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Oral Piercings Can Lead To Gum Recession & Chipped Teeth. Smokers More Likely To Have Gum Disease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Edmonton (CAN) Journal (7/24, Zabjek) reports on the health risks associated with tongue and lip piercings, finding they lead to gum recession or chipped teeth in about 30 percent of patients. It’s recommended that people that have oral piercings, should visit a professional piercer, carefully clean the area daily, and receive regular dental checkups.

In addition, “According to the American Dental Association, people who use tobacco have more plaque and tartar buildup and are three times more likely to have gum disease than people who don’t smoke,” the educator says, recommending people “don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco,” to avoid gum disease.

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

 

30% of Kids Miss School Due to Dental Problems

More than 30% of parents said their children between the ages of 6 and 12 missed school due to dental problems during the past year, according to a new Delta Dental survey.

The survey findings include the following:

  • 18% of parents reported their children missed at least a half a day of school, 4% said their children missed one day, 4% reported children missing two days, and 6% said their children had to miss three or more days.
  • Schoolchildren in the Northeast reported the most absences because of dental problems, with 36% of parents reporting their 6- to 12-year-olds missed school, followed by the South (33%), the Midwest (28%), and the West (28%).
  • Parents ages 35 to 44 reported the most amount of school missed by their children (35%), followed by parents ages 18 to 34 (34%), while parents 45 and older reported the least amount of school missed (19%).

Delta Dental also offered the following tips to help avoid oral health problems and help parents improve their kids’ oral health during the summer before school starts.

  • Brush all surfaces of the teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Brush gently for about two minutes, paying special attention to the gum line.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Limit sugary snacks and also high-starch or refined carbohydrate foods, such as chips, pretzels, cookies, breads, and dried fruits, including raisins. The bacteria that cause caries thrives on simple sugars, especially those in sticky foods and treats.
  • Limit fruit juice or other sweet/sugary drinks to mealtimes. Between meals and especially at bedtime, give children water to help them stay hydrated. This can also help prevent caries if your community water is fluoridated, according to Delta Dental.
  • Go to the dentist before school starts to learn about current or looming issues that could pose problems. Call us today to schedule a back to school check up!

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

Happy Independence Day!

 

Did you know?

  • The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
  • Malia Obama, George Steinbrenner, Neil Simon, Ron Kovic and Calvin Coolidge were all born on the Fourth of July.
  • These events occurred on the Fourth of July: Henry David Thoreau moved into his shack on Walden Pond (1845); the U.S. air offensive against Nazi, Germany, began (1942); Beach Boys’ “I Get Around” reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts (1964); Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (1966).
  • The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
  • Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who wanted the bald eagle.
  • The musical “1776” premiered on Broadway in 1969 and ran for 1,217 performances. The production won three Tony Awards, including one for best musical.
  • The first official Fourth of July party was held at the White House in 1801.
  • Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day.
  • Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
  • The percentage of American homes with an outdoor grill is 87 percent.
  • The song “Yankee Doodle” was sung originally by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.
  • The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
  • In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. (Today there are 311 million.)
  •  There are more than 30 towns nationwide that have the word “Liberty” in their names.

In the spirit of faith and Equality,  Happy July 4th,

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

Redheads’ Pain Sensitivity May Cause Increased Dental Anxiety

Noting that previous studies have shown that redheads may be more sensitive to pain, CNN (6/11) reports that a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association “found that experiences at the dentist might cause more anxiety for men and women with red hair, who were twice as likely to avoid dental care than people with dark hair.” A dentist not associated with the study who has practiced for 25 years said , “The best tip for dentists is to pay more attention, evaluate everyone for dental anxiety, and ask them about previous experiences in order to ease patients concerns.”

Red hair or not, feel free to let us know of any anxiety you have, so we can review options to help assure your comfort.

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

What to Do if a Tooth gets Knocked Out

Whether sports or biking related, or due to another reason, it can be successfully reimplanted if proper steps are taken! We advise patients to only touch the crown of the avulsed tooth, not the root; to not wash or scrub the tooth; to place the tooth in a container, milk or saliva; to bite on gauze to control bleeding; and to immediately call a dentist. Most emergency rooms may not be equipped with a dental department, and time is of the essence. “Success rates, as reported by the AAPD, are 4-50 percent depending on the multiple factors.”

Of course, if there is other severe trauma, that is the higher priority, but if not and you are near our office, get here as soon as you can!

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

Study Highlights Need To Rinse, Replace Toothbrush

 

Women’s Health (5/5) reports that a study from researchers at the University of Manchester found that “the average toothbrush can contain 10 million or more bacteria,” including E.coli and Staph. The article reports that the study illuminates the importance of properly rinsing and storing one’s toothbrush, as well as replacing it at the proper interval. The article cites the American Dental Association spokesperson who explained that people should rinse their brush thoroughly after use, replace it when the bristles become frayed or after three months of use, and to store it in an upright position “in a spot that gets enough air for it to dry between brushings.”

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

Water Does a Body Good

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There are at least 12 reasons why dehydration is “bad for your body,” including that it can cause halitosis. Dehydration results in decreased saliva production, which “has important antibacterial properties.  “When dehydrated, the decreased saliva in the mouth allows bacteria to thrive, resulting in bad breath.”

See the chart for all the other things water does. Drink up!

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

Wine Tasting May Be More Harmful To Teeth Than Standard Drinking

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A study from the University of Adelaide in Australia has shown that “just 10 one-minute wine tastings can bring a softening of the tooth enamel.” Researchers said that the “acidic levels found in wine were similar to those in orange juice,” and that people who taste wine, as opposed to simply drink it, have an increased risk for tooth break-down because of the additional swirling of wine in the mouth associated with tasting wine, increasing exposure of wine to the tooth. The researchers advise frequent wine tasters use fluoride treatments to help protect their tooth structure.  Call us if this applies to you!

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Diet Soda Consumption Tied To Increased Abdominal Fat.

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A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reveals that “people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn’t drink diet soda.” After analyzing “data from 749 people ages 65 and older who were asked, every couple of years, how many cans of soda they drank a day, and how many of those sodas were diet or regular,” then adjusting for confounding factors, researchers found that “people who drank diet soda daily gained 3.2 inches around their waist during the study period, while those who did not drink diet soda gained approximately 0.8 inches.”

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.