Happy New Year to All Our Patients and Friends!
It's 2012 and we hope everyone's new year is off to a great start!
I first want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for being our loyal patients this past year. We are so grateful to have such wonderful people in our dental practice. You ARE appreciated!
To help get 2012 off to a terrific start we will be having a drawing for teeth whitening! Three of our patients will be winners in January. If you come and get your teeth cleaned this month you will be entered. Please give Pega or Stephanie a call at 329-7950 for your appointment. Come see us soon, and good luck!
Also, we have just started a new Facebook page for our patients. Please come visit us at Facebook/berryroadfamilydentistry. Feel free to ask a question or leave a comment. We'd love to hear from you! Also, we have pairs of tickets to OU sporting events that we will be giving away from time to time. Men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's gymnastics will be available for select events, so check the Facebook page if you're interested!
BERRY ROAD FAMILY DENTISTRY
Dental Visits Found to Reduce Diabetes Hospitalization
I read some really great news this week on the "Medscape" Medical News website. The January 2012 issue of the "Journal of the American Dental Association" reports that patients with diabetes were one third less likely to visit an ER or be hospitalized when they received regular dental care.
"The study is the latest among several that have associated good dental care with better systemic health. Similar findings have emerged for cardiovascular disease (including heart attack and stroke), pre-term birth and other disorders."
"This study adds to the message that dental professionals can provide overall health benefit for their patients."
Recents scientific studies have all been clear: Good dental health can contribute to your overall physical well-being.
We all want to live longer, healthier lives, so just keep in mind that a healthy mouth is proving to be very significant in getting there!
We hope everyone has a terrific "Leap Month"! Have a safe and happy February!
Wouldn't it be amazing if your dentist could perform a simple litmus test on your saliva and be able to detect diabetes, alzheimers, or several types of cancer?
Gail and I recently went to a dental hygiene seminar where evidence was presented showing results of research on this very subject. It has been shown that protein markers will show up in saliva detecting pancreatic cancer up to 15 years before physical symptoms occur! Breast cancer, Sjogren syndrome, oral cancer, and even heart attacks also can be detected.
A chemist in Houston, Texas has developed a biotometer that uses a saliva sample to tell if a patient is experiencing a heart attack. This works faster and is more accurate than traditional methods.
So in the not so distant future, dental offices might be equipped with salivary diagnostic devices which would allow the dental team to evaluate patients seeking their care for diseases far beyond cavities and periodontal disease.
Kim Stuart RDH
Everyone knows that sugary foods and drinks can be damaging to tooth enamel. Soft drinks are they worst. Many contain at least THREE different kinds of acids: Carbonic, citric and phosphoric. Those three acids can wreak havoc with tooth enamel over time. And contrary to popular belief, diet drinks can be just as damaging as regular soft drinks.
The minerals in our enamel are what keep our teeth strong and cavity-free. Acids and sugars act to de-mineralize tooth enamel. So, short of giving up many of the foods that we enjoy how can we keep our teeth healthy?
A few guidelines will help!
First, remember that our teeth are softest immediately after being exposed to acids and sweets. For this reason brushing immediately is NOT the best idea. In this "softened" state you can actually brush away even MORE enamel. Instead, head to the sink and simply rinse your mouth with water. This will raise the PH of your mouth back to a more normal level. Wait at least an hour before brushing.
The worst thing you can do is to sip on a soft drink all day long. This keeps your saliva PH low (acidic) for very long periods of time and will cause the most damage to your teeth. Better to drink your soda and get it done!
Lastly, teeth can be strengthened with toothpaste containing fluoride. Some are specially formulated to help remineralize enamel, such as Sensodyne "Pronamel". We have samples you can try, so just ask! But in my mind, the best protection you can use for your teeth is a daily home fluoride treatment. Fluoride not only strengthens enamel, but can also desensitize your teeth to temperature sensitivity. My favorite is Gel-Kam (which is available in our office). It's easy to use and comes in several flavors.
School is out soon! Have a fun and safe Memorial Day!
As some of you already know, we have changed the fluoride
we use for our office fluoride treatment.
We are now using a fluoride varnish which we apply to your teeth
with an applicator brush. (It has a pleasant taste!)
Fluoride varnish has been used in dentistry for several years mainly
as a root desensitizer. It is highly effective as a decay preventer as well.
Fluoride varnish has been shown to release fluoride for over 24 hours
after application as well as increase the calcium fluoride reservoirs that aid in long term fluoride release.
Fluoride varnish is safe and effective for all of our patients and it is fast becoming the preferred treatment in most dental practices. As in everything we do, we want the best for our patients!
September 20th is “Love your teeth day”, an official government holiday.
An Unhealthy Mouth May Affect the Rest of Your Body
It has been said that the eyes are the gateway to the soul.
Well consider this: your mouth is the gateway to your body
and it can also be the gateway for serious systemic diseases.
The bacteria in your mouth can enter the bloodstream, and if you have
a weakened immune system it can cause infections in other parts of your body, including your heart.
Diabetes makes you a higher risk for gum (periodontal) disease and chronic periodontal disease may also make your diabetes more difficult to manage. Gum infection makes your body more insulin resistant and therefore, there is poor blood sugar control. There is also mounting evidence that oral bacteria is linked to heart disease, artery blockage and stroke, as well as a contributing factor in bacterial pneumonia. Additionally, an unhealthy mouth may also raise the risk of preterm delivery in pregnancy and lower the birth weight of your baby.
Dr. Roberts and her team members are very concerned about not only your oral health but also for the health of your entire body. Prevention is the key. We want to always do our best to inform and work with you to help you have the healthiest mouth, and the healthiest body possible!
TOOTH CARE FOR YOUR BABY AND TODDLER
Even though they are temporary, your child's baby teeth are important, and are still susceptible to cavities. Tooth decay in infants is called Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak clearly, and have a pleasant smile. Their first teeth also help make sure their adult teeth come in correctly. It is important to start your baby off with good oral care to help protect their teeth for decades to come.
WHAT CAUSES BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY?
There are many factors which can cause tooth decay.
One common cause is the frequent, prolonged exposure of
the baby's teeth to drinks that contain sugar.
Tooth decay can occur when the baby is put to bed with a bottle,
or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby.
The good news is that decay is preventable.
PREVENTING BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY
*Place only formula, milk or breastmilk in bottles. Never fill the bottle with sugar water, juice of soft drinks.
*Never put your baby to bed with a bottle. The sugar in her milk or formula can pool around the teeth and cause decay.
*If your child uses a pacifier never dip it in sugar or honey.
*Encourage your child to drink from a cup by his first birthday.
*When your child's teeth come in, brush them gently with a child-size toothbrush and a tiny amount of toothpaste (think of one grain of rice).
Be there to supervise as your child gets older and begins brushing herself. Surprisingly, a child does not have the physical dexterity to do a good job until they are about nine years old.
When your child's first tooth appears, talk to your dentist about scheduling his first dental visit. Remember, starting early is the key to a lifetime of good dental health.