Allison House has been practicing for 20 years. She is a past president of the Arizona Dental Association. She serves as a delegate to the American Dental Association. She speaks to dental students all over the country about ethics and leadership.
Allison House has been practicing for 14 years. She is diligent about keeping up to date with many continuing education classes including at the prestigious Pankey Institute and at the world class Spears Education Center. This ensures that her patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care available. Dr. House is the President of the Arizona Dental Association, a delegate to the American Dental Association, and a Board member for the Arizona Cactus Pine Girl Scout Council. She volunteers for the Murphy Dental Clinic, for Christina Smiles, and for the Mission of Mercy. These are all nonprofit organizations that do charitable dentistry.
Thank you all! The grace and kindness you have given us as we figure out how to take care of everyone safely and with integrity- it is overwhelming!
Good morning! It's 6:30 am on March 25th and I am leaving for the office in 30 minutes.
My dear patients have asked some questions and I wanted to give some real answers.
1. COVID-19 CANNOT live for 9 days on a surface! It can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours. And this is only on plastic surfaces. It lasts less time on stainless steel and cardboard surfaces. This is longer than the flu which can only last 48 hours on a surface.
2. COVID-19 is actually quite fragile. This means COVID-19 will die if it comes in contact with soap, bleach, lysol, or hand sanitizers. Tuberculosis would be an example of a germ that is hardy and won't always die with a cleaning product.
3. COVID-19 can stay in the air for up to 3 hours. This means a sneeze or cough is the most likely way to catch it from other people. And this is why the social distancing request.
What does this mean to you?
1. Use your lysol and clorox to wipe surfaces you commonly touch and your phones. Wash your hands with soap and water and wash often. Wash your dishes in hot, soapy water or in the dishwasher.
2. Stay inside and away from people as much as you can. The fewer people you come in contact with, the better off you are.
The good news is that scientists are working night and day with COVID-19 to figure it out and give us a vaccine and/or a cure.
This has been the strangest time of my professional career and I am overwhelmed just like all of you.
I also know that I live in a wonderful community and that we all have each other's backs.
Just keep moving forward....
Things look different at the office! We are essentially closed, but I am here and able to see emergencies. Don’t go to the ER for a dental emergency- we don’t want to stress the system.
Please stay home and be safe during this tough time. You are also welcome to call/email/ FB me if you need advice or resources. I am here and I care.
Many of you know that the American Dental Association has asked every dental office across the country to stop doing all procedures unless it is an emergency. This is in response to COVID-19.
I always comply with ADA recommendations, especially when we are talking about the health of my patients and our community.
We are rescheduling all non emergency appointments during the month of March. I,however, am still in the office. I will be seeing any and all emergency patients. It is important that we do not stress the hospitals with dental emergencies.
I am also available if anyone has questions about their particular situation and what precautions they should take.
If you need something--call me. I care and I will try to help.
Allison House, DMD
As the media coverage of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, I thought you all might like a dentist’s perspective. We in dentistry have been handling issues with infectious diseases since HIV became a concern in the 1980s. In fact, our universal precautions are set at the standard to kill tuberculosis – which is much more difficult to contain and destroy than coronavirus. Here are my suggestions:
1, Wash your hands. Bar soap works fine. I sing the Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star song to make sure I wash for the required amount of time. (When you do this you will recognize how long it really takes to have clean hands.)
2. Wash your children’s hands. Have them sing too-it makes it more fun!
3. Disinfect your phone twice a day. You can wipe it down with those Lysol wipes. Remember, your phone is ALWAYS on you. It is picking up germs everywhere you set it down and then you put it up to your face.
4. Be reasonable about attending public gatherings. What does this mean? Don’t have a toddler birthday party right now. Don’t go to a big meeting/ party with lots of people you don’t know. However, you still need to live your life! Visit your friends and family. Go to work. Keep your appointments.
5. What if I work with the public? A mask is not going to help you. In fact, it will make things worse. The mask will accumulate germs on the outside and soak through to your face! Why do we wear them in dentistry? We are constantly bombarded with wet spray from the work that we do. That is why we change our masks 10-15-20 times a day. A single mask on my face all day would be a massive hazard to me. Gloves would help you. If you handle money, some disposable gloves would help you – just don’t touch your face, wipe your hair, or adjust your glasses with them on. Use them as a reminder NOT to touch your face. Finally, I would recommend that you buy some Clorox or Lysol wipes and wipe down your workspace a couple of times a day.
6. What if I feel sick? Don’t panic. In Arizona; on March 12, 2020; the likelihood that you have COVID-19 is low. However, if you feel flu-like symptoms, it is reasonable to cancel appointments, not go to work, and you should call your physician. A mask still won’t help you, but it might help others. Again, it won’t help keep you from being sick. But if you are already sick, a mask will help you not spread your germs and any disease. Don’t wear one mask all day! If you are sick, wear the mask for short periods of time when you MUST interact with people. The mask will still accumulate germs and soak through, which could make you catch other illness and compound your current sickness.
