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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas December Dear Ahby Bloom Count Uninformed bentists Force Patients to Pay Terrible Price DEAR HEADERS If you have skip this But if you still have your own teeth flhd want to keep you may be glad you read it DEAR ABBY I am sitting here after emotionally drained and physically but I must Write this letter because so many people need to be 1 am a dental hygienist who is currently seelhg a flock of new patients be cause two elderly dentists in this community are no longer One retired and the other one These patients had complete faith in their dentists only to come to us and find that it was in They are victims of dentists who did not keep up with current Most of these patients saw their dentist a year for checkups and for 20 to 30 years They loved their dentists and they cant believe it when they learn that they now have advanced perfdontal gum disease They cant understand why they were never told this I could tell but Idqnt want to be blackballed in this community should they decide to take legal So I will tell Dear and hope that you tell them These dentists were trained in an era of dentistry that did not under stand peridontal and they havent learned anything Dentures were something that were expected by most older people in the 1920s through the Today we know that gum disease is a bacterial infection caused by same bacteria that cause The plaque hardens into calculus tartar if it is not The usual place of calculus formation is at the gum and it eventually extends beneath the if not It is beneath the gum that calculus does the most for here it attacks the bone that supports the The bone slowly dis solves itself to get away from the irritating It takes years before the teeth will eventually be More often than the patients I see have no calculus visible when looking in their Their former dentist removed what he could but left the calculus under the allowing the disease to He either was unaware that it was there because he failed to keep up with modern dental or he was unwilling to change and felt that curing peridontal disease is modern the majority of his patients are suffering from advanced gum Peridontal disease is usually not painful until the final How there are warning There are several all are curable until one reaches the most advanced Only a competent dentist is able to tell you what stage you are in and what treatment is Usually ail that is needed in the beginning stages is a thorough cleaning and a good homecare The symptoms to look tot are fed and swollen gums bleeding when one brushes healthy gums never a bad taste or odor from the In the advanced the bleeding stops because the gums have formed a type of scar tissue around the If youve had bleeding for and then it it doesnt necessarily mean the problem has gone I know this is very but the public needs to know the whole Let me say that not ail older dentists are but the Vast majority have not kept up with the and their unsuspecting patients pay a terrible 1 hope you deem this important enough to Im signing my name if you want to check me but I prefer to remain anonymous for obvious DENTAL HYGIENIST Medical Respiratory Specialists Equipment AH Pharmacy Services 8257777 353 Landa We Deliver Mew A Settip Hes been chased thrown tfvough o ond attested BEVERLY HILLS 4 thru ft thru Monday Is Bargain Day AH stats very Tuesday is BARGAIN DAY ALL Seats Are ALL Da He taught him the secret to THE KARATE KID A o CINEMA CABLE TELEVISION Give Cable Television for Christmas Ibis FREE INSTALLATION New Cable 160 Highwty West ing this coma iota ow ojw mourn SeguU Ctblt it Garfield PACK FROMTMfc WHERE ARE 6ARFIELPPIPNT GET LOCKE OUT OR PIP OPIE Cathy HE5 ft DOCTOR CflTHV VOU ASKED HIM OUT MO HES A DOCTOR SET A GRIP ON SUCCESS FUL WOflOEN 00 NOT UP flNO DOWN IN THE LADIES ROOW1 HES fl Peanuts Annie DOES SANTA CLAUS HAVE A TITLE OR A RANK I DONT KNOUL IVE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT I LL PUT POWN LIEUTENANT COLONEL LlBRflBYS J OIPNT NOTICE THE THERES A PHONE IN THE VESTIBULE ISNT Dick Tracy POWN THESE INSTRUCTIONS ZTHERES SOMETHING r HAVE TO TELL Gasoline Alley GROOVY IM LEAVING THE DEPARTMENTTUWSINIG IN MY Renting the rooms next door could solve i j Go told Rover not to N but he Tank McNamara Tartan WELL K IN THg OF THE KEN BEFORE IP THAT voesnf us THf PUNO TKlffS AIRLIFT IS FOR KJUKSE IS Nancy I COPTERS IN A PLANE vou CAN FLY OVEK THAT DRIPPING B PRIVIN m WHEN Ik OQINS3 MY
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