Dr. Rader, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

Dr. Rader, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
Dr. Rader, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Waterpipes: Why Using a Hookah Is Like Smoking 100 Cigarettes

Waterpipes: Why Using a Hookah Is Like Smoking 100 Cigarettes

Waterpipe, or hookah
Whether you call it a hookah, hubble-bubble, shisha or goza, a waterpipe by any name is hazardous to your health. Research published in the October 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association finds that waterpipe smoking is associated with gum disease, oral cancer, esophageal cancer and dry sockets, among other serious health conditions like lung cancer and heart disease.

These findings may come as a surprise to the 2.3 million Americans who smoke waterpipes. “The public needs to know they are putting themselves at risk,” says study author Dr. Teja Munshi. “They should be made aware of the dangers of smoking hookahs.”

Waterpipe smoking, which began 400 years ago in ancient India, is often done in groups and on the rise among young people thanks to the popularity of hookah cafes. Up to 34% of 13-15-year-olds have tried it, and up to 20% of college students have also smoked a waterpipe.

A waterpipe heats up special tobacco, often available in flavors such as strawberry, cotton candy and spiced chai. That smoke makes its way through a pot of water in the pipe and is inhaled through a rubber hose with a mouthpiece. The level of nicotine in this tobacco is not currently regulated, and there are no age restrictions on who can frequent hookah cafes or buy related paraphernalia.

Because one waterpipe session can last up to 80 minutes, a smoker could take between 50-200 puffs, compared to cigarettes, which usually take 5-7 minutes to smoke and can be finished in 40-75 puffs. In fact, the World Health Organization reports that one waterpipe session is the same as smoking 100 cigarettes. “Whether you are smoking a cigarette, a cigar, or tobacco from a waterpipe, smoking is dangerous not only to your oral health but to your overall health,” says JADA Editor Michael J. Glick, D.M.D.

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Source: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/waterpipes/?content=hookah&medium=topstories&source=mh%2F

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Friday, June 5, 2015

What is that smell?

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What in the World is that Smell? How To Cure Bad Breath And Halitosis

"Pssst!" "Hey, what's that smell? … I'm not so sure it's the onions you had on that pizza this afternoon - it might be that you've just got bad breath." 

Has a friend ever shared this kind of news with you? Probably not. Most of us, in fact, go about our daily lives unaware the brilliant sentences we speak, are also being delivered with an accompanying odor ...  of significantly, less brilliance. Egad! But, do not fret, while halitosis can be embarrassing, it can also be addressed once its underlying cause is known. Let's take a look at some of those reasons, and learn some tips that'll help you be the one with the freshest breath in the room.

What Causes Bad Breath?

The causes of bad breath range from the simple to the serious, but most often, it's the result of gum disease brought on by inadequate brushing and flossing. Halitosis can also be caused by certain foods you consume (like garlic and onions), acid reflux, post-nasal drip, sinusitis and tonsoliths.  More seriously, however, illnesses such as cancer and diabetes can present themselves in this way, so it's important to visit a dentist if your breath issues are prolonged.

Tips to Keep the Bad Breath Monster Away

Outside a visit to your dentist, a few simple tricks will help you care for your mouth in ways that can translate into fresh breath:
  • Floss daily, or use a water irrigation tool.
  • When brushing, don't forget to brush your tongue and the inside of your cheeks.
  • Purchase an inexpensive tongue-scraper and use it as part of your nightly routine. A scraper will allow you to reach the very back of your tongue that is difficult to reach with a brush.
  • Get regular cleanings from your dental hygienist to keep plaque and gingivitis at bay.
  • And, avoid smoking or too much alcohol. Both dry out your mouth which can lead to bad breath, and can contribute to a higher incidence of oral cancer.
These days, we understand finding the time to stay on top of your oral hygiene can be a challenge. But, the rewards are well worth it. You'll have less dental expense, a beautiful smile, and fresh breath that will keep you eminently kissable all year round.

Justin Rader DDS

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Full Metal Dentist: One Doctor's Mission to Help Veterans in Idaho