7. Should I be afraid? If you are a normal and healthy person between the ages of 5 and 65- absolutely not! You might catch this at some point and it will be unpleasant, but it will pass and you will be back to your normal life.
However, if you have a compromised immune system (perhaps you have uncontrolled diabetes, are undergoing cancer treatment, you are elderly, or you have AIDS) then this is a big deal and should be treated as such. If you think you fall into the category of immune compromised, go see your physician and talk to them about your risks and what you should do.
My parting advice is this- we, as the health professionals in your community, are here to help. We live and work in this community and we care about you. We are all familiar with infectious disease. In dentistry, we live and breathe strict universal precautions to prevent the spread of infections. We have been doing so for 35 years! We are all here to serve you and help you make decisions about your individual situations.
Allison House, DMD
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Happy New Year! I was looking at Oprah's favorite things and I thought I would share my top favorite dental things:
1. I have had several patients really improve their oral health with a waterpik. It does NOT replace flossing, but it can really help if you have gaps between your teeth. (And most of us do once we are a certain age.) All brands of waterpik are generally good. Pro tip: I use mine in the shower because it is messy at the sink .https://www.amazon.com/NEWEST-Zerhunt-Cordless-Flosser-Cleaner/dp/B079ZZMTS7/ref=asc_df_B079ZZMTS7/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241896042129&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11205497185598116843&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9029976&hvtargid=pla-572348801955&psc=1
2. Many patients love their electric toothbrush and I have seen some wonderful results from using one. I always want to make sure people know a regular toothbrush works just as well- if it is used properly. Most electric toothbrushes are the same, but if you buy one please make sure you buy one with a few settings and a timer. https://myzsonic.com/product/z-sonic/
3. For patients that have trouble with regular floss, I like the new dental floss picks on the market. I don't think all of these are the same. I like the Oral B ones because they don't break and leave a little piece of floss stuck between my teeth!
4. For patients with a dry mouth, I am really liking the new XliMelts on the market. It is crucial that people don't suck on candy, mints, or lozenges to soothe a dry mouth. Constant use of those products can cause rampant cavities. Xlimelts don't have sugar and they melt nicely to coat the mouth. Don't overdo these, though. The xilitol can upset your stomach. https://www.riteaid.com/shop/xylimelts-for-dry-mouth-mild-mint-discs-40-ct-0359432?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkMGtmZKG5wIVC8ZkCh1l-Qv7EAYYASABEgKnePD_BwE
Best for a happy and healthy new year!
Friends, I am out of the office for the week of Christmas. My on call doctor is Dr. Powley 480-443-1100!
Year 8 at the Mission of Mercy.
The Arizona dental community comes together this time of year to provide dental care to patients in need. It is an amazing event with a huge impact.
Thank you to all the people that put it together!
My team is teasing me about my sweet tooth! Don’t worry! I promise I will brush after I eat the cake!
Dear Dr. House,
I need a deep cleaning. I understand why and I want to get it done. However, I have very limited time off and I need to do the whole procedure at one time. The dentist will not schedule it in one sitting. I have to come back twice. Why? And how can I convince her I need this done all at once?
Busy Working Mommy
Dear Busy Working Mommy,
First, kudos to you! am so glad you are taking care of yourself! So often busy moms put themselves last on their to do lists and, consequently, their self care is ignored.
I also want to let you know that taking care of this gum issue will improve your overall health, make your breath better, and will stop the spread of the bacteria that causes bone loss around your teeth.
As for your real question- the answer is yes. Sometimes a dentist will allow you to have your entire mouth "deep cleaned" in one day. However, there are a few things that must be true before a dentist will do it.
1. You must be the type of patient that follows instructions. Your entire mouth will be numb and it will be difficult for you to talk. Eating will be out of the question. The damage a bite can do to your mouth when you are that numb is significant. The dentist will want to know that you are safe.
2. The extent of your gum disease is an important factor. The dentist will want to know he/she has enough time to do a good job and that you are not so fatigued that he/she cannot complete the procedure.
3. Some insurance companies will not pay for a full mouth deep cleaning in one session- for ANY reason. This would leave you with the entire bill.
You should also know that I (if I was the patient) would not have this procedure done in one sitting. My mouth would be too tired. And my life is insane right now! (This "having it all" isn't what I thought it was going to be. We all need a nap! But that is a different discussion.)
If you still want the deep cleaning done in one day, call your dentist and tell him/her that you are willing to assume these risks. The dentist will most likely do it.
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Dear Dr. House,
I hate the dentist! Every time I go in he finds yet another cavity! It is so frustrating, as I feel I have put a small fortune into my mouth. Is it really possible that I get a new cavity every six months?
Help! I dread going now.
Dear Soft Teeth,
I hear you and I understand your frustration. I hate telling patients they have more cavities, because they get so upset with me! However, I am ethically obligated to tell patients the truth about their dental health. ( BTW, it does stink to be hated.)
If I was in your shoes, I would make a consult appointment with the dentist. I would keep a diary of everything I ate or drank for 3 days prior to the appointment. I would bring a list of all the medications I was taking and I would bring all the oral hygiene products that I was using. Then I would ask the dentist what he/she thought about my diet, my medications, and my hygiene.
The diary would give the dentist an idea if acid or sugar was getting on your teeth on a regular basis. Patients are shocked at how acidic and full of sugar many foods actually are.
The list of medications is helpful because many medications dry out your mouth, which causes cavities.
Finally, showing the dentist your oral hygiene products and explaining your hygiene routines would allow him/her to give you tips on what you, personally, need to use to keep your mouth healthy and cavity free.
I hope this helps you and maybe at the next visit you won't hate us quite so much!
Dear Dr. House,
I went to see my dentist today and he told me I have a tooth with a small cavity. However, instead of filling it, he told me to use fluoride to heal it. I don't understand. If I have a cavity, don't I need a filling?
Confused and Fillingless
Dear Confused and Fillingless,
I understand the confusion and I am so glad you asked!
First, a cavity is a hole in your tooth. When bacteria is left on a tooth for a long time and fed sugar, the bacteria secrete acid. The acid actually dissolves the tooth, creating a hole in the tooth. It is then easier for bacteria to hide in the hole and continue to secrete acid, making the hole deeper and/or wider.
The outside of the tooth, the part you see and that everyone wants very white, is called enamel. It is very hard and can resist acid for a long time. It can also be healed with fluoride. Fluoride bonds with crystals in the enamel and makes the crystals grow. The crystals fill the hole, making it disappear or "heal".
The enamel is much like the peel on an orange. It is tough and resilient, but it covers a softer and weaker part of the tooth called the dentin.
Once bacteria has dissolved the enamel and penetrated the dentin, the tooth must have a filling. The dentin dissolves easily and the hole will grow quickly.
This is why we take xrays every year. A small cavity in the enamel can sit there a long time, but a cavity in the dentin can get big and cause problems.
I hope this information helps you. It sounds like your dentist is conservative and wants to try fluoride before he does any surgery to the tooth ( ie the filling).
Be sure and brush 2-3 times per day and floss every night before bed to remove the bacteria. Then use the fluoride as your doctor directed.
Dear Dr. House,
My new dentist insists on taking xrays before I can get my teeth cleaned. All I really want is to have clean and white teeth for my wedding next month. Why can't she just clean my teeth?
Dear Unhappy Bride,
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! What an exciting time!
I hear this concern about xrays often from patients and I understand the frustration.
First, let me explain the why. Dentists cannot see cavities in between teeth, the bone around the teeth, or any bone abnormalities just by looking and feeling the teeth. It's essentially the same issue physicians have with breast exams. The physician can look and feel breast tissue, but they cannot see cancerous lesions without the help of a mammogram.
Second, the American Dental Association has made recommendations on how often xrays should be taken on a patient based on their age and cavity risk. Dentists follow these recommendations because they are regulated by something called the standard of care. When dentists don't follow the standard of care and a patient suffers harm, it is a bad situation for everyone. Again, the same situation exists with a physician who allows a woman to skip her mammogram. If the patient had cancer that went undetected because no mammogram was ordered for another full year, it is bad for everyone involved.
So, you see, your dentist is not trying to be mean! She wants to catch problems early so you don't end up with bigger problems later.
BTW: If you have had xrays at another dentist's office within the last year, you can have them sent to your new dentist. The dentist doesn't have to take the xrays to be within the standard of care, they just have to have them and read them.
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Fun fact: When Dr. Allison B House was in kindergarten, she was dismissed from class for shouting out the answers during a test. Talk about being born to help others! #ADA #MentorofTheYear #AZDentist #HouseDental
Mentor of the year!! Dr.Allison Borden House As many of you know Dr. House is very active in the dental community and absolutely loves mentoring new dentists!
We are so honored that our very own Dr. Allison B. House was awarded “Mentor of The Year” by the AzDA.
AzDA wishes a big congratulations to the 2019 award winners (L-R) Dr. Jessica Robertson (President's Award), Dr. Brian Powley (Dentist of the Year), and Dr. Allison House (Mentor of the Year).
Dr. Allison House has been practicing for 20 years. She is diligent about keeping up to date with many continuing education classes including at the prestigious Pankey Institute and at the world class Spears Education Center. This ensures that her patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care available. Dr. House is active in dentistry. Here in Arizona, she is a past president of the state of Arizona Dental Association, a member of the local Central Arizona Dental Society, and a board member for the Arizona Dental Foundation.
Nationally, Dr. House is a delegate to the American Dental Association. She sits on the Council for Dental Practice at the American Dental Association. She also serves on the Oversight Committee for Standards in Dental Informatics.
Dr House is committed to her community. She is active in Rotary and Girl Scouts. She also volunteers every year for the Arizona Mission of Mercy at the Veteran’s Coliseum. (This is a two day event where dentists do $2 million dollars worth of charitable dentistry for the community.)
Dr. House is married to Mark House and has two adult children, JD and Darby House.
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