I happened across a great article in the New York Times (readers of this blog may have come to the realization that I’m an avid reader of this publication) that sang the praises of the dental sealant. It still comes as a shock to me to hear of members of my own profession who still don’t place sealants on a routine basis. At our practice, most of our patients have sealants placed; the rare instances when we elect not to place them are for patients with extremely shallow grooves, easily cleaned teeth and a history of no cavities. Otherwise, we are HUGE believers in the value of sealants.
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the tongue as “the soft, movable part in the mouth that is used for tasting and eating food and in human beings for speaking”. While this is true, what the definition leaves out is the fact that the tongue is made up mostly of muscle. This explains why it is so effective in moving food through the oral cavity, and why when one receives lidocaine (‘novocaine’) during a dental procedure, your tongue feels like it’s paralyzed.