Give Your Body Some Credit
Posted October 20, 2020.
By the end of today, nearly 130 people in the US will die from opioid drug overdose . It’s a growing problem, but more on that in a moment...
The human body is incredible. It’s amazing how our bodies allow us to walk, talk, think, learn, grow and then do it all again the next day.
Albert Einstein once said:
Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to
climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
I believe this to be true, and in that all of us have great potential and the ability to become something better than we are today. As a provider of cosmetic and implant services, it’s amazing how well our bodies can take on a new material or substance and make it become part of its own, such as with replacement of teeth to enhance a smile.
My wife Megan sometimes teases me in good fun for taking certain vitamins and health supplements. I jokingly say that from my perspective, I believe a healthy diet and supplementing with the right kind of vitamins and minerals today prevents me from taking certain prescription pills later in life. But I’ve also found that managing my energy, schedule, and sleep is just as, if not more important to great long-term health. And, of course, flossing daily. :)
It’s astounding at how well we can heal after surgery or something as simple as a bruise or sprained ankle. Several years ago I had 3 gum grafts and today you wouldn’t even notice or know that I ever went through it if you weren’t reading this.
In a recent study from the University of Michigan a theory was confirmed that we’ve believed and witnessed first hand for many years at Pinecrest Dental, which is that over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol and ibuprofen actually perform better and more effectively for most people as compared to prescription or collects or opioids.
Here what the new study found earlier this year:
A U-M research study published in March 2020, however, found that patients who were prescribed opioids after tooth extractions reported more severe pain than patients who received different pain medications. The alternatives were over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and/or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Motrin, Aleve).
I’ll emphasize the findings again. People who were prescribed narcotic pain relievers after wisdom teeth removal, reported more severe pain than patients who received alternative pain medications, such as over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.
Don’t get me wrong, opioids have their place, and we do prescribe them if they’re appropriate for you, we are not going to stop prescribing them. However we do want you to know we always take your health and side effects seriously, and want to always ensure we have your best interests in mind.
However another problem right now is that over half of the people who are prescribed opioid medications reported having leftovers, which can lease to dependency, selling them on the street, or drug use by teenagers and adults.
THE QUESTIONS TO ASK
Here are a few important questions to ask before any dental procedure you may have (and for that matter before any medical procedure you may undergo). If you have an upcoming implant or tooth removal procedure in our office, we have a handout tip sheet we can share with you by email or by mailing it to you if you don’t have one that outlines all of this in detail. Give us a call if you’d like a copy or simply reply to this email.
During pre-treatment visits, you should ask:
- Do I really need prescription medications to manage my pain?
- What alternative or over the counter alternatives do I have?
- Will any of my current prescription medications or supplements interact with pain medication?
- How and where do I properly dispose of my unused pain medications?
At Pinecrest Dental, we are committed to providing you with the most comfortable experience possible. We hope these tips help you better understand options and management of pain when it does come.
Dr. Tyler Williams, D.D.S.