ORAL CANCER AND HPV: WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW

 

 There are many types of HPV.  More than 40 strains can infect the genital area, as well as the mouth and throat, and these can cause cancer.  HPV doesn’t always produce symptoms so most people who are infected don’t know they have the virus.  50% of sexually active individuals are likely to attract HPV in their first year of activity.

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DO’s and DON’Ts: Children

Parents and caregivers may be unaware that tooth decay is an infectious disease.  Basic tips on how germs are transferred can be useful in preventing cavities in children.

  • Kiss infants on the top of the head rather than on the lips.
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Do You Want Whiter Teeth?

Have you considered a custom tray for your teeth whitening goals?

Over-the-counter dental whitening products have  many limitations including  the fact that whitening toothpaste doesn’t stay on your teeth long enough to have a “true” whitening effect.

The abrasiveness of whitening toothpaste may create a “lighter appearance” if you have superficial coffee or nicotine stains on your teeth.  Abrasive toothpastes may also create sensitivity and erosion of precious enamel. 

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Candy for the Troops

We hope you had a wonderful Halloween! If you find you have too much candy in your house, we are once again preparing candy packages to support our military.

If you would like to join us by bringing a minimum of 25 pieces of candy, we will trade you for a free Spin Brush.  Please bring your candy in by November 15, 2016.

 

TO FLOSS OR NOT TO FLOSS…..That is the question!

Wow!  There has been much discussion in regards to the benefit of dental flossing.  Let’s set the record straight.

Why do we floss?

Floss is the only thing that can completely get in between your teeth to remove bacteria.

There are five surfaces on each tooth and if you do not floss, you leave two of those surfaces full of bacteria.

If you are not a regular flosser, you may bleed when  you floss for the first few weeks. 

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All About the Tooth Fairy

Today, children “bury” their lost tooth under their pillow for the Tooth Fairy to exchange it for money.  But history tells us that teeth were originally “buried” to protect children from curses and to encourage the new tooth to grow into place.  The teeth were actually buried in the yard, or in a flowerpot.  Eventually when people moved into cities, the teeth were placed under the child’s pillow.

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Who’s got your back? Skin Cancer Protection

With the summer heat in full swing, we want to remind you that skin cancer spotted early can often be treated successfully.

Tips to help minimize sun exposure in the summer:

  • Use a water resistant SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Seek shade and wear protective clothing when possible.
  • Know your skin and ask a partner to check areas that are hard to see.
  • Make an appointment with a dermatologist if you notice changing, itching or bleeding skin.

 

 

Are E-cigarettes a Safe Alternative?

Recently, we have seen a rise in the popularity of Electronic Cigarettes.  Many people feel these are a safe alternative to smoking, but that is simply not the case.

The ingredients in e-cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA,but the FDA did complete a study which found harmful chemicals in the vapors of many popular brands. 

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Diabetes and Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bones surrounding the teeth.   This infection can lead to loss of teeth.

We now know that gum disease may raise blood sugar levels in people with and without diabetes.  Scientists think the germs in infected gums leak into the bloodstream and start a reaction from your body’s defense system.

With higher long-term blood sugar levels, the risk of type II diabetes is increased.  For those who already have diabetes, keeping your gums healthy can help you control the disease.  Regular daily care and visits to the dentist are critical.

 

 

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