Posts for: December, 2011

By Charles Dean
December 20, 2011
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Did you know?

  • ~The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva (spit) in a lifetime. That is enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools!
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  • ~The Statue of Liberty's mouth is 3 feet wide.
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  • ~A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 mph!
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  • ~Most tooth loss in people under 35 years of age is caused by athletic trauma, fights or accidents.
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  • ~Most tooth loss in people over age 35 is from Periodontal Disease.
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  • ~Children begin to develop their primary teeth 6 weeks after conception while in their mothers womb.
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  • ~If you don't floss, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces.
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  • ~A tooth that has been knocked out starts to die within 15 minutes, but if you put it in milk or hold it in your mouth it will survive longer. See a dentist ASAP!
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  • ~100 years ago 50% of adults in North America were toothless.
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  • ~Today less than 10% of adults over the age of 65 have lost teeth.
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  • By Charles Dean
    December 08, 2011
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    Oral care tips:

    • Brush all surfaces of teeth for at least 2 minutes once in the morning and before bedtime
    • Replace toothbrushes as soon as they become worn (many now have a color indicator signaling when it’s time for a new one)
    • Floss between teeth and down along the gum line of each tooth
    • Use a rubber-tipped gum stimulator or interdental cleaner daily
    • Visit the dentist and get a full exam and professional cleaning by a dental hygienist 2 times a year or more depending on your propensity for periodontal disease
    • Have your dentist measure the depth of your gum pockets and have periodic X-rays to determine the health of gums, teeth and bone
    • If you have dental anxiety, know that there are many new strategies that prevent the pain and quell anxiety prior to any oral procedures as well as specialized clinics for the super anxious
    • Avoid sticky foods and frequent snacking to decrease acid load
    •  Don’t smoke or chew tobacco (also increases risk or oral cancer)

    By Charles Dean
    December 06, 2011
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    As you know 2011 is rapidly coming to an end with only about 4 weeks left!

    While we are not associated with your dental insurance company in any way, we would like to help you maximize your insurance benefits. Each year you are allowed a maximum dollar amount for dental benefits. These benefits do not carry over from year to year, so if you don’t use all the benefits in a given year, you lose the unused portion. (Please note not all insurance plans run on a calendar year.  Please contact our office if you have any questions.) 

    You may want to schedule any incomplete dental treatment or your routine periodic cleaning before the end of the year. 


    By Charles Dean
    December 01, 2011
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    What effects can smokeless tobacco have on my oral health?

    Like cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products contain a variety of toxins associated with cancer. At least 28 cancer-causing chemicals have been identified in smokeless tobacco products. Smokeless tobacco is known to cause cancers of the mouth, lip, tongue, and pancreas. Users also may be at risk for cancer of the voice box, esophagus, colon and bladder, because they swallow some of the toxins in the juice created by using smokeless tobacco.

    Smokeless tobacco can irritate your gum tissue, causing periodontal (gum) disease. Sugar is often added to enhance the flavor of smokeless tobacco, increasing the risk for tooth decay. Smokeless tobacco also typically contains sand and grit, which can wear down your teeth. 

    Signs and symptoms that could indicate oral cancer include:

    • any sign of irritation, like tenderness, burning or a sore that will not heal;
    • pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips;
    • development of a lump, or a leathery, wrinkled or bumpy patch inside your mouth; color changes to your oral soft tissues (gray, red or white spots or patches), rather than a healthy pink color;
    • difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue;
    • any change in the way your teeth fit together.

    See your dentist or physician if you notice any of these changes 

    *Information taken from the ADA website




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