Improving Oral Health for Veterans

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Smile, soldier!

In a growing effort to provide oral health care to those who served the United States in the military, more dentists are celebrating Veterans Day by volunteering care to former servicemen and women in need.

The annual Veterans’ Smile Day this year saw more than 300 dentists from nearly all the 50 states, providing more than $300,000 in free dental services to an estimated 2,000 veterans. That alone, might not be the case with some people, as they can get into problematic situations after getting back from the service.

A worrisome trend

With often extreme conditions experienced over a long period of time, veterans can have some unique oral health risks. So, in honor of Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, we wanted to cover the top three oral health concerns for veterans.

  1. Emotional Stress

When you’re anxious or depressed, your body produces more of the hormone cortisol. This compound harms your teeth and gums, contributing to the risk for periodontal (gum) disease. There’s also evidence that stress and depression impair your immune system, making chronic infection throughout your body—including in your mouth—more likely.

  1. Bad Habits

Poor oral hygiene and nutrition while engaged in active duty combined with limited access to water, fresh fruits and vegetables and rest may have wreaked havoc on your teeth and gums. If you use tobacco, try and quit – the sooner the better. For lack of brushing and flossing, see your dentist as soon as you can. Start today with brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing once a day. With efforts now, you can get your oral health back on track quickly.

  1. Trench Mouth

Trench mouth is a painful form of gingivitis. The term “trench mouth” comes from World War I, when the disorder was common among soldiers. This disorder is rare, but when it does occur, trench mouth most often affects persons ages 15 – 35. If you are experiencing pain in your mouth of any kind, consult your dentist as quickly as possible.

Have no fear, there are alternatives

Seeing that this move from the VA is not such a good one, especially for those in need of treatment, you have individuals stepping up to help the veterans, as well as some larger dental care organizations.

Neither the veterans, nor their teeth should be neglected, so leave your worries behind, as there are people who will help you in your time of need. It is true, however, that you can help yourself, on a daily basis, with only a toothbrush and toothpaste.

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Halloween is Here – The Do’s and Don’ts

 

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The Monsters of Halloween should not Get Your Teeth

It’s that time of year. The leaves are changing and Halloween will be here before we know it, bringing with it the joy of costumes, scary stories and lots of candy,

Before your children start chomping down on delicious candy and treats, take a moment to read some quick tips from our dental experts. In the United States alone, 1 in 4 children have a least one cavity by age 5. Keeping this in mind, it is possible to keep teeth healthy this Halloween. Simply follow these steps.

Quick Tips

  1. Make sure your child eats a good dinner prior to going out to trick or treat.
  2. Have your child drink plenty of water. This will rinse their mouth out intermittently and remove the excess sugar from their teeth.
  3. After trick-or-treating, go through your child’s bag of candy with them. Discuss a reasonable amount of candy to keep on hand. Don’t let children take the candy to their room. Instead, have them pick out 10 to 12 treats they like and let them enjoy two to three treats per day. This teaches reasonable healthy habits.
  4. Make sure your child’s teeth are brushed thoroughly before going to bed.
  5. Regular dental visits, generally every six months, are recommended.

Halloween Candy Treats

DO:

DON’T:

Enjoy healthy snacks (e.g. popcorn, apples, carrots or xylitol gum). Eat hard candy. Tooth decay increases the longer teeth are exposed to sugar.
Drink plenty of water. Make sure it is fluoridated. Eat sticky candy. It clings to teeth and is difficult to wash away.
Eat sugary treats after mealtime. Eating treats after dinner will limit the total amount of sugar consumed. Eat more treats after brushing. Make sure brushing is the last thing you do before bedtime.
Brush your teeth. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes or after eating sugary treats. Deny your children the Halloween experience. Enjoy the fun but do set limits!

 

Make this Halloween a much more comfortable one, without the fear of having to visit your dentist for an emergency, or any other kind of unpleasant visit. Follow the simple rules and take care of yourself, and your children.

 

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Your Teeth Will Love These Fall Treats

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Fall is Coming, so Get Ready for some Healthy Treats

It’s fall which means Halloween is right around the corner and the holidays are coming up. Here at our Dental we strive to stay on the cutting edge of the healthcare industry, which means as the season change so do the health care trends. There are certain trends happening in the oral health care industry that we want to share with you.

 

# 1 Avoid Gummy Candy this Halloween

Every Halloween the trick-or-treaters go crazy for the sugary candy but here we we want to make sure you make healthy choices. We suggest to our patients that they eat candy that is in solid form like a chocolate or even sugar-free gum.

Avoid gummy candy or taffies completely, because the sugar substance con seep in between the teeth and cracks and it adds to the amount of tooth decay. To avoid unnecessary dental problems simply brush your teeth after you eat candy or drink lots of water.

 

# 2 Brush your Teeth after Every Meal

Research shows that people who brush their teeth after breakfast, lunch and dinner had less teeth decay and cavities over a long period of time.

