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Dental osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to fracture.

Usually the bone loses density, which measures the amount of calcium and minerals in the bone.

The chief concern in dentistry concerning bone dentistry are the maxilla and mandible.

Before dental implants can be placed, bone density testing helps to evaluate the degree of mineral content in jaw bones.

The height and contours are also evaluated so the correct size of a dental implant can be selected.

It makes sense a very narrow jaw bone where bone has atrophied will require a smaller implant than would jaw bone with wide contours.

Patients on such drugs as Fosamax require special considerations before dental treatment is advised.

The extraction of teeth require careful and continuos follow-up for the safety and well being of the patient.

Problematic extractions are a major concern for patients on drugs because of osteoporosis.

Some dental offices in KC request a patient come off drugs like Fosamax for a 6 month period before the extraction of teeth is performed.

These type drugs are capable of suppressing the immune system.

In many instances the pain problem will not wait the entire time.

Dentist are careful because the bone is very slow to heal on drugs for osteoporosis.

After removal of the tooth, bone and surrounding areas remain infected and require time to treat the infection of the bone.

At times areas of the infected  bone must also be removed where necessary to promote healing.

As often as possible we refer patients with these problems to oral surgeons or hospital dental clinics.

One symptom noted is high levels of halitosis coming from areas deep around the tooth at the bone level.

This symptom along with patient testimonies. “pus is coming from around my tooth,” are warning signs to proceed with caution.

After the removal of the tooth prescription strength mouthwashes, such as chlorhexidine found in Peridex are used.

Chlorhexidine reduces inflammation and also prescribed for gingival and periodontal concerns.

Patients have a responsibility to keep the surgical site clear of food particles to assist in the healing process.

Healing at times is very slow.

If possible it is recommended before the extraction or placement of dental implants, an evaluation is performed of the patient’s nutrition.

Detoxification from sugar is a major concern for healing as sugar removes calcium ions from the bone.

Blood chemistry analysis will show existing calcium levels.

If calcium is at a deficit ask your dentist for calcium supplementation that is readily absorbed by the body.

The treatment of dental osteoporosis helps the overall body as well, helping the patient to improve bone density.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.

Reference: ( National Osteoporosis Foundation



Big and small clients

Our Stepping Stones Big and Small Clients

The path to success will be filled with both big and small clients.

You have an opportunity to help both on your way to the top of the mountain.

Our colleagues discuss their encounters with clients from all walks of life.

Most of us come from a world of humble beginnings and find ourselves making the best of things with what we have.

Bankers and lending institutions will loan money to those with assets dollar for dollar.

Coming out of college may find you scraping the barrel for upstart capital.

Even with minimal resources a way is found to get your show on the road.

Making a way out of no way is an art form to be shared with those looking to ascend the ladder of success.

If money is not in the bank and  rich relatives have not dropped by to empty a money bag in your lap, make it a priority to build your confidence through the roof.

Building confidence to approach your clients must be high on your priority list.

Clients sense a lack of confidence in us and won’t part with hard earned funds.

Clients will bow at the feet of a person who can make their phone ring from a website or place food on their tables after being shown their true potential.

Add value to the lives of others and they will comply with your requests to do business.

The Law of Attraction is valuable in the pursuit of clients, you receive what you emanate.

Desperation and fear attract clients that are fearful and desperate.

Fearful clients can be your worst nightmare and demand a lot of your time.

Take the time to pave your way with words and then build them a bridge to the final destination.

Confident clients look for our confidence in the work that we do for them.

Bread and butter services in our dental facility come from  our delivery to daily routine small accounts.

Big clients when they come are far and in-between.

Dental implant cases require trust to close and deliver.

It takes time to build trust and make clients feel you are the best person suited to care for their needs.

Build trust on your website with quality content and people bond to the goodwill you generate.

Big and small clients are both equally important to our overall success, plan for them both with confidence.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.




Havana Cuba’s Soviet Health Care Model


Havana, Cuba’s Soviet Health Care Model treats  the vast majority of their citizens.

The Kansas City Dental Implant Society planned an excursion to Havana, Cuba, December 2004 to deliver oral health care products

in the form of toothpaste, toothbrushes and antibiotics.

I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.

This was my first trip to Havana and must admit it will long be remembered. The island country depends on tourism for 80% of  it’s gross national product. Sugar cane no longer rules as their main source of revenue. Cuban music and dance will definitely catch your attention with a backdrop of fantastic sunsets and waves crashing over a 4 mile sea wall called the Malecon.

Havana is the capital city, major port, and leading commercial center

of Cuba. The city is one of the 14 Cuban provinces. The city province has 2.1 million inhabitants, the largest city in Cuba and the largest in the Caribbean region. The city extends mostly westward and southward from the bay, which is entered through a narrow inlet and which divides into three main harbours: Marimelena, Guanabacoa, and Atares. The sluggish Almendares River traverses the city from south to north, entering the Straits of Florida a few miles west of the bay.

King Phillip ll of Spain granted Havana the title of City in 1592 and a royal decree in 1634 recognized it’s importance by

officially designating it the “Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies.”

The sinking of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana’s harbor in1898 was the immediate cause of the Spanish – American War.

Our evaluation of their health care delivery system revealed supply shortages of the very basics needed to treat daily maladies.

We saw firsthand skilled health care staff delivering care and doing the best with what was available to work with in a neighborhood dental clinic.

It was explained that the Soviet Union helped Cuba to implement a health care delivery system designed after it’s own

health care model. All Cuban citizens have access to basic health care.

I walked away from the clinic thinking about  treatment of patients in my own private practice. To see others do so much

with so little will make you a stronger practitioner in your daily battle plan confronting emergency dental care.

Our patients in crisis require more treatment time and may drain your daily energy if you are not prepared to treat the total

patient. The  patient in crisis may not be getting proper rest and nutrition. This will compromise their immune system.

Our rewards come when we are able to treat the total patient thus gaining increased energy levels. There is a real sense of

enjoyment and fulfillment in your health care practice when patients benefit from the services that you render, receiving quality health care.

The following strategy will help you treat the total patient:

1. Documentation of the patient in crisis existing condition.

2. Have a good medical and dental history.

3. Call the patient’s medical doctor for greater insight into the health history.

4. Keep the patient comfortable until out of crisis.

5. Support the immune system by treating the infection.

6.  Protein supplements will help keep nutritional requirements in a good range.

7. Review medications for dental related treatment concerns.

By calling the patient’s physician you gain valuable insight as to the best avenue to treat your patient.

I will return to Cuba and continue learning life’s lessons so that I may better serve others.

Havana Cuba’s Soviet Health Care Model does work for the citizens of Cuba.

From the Diary of my enlightenment

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S. & Gail H. Clark  

Kansas City Dental Implant Society   &

Background from Wikipedia