Dental Care

It’s easy to take your teeth for granted — they are, after all, the strongest substance in the human body, thanks to their enamel covering. And, while you don’t need your pearly whites to outlast the Cenozoic Era, you do want them to stay strong and beautiful during your lifetime. Consider this: Your teeth are key to some of the most enjoyable things in life, like talking, smiling and enjoying great food.


The good news is, it takes little more than a healthy diet and good oral hygiene habits to safeguard your smile well into your golden years. Still, the lure of your pillow when you’re too tired to brush, or long-overdue appointments with your dentist, can take a toll on your teeth, not to mention the rest of your body. According to the CDC, more than 20 percent of Americans 65 or older have lost all of their teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease. Keeping your mouth in tip-top condition will not only help prevent bad breath and the need for dentures, it may also protect against heart disease.
Brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting your dentist twice a year are the most important things you can do to ward off disease-causing bacteria and inflammation. That’s why, even if you bristle at the thought of going to the dentist, it’s a good idea to grin and bear it anyway. Here’s a bonus: Smiling when you don’t feel like it can make you feel better. It doesn’t just bolster your spirits; it makes others feel good about you too. Now why wouldn’t you want to protect one of your most precious assets?
WOW Fact: It only takes about 20 minutes for bacteria to break food down into sugar and form an enamel-eroding acid. The worst culprits: simple sugars in the form of soda, candy and baked goods. To protect against decay, swish your mouth with water after eating so food particles don’t sit on your teeth all day.

Oral Care

Oral Health Care

Why is oral hygiene so important? Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.

Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gumline. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.

While brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using small, gentle strokes. Use light pressure while putting the bristles between the teeth, but not so much pressure that you feel any discomfort.

When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the inside of the back teeth.

To clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Make several gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth. Don’t forget to gently brush the surrounding gum tissue.

Next you will clean the biting surfaces of your teeth by using short, gentle strokes. Change the position of the brush as often as necessary to reach and clean all surfaces. Try to watch yourself in the mirror to make sure you clean each surface. After you are done, rinse vigorously to remove any plaque you might have loosened while brushing

If you have any pain while brushing or have any questions about how to brush properly, please be sure to call the office.

Periodontal disease usually appears between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is a very effective way to remove plaque from those surfaces. However, it is important to develop the proper technique. The following instructions will help you, but remember it takes time and practice.

Start with a piece of floss (waxed is easier) about 18″ long. Lightly wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand. Wrap the rest of the floss around the middle finger of the other hand.

Health Care

Health Care

The U.S. health care system is one of the largest and most complex in the entire world. The total health care spending in the U.S. is over $2.5 trillion per year and over $20,000 a year for a family of four. This lesson will go over the major points and concepts involved with respect to our health care system.

The drugs that doctors use to treat you are many times so expensive because it may take over a decade and hundreds of millions of dollars to research, develop, approve, and market one single little drug found in the pill in a person’s hand – a pill that may be used to treat chronic, or long-term, problems like obesity that’s on the rise in the U.S. Such chronic conditions definitely raise the cost of health care for everyone.

Furthermore, the equipment and technologies used to diagnose and treat diseases are no less expensive to develop, buy, and train a doctor to use. An ever increasing aging population demanding access to good quality health care also strains the budgets of our system. And, of course, the desire for health insurance companies and health care providers to make money adds more to the equation here. All of these factors raise the costs associated with our health care system.