Can a Dentist Get Rid of Tonsil Stones?

Tonsil stones are very difficult to deal with, as they make you gag and cough up nasty balls of white matter. Some people will try to remove these annoying stones themselves, but not everyone has success. If you can’t remove your tonsil stones yourself you’re most likely wondering if you should consult a dentist or a doctor.
Dentists usually don’t treat tonsil stones, but they often are the ones that first discover them while working on a patient. According to, once a dentist discovers tonsil stones in a patient their working on they’ll refer them to an Ear Nose and Throat Doctor that specializes in removing tonsil stones.

What Your Dentist Will Do?
Your dentist will most likely recommend an old fashioned salt water gargle. The salt water gargle helps with a lot of different throat issues, and tonsillitis are no different.
Another thing your dentist most likely try to do is use a swab to get rid of them. Most dentists will don’t recommend using antibiotics to treat this condition, even though in some cases they can work.
A lot of dentists also feel that if you have tonsil stones, but nobody is telling you that your breath smells funky you shouldn’t worry about it. Sometimes over a period of time these annoying stones will go away on their own.

What Can You Do?
In the mean time when you first discover you have tonsillitis there are some simple things you can do right away to get rid of them. Keep in mind that when you utilize these methods you might gag a little as you try to pry the stones out of your tonsils.
A water jet or water pik can both be used to spray the stones right out of the back of your throat. Spray it straight onto the stone but use a low level so that you don’t end up irritating the tonsils.
Another thing you can do is combine 2 tablespoons of salt with a cup of warm water and gargle it. When you gargle it make sure you get the back of your throat really good, and then spit it out. The salt should help clean out the tonsil crypts where the stones are hiding. This home remedy is also good because it will clean out the bacteria that is often responsible for the formation of tonsil stones.
Finally, using a Q-tip is a very simple and effective way to remove tonsil stones. Apply the Q-tip softly on the top half of the tonsil stone and push it upwards until it pops out. If you don’t have much luck with the Q-tip you can try using the back of your toothbrush to push those little annoyances out.
Tonsil stone removal doesn’t have to be difficult or cost a lot of money. All you need are a few items you probably already have in your home. Even though dentists don’t treat tonsil stones, they are great resources to learn as much as you can about them and different things you can do to get rid of them naturally and medically.


How to Start Your Career in Dental Assisting

Dental assisting happens to be a really hot career right now, and there’s a lot of benefits to the job, such as job variety, schedule flexibility, little to no requirements to become one, and a positive work environment where you can actually help people leave with a brighter smile. Not sure what they do? A dental assistant provides a vital role to the dental office and their main function is to make the office a more efficient workplace. There are a few main roles that dental assistants take over in order to accomplish that: namely, greet and schedule patients, sterilize and prepare dental equipment, take and expose X-rays, help alongside the dentist in procedures, and generally comforting patients so that they feel safe and comfortable.If you happen to be a compassionate and helpful person, dental assisting might just be for you!

Now you might be asking, how long does it take before I can become a dental assistant? The good news is that most states don’t have requirements for entry level dental assistants, so you can start as soon as today! Although, many people choose to get dental assistant training beforehand in order to receive benefits such as a higher starting salary, more trust, a higher chance of getting hired, and the opportunity to become certified as well. Becoming certified is a great decision if you choose to pursue dental assisting, as certified dental assistants receive a higher salary as well as extra benefits. But back to training. Dental assistant training usually takes less than one year to earn a certificate from an accredited school. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not! Dental assisting schools and select accredited programs offer certificates in around 9 to 12 months, while community colleges and trade schools offer degrees in 2 years. Note however that degrees require extra general education classes in order to obtain, and most people state that degrees offer no additional benefits over certificates. Ultimately the choice is up to you though.

Many dental assistants even go on to become dental hygienists and even dentists! Sure, dental assisting might not help you further your career into fields such as those, but it can provide a very useful glimpse into the happenings of the dental office. Dental hygienists and dentists will have to further their education by attending college and dental school, but if you are passionate about dentistry and oral health then who is stopping you from starting?



Substance found in Chocolate (Of all things) that Boosts Enamel

A recent study has shown that a molecule found in dark chocolate, theobromine, can actually harden enamel and provide protecting from staining.

Before you rush out and start stocking up on Milky Bars. Keep in mind that it is only ‘Dark Chocolate’ that that provides these benefits.

Milk Chocolate, however, as we all know, will stain your teeth faster than drinking from a urinal and eating from a toilet bowl…. while smoking cigarettes.

The results of the study come from Dr. Harold Katz, who states that cheese, strawberries and green tea also have a beneficial impact when it comes to keeping ones pearly whites, white.


Pearly Whites

I am in two minds as to whether or not to tell my patients about this little nugget. One can only imagine the how many bars of candy will be suddenly considered ‘dark’


The Death of the Dentist

Recently researchers at King’s College London have invented a new method of filling teeth. One that doesn’t involve drills. They call it Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Re-mineralization (EAER) uses low frequency electrical currents to allow teeth to regenerate on their own.

Teeth can already repair themselves through “re-mineralization” but the Boffins in London have found a way of speeding up that all natural process.

At the moment EAER can put a stop to early-stage lesions and even moderate tooth decay. Eventually this treatment could be used on even the nastiest of buckles and cavities.

This is great news for patients none the less. Though if the technology advances even further a lot of a Dentist’s day to day work is drilling and filling. Take that away and there will be a lot less for us to do, I wasn’t expecting to be replaced by a robot until 2050.

