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Date: 7/5/2017 8:43 AM EDT

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Summer is the time for enjoying the great outdoors. However, some popular summer sports – such as swimming and softball – can expose your teeth to danger. Here are several seasonal activities that could lead to dental injuries and ways to keep your smile safe:

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Date: 6/27/2017 3:20 PM EDT

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"Go ahead and rinse." You're a captive audience in the dental chair, getting a mouthful of good advice as the suction tube gurgles and your teeth get a much-needed cleaning.

 

"How often do you floss?" Then: "Hmm, this might be a cavity." You listen uneasily, trying at all costs to avoid the gritty polishing paste with your tongue. What other choice do you have – jump out of the chair and flee, the paper dribble bib flapping from your neck?

You're filled with relief as the hygienist passes you the round hand mirror, signaling the cleaning is complete and the dentist will be in shortly. Admit it: Your plaque-free, gleaming teeth look and feel great as your slide your tongue around their newly smooth surfaces.

When you're in the chair, it may feel a lecture, but to the dental hygienist taking care of you, it's essential education. Because even the most thorough professional cleaning every six months (or so) can't replace the need for good oral self-care the other 363 days a year. Here, veteran dental hygienists revisit the top advice they give their patients – and why.

Battle bacteria. Brushing, flossing and mouth rinses are all aimed at ridding your mouth of bacteria, says Helen Hawkey, a dental hygienist and public health dental practitioner in Pittsburgh. "Whether it's gum disease or it's dental cavities, it's disease caused by bacteria," she says. Whatever barriers you face, like not having enough time to floss during the day, there's never judging and always a workaround, she says. "A lot of times I'll say, 'Hey, I don't floss like I should,'" Hawkey says. "'But what I've found is I'll grab some of these little wooden toothpicks or a water flosser, and I'll do this when I get home from work, before I make dinner.'"

Keep standard dental appointments. Need a visual? "Think about the mold in your bathroom in the shower," says Nora Lugaila, a registered dental hygienist and public health dental hygiene practitioner in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. "What three things happen in a shower that make that mold grow? It's dark, it's warm and it's moist. With your mouth, it's kind of the same thing, especially under your gums – it's dark, warm and moist. Bacteria like to be left alone to eat all the stuff in there, and grow and get nasty. So that's why you come in every six months so I can clean that out."

Flossing matters. Flossing is important because your teeth are round, not flat, especially your back teeth. "Where they're touching, you're not reaching," Lugaila says. "With a toothbrush, you're missing almost two-thirds of the teeth." Brushing alone cleans teeth's outer and inner surfaces but misses the sides, paving the way for infection. Flossing feels awkward for many people, admits Lugaila, who's worked in a private practice for 30 years and has recently taken on a public health role as well. "So I try to show them," she says. "It takes practice and it takes time just to work at it."

White teeth aren't everything. A common joke among dental hygienists, according to Hawkey: "You can tell a patient they have 16 cavities, and they'll say, 'But do you do whitening?'" But having model-white teeth is a cosmetic concern, not a sign of superior oral health. "White teeth are not necessarily healthy teeth," Lugaila says. "I see many, many people with yellow or gray teeth, and they think their teeth are not healthy or not clean." But that's not the case. "Just like the whites of our eyes are different and our skin tones are different, your teeth have different shades," she says.

Shorten coffee and soda sessions. If you consume coffee throughout your day or continually swill soda, it's time to rethink how you drink. And it's not just about coffee stains. "You shouldn't drink anything all day long [except water], whether it's coffee, tea, sports drinks or soda," Lugaila says. "In between meals, you should only drink water." Coffee is very acidic, she says, and it changes the pH balance in your mouth. At the very least, she suggests rinsing your mouth with a little water after each cup of joe to neutralize the acidity. Sparkling water might or might not be OK to drink throughout the day, Lugaila says. Carbonated water alone is no problem, she says, but if it contains citric acid, too much could damage tooth enamel – so check the label on your bottled water.

Tongue-scraping tips. Besides attacking your teeth and gums, bacteria also dwell on your tongue. That's why hygienists recommend brushing your tongue or trying a tongue scraper. The trick is getting used to it. While tongue scrapers are "great," Hawkey says, compliance can be a bit tough. "If you're not taught how to adequately use them, it can be a little gaggy-feeling for patients," she says. Her best tip: Don't scrape back and forth or up and down on the tongue, because the repetitive motion can make you gag. Instead, scrape in one direction, such as back to front.

