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By Patrick R. Gallagher III, D.D.S
March 24, 2014
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Prescription medications can be stolen from medicine cabinets. They can be flushed down the toilet, potentially contaminating the ground and waterways. They can be accidentally ingested by children and pets.

That’s why Carroll health and law enforcement officials worked to add another prescription medication drop-off box in the county at the Maryland State Police Westminster barrack, bringing the total to five safe disposal spots around the county. And these boxes really fill up, according to Linda Auerback, the substance abuse prevention supervisor at the Carroll County Health Department.


The box was placed in the lobby at MSP’s barrack last week, where it will be available to the public 24/7. The box is extremely heavy, making it nearly impossible to steal, said Detective Sgt. Padraic Lacy, who was instrumental in starting the disposal program at the Westminster barrack.

Carroll’s year-round medication disposal program launched in 2009, and collection sites are sprinkled throughout the county in Taneytown, Sykesville, Westminster and Greenmount, according to the program’s flier. About 4,240 pounds of medication have been netted in total, according to Jessica Bullock, a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office crime scene specialist.

More than three out of four people who misuse prescription painkillers use drugs prescribed to someone else, and about 55 percent of those who abuse pills obtain them for free from a friend or relative, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from a 2010 study.

Exploring the expansion of prescription drug drop-off sites was a goal stated in Carroll’s Opiate Overdose Prevention Plan.

As Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials looked at 2012’s fatal overdose statistics, they noticed a 54 percent rise in heroin deaths in the state from 2011. Prescription painkiller deaths decreased during that same time frame but still were at 293 in the state in 2012.

Heroin and prescription pills are both opioids, and health and law enforcement officials have stated that a prescription painkiller addicts sometimes turn to heroin when the pill supply runs low because it produces a similar high.

Fatal heroin overdoses rose from two in 2011 to 13 in 2012 in Carroll. Prescription painkiller deaths in Carroll rose from five in 2011 to 17 in 2012, according to the latest statistics from DHMH. More updated data is not available at this time, according to DHMH spokeswoman Karen Black.

The high number of fatal overdoses in both categories prompted the state to create a Maryland Opioid Overdose Prevention Plan released in January 2013. And the state mandated each jurisdiction craft one as well.

The goal of the drop-off sites is to ensure medication is disposed of properly.

The collection sites have certain guidelines, according to a Maryland State Police news release: Over the counter and prescription medications are accepted as long as they are sealed in a container; an original container is preferred. Narcotics and illegal drugs are prohibited, as are syringes, needles, diabetic waste and sharp objects.

Auerback said it’s best to utilize these sites to ensure pills don’t fall into the wrong hands.

“If they’re at your home, they can be abused or misused — not just by teens, but by anybody who it’s not prescribed for, “ she said.

Drop-off sites

Source: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/msp-adds-prescription-medication-disposal-box-at-westminster-barrack/article_d6af0b47-fe99-5bef-b11e-0d6981d67e04.html

By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
March 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Permanent tooth loss at any age greatly affects long-term oral health. But because their jaw and facial structures are still developing, it’s particularly consequential for adolescents. Add to that any planned orthodontic treatment, and a little extra care is warranted when a teenager loses a tooth.

The biggest concern is potential bone loss caused by the missing tooth. Because the mouth structures are still developing, bone loss can be especially problematic for any future restorations of missing teeth. One of the best ways to slow or stop bone loss is to surgically insert bone-grafting material at the time of an extraction. Bone grafts act as scaffolds that the body builds natural bone upon; eventually the natural bone completely replaces the graft material.

When it comes to the matter of orthodontics, the treatment plan will be to either close the space so that future tooth replacement isn’t necessary or maintain the space for future tooth replacement. If the choice is the latter, the orthodontist will maintain enough space during installation of the braces for future replacement. In the meantime, the orthodontist can install temporary, color-matched tooth replacements within the braces to cover the gap. After the braces have been removed, artificial crowns may also be incorporated into the retainers for a more natural appearance until receiving a permanent replacement.

The best choice for that permanent replacement is a dental implant, a “stand-alone” system that encourages bone maintenance and doesn’t interfere or impact adjacent teeth. The only real question for adolescents is when to install the implants.

