John Joseph, DMD, talks about how dentistry practices have changed with time.
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How has dentistry changed over the years? Dr. John Joseph: What we see now is these things have changed and primarily is because I’m an older dentist and I’ve been practicing for a long time, and you see I see a lot of older patients. And it used to be when my father who was a dentist and it used to be, I mean most times they used to take out teeth when they had problems. So when people got older, they were in dentures or they didn’t have many teeth. But now everybody tries, thank God people trying to keep their teeth, but the problems are greater to try to hold on to these teeth with periodontal gum disease and increased decay and lot of people medications that causes dry mouth and they causes decay. And because the saliva has a natural cleansing action and with people have a lot of medications when they had this dry mouth, what happens is that they a get a lot of decay around in the gum tissue and right around the gum areas, so we have to be very on top of these things. But dentistry is changing a lot there’s so many new composites and implants, and there’s so many things we can do now that when first start practicing 31 years ago these avenues were not available so it’s an exciting time for dentistry.