Two minutes, twice a day. "To keep your teeth for life, it's brushing and flossing," Lugaila says. "You have to do those twice a day – the combination." That two-minute routine, usually in the morning and evening, is time well-spent, she says. "You want to be infection-free. You want to be able to speak and chew your food. Let's make it so you feel good about yourself and want to smile."

Dentures are never inevitable. "A lot of people have the preconceived notion of 'My parents had dentures, my grandparents had dentures, so I'm just going to have dentures,'" Lugaila says. "And that is not true at all.'" It's not dependent on whether your family has a history of dental problems, she emphasizes, but how you take care of your own teeth: "It goes back to what's important to you – and if you're teeth are important, you can keep them for your lifetime," she says.

Opt for exam extras. "You should make sure that a dental professional, whether it's the hygienist or the dentist in the office, is doing a thorough oral cancer screening," Hawkey says. Examining a patient's mouth, jaw and throat during a routine visit can reveal suspicious changes such as red or white patches, tenderness and lumps. It's not only smokers at risk, she notes, but often younger patients who've acquired the human papilloma virus, or HPV. With early detection, patients can be referred to physicians to start treatment. Another possible medical bonus: Dental panoramic X-rays can also detect plaque in the carotid arteries – leading some patients to see heart specialists for potentially lifesaving treatment.

Maintain that superfresh smile. As you leave the dentist's office and check out your smile in the rear-view mirror, you wish your teeth could always look and feel this good. With all the dental aids and products now available to consumers, it's entirely possible, Hawkey says. "It's not just brushes and string floss. We've got water flossers; we've got air flossers. We've got power toothbrushes and dental picks." A water flosser "is basically a pressure washer for your mouth," she says. With tools like these, she adds, "it's kind of hard to have an excuse not to have a clean mouth anymore."

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Date: 6/4/2017 8:03 AM EDT

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Thumbsucking and Pacifier Use

Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for children. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or other objects may make babies feel secure and happy and help them learn about their world.

Young children may also suck to soothe themselves and help them fall asleep.

How Can Thumbsucking Affect My Child's Teeth?

After permanent teeth come in, sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. It can also cause changes in the roof of the mouth.

Pacifiers can affect the teeth essentially the same ways as sucking fingers and thumbs, but it is often an easier habit to break.

The intensity of the sucking is a factor that determines whether or not dental problems may result. If children rest their thumbs passively in their mouths, they are less likely to have difficulty than those who vigorously suck their thumbs. Some aggressive thumbsuckers may develop problems with their baby (primary) teeth.

When Do Children Stop Sucking Their Thumbs?

Children usually stop sucking between the ages of two and four years old, or by the time the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. If you notice changes in your child’s primary teeth or are concerned about your child’s thumbsucking consult your dentist.

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How Can I Help My Child Stop Thumbsucking?

  • Praise your child for not sucking.
  • Children often suck their thumbs when feeling insecure or needing comfort. Focus on correcting the cause of the anxiety and provide comfort to your child.
  • For an older child, involve him or her in choosing the method of stopping.
  • Your dentist can offer encouragement to your child and explain what could happen to their teeth if they do not stop sucking.
If these tips don’t work, remind the child of their habit by bandaging the thumb or putting a sock on the hand at night. Your dentist or pediatrician may prescribe a bitter medication to coat the thumb or the use of a mouth appliance.


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Date: 5/25/2017 1:02 PM EDT

Sensitivity Blog (1)Wisdom teeth are no different than other teeth except that they are the last to erupt, or grow, into the mouth. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are just as useful as any other tooth if they grow in properly and have healthy gum tissue around them. Often, however, problems develop when the teeth grow in, and removal may be required.

  • Wisdom teeth may be impacted, or unable to erupt, and can cause problems such as infection or cyst formation.
  • Wisdom teeth may only partially erupt. When this happens, food gets caught in the gums and may cause an infection, swelling, growth of a tumor or cyst and pain.
  • There is a chance that poorly aligned wisdom teeth will damage adjacent teeth.
  • A cyst (fluid-filled sac) may form near the wisdom teeth, destroying surrounding structures such as bone or tooth roots.
If wisdom teeth have erupted, the key to preserving them is maintaining good oral health by brushing twice a day and going to see a dentist regularly.

What is an impaction?

When wisdom teeth cannot erupt properly, they are referred to as “impacted.” Teeth that have not erupted are not necessarily impacted. It may be that it is still too early in a person’s dental development, and as time passes, the teeth may grow in properly. A dentist must examine a patient’s mouth and x-rays to determine whether the teeth are impacted or will grow in properly. Impacted teeth can result in infection, decay of adjacent teeth, gum disease or formation of a cyst or tumor. Many dentists recommend removal of impacted wisdom teeth to prevent potential problems.