The mouth’s structural development doesn’t conclude until early adulthood: in males around ages 20, and in females typically a year or so earlier. Your dentist will evaluate your adolescent’s growth and development to determine if he or she is ahead or behind the growth curve. Natural teeth grow and develop along with the corresponding bone growth, but implants are artificial devices that don’t “grow” with the natural bone. It’s important, therefore, to postpone an implant installation until the jaw structure has fully developed — if done too early, the implant crown’s length won’t appear to be proportionally right (especially in relation to natural teeth) as the jaw continues to grow.

If you would like more information on dental implants for teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants for Teenagers.”

Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6:00 am | Updated: 4:28 pm, Wed Mar 5, 2014.

After three years of running, beer and Irish fare in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the annual Celtic Canter in Westminster is expanding in distance and activities for its fourth anniversary on March 15.

The race has been extended from the previous distance of three miles to a full 5K, according to founder and race director Patrick Gallagher, and will be electronically timed.


“In the first three years, we were timing it manually,” Gallagher said. “To attract real [serious] runners, we needed to make it a 5K [and] we needed to migrate or evolve into electronic timing.”

While in past years the Celtic Canter had only been a race and post-race meal organized between Gallagher and O’Lordan’s Irish Pub, this year’s event — retitled the Celtic Canter and Irish Celebration — adds the City of Westminster as an active partner and numerous new downtown activities, according to Missie Wilcox, marketing consultant for the City of Westminster.

“We worked together to add some new events like the Leprechaun Chase, a one mile kids’ fun run,” Wilcox said. “There will be Irish arts and crafts, balloon art, face painting and we are also doing some ‘highland games,’ caber toss and rock toss.”

The idea behind the new activities, Wilcox said, is to build an event that encourages people to spend a little more time in Westminster after the race.

“Previously, they would run, maybe get a beer at O’Lordan’s and then go home,” she said. “We hope families will cheer their family member on and then shop and experience downtown.”

The 5K race will begin at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Green and Bond streets and follow a new course that keeps the race closer to downtown, according to Abby Gruber, director of the Westminster Department of Recreation and Parks. The new course heads east on Main Street at the start and finishes by heading back along Green Street to a finish near the starting line.

After the race, each participant of legal age will be treated to a free beer at O’Lordan’s Irish Pub — soft drinks for those under 21 — where prizes for the winners will also be announced, according to Gallagher.

At 10 a.m., the Leprechaun Chase, which Gruber said is open to children ages 10 and younger, will begin at Belle Grove Square near the start of the 5K and will circle the square in a clover leaf pattern.

“All the children will receive a race number and each child that crosses the finish line will get a participation medal,” Gruber said. “In an effort to get our participants to migrate downtown, all children will get a special prize, but they have to go to the library with their race number to get it.”

Irish craft tables, face painting and a balloon artist will be set up inside the Westminster Branch of the Carroll County Public Library, according to Gruber, while the library lawn will be devoted to demonstrations and child-friendly versions of “highland games” such as caber toss — the throwing of large wooden poles, cardboard tubes in this case — stone put and maide leisg.

“[Maide leisg] is a seated event where you sit sole to sole and both competitors hold onto a stick and the object is to see who can pull the other from a sitting position,” Gruber said. “We will also have a Blarney Stone and we’ll do a kiss the Blarney Stone where you actually have to bend over backwards to kiss the stone.”

Children will also have the opportunity to collect a “pot of gold” in the form of plastic gold coins that will be distributed by businesses along Main Street. Children that visit a participating business will collect one or more coins in a black, plastic caldron that will then be redeemable for Irish themed prizes at a Leprechaun Store inside the library, according to Gruber.

Irish folk band Ceol Anam Cara will also perform live at the library stage from 10 a.m. until noon, Gruber said.

All of the activities except the 5K race are free, according to Gruber, and while race day registration will be available for the 5K, preregistration by March 12 is preferred and available online at www.runningmaryland.com/registration/event_details.php?eid=72.

Registration will be $30 per runner in advance and $35 on race day, with proceeds going to benefit Carroll County Children’s Fund Inc., Access Carroll and Target Community and Educational Services, Inc.