Thankfully, (for now at least) they still need us to apply the treatment. Apparently we still to be on hand applying the piece on the surface of the tooth. This takes about as long as a traditional filling only at a fraction of the price.


Using ‘Frickin Lasers’ to Treat Gum Disease


A new breakthrough in dental treatment has come. Gone are the days of regular dental treatments for periodontal disease. Now, you too, can slip out of the white coat for a while and into a tuxedo… like a villain; straight out of a Bond flick.


On a more serious note. Periodontal disease affects adults in the 30s and 40s, according to the NIDCR. They state that the vast majority of adults in the US have some form of the disease.


Everyone has bacteria and plaque in the mouths, if you are a dentist and reading this blog, I highly doubt you need me to tell you this. However, when someone neglects their teeth for a long period of time the bacteria revolts. and turns into plaque. which goes rogue, solidifies and turns into tartar




This, as you may well know is a massive pain in the hole to clean for your patient. Laser tools not only make this a breeze, they make you feel like a space cowboy in the process.


Gingivitis (not to be confused with Gingervitus) and Perodontitis


LANAP – or laser assisted new attachment procedure. Uses frickin lasers to zap and vaporize affected tissue in the patients mouth. Firstly, the laser fires a warning shot. (sounding much like a Dalek) stripping the diseased gum. Next, it fires a second time making a sound more like a cat being strangled, which isn’t the laser itself but the sound of burning flesh as it cauterizes the wound.


See the video below for a prime example of how vivid my imagination really is. (And to see LANAP in action ofcourse)



Why I became a Dentist

I watched “The Wolf of Wall Street” this weekend and subsequently watched the real life wolf himself – Jordan Belfort, give a one of his seminars about being a general badass/douchebag. In the seminar he claims that his original plan was to become a dentist… with the sole intention of making his fortune.


On Mr. Belfort’s first day of Dentistry College. One of the head lecturers informed the class that ‘if anyone here is trying to become a dentist… for the money, then they have picked the wrong career…. and should leave right this instant’ Immediately, Jordan did what most would not have the brass tackle to do, he packed his stuff and left the class. He then proceeded to sell all of his equipment and started out on a life of grifting to be remembered by many.


This got me thinking. Why the hell did I ever decide to become a dentist in the first place? Surely only a madman would want to spend his days covered in other peoples spit and with your nose deep in the dirtiest place in the human body.


At first I put it down to me being a good person. This was clearly wrong. Then I toyed with the notion that it was because I wasn’t prepared to do the extra few years in college to become a doctor. This was also ridiculous… A few more years for a lot more pay and a lot less like hard work.


Then it finally dawned on me, I too, was promised by my parents that this profession was the fast track to wealth. I was told tales of riches and treasures that only a drunk in a pirate movie could dream up.


It didn’t long for me to realise that being a dentist is a family tradition. Carried down through the ages for God knows how many ‘ages’. I then immediately threw a miniature tantrum. My parent’s tricked me into doing this much like my grandparents had done to them. Worse still, they ‘knew’, yet they still subjected me to this fate.


Much later, my final epiphany was that what my parents had done…. was a necessary evil. If everyone thought like Jordan Belfort and had the sense of mind to see through the debauchery that is dental industry. Then nobody would become a dentist and the world would be a bitter toothless place wasteland.



“The Patient arrives, and now my day begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall have no life, hold no lands and marry my assistant. I shall attach crowns and fit veneers. I shall live and die in my chair. I am the needle in the darkness. I am the cleaner of the cavity walls. I am the one that numbs the mouth cold, the white that shines your teeth, the nitrous that creates the sleepers, the one who guards the teeth of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Dentist’s Chair, for this day and all the days to come”


Dental “insurance” Vs. Medical insurance

“Dental insurance” is about as close to being insurance as poop floating in water is close to being candy. Insurance, in the words of Chris Rock is defined as “Incase Sh*t happens”. By Which an individual deposits a sum of money to an organization to cover themselves in case of severe misfortune. From Wikipedia:


Protecting oneself from an inevitable date with Miss-Fortune herself is usually a good idea when dealing with vehicles. The only thing you are ‘glad’ about after a car accident, is that you have insurance. Even though it will be a gigantic pain in the backside….. you are better with it than without.


Dental “insurance” is an agreement between your employer and an “insurance” company. Should one of your patients need a root canal or God forbid.. break a tooth. The payor company is to pay a certain amount each and every year for as outlined in the contract. They are not, however well within their right to say:


“Oh, you want the insurance money you paid for…. well, um see there is a little problem. You have used up all the money, we have no more money for you. I guess you will have to wait a few months for more money. I know we agreed otherwise but see… We don’t make the rules, we merely think them up and write them down.”


Now I know a crook when I see one. They don’t all dawn striped jackets and sunglasses like you see in the newspaper comics but they are easy to spot and they sound a lot like the above quote. See the problem with these folks is that they are only interested in paying out the ‘bare minimum’ possible. They are the kind of people that would ask you over and over again for that dollar you lent them back in 2006. In essence, you are buying a sh*tty gift card that pays towards dental treatment.


It comes at no surprise to hear that medical insurance is vastly superior in every conceivable way. If a patent needs 5 million dollars to cover themselves after an accident or illness, the medical insurance pays out. Not; if the treatment reaches a certain threshold the company bails on you and leaves you literally for dead.
This is what gets most patients mixed up. They think the two are one and the same. Worse still….. They may have even been tricked into believing that this is the case.