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Date: 5/17/2017 2:12 PM EDT

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Nothing makes you melt quite like your child's smile. But as soon as kids start getting teeth, they start to become susceptible to gum disease, which can attack your child's signature pearly whites. While some types of periodontal disease are more common in adults, children aren't immune to the damaging effects of gum disease. Regular dental checkups can help, but it's up to you as a parent to understand exactly what is gum disease and teach your child hygiene habits that prevent issues such as gingivitis from affecting your child's toothy grin.

Types of Gum Disease

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, children are susceptible to a few kinds of gum disease of which you should be aware:

  • Gingivitis. The most common type of gum disease, gingivitis can affect any child at any age. It's a disease of the gums that causes them to be sensitive and often swollen or prone to bleeding. Left untreated, gingivitis can turn into other types of periodontal diseases, which is why parents must be extra vigilant in watching for telltale signs.
  • Aggressive Periodontitis. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to aggressive periodontitis, which mostly affects molars and incisors. It is more common in teens and young adults. While aggressive periodontitis results in the loss of alveolar bone, the disease features only small amounts of plaque buildup.
  • Generalized Aggressive Periodontitis. After puberty, children can become more susceptible to another type of gum disease called generalized aggressive periodontitis. It involves the excessive buildup of plaque and can attack the gums and even result in loose teeth. Gums can also become red and inflamed because the disease attacks the entire mouth, not just the molars.
Gum Disease Symptoms

Okay, so you're not a dentist, but you should still be able to spot signs of gingivitis pretty easily. One of the most common symptoms is bleeding gums during brushing, along with swelling, redness and sensitivity. If your child tells you that brushing hurts or fights the idea of brushing altogether, it should be a red flag that sore gums and gingivitis are to blame.

Treatment for Gum Disease

If you notice that your little one has sore, red or bleeding gums, it might be time for a checkup. Not only can spending time at the dentist's office help clean away plaque that is causing gum disease, but an appointment can also spark a conversation about exactly what is gum disease and how your child's poor habits could be exacerbating the problem. While your child might not listen to you, there's a good chance that hearing it straight from the dentist could help your child better understand the dangers of gum disease.

Better Hygiene

The good news? Gum disease is pretty easy both to avoid and fix, if necessary. Simply follow good daily oral hygiene practices. Trying a kid-friendly product such as Colgate® 2in1 Kids toothpaste and mouthwash in combination with regular flossing is a great place to start since gum disease is caused by bacteria left in the mouth. Have your children adhere to an oral care routine twice a day, using fun toothbrushes and great-tasting toothpaste to entice your child to participate.

While gum disease can do serious damage to your child's smile, most forms of early gum disease are mild and easily treatable with better hygiene habits. Teaching your child to care for teeth now means that signature smile will brighten your day for years to come.

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Date: 4/26/2017 3:05 PM EDT

 

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Gum Disease

Gum disease is an inflammation of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. If it is severe, it can destroy the tissue and bone, leading to tooth loss. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. When plaque is not removed it can harden into calculus (tartar). When tartar forms above and below the gumline, it becomes harder to brush and clean well between teeth. That buildup of plaque and tartar can harbor bacteria that lead to gum disease. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is the only stage that is reversible.

If not treated, gingivitis may lead to a more serious, destructive form of gum/periodontal disease called periodontitis. It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are so important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. Brush twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, often occurs unconsciously while you sleep. It can cause serious damage to your teeth and jaw. Although it is often considered to be stress-related, teeth grinding can also be caused by sleep disorders. Your dentist’s choice of treatment will depend on the cause of your grinding, but you may be fitted with a mouthguard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

TMJ

The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are among the more complex joints in your body. Any problem that prevents the TMJ from working properly may result in a painful disorder, also referred to as TMJ disorders or sometimes TMD. The exact cause of a TMJ disorder is often unclear, but possible causes can include arthritis, dislocation, injury and/or problems related to alignment or teeth grinding from stress.

Symptoms can include:

  • pain in or around the ear
  • tenderness of the jaw
  • clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth
  • headaches
If you’re regularly experiencing facial or jaw pain, see your dentist. Exercise, muscle relaxants or physical therapy may help.

Root Canals

Sometimes a cavity is just too deep to be fixed and may require a root canal. Root canal procedures are used to treat problems of the tooth's soft core, otherwise known as dental pulp. The pulp contains the blood vessels and the nerves of the tooth, which run like a thread down into the root. The pulp tissue can die when it’s infected or injured. If you don't remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. During a root canal treatment, the dentist removes the pulp, and the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Your dentist may then place a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger and protect it.