There were 300 runners registered for the event at press time, according to Gruber, and there is no set limit for the number of racers.

This is by design, according to Gallagher, who was inspired to start the Celtic Canter by a visit to Baltimore’s St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K.

“The run in Baltimore cuts off at 5,000 runners and yet there are still a lot of people that would like to do it,” he said. “To create something that mimics that race or is equally competitive as a 5K is going to attract those people that maybe couldn’t get into the run in the city.”

Creating a premier race event will not only create fun for locals, Gallagher said, but will draw runners and their families from around the region and introduce them to Westminster, some perhaps for the first time.

“I think it’s a win-win on the charitable contribution level, for the business community and for people to just have something athletic to do at a time of year when it’s cold out, rainy out and spring is just beginning,” Gallagher said. “I hope it grows into a running festival for Westminster that they can really wrap their hands around and take pride in.”

March 10, 2014
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The 2014 Celtic Canter was a great success! Please enjoy the video below that showcases our participants and our sponsors! And please consider joining our event next year.

About the 2014 Celtic Canter...

  • Saturday - March 15, 2014
  • The run starts at 9:00 a.m.
  • Location: Belle Grove Square Park, Green & Bond Streets

*Download a PDF for downtown Westminster parking options.

The Celtic Canter is a fundraiser benefiting the following non-profit organizations:

Hosted by Patrick R. Gallagher III, DDS, PA and O’Lordans Irish Pub & Restaurant

Bagpipes at the start line create an Irish atmosphere; a new course through the heart of Westminster takes runners and walkers on an historic journey through downtown and beyond.  Post race activities include: a Leprechaun Chase (kids fun run), post race gathering, awards and door prizes at O’Lordans (Reservations strongly recommended (410) 876-0000 - Irish Classic menu items, excluding Irish breakfast, will be $10.00, 1 free beer or soda for all runners.  Must be present to win door prizes), Pot O’ Gold Treasure Hunt at participating downtown businesses, Irish themed entertainment and activities for all ages at the Westminster Library beginning at 10 a.m.

Celtic Canter Fundraising Run in Westminster, Maryland

Click here for more info.


Nolan Gould, who plays Luke on the popular TV comedy Modern Family, has beautiful, straight teeth. But in an exclusive interview with Dear Doctor magazine, the young actor said it wasn't always that way.

“My teeth used to be pretty messed up,” Nolan said. “I had two extra teeth when I was born. They hadn't come out (erupted) yet. And all the other teeth that were already there were starting to point backwards because it was getting so crowded in my mouth. At about the age of 7, I started going to the orthodontist to get my teeth checked.”

Age 7 may sound early for a visit to the orthodontist, but in fact that's exactly the age we recommend for a first orthodontic evaluation. Malocclusions (bad bites) often become noticeable around this time, as the child's permanent (adult) teeth erupt. We might already be able to see evidence of the following problems: crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding teeth, extra or missing teeth, and sometimes problems with jaw growth. So even if your child is too young for braces, it is not necessarily too early for an orthodontic evaluation.

This type of exam can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Early detection of orthodontic problems makes it easier to correct those problems in the long run. Waiting until all of the permanent teeth are in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction more difficult or even impossible. That's why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7.

Orthodontic treatment itself usually begins between ages 7 and 14. Therapy that begins while a child is still growing, often referred to as “interceptive orthodontics,” helps produce optimal results. In Nolan's case, an early orthodontic evaluation allowed his orthodontist enough time to plan the most effective treatment. Nolan's two extra teeth were removed before they had a chance to push his other teeth even further out of alignment, and he was given orthodontic appliances which fit behind the teeth.

“You can remove them, which is really good for acting, especially because you can't see them. I can wear them 24/7 and nobody will ever notice.”

One thing that is noticeable, however, is Nolan's perfectly aligned smile!

If you would like to learn more about improving tooth alignment with orthodontics, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. To read Dear Doctor's entire interview with Nolan Gould, please see “Nolan Gould.” Dear Doctor also has more on an “Early Orthodontic Evaluation.”