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I like what a big dental water because my back is big on dental flossing so we always call which I think is very very fine in a comparing these two methods which is actually better for your teeth maintenance training can you tackle it that's that is it's really is does come down to personal choice and you can imagine the physical effect off off spring water under pressure you're not having to deal with to you know to Hans necessary that have to delicately string into a tight space and likely damage the tissues on the meat so that so that the the latter requires more dexterity I would say that the the I would lean towards more to pick as being more able to flush out and invigorate and actually massage the tissues around that flaws not flossing may make may not do so well you know that would be my instinctive comparison I just have to ask you just for the record you don't work for the water pick people no I don't not at all I'm a lab rat I have tweet that came in that something that I've been wondering about for years Magaly says should you floss before or after brushing I want to comment Reina no science shows one but over the other exactly so my colleague I practice with and in Houston George sale would always give this wonderful anecdote that you take it off hand spread your fingers a little bit dip it into a can of paint and then pull it out and then put your fingers together and brush them off and the paint would wipe off but not between your fingers right so if you think about that and the allergy then obviously you want to brush for some brush thoroughly and then flaws and perhaps do a rinse after that so that the new cell fragments that are stuck between your teeth that the frost didn't get to can be flushed out by by physical force and that's what a water pick with it okay yep to both doesn't matter which order let me ask you about some research we we wanna talk touch or some before we have to go through what it what is the latest research on types of fillings filling technology filling cavities and teeth so you want me so so the growing controversy is that amalgams that contain mercury alloys that almost two alloys all all home full because again be putting a metal substance in in in the oral cavity and B. tend to in dentistry be very advanced with all material developments right now we'll be out trying to find a replacement material that has these statics the durability and can descend distresses be placed on the tube which is quite intense to replace that so the filling also there is a move now to create these fit these new hybrid composite materials that looked like the tooth of that have anti microbial properties that also have odd can last a long time and really be the great substitute for mountain so I see a very promising research in that area interesting the exciting stuff Graham I replied oh this is science Friday from W. NYC studios answering as many questions as I can ask that we have never I have never seen the board so lit up in our tweets so many tweets doesn't help me go to this tweet which is something I was going to ask anyhow and Richard Watson asks it why is dentistry insurance covered separately from general health insurance markets well that's a so and and that has to do with our employers and our government so for instance Medicare covers your medical care as you turn age sixty five or older but there's no dental benefits that was a decision that was made in the early nineteen sixties when life expectancy was just about sixty eight years of age and they said well we don't really need dental insurance that's not today and it's not what's healthy of course as as Reno said oral health is part of general health and that's that's an issue our our employers have the option to get a purchase for us and and have us contribute to the very best in dental insurance it's expensive and some employees choose to do so most do not to say that there are a lifetime caps on on orthodontic care and and and periodontal care to say that adults don't get fluoride treatments but children can even though we know fluoride can help reduce the K. in adults who were getting the K. this is a this is a pretty backward our staff and and many of the insurers are stepping up to deal with today and some of the states in the United States are actually doing a lot better in providing adult dental care is part of a a total health benefits do we do we know if any of the candidates when they talk about Medicare for all a Medicare for all if you wanted or did they cover dental also or we still stuck without I saw her in a couple of candidates a couple of words about dentistry but nobody really through this as a as a major item in the in the campaign but there is there is some good news though that's that's emerging on the universal front on the global front so you'll be happy to know that and this happened when I had the privilege to serve as president of the I. A. D. R. but all exit CEO Christopher fox worked very closely with the FBI the World Health Organization and the U. N. to come up with the universal health coverage that included oral health and so far eighteen countries have bought into this and I buy and expect good things to come forth and of course the U. S. is not involved currently but the hope is that we could influence our public policy makers into believing that oral health is an indicator of systemic health and systemic health in turn informs oral health that bidirectional connection cannot be ignored anymore in our society I can say that strongly because there are people at the disparities where are you but you don't have the burden of disease equally shared or distributed across society has but is becoming an increasingly eight we got into bed we know about our health insurance one last quick question for you mark I read I read the ingredients my toothpaste and it was mostly sand in fact correct yeah there's some soap some sand in some some fellow particles are yes they they use they use Sandel says silicate like materials as the abrasive they have to be carefully crafted so that they don't aggressively where the tooth they have to be the correct size to manage that but that's one of the main stain removers okay we're gonna leave or we have so many questions I ask and dentist Dr mark well dean of school of dental health university of Pennsylvania Dr Reena to Suzette professor dentistry university of Utah and past president of the I. A. T. E. R. thank you for taking time then answering so many questions for us thank you thank you so much you're welcome just like with his art director producers are like salen Christie Taylor and Katy feather we are welcoming to our staff this week Nigel or tell our new chief content officer welcome to the show went technical engineering help today from rich Kim Kevin will for Lisa Gosselin BJ liederman composed our theme music our science Friday vox pop back you heard them on the show today will be continuing our degrees of change series next week with a discussion on sustainable building materials we want to know from you would you live in a city entirely made of wood if it meant reducing your carbon footprint download our science twenty Bucks pap pap and answer that question would you would you live in a city made entirely of wood if it meant reducing your carbon footprint because there are now ways of making buildings out of would totally out of what we're gonna talk about a hundred degrees of chain series next week so please download the box pop app.

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