Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dental Charities - A Great Way To Give!

With the current state of the economy, more and more people are in need of financial assistance for dental expenses. Dental prices are among the highest in the medical field, and are rising. It is unfortunate that dental care gets shoved to the bottom of the priority list out of necessity.... and struggling families with children are the ones who need help the most. There are some great charities out there for people in need of dental care! I did some research and compiled a small list. If you are among the many who need help, I hope this list will help. If you are among the few who are in a position to donate, please contact one of these charities! Dental health is linked to physical health, and children are most affected. Please give!
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation
  • Oral Health America
  • Healthy Smiles Healthy Children
  • National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped

Click here for a link that lists a large number of wonderful dental charities.

Keep Smiling!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dental Care And Pregnancy

Oral health is very important while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes in the body that put pregnant woman at increased risk for periodontal disease, which can affect the health of your developing baby.

Below are some tips to help maintain good oral health while pregnant:

  • Let your dentist know if you are pregnant.
  • Tell your dentist of all medications you are taking including prenatal vitamins.
  • Avoid dental x-rays.
  • Don't avoid dental check ups because you are pregnant.
  • If you are unable to brush your teeth due to morning sickness, ask your dentist/hygienist for recommendations on a bland toothpaste.
  • Morning sickness can lead to frequent vomiting, rinse your mouth out with water or mouthwash afterwards.
  • Cravings are common during pregnancy, be careful of what you eat. Try to avoid sugary foods.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet.
After you have your baby, see your dentist to have your entire mouth examined and a periodontal evaluation!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cleaning Dentures

It is very important to clean your dentures daily since plaque can form on them just like natural teeth.

You will need:
  • Denture brush
  • Denture bath
  • Cleaning solution
  1. Clean your dentures over a sink filled with water to avoid damage if you drop them.
  2. Rinse dentures thoroughly in warm water to remove any food particles.
  3. Fill the denture bath with denture cleanser. Soak dentures.
  4. Moisten the denture brush to clean all surfaces of your denture. Do not brush to hard, you don't want to damage any parts.
 With proper care and regular dental checkups, your dentures will be a healthy, naturally part of your life!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Referred to a Dental Specialist? Don't Fret! It's a Good Thing!

No, really...it is!

As a dental assistant I used to chuckle at patients, quietly of course, who would scoff at the fact that the doctor was referring them out. So I used to explain it like this...

If your medical doctor diagnosed you with a heart condition...you wouldn't think twice about being seen by a cardiologist would you? Of course not! You know your medical doctor was trained to treat you, but your Cardiologist, is a master at it. I don't know about you, but I'd rather let the master do the work.

For many, many years, the dental offices were one-stop shops. Anything you needed done from cleanings, extractions and root canals, to dentures and periodontal treatments you could have done at one office. Most general practices offered just about everything.

With the growth of treatments and technologies in the field radically changing daily, general dentists worldwide are forced to keep on their toes to be able to continue to offer all these services at their A+ rate. The reality of this is, not every general dentist can be 100% proficient, in every aspect of every field of dentistry.

This is where the beauty of specialists come in. They are able to offer the A+ treatments to patients when their general dentist is not comfortable performing a procedure or has diagnosed treatment that doesn't fall into their scope of practice. It's your general dentist's way of saying " I want you to have the best treatment possible for your situation." And why not have a doctor who does this procedure all day, day in and day out do it?

So, if you receive a referral to a dental specialist, make sure you thank your doctor. He's looking out for you, your comfort and your dental health.
 
Original post by Dawn_Da on 3.31.10

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Down In The Mouth: Can Your Dental Exam Reveal Osteoporosis?

Your teeth have been cleaned, x-rayed and examined. You're ready to schedule your next 6-month check-up and be on your way. But instead, your dentist delivers some surprising news: you may have osteoporosis.
You may think your dentist is kidding, but that's probably not the case. Signs of osteoporosis can often be seen on dental x-rays and exams. Oral health and bone health can be directly related. Your dentist can find possible signs of osteoporosis by examining your jawbone, gums and teeth.
Although your dentist may suspect the disease, you can't tell for sure from an x-ray alone. To diagnose osteoporosis, you will need to see a doctor for a bone density test.

Original post by btflbutterfly 6/09