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1682 Bacteria Bandits

Xmas X-off for
Bacteria Bandits

Help your child avoid the least-desired “Christmas present” of them all --– a new cavity that will need filling in the New Year.

Unfortunately, the holiday season is also the hardest on young teeth. Start with extra
portions of gummy, plaque-producing “sweets” ... add to it the general excitement level that makes good dental hygiene harder to maintain, just when it’s the most important ... and the door’s wide open for those “bacteria bandits” to take advantage of your kids’ teeth.

Why not make banishing those bad actors part of the Holiday Tradition? Clip out the “Bacteria Bandits” Calendar below and attach it to a convenient mirror.

Every day’s brushing and flossing gives your child a chance to X-out that day’s “bandit” ... and qualify him or her for the occasional holiday sweet!

If you’d like additional copies of this chart for every member of the family, give us a call. We’d rather send out the deluxe blow-up version than have to schedule a cavity appointment for January!


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1690 Your Health Records

We need your help...

Your Health Records

FILE UPDATE!

Have any allergies come into your life over the past year? ■ Yes■ No
Are you taking new medications since your last visit here?■ Yes■ No

It’s important we get the latest update on your medical history, so we can adjust your dental treatments accordingly. We’re always concerned about any changes in your health. For example, we may need to use an alternative local anesthetic if you have high blood pressure. Or, if you’ve developed a heart condition, we may need to premedicate you with antibiotics before dental treatment. Thanks! ■

FILE UPDATE!


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1695 Porcelain Veneers

An alternative to crowns
Porcelain Veneers

Perhaps it’s that little stain on your front teeth that bothers you, or maybe a chipped edge that catches your tongue. Veneers may save the day.

What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of your front teeth.
Porcelain veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth, and to improve a smile.
Highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking, the wafer thin porcelain veneers can achieve a tenacious bond to the tooth, resulting in an esthetically pleasing naturalness that is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color, size, or shape. Porcelain veneers can make undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth.
Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.
Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed.

What happens during the procedure?
Patients need three appointments for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.
Diagnosis and treatment planning: It’s critical that you take an active role in the smile design. Spend time in the decision making and planning of your smile. Understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. Have more than one consultation, if necessary, to feel comfortable that your dentist understands your objectives.
Preparation of teeth: This appointment will take from one to two hours. To prepare the teeth for the porcelain veneers, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. At this appointment, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This can take about one to two weeks. Because the teeth are buffed or reduced, they will look a little different until the next appointment when the veneers will be placed. If the teeth are too unsightly for you, a temporary veneer can be placed, at an additional cost.
Bonding of veneers: This appointment will take about one or two hours. First, the dentist places the veneers with water or glycerine on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, view the esthetic results, and pay particular attention to the color. At this point, the color of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. The color cannot be altered after veneers are cemented.

Have realistic expectations

Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimilies of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth. nevertheless, this procedure can greatly enhance your smile, and can heighten inner satisfaction and self-esteem.

Article courtesy of
Academy of General Dentistry.


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1727 YOUR TIME IS OUR TIME

YOUR TIME IS OUR TIME

We believe that all our patients’ time is valuable.
So our office philosophy on scheduling appointments is simple—schedule one patient at a time and give each person our undivided attention.

So, when a patient fails to keep an appointment—or cancels within a few hours of their scheduled time—we feel like we’ve been stood up for a very important date—a date that has everything to do with that person’s dental well-being.

Since the appointment time was reserved exclusively for him, or for her, we were unable to offer that time to another patient in need of treatment.

A cancelled appointment hurts not only the person cancelling, but others as well. Of course, we know family emergencies can happen, and we understand that. But, if you find you must reschedule an appointment, please give us as much warning as possible so we can continue to serve all our patients efficiently, comfortably, and on time.



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1768 Men's Health

He’s that way about his teeth

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about How Men View Dentistry

You know how men are. They don’t ask for directions. Know how to dance, but won’t. Can rebuild carburetors blindfolded. Visit the dentist twice a year—but strictly for hygiene or tooth repair. Well, that used to be true. In the ‘90s men are changing. So are their attitudes.

Not that long ago it was a haircut at the barbershop, then a wet comb. Today it’s an appointment with the hairstylist, followed by a blow-dry.

And cosmetic dentistry—the kind that makes a smile look sexy? That used to be strictly for movie stars. No longer. Estimates today are that as many as one of every three patients seeking brighter, straighter, more attractive teeth…is a he.

He’s probably a lot more health-conscious than his father was. Chances are, he’s eating better, canceled his smoking, works out weekly to keep physically fit. It’s only natural to want his appearance to this new level of health. Now if only he’d learn to ask for directions…

Real Men…never get sick, and so never feel pain

Women don’t believe this, of course, but it’s amazing how many men do. It’s at the heart of why it’s tough for him to visit any physician. Consider the following typical excuses—and the most appropriate response:

1. “It doesn’t hurt that bad.” Listen to your body. Any pain delivers a message that something’s wrong.

2. “You’re not sick unless you’re diagnosed.” Men get gum disease and oral cancer whether they’re diagnosed or not. They can often be treated successfully if detected in time.

3. “It costs too much.” It’s always far less expensive to treat a problem early than to wait until it’s serious.

Real Fear. (and how to cope)

Dental phobia is thought to be slightly more common in women than men. Or maybe not: he just isn’t about to admit to it. If you’re a man, we don’t ask you to admit to phobia. Instead, do something about it. Try one or more of the following:

•Avoid caffeine for six hours prior to the visit; it can make you jittery.

•Eat protein an hour before the appointment. You’ll reduce hunger-associated irritability

• Establish a signal (like raising your hand) for a pause in treatment if you need one.

• Don’t let fear interrupt your breathing; lack of oxygen increases anxieties. ■


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1787 BRUXISM

Bruxism

the unknown habit

It’s such a common habit, yet most of the time we never know we’re doing it.


Not cracking your knuckles or biting fingernails, but intense clenching and grinding of your teeth—in dental terminology, bruxing. The reason this phenomenon goes unnoticed so often is that “grinders” usually perform when they’re sleeping.

Most research agrees that night-time clenching is just a way of releasing tension.

From what we see in the office, there’s more than a few tense people out there.

The most common signs and symptoms appear as clicking or sore jaw joint (located in front of the ear, known as the TMJ) and abnormal wearing of teeth enamel.

Continuous grinding and clenching can be detrimental to the jaw joint and cracks and chips can develop in the teeth.

We often suggest a dental night guard. This appliance is a clear piece of plastic customized to fit over the biting surfaces of our bottom teeth. When wearing a night guard, many patients feel relief from jaw tension. And the protective nature of the appliance reduces tooth wear.

If you’re curious about our approach to this common habit, let us know the next time you’re in the office or give us a call.

And give yourself a break—relax.


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1826​ Tooth Whitening

Tooth
Whitening

Brighten Your Smile for the Summer

Cool shades, lip gloss, white teeth... Summer’s coming! Time to bleach out those coffee, tea & tobacco stains to reveal a dazzling new smile. Don’t go on vacation without it!


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1827 Inlays

Inlays

Imagine a smile that looks brand new!

Check out this “filling” made of porcelain or plastic resins. This type of restoration, called an “inlay” is getting stronger and more functional (and prettier) every day.

The cosmetic effect is wonderful—imagine a smile that looks bran new! But remember, every filling is different. Inlay, gold or our old stand-by amalgam—our recommendation for a given dental material is always motivated by doing the best dentistry we can, just for you.


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1879 Help Children Survive The “High” Holidays

Help Children Survive The “High” Holidays

After twenty or so Holiday Seasons, most adults pretty much know what to expect. With children, however, it can be a lot different. For boys and girls, the Holidays are a series of “highs.” Specifically:

High expectations

High stress

High levels of “forget-ivitis”

High sugar intake

Recognize that those 62 days from Halloween to New Years’ Day are typically very disruptive of youngsters’ daily routine. Each month comes with its own Big Event that fills kids with anticipation the way it fills grownups with “must-do” anxieties. High-sugar-content food becomes the norm, while healthy habits (a healthful diet, good dental hygiene) get “accidentally” forgotten.

Help everyone survive the Holidays by injecting a little “normalcy” into this out-of-balance period. Counter the sugary snacks with extra attention to dental hygiene. Schedule a sit-down family dinner weekly for better eating – in a less frantic setting.

Help your child cope and make the Holidays as joyful as they were meant to be!


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1882 YOUR THANKSGIVING

YOUR THANKSGIVING

Mother Nature’s
Little Surprises

Food—lots and lots of food—is the center piece of our Thanksgiving celebration. For some of us, the holidays are pure indulgence, what with Aunt Maizie’s amazing Jello mold (how does she get the marshmallows to float?) and Dad’s real chestnut stuffing. Even Mother Nature brings something special to the table: a host of very yummy, very natural poisons.

In your turkey, for instance, are methyl glyoxals which, in massive amounts, cause cancer. Mashed potatoes serve up arsenic, nitrates, and oxalic acid. Fresh vegetables are another source of nitrates.
Still hungry?

The American Council on Science and Health has found dozens of toxins in a typical Thanksgiving feast. Not to ruin the meal, mind you, but to point out that “natural” is not necessarily safer than man-made.

Then again, you would have to consume a herd of turkeys to achieve a dangerous level of methyl glyoxal. And you’ll be napping on the couch long before you hurt yourself chemically. So enjoy the day, and give thanks to Mother Nature for dealing out the toxins sparingly. ■


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1883 Dental Resolution

Make 20XX Great!

... with 5 easy-to-keep dental resolutions:

Really! I promise...

1

To brush in the morning. Just remember to brush after your last meal and
your level of dental hygiene more than doubles.

2

To spare my molars ice crushing duty. The cold, hard surface of an ice cube can cause microscopic cracks in the enamel. If you must munch ice, stick with a Sno-cone!

3

To use tools instead of teeth. Put an end to cutting thread and pulling staples with incisors. Give the job to scissors and staple removers.

4

To help my teeth survive the sporting life. Play a team sport like hockey or football? Get fitted with a mouthguard. Then don’t forget to wear it!

5

To stop “eating sticky.” Especially if you wear braces, sticky foods like caramels or dried fruit can be tough on teeth. If you like dried apricots ... give fresh apricots a
try instead! ■


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1888​ Dear Doctor/Pharmacist-Drug Interaction

Dear Doctor/Pharmacist :

To assist me in taking my medicines properly, and to reduce the risk of dangerous drug interactions, please help me answer these questions.

1. What is the name of my medicine?

Brand:_______________________

Generic:______________________

2. What is the dose?_____________

3. What time(s) should I take this medicine?

■ a.m. _______________________

■ p.m. _______________________

4. Should I take this medicine:

■ With food

■ At least one hour before a meal

■ Two hours after eating

5. Are there any special foods I should avoid?

_____________________________

6. Are there any vitamins or supplements I should avoid?

_____________________________

7. Are there any precautions or warnings I should know about?

_____________________________

8. Are there any contraindications that would make this drug inappropriate?

_____________________________

_____________________________

9. Which other medicines should I avoid?

_____________________________

10. Are there any OTC remedies I should avoid?
_____________________________

11. What side effects are common with my medicine?

_____________________________

12. Are there any symptoms so serious you would want to know about immediately?

_____________________________


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1923 Rejoice in Giving

Rejoice in Giving

As we head into the holiday season. I’m thankful for all the many things I have received. Good health. Wonderful family. Incredible friends. But more importantly, I’m thankful for the things I can give.

As many of you know, I have been involved for many years in different organizations which help those who are less fortunate.

This season, I would like your help in our first annual ___________ Canned Food Drive. The drive spans on month from November ____ through ______, December___.

If you have an appointment during this time, please bring one or more cans of food to share with those less fortunate. All food we receive will be distributed throughout the holiday season.

Thank you for giving.

To all our patients

A healthy practice is a thankful practice. During this holiday season, our warmest thanks for your trust and loyalty, and the referral of your friends and family.


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1995 On vacation and...In a dental emergency

Now is the time—
before you leave—
to make a dental appointment.

On vacation and...In a dental emergency

Away from home toothaches are also headaches and dentists are often hard to find in strange towns and cities. A simple check-up can discover many problems before they begin to hurt: cavities, broken fillings, loose caps, infected gums. But if you have a dental emergency—and you’ll be returning to town in a few days—here’s what to do in the meantime:

Toothache

Rinse the mouth vigorously with cool water and floss to remove any food that might be trapped between the teeth. (Don’t use heat or place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.)
See a dentist as soon as possible.

Knocked-out tooth

Don’t clean the tooth root (this could damage delicate nerves), but keep it moist by gently placing it back in the socket or tucked inside your cheek. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a container of milk or water. Go immediately to a dentist (within 30 minutes) and don’t forget to bring the tooth!

Broken fillings

Gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm water to remove debris. If the tooth is sensitive, protect it with a wad of sugarless gum (watch how you chew!).

Lost crown or temporary

Try to temporarily replace the crown with a paste made by mixing Vaseline and a lot of baby powder. Sugarless gum, beeswax or tissue paper will keep the tooth away from air if the crown doesn’t stick. ■


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2055 Happy St. Apollonia Day

Happy St. Apollonia Day

Lost? Check with St. Christopher.
Things look hopeless? Try St. Jude.
Lovestruck? That’s St. Valentine’s department.

But if you’ve got dental pains—call St. Apollonia. Believe it or not, there’s a patron saint of dentistry, celebrated in Europe and Canada every February 9. And you thought there weren’t any treasured holidays between Groundhog and Valentine’s Day.

The original Apollonia was a third century Christian deaconess who suffered a bit of
traumatic tooth loss when she refused to worship pagan gods. That qualified her as patron of dentistry—especially in the centuries before development of scientific, pain-free dental procedures.

FEBRUARY 9TH


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2074 Diet Tips

Diet Tips

It’s no secret there’s a close link between what we eat and our cavity potential—with added sugars high on the cavity-potential list. But if you like certain high-risk foods, be aware there are low-risk alternatives.

If you like... Consider Instead... Because...

Carbonated soft drinks- Sparking water mixed with frozen juice ...you’ll get sparkle and sweetness without refined sugar.

Dried apricots Fresh apricots ...dried fruit sugars stick to your teeth like caramel, encouraging plaque.

Chewy sweets- Ripe kiwi fruit ...once the skin’s soft, kiwi is sweeter than candy, and calcium-rich.

Strawberry ice cream-
Ice-and-strawberry “smoothie” ...”ice cream” taste with less calories and decay potential


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2100 Bringing Light to Winter

Bringing Light to Winter

For thousands of years, people of every culture have sought, deep in midwinter during the longest night of the year, a light. Light for warmth, conviviality, and the reassurance of new seasons to come. Light is durable, the dreariness of dark only passing. Our holiday rituals connect us to light: Menorahs, trees bright with color, a fireplace to gather around—and, lest we forget, the good fellow down the block who lavishes kilowatts on his house and lawn in loud celebration of the season.

Draw Them Around You

This year, extend light to your family. Help your children understand and enjoy the multicultural and interfaith expressions of Christmas and Hanukkah. While winter is narrow, broadening a child’s horizons in this way will widen his capacity to honor life. Throw in friends, food, and a few toys for all. In your own way, deck the halls.

Give of Yourself, to Yourself

And this year, think of holiday light in terms of wellness—for ourselves, our communities, the planet. It is a simple gesture, bringing goods to food banks. Or hanging a feeder to sustain birds passing through. Volunteer. It will bring a certain light to your eyes.


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2203 Tell a Friend

Special Offer! New Patients Only!
$00.00 off ‘til 0/00/00



Tell a Friend! …and save $00.00!
Refer a neighbor or friend as a patient of our practice and each of you
will save $00.00 off your next out-of-pocket dental expense.



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2262 A Dental Insurance Reminder

A Dental Insurance Reminder

Before you ring in the New Year, remember that a new insurance benefit period will also be starting in January.

If your insurance plan has a maximum allowable benefit for the calendar year (and many plans do), you can maximize your dollar benefits by properly using the time at the end of the year.

Take advantage of your annual allocated cleanings. or if you need or desire a specific dental treatment, see us before the end of the current benefit period.


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2469 Technicolor Teeth

Technicolor Teeth
Teeth can be red, black, green or brown.

Teeth once white can go on to become just about every color of the rainbow, for many reasons. Stains and coloring advertise your vices—coffee, cola, nicotine—or even tell the world what you do for a living. Trumpet players and copper miners can be picked out of the crowd by the blue-green stains on their teeth from contact with copper. Red might indicate pulp injury…or simply beets for supper. And the color purple indicates a non-vital tooth.
Whatever colors your smile, we can bleach it, mask it, correct it. And give you back your pearly whites.

Technicolor
teeth need to be checked to make sure their owners are in the pink!


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2473 The Enemy You Dread is Usually the Enemy You Know

The Enemy You Dread is

Usually the Enemy You Know

You’ve seen the cartoons where our hero overcomes every obstacle to reach the safety of home. He slams the door shut, but the villain is already inside and waiting. We laugh because we’ve done the same thing ourselves.

Flesh-eating bacteria, man-eating sharks, and evil scientists waging germ warfare get headlines. But the biggest threats to our families and ourselves are far more common. And far more likely.

Self-protection is often just common sense. Swimming in the ocean is generally safe, for example. Just don’t go in where warnings are posted. And, first, slather sunscreen over your face and shoulders. Skin cancer kills more people each year than sharks ever dreamed of.

Same thing for travel. If you dread flying and hit the highway instead, you’ve actually increased your chances of an accident, statistically speaking.

The X Factor

We’ve all known people who died of the Big Three: heart disease, cancer or stroke. That very familiarity has bred contempt, and we shrug off the danger. However, because it’s rare to fall off Mount Everest or eat deadly puffer fish, those dangers tend to capture our imaginations.

Get Smart!

Remember to get regular medical and dental checkups. Follow the rules of health and safety.

And don’t worry about the bogeyman. Worry will kill you sooner than he will. ■

What Your Odds
Are of Dying from