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6-1-2020 George Floyd & the Fuzzles-the-Muzzle Saga
7-20-2019 MUSCLES Hails His Space-Heroes
6-22-2019 It's a Curved 'Ball'-Park
4-22-2019 MUSCLES Fesses Up
3-22-2019 'MUSCLES', "BALL'-Joints & Teeth
2-15-2019 Four Canine Kitty-Corners
1-24-2019 ♥MUSCLES Luvs to SPLOOT♥
12-10-2018 A Holiday Video Card for All!
12-1-2018 Endo-dontic Nitty-Gritties
11-10-2018 Endo-dontics to the "Rescue"!
10-17-2018 MUSCLES' Autumn Message!
9-19-2018 Teeth Wanted: Dead or Alive
9-8-2018 'MUSCLES' Knows He Can!
8-16-2018 The Tooth's Inside Scoop
7-16-2018 To-GO or Not-To-GO "Studio"
6-18-2018 Oral-Care 101.9: Helpful Tid-Bits
6-12-2018 MUSCLES and His Was-Be Thinking
5-17-2018 Oral-Care 101.5: Tooth-brushing
5-7-2018 How MUSCLES Sees It--
4-27-2018 Oral-Care 101: D.O.G.G.Y.
3-11-2018 More "Perio"---More "Dontal"
2-23-2018 What's the "Perio"---What's the "Dontal"?
1-10-2018 Can a crown crown a crown?
12-18-2017 Implants, Bone & "Eating"
Yes, we can talk about the bone--but there is not just "bone" involved in the
"periodontal" aspect of dentistry. Let's break it down and OVER-SIMPLIFY
concepts for clarification of the bigger picture. Believe me, these concepts
will be important for a better understanding of TOOTH-BRUSHING which
will be a topic of a future blog.
Basically, the word "periodontal" can be broken into PERIO and DONTAL.
The Greek prefix "PERI" (or "PERIO") refers to "around" (or "surrounding")---
"DONTAL" (or "ODONTAL") refers to involving the "tooth" itself. So the simplest
definition of PERIO-DONTAL would be "around (or surrounding) the tooth"---
which actually refers to the structures involved in "surrounding the tooth".
' When I look in my mouth, I see the "crowns" of my teeth and I know that
their roots are below the gum-line. But I'm still not sure where the "bone"
comes in. Is the "bone" the only structure important "around the tooth"? '
' Let me do a simple "doggy-summary" about what I understand so far. The
word PERIO-DONTAL essentially refers to the supporting structures involved
"around (or surrounding) the tooth". The TOOTH must be surrounded by
healthy-BONE AND healthy-GUM to be of any use for functioning. The
TOOTH "stands" in a BONE-socket which makes it solid and rigid, but the
TOOTH and BONE must be connected, stabilized and protected from the
outside "mouth-environment". That's where all the gum and connecting
fibers come in! But more on this topic in the next dental-blog.'