Sensitive teeth

If hot or cold foods make you wince, you may have a common dental problem—sensitive teeth. Sensitivity in your teeth can happen for several reasons, including: Sensitive teeth can be treated. Your dentist may recommend desensitizing toothpaste or an alternative treatment based on the cause of your sensitivity. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing tooth pain. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

Whitening

At some point, you may consider tooth whitening to help brighten your smile. Before using whitening products, talk to your dentist to determine the most appropriate treatment for you and if your teeth and gums are healthy enough to undergo a whitening procedure. This is especially important if you have fillings, crowns and/or extremely dark stains on your teeth.

Some popular whitening methods include:

  • In-office bleaching. A bleaching agent is applied to teeth and a light may be used to enhance the action of the agent. In-office bleaching products typically contain a higher percentage of peroxide than at-home formulations. The procedure is usually completed in less than two hours.
  • At-home bleaching. Peroxide-containing whiteners that bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a custom mouth tray. The bleaching trays are worn for short periods of time over a few days to gradually whiten the teeth.
  • Whitening toothpastes. Although all toothpastes help remove surface stains “whitening” toothpastes that carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. They do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth like bleaching agents do.
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Date: 4/24/2017 5:00 PM EDT

 

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Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Here are some common dental emergencies and how to deal with them. For all dental emergencies, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Most dentists reserve time in their daily schedules for emergency patients so be sure to call your dentist and provide as much detail as you can about your condition. If the accident occurs when your dental office is not open, visit your local emergency room.

Question: What do I do if I knock out my tooth?

A: For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or use a tooth preservation product that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Then, get to your dentist’s office right away.

Q: What if I crack my tooth?

A: For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down. See your dentist as soon as possible.

Q: If I bite my tongue or lip, how do I treat it?

A: If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress. See your dentist or go to the emergency room as soon as possible.

Q: How do I treat a toothache?

A: For toothaches, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. Do not put aspirin on your aching tooth or gums; it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact your dentist.

Q: What if I think my jaw is broken?

A: If you think your jaw is broken apply cold compresses to control the swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency department immediately.

Q: How do I remove an object that’s stuck in my mouth or teeth?

A: For objects stuck in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with a sharp or pointed instrument. See your dentist or go to the emergency room as soon as possible.

Q: How can I avoid a dental emergency?

A: There are a number of simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to the teeth:

  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities.
  • Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth.
  • Use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.
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Date: 3/25/2017 8:03 AM EDT

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Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.

The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.

Look for chewing gum with the ADA Seal because you can be sure it's sugarless. All gums with the ADA Seal are sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol. Of course, chewing sugar-containing gum increases saliva flow too, but it also contains sugar which is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids. Further research needs to be done to determine the effects of chewing sugar-containing gum on tooth decay.

Don’t let chewing sugarless gum replace brushing and flossing.

It’s not a substitute. The ADA still recommends brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning plaque from between your teeth once a day with dental floss or other interdental cleaners.

Look for chewing gum that carries the ADA Seal.

The ADA Seal is your assurance that the sugar-free chewing gum has met the ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness. You can trust that claims made on packaging and labeling for ADA-accepted products are true, because companies must verify all of the information to the ADA. Products with the ADA Seal say what they do and do what they say.

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Date: 3/6/2017 7:30 PM EST

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It’s important to be prepared to help ensure that you make the most of your dental visit. Here are some helpful questions to consider before and during your dental appointment.

Preparing for the Dental Visit for You or Your Child

Make a list of any pain or issues you are experiencing, or questions you would like to ask the dentist during your appointment. You can start with this list below, or make up your own. The important thing is to tell your dentist about any concerns or issues you have, even if they are minor, so that they can treat them now and help prevent bigger problems later on.
  • Do you have sensitivity or pain in your teeth? How bad is it?
  • Do you have pain or bleeding in your gums, tongue or jaw? How bad is it?
  • Do you have any unusual spots or sores in your mouth?
  • Do you have dry mouth or a lack of saliva?
  • Do you have an unpleasant taste or odor in your mouth?
  • Are you taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications? Make a list of those to take to the dentist.
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Do you have trouble breathing when you sleep?
  • Do you grind your teeth when you sleep?

Questions to Ask During Your Dental Visit

In addition to discussing with your dentist any pain or issues you are having in your mouth, here are some general questions you could ask to help improve your overall dental health.
  • Does my mouth look healthy?
  • What can I do to improve the health of my teeth and gums?
  • Is there anything I should tell my family doctor about?
  • What foods can I eat to improve my dental health?
  • Which treatments are absolutely necessary? Which are optional? Which are cosmetic? Which procedures are urgently needed, and which ones are less urgent?

