The mouth is an easy and direct way to begin to address inflammatory diseases of the body and a laser at the right setting can accomplish this quickly and effectively. Finally, when the mouth is healthier, it affects the rest of the body’s health as well.
07:33 8/10/20
11 -- Local Anesthetics
Let’s talk about local anesthetics and dentists. In this episode I describe how to help children with their fears about going to the dentist. Also, should dental hygienists be allowed to give local anesthesia? What might be some good ways to train and certify them? I also give a few of my own tips on how dentists might think about providing comfortable anesthesia. So, patients – how important would you say the delivery of comfortable local anesthesia is to you? Is it as big a deal as I think it is? Let me know your thoughts.
12:33 8/11/20
12 -- Pain Management
Today the topic is pain management. I get into the difference between narcotics and non-narcotics.
10:44 8/12/20
13 -- Haven for Hope and the Christian Dental Clinic in San Antonio
I’m heading off to Haven for Hope and the Christian Dental Clinic in San Antonio to serve with a number of other dentists a population of refugees living in our city.  I explain how we do this as part of the ministry of Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA). To learn more, check out their San Antonio Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cmdasatx/
08:52 8/14/20
14 -- Periodontal Disease and Smoking
Patients with chronic inflammation who smoke have more trouble in general than those who don't. With regards to periodontal disease smoking affects the mouth in two ways -- locally and systemically. But the nicotine addiction is a tough problem. There are some things you can do to help quit and we discuss a few in this podcast. 
09:19 8/15/20
15 -- How to Think About Quitting Smoking
My smoking story. How to think about quitting smoking in ways that will actually strengthen your resolve.   https://youtu.be/bjX7FIfAA2k
09:16 8/15/20
16 -- Teaching
People are heading back to school so let’s talk about teaching and what it is. Also we will talk about what floss can’t ever do. I introduce one of my greatest influences in early childhood, Dr. Rudolf Flesch (and my mom), who I credit for helping me get good grades in school. Here is more about Dr. Flesch. Read it and weep. http://www.improve-education.org/id29.html Here is an article I wrote about how to get straight A’s in college (I learned this from my youngest daughter btw). Personally, I got a C in organic chemistry. https://blog.mysanantonio.com/benyoung/2012/09/how-to-get-straight-as-in-college/
11:36 8/17/20
17 -- Three Words for the Day
Three words for the day: Selfish, Self-centered, and Self-aware.  
06:53 8/18/20
18 -- The Serenity Prayer
The thoughts and ideas of one periodontist. Does it really work to be selfless? What it takes to develop technical skills. 
08:25 8/20/20
19 -- Dental Insurance Part 1
What patients need to know about their dental insurance. How to understand it and how to make sure the dental insurance company is treating them fairly.
11:17 8/20/20
20 --Dental Insurance Part 2
The thoughts and ideas of one periodontist. What patients need to know about their dental insurance. How to understand it and how to make sure the dental insurance company is treating them fairly.  
09:30 8/21/20
21 -- Dental Insurance Part 3
The thoughts and ideas of one periodontist. What patients need to know about their dental insurance. How to understand it and how to make sure the dental insurance company is treating them fairly.
11:09 8/24/20
22- Dental Insurance Part 4
The thoughts and ideas of one periodontist. What patients need to know about their dental insurance. How to understand it and how to make sure the dental insurance company is treating them fairly.
10:02 8/25/20
23 -- Dental X-rays and Lead Aprons
In the 1950s, it was decided, absent data, that low dose radiation was as bad as high dose and so no dose would be tolerated. This was called the Linear No-Threshold (LNT) dose hypothesis. Today this is being overturned in medicine and eventually in dentistry. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2020/01/28/ditch-that-lead-apron-in-the-x-ray-room/#227a1e413bd5 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/well/live/radiation-exposure-x-rays-scans-lead-apron.html https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0764446999800444
09:07 8/26/20
24 -- Trying to Understand Water Fluoridation
This is the 75th anniversary of water fluoridation. Do we still need it? How do we know? To get there I want to tell you about the Cochrane Library -- what it is and what it does. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochrane_Library https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26092033/  
11:38 8/29/20
25 -- Water Fluoridation, Fluorine and Fluoride
Is fluoridation a good thing? To answer this, we have to first understand what fluoride is and where it comes from. Some of my material comes from these two sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluoride
10:56 8/31/20
26 -- A few more thoughts about fluoride and other stuff
The thoughts and ideas of one periodontist Just checking in and giving you a few more thoughts about fluoride as well as periodontal maintenance as experienced by one of my patients today.
09:25 9/2/20
27 -- Working through water fluoridation questions
Starting to look at a Cochrane Review of Water fluoridation and prevention of dental caries or tooth decay as well as dental fluorosis. It's complicated but valuable because as we work through questions on this scientific subject it helps us think about how science is used and misused in the general culture. https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD010856.pub2/full https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spherical_Earth
16:18 9/14/20
28 -- Podcast Sharpening
A few thoughts about the value of listening to others and how challenging change really is.
08:06 9/16/20
29 -- Completing a systematic review on water fluoridation
So… was water fluoridation a good idea? How well did it reduce dental caries in children? Finally! We obtain some answers…and a few more questions. Ah, such is science.
14:22 9/18/20
30 -- Insurance Games
Today I talk about The Least Expensive Appropriate Treatment Trick, The Missing Tooth Clause Conundrum and The We Cover This Procedure Except When We Don't Debacle. 
13:07 9/21/20
31 -- Podcasting and Periodontics
The thoughts and ideas of one periodontist on how technology is changing the practice of dentistry and periodontics. It has a lot to do with the digital revolution. https://www.oberlo.com/blog/podcast-statistics#:~:text=There%20are%20currently%20850%2C000%20active,of%2012%20listen%20to%20podcasts.
09:01 9/23/20
32 -- Refined Sugar and Tooth Decay
The biggest cause of tooth decay is refined sugar because bacteria can use it without effort to run their machinery. It is their favorite food. Once it has been used by these organisms, it is turned into an acid that begins to dissolve the hardest substance in the body, tooth enamel.
10:31 9/28/20