From serving his country between 2000-2005, to owning his own dental practice in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho ten years later, Justin Rader, DDS fully understands the importance of dental support for military veterans. Dr. Rader shares with OsteoReady how he's been able to provide dental treatment to veterans without access to care.
OsteoReady: What made you choose dentistry as a career choice?
Dr. Rader: When I got out of the Army, I decided to change paths professionally. My stepdad, Dr. Jack Fullwiler, is my mentor and a dentist. I was able to shadow him and could see firsthand the service dentistry provides to its patients. It's family oriented as well as a good, stable career. Full-time Army life was not conducive to a budding family life.
I bought my stepdad's practice in 2015, he had purchased it in 1951 from his father, Dr. Richard Fullwiler, so we've got three generations of history. Hence, I changed the practice name to Generations Dentistry. My great-grandfather, Dr Butler, was also a dentist and he served in World War I. Dr. Fullwiler served in World War II and I served in the Iraq War. I guess you could say serving my country and dentistry runs strong in my family.
O: How did you get involved in volunteering for veterans?
Dr. R: In 2005, I was deployed to Baghdad as a soldier, not a dentist. When I got out, I switched gears. I graduated dental school in 2010, during my postgraduate training I was able to learn about the opportunities to give back to veterans and I knew it was something I had to be involved in.
O: What kind of volunteer work are you involved in?
Dr. R: My main volunteer work is providing dental treatment and raising funds for the StandDowns around Idaho. A StandDown is an annual event that provides all kinds of services for disadvantaged and homeless veterans. The whole community gets involved. Free clothing, toothbrushes and medical screenings are available. Community volunteers provide services, such as free haircuts and a hot meal. There's assistance for those that want it, whether it's finding housing, a job or support with substance abuse. The goal is to create a foundation to help these veterans who have done our country a great service. As an Army veteran myself, I feel a personal duty to serve these men and women in need of dental care.
O: What kind of services do you offer to veterans?
Dr. R: I provide all forms of modern dentistry at the StandDowns and within my practice. Whatever I'm not able to treat, I'll usually give veterans a referral voucher for a practice where they'll be taken care of. I also work with establishments that help raise funds for referral vouchers and material reimbursements to dentists for their services.
O: What has been your most memorable case?
Dr. R: There was one veteran who came into the practice. He had a lot of dental pain—thinking that was normal. I corrected the issue and as he felt that relief, he realized just how bad it had become. He had spent years believing the pain was a routine part of his life. His entire attitude changed because he was no longer suffering. He later returned and explained how happy his family was—that his kids stated he wasn't a "mean dad" anymore. The pain had become so distracting it had literarily changed his whole personality. It was such an honor to provide this vital needed care to veterans.
O: What advice do you have for practitioners looking to become involved in this service?
Dr. R: Check out the upcoming StandDowns through the Veteran Health Administration. The VA StandDowns have grown so big that other organizations are stepping in to give support. It's amazing to be a part of it, coming together to help these veterans that need this support.
The most common procedure needed is extractions. In a regular day there can be 20-40 screenings and for about about 20 veterans, 20-30 teeth get pulled. Clinicians can write prescriptions for veterans too. Licensed volunteers can also give veterans information for where they can find a dental home and hygiene information; these men and women have fought for our freedom and it's so rewarding to help from one veteran to another.
O: If you're interested in providing care for veterans, check out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for an association near you.
Image 2: Dr. Rader examining a patient.

Image 3: Dr. Rader treating a veteran from a previous StandDown.

Image 4: Dr. Rader performing a dental screening at a StandDown in Idaho.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Getting A Little Long In The Tooth?

Getting A Little Long In The Tooth?

Did you know the expression “long in the tooth” comes from the observation that the most wise among us tend to have longer teeth? Well, not actually “longer,” per se, but more visible. The reason is because as we get older, and thus “wiser,” our gums tend to recede along with our increasing age. What “long in the tooth,” really means, then, is that we haven't taken care of our teeth throughout life – hardly wise. Regardless, there is a solution that can help protect your teeth moving forward so you don't fall victim of the other tale about growing older – that of depositing your teeth in a glass jar each night.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

General Dental Care Rationale Part 1 of 4, Justin Rader DDS - Generations Dental:

General Dental Care Rationale Part 1 of 4:

There are several concepts and techniques that I find myself repeating to patients as they come to the office. This is information on how to take care of teeth at home on a daily basis that is not all common knowledge. Brush 2 times a day (after breakfast and after dinner). Floss 1 time a day (bacteria take about 12 to 24 hours to build up enough of a colony to start damaging teeth with their acid by-product). The house for the bacteria is plaque. Plaque gets on your teeth after one snack or meal and has a consistency of wet bread. It takes the same forces to remove it as you would remove wet bread off the counter top. If it is not removed on a regular basis, then it becomes mineralized and is a cement-like plaque that needs picked off. Use mouth rinses and/or water picks as an adjunct to these basic procedures. It is important to brush for a total of 2 minutes with 30 seconds per quadrant of the mouth. Brush in small circles with a 45 degree angle to get the bristle tips into the small pockets around the teeth. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and it is good to get all sides of the teeth evenly without being too aggressive to cause damage to the gums or teeth. We can induce trauma to our gums and teeth with aggressive brushing and bristles on the toothbrush being too hard. While flossing, wrap the floss

around the tooth as moving up and down a few times, then wrap the floss around the other tooth in the contact and do the same thing. It is important to not damage the gums, but you will go below the gum levels into pockets around the teeth a little. Some people with larger openings between their teeth may need to use small proxy brushes that look like small tree tops that fit in between the teeth to aid in debris removal that floss is too thin to reach.

Justin Rader, DDS
1223 Government Way
Coeur d Alene, ID 83814