Questions to Ask the Dentist About Your Child’s Teeth

The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives recommends taking your child to the dentist by the time they turn one. Then once you schedule a regular routine, here are some questions to ask the dentist about your child’s dental health.
  • How can I ensure that my child’s teeth are clean?
  • How can I prevent baby bottle tooth decay?
  • Do you have any advice on how to get my child to brush their teeth?
  • What foods will improve my child’s dental health?
  • Should my child get sealants to prevent cavities?
  • How are the teeth and jaws developing and, if there are any problems, when will you refer my child to an orthodontist?
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Date: 2/13/2017 2:10 PM EST

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The Link Between Medications and Cavities

You may wonder why you’re suddenly getting cavities when you haven’t had them in years. As we get older, we enter a second round of cavity prone years. One common cause of cavities in older adults is dry mouth. Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging. However, it is a side-effect in more than 500 medications, including those for allergies or asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety or depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.This is just one reason why it’s so important to tell your dentist about any medications that you’re taking. Your dentist can make recommendations to help relieve your dry mouth symptoms and prevent cavities. Here are some common recommendations:
  • Use over-the-counter oral moisturizers, such as a spray or mouthwash.
  • Consult with your physician on whether to change the medication or dosage.
  • Drink more water. Carry a water bottle with you, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Your mouth needs constant lubrication.
  • Use sugar-free gum or lozenges to stimulate saliva production.
  • Get a humidifier to help keep moisture in the air.
  • Avoid foods and beverages that irritate dry mouths, like coffee, alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, and acidic fruit juices.
  • Your dentist may apply a fluoride gel or varnish to protect your teeth from cavities.

Gum Disease

Many older adults have gum, or periodontal disease, caused by the bacteria in plaque, which irritate the gums, making them swollen, red and more likely to bleed. One reason gum disease is so widespread among adults is that it’s often a painless condition until the advanced stage. If left untreated, gums can begin to pull away from the teeth and form deepened spaces called pockets where food particles and more plaque may collect. Advanced gum disease can eventually destroy the gums, bone and ligaments supporting the teeth leading to tooth loss. The good news is that with regular dental visits gum disease can be treated or prevented entirely.

Mouth Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 35,000 cases of mouth, throat and tongue cancer diagnosed each year. The average age of most people diagnosed with these cancers is 62. During dental visits, your dentist will check for any signs of oral cancer. Regular dental visits are important because in the early stages oral cancer typically does not cause pain and early detection saves lives. Some symptoms you may see include open sores, white or reddish patches, and changes in the lips, tongue and lining of the mouth that lasts for more than two weeks.

Paying for Dental Care after Retirement

Many retirees don’t realize that Medicare does not cover routine dental care. Begin to plan for your dental expenses in advance of retirement so you don’t have to let your dental health suffer once you’re on a fixed income. Organizations like AARP offer supplemental dental insurance plans for their members.

We also offer an alternative for those who do not have dental coverage. The Periodontal plan is available through our in-house Membership Club. Pay a low monthly fee for needed treatments, regular care, needed x-rays and much more. Learn more about the Perio plan here.

Do I Need to Take an Antibiotic before a Dental Procedure?

If you have a heart condition or artificial joint, be sure to tell your dentist. You may think it’s not relevant. After all, what do your heart and joints have to do with your teeth? But, there are conditions with a high risk of infection and an antibiotic is recommended prior to some dental procedures.

Dentists follow recommendations that have been developed by the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in cooperation with the American Dental Association. Talk to your dentist about how these recommendations might apply to you.

Caregiving for a Disabled or Elderly Loved One

You may have a parent, spouse or friend who has difficulty maintaining a healthy mouth on their own. How can you help? Two things are critical:
  • Help them keep their mouth clean with reminders to brush and floss daily.
  • Make sure they get to a dentist regularly.
These steps can prevent many problems, but tasks that once seemed so simple can become very challenging. If your loved one is having difficulty with brushing and flossing, talk to a dentist or hygienist who can provide helpful tips or a different approach. For those who wear dentures, pay close attention to their eating habits. If they’re having difficulty eating or are not eating as much as usual, denture problems could be the cause.

When you’re caring for someone who is confined to bed, they may have so many health problems that it’s easy to forget about oral health. However, it’s still very important because bacteria from the mouth can be inhaled into the lungs and cause pneumonia.

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