 

Our doctors believe that this is one of the best things you can do for your preventative healthcare. It will actually help you have a better smile by feeling more confident because you have fresh teeth and clean teeth throughout the day.

 

The reason we suggest brushing your teeth after every meal is because this time of year is especially high for tooth decay and cavities. This is because the levels of acidic bacteria can often cause more tooth decay, but by cleansing your teeth often you get rid of this.

 

# 3 Use the Floss Pick this Fall

It is a popular time to take care of your teeth on the go, which means you can now floss while you’re driving, sitting at your desk at work, or just about anywhere else with the floss picks. Floss picks are a great way to maintain good oral health habits and keep a fresh clean mouth wherever you are. You can get them from any local drug store or pharmacy.

Come and visit us for any other tips. We will be happy to talk to you about healthcare trends and easy ways you can take care of your teeth. We value your precious smiles and remember a cheerful holiday season this fall starts with healthy food choices to enjoy your treats.

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Good Dental Health Can Help Prevent Breast Cancer

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According to 2010 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death for American women. One of the best ways to combat this disease is early detection and prevention, understanding the warning signs. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this week’s post covers the surprising—and potentially life-saving—link between breast cancer and oral health, as well as what breast cancer patients can do to maintain their teeth and gums.

Breast Cancer and Dental Health?

Do your gums ever bleed when you floss? Do you suffer from halitosis (bad breath)? Are your gums often sensitive or inflamed? If so, you could be suffering from gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal (gum) disease. Gingivitis and its more advanced form, periodontitis, can raise your risk of infection or even cause tooth loss. In addition to these uncomfortable conditions, having chronically unhealthy or diseased gums could raise your risk of breast cancer by a factor of 11, according to a study conducted by the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Having missing molars (due to gum disease or caries) could also increase your risk. Preliminary research has also shown that measuring the levels of protein in saliva may be able to detect breast cancer early on. Regular cleanings and oral maintenance could help lower your risk of gum diseases linked to breast cancer or even help with early diagnosis.

Chemotherapy and Caries

Unfortunately, almost 300,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and, for many, chemotherapy is the best treatment option. While this treatment can help women survive this disease, it can also harm their oral health. Chemotherapy reduces saliva flow in the mouth, which increases your risk for cavities, since your spit helps naturally wash away debris on your teeth and gums. In addition, chemotherapy and radiation treatment could compromise a patient’s bone health, so having regular check-ups for temporomandibular jaw disorder (TMJ) could help you diagnose any bone deterioration and manage discomfort. Chemotherapy also lowers your production of white blood cells, making you that much more prone to infection.

Take Control of Your Health

To improve your dental and oral health, ADA recommends brushing, flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwash every day, as well as coming in for any general dentistry treatments you need. You can also use xylitol sprays or lozenges to increase saliva flow and protect against cavities. We recommend you a night guard or massage your jaw to ease the symptoms of TMJ. Women have a family history of this disease should be especially vigilant about their periodontal health. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and plan to undergo chemotherapy, you should be sure to have a check-up and cleaning about one month before beginning the treatment.

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Let us Celebrate – National Dental Hygiene Month

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National Dental Hygiene Month is our favorite month of the year, because it allows us to discuss our passion without any limitations. With a lot of emphasis on patient health, the oral health is a critical care which is not only visible immediately but also a healthy indication of other malfunctions which may be early deducted in association with oral examinations.

Anyways, this year the American Dental Hygienist Association (ADHA) has come up with a whole new approach for dental offices, and we wanted to share this idea with you. It is called “Do the daily 4”.

 

What is the Daily 4?

All you need to do is brush twice a day, floss once a day, rinse and chew sugar-free gum once a day. That’s it. By just adding four small things to your daily routine you can improve your dental health and overall well-being.

 

How to Do the Daily Four RIGHT

The Daily 4 isn’t just about establishing good habits, it is about doing so in the right way. Here are the basics you need to do to correctly implement the daily 4 as part of your life.

 

  1. Brush

Brushing for two minutes is the single most important method for reducing plaque, preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related diseases.

  1. Floss

Flossing removes plaque and food bits that cannot be reached by a toothbrush. Not flossing can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Figure out what makes flossing difficult for you, so that a dental hygienist can work with you to pick out floss that works for you.

  1. Rinse

Rinsing with mouth wash is an important tool to help prevent gum disease. Rinsing with cold water also a natural massage to the mouth like treating your body with a fresh jettison of cold water shower.

  1. Sugar-Free Gum

Sugar free gums while not much recommended for children, certainly are an aiding factor to adults enhancing their oral health. IT improves muscle strength in the jaws and also replenishes good flow of Saliva

 

Conclusion on National Dental Hygiene Month

These are basic steps which is formulating a good daily dentistry practices. This helps us to ensure the care necessary for our precious pearls to be bright and beautiful. There is always a lot to learn and enjoy being cared by dental hygienist – talk to us for ongoing specials and visit by to say hello to allow us to cherish your precious smiles for you.

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