Welcome to Tooth Be Known!

Our mission is to educate you about dentistry in order to alleviate your fears, help you communicate with your dentist better, and get a healthier mouth. We will also be bringing you information on new developments and technologies in dentistry.

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Episode 7 — Implants…Dental Implants

We are joined in this episode by Dr. Paul Korb, an oral surgeon.  We all talk about how great dental implants are and let you know what they can do for you.  This is actually the 1st of  2 parts of the discussion.  Part 2 will be coming to you in a future episode.  But first, find out what physical features people are attracted to most.  You might be surprised.  Please don’t forget to make a comment at the bottom.

Show Notes

Guest Host–Dr. Paul Korb

Dr. Paul Korb

Dr. Paul Korb

Dr. Korb is a Board-Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and his practice is focused on periodontal plastic surgery, dentoalveleolar surgery, and orthognathic surgery.  He hosts, lectures, or moderates quarterly educational seminars in the north metro Atlanta area.

Dr. Korb’s goal is to “provide the patients I serve with the best oral and maxillofacial surgery care available and to contribute to the professional dental and oral surgery communities both locally and nationally. I believe the best patients are educated patients who can then make informed choices about their oral health care. Those patients when paired with a team of highly trained and ethical dental professionals can obtain results beyond expectation.”

Find out more about Dr. Korb’s practice at www.PaulKorb.com.

News: Smile Surveys

2009 Nobel Biocare survey–www.usdentalsurvey.com

  • Largest known consumer survey about dentistry ever
  • People ranked the physical attributes most important to them and how well they were satisfied with their own physical attributes
  • A big thank you to Mark Macauley, Marketing Communications Manager with Nobel Biocare and Tom Albright, VP of Marketing with Nobel Biocare for helping me
  • Please note, I was curious in the episode as to how the terms Smile and Appearance of Teeth would be considered different things in the survey.  As Tom and Mark helped me to understand, these were items in a list of physical attributes and were open to the participants’ interpretation.

2008 ADA,Crest Survey–http://www.ada.org/public/media/presskits/publicspeaks/survey_findings.pdf

  • Also a survey of the most attractive physical attributes

2007 Crest Whitestrips Survey–http://www.whitestrips.com/whitestrips-facts/career.jsp

  • Survey on how the smile can affect your professional success, financial success, and even your perceived trustworthiness

Word of the Day: Osseointegration

The complete incorporation of a foreign body (such as an implant) into bone, which in our discussion would be the upper or lower jawbone.

Dental Implants

  • What is an implant?
  • Why would you do an implant?

Dental Tech

  • Laser encoded implant instruments

Remember to send in your questions to info@ToothBeKnown.com.


Episode 6 — Fun with Fillings

We spill the beans on how some gummi bears may be good for your teeth and fill you in on fillings.  Everything you wanted to know about fillings.  Yes, everything.  No, wait, it’s not that bad!

Show Notes


Gummi Bears with xylitol might decrease cavities in kids


Word of the Day: Composite

Made up of disparate or separate parts or elements; a type of filling material which is tooth-colored.

Dental Fillings

  • Why might a tooth need a filling?
  • Types of fillings materials
  • How long should they last?

Remember to send in your questions to info@ToothBeKnown.com.


Episode 5 — My Dentist has Mad Tech

We’ve made it to episode 5.  We fill you in on genuine reasons to avoid the dentist, but take care not to avoid overusing these as excuses.  If you tell us one to many times that you have tuberculosis we’ll start to wonder if you live in a Russian prison.  We’ll also tell you what cool new tools your dentist can use to treat you if you actually make it to their office.

Show Notes

Reasons to Avoid the Dentist

  • Influenza
  • Head lice
  • Active Herpes blister on your lip
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pink eye

Word of the Day: Chartless Office

A dental or medical office that uses electronic records instead of paper records to track the diagnoses and treatment of its patients.  A paperless office extends this by having not only electronic records, but also electronic signature pads, digital x-rays, and other digital forms of communication entirely doing away with paper.

Dental Tech You Might See in Your Dentist’s Office

  • Digital X-rays
  • Digital photography
  • CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Milling)
  • Lasers
  • Patient Education Software

Remember to send in your questions to info@ToothBeKnown.com.