By Laura B. HoopermanAssociated PressIt’s hard to imagine anyone else making such a promise, and yet the phrase “new dental infection” is a familiar one to many dentists and patients in Houston.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of dental-associated infections is on the rise, and the number has jumped by as much as 300% in recent years.
The problem is not new.
But the CDC says the rise is particularly alarming because so many new infections are occurring in communities of color.
That’s because dental care is often an important part of communities of colour.
In Houston, where more than 80% of residents are white, more than half of dental offices are white.
But when I visited the dental office of Dr. Thomas Lee, I discovered that the white-collar workers at his office weren’t exactly the stereotypical white-owned businesses, either.
The office was full of people of color, all wearing the same brown-colored scrubs.
Lee was an orthodontist who spent his career in the dental industry.
He is the founder of Dentistry for All, a nonprofit dental care advocacy organization.
“Dental care is not something that we’re supposed to do for everybody,” he said.
“It’s something that’s for the rich and the powerful.
It’s for those that have a vested interest in doing the same things that everyone else does.”
The practice of dentistry is largely white-dominated, but that doesn’t mean it’s a monolithic profession.
It includes a range of professions, including some that aren’t traditionally seen as black-owned, like chiropractors, podiatrists and dentists.
The work is generally seen as low-risk, and it’s hard for dentists to make money.
“If you’re not doing that type of work, you’re going to be the most underpaid person,” Lee said.
The trend of dentists working in predominately white neighborhoods is part of a broader trend.
In the past, there were few places to practice dentistry in America, and dentistry practices were largely in cities.
But that changed in the late 1970s, when many white Americans moved to the suburbs.
Dentistry clinics and clinics that specialized in dentistry were popping up all over the country.
In the 1980s, dentists were the ones filling the gaps left by the move to suburbs.
But a lack of funding for dentistry and lack of community support led to the rise of community clinics and other providers.
And now, there are many more dental offices in predominantly white neighborhoods.
It’s not just dentists in the city that are facing an epidemic of new dental infections.
It also happens in some suburbs.
In San Antonio, which has a predominately Hispanic population, more and more dentists are choosing to work in black neighborhoods, even though many are practicing in white areas.
The practice has led to a spike in new infections.
The city’s Office of the Health Director estimates there are about 8,000 dental infections a year in the entire city.
And it’s only getting worse.
The CDC says there are over 2,000 new dental-related infections every day in the United States.
About half of those infections occur in people ages 18-64.
The number of new infections is up from about 2,700 in 2016.
“It’s really an epidemic,” said Dr. Daniel Pendergrass, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Houston.
“There are people in the community who are dying and people are getting infected.”
He said it’s not a problem isolated to one area.
“I’ve seen it in all communities, and I’ve seen the same thing in my own city,” Pendergrasses said.
“There’s no community in the U.S. that is immune to this, and that’s an issue for all communities.
It could be a local problem, it could be something systemic, and people need to recognize it’s an epidemic.”
Pendergrass said it can be difficult for dentist to recognize that an infection is coming.
“I think the first thing to realize is that this is an infection, and not a new infection,” he added.
“And there is a difference between a new and a new disease.
So you have to do what you’re told.”
The most common infection that can cause a dental infection is a toothache.
Other infections include cavities, lacerations, infections with bacteria and viruses and infection with fungi and fungi-like organisms.
But there are other, more insidious ways to get dental infections, like toothpaste burns, a bacterial infection and a bacterial reaction that leads to tooth decay.
The best way to avoid an infection that might affect your teeth is to get your toothbrush and your toothpaste, said Dr., Dr. Paul K. DeBoeuf, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
DeBeauvoir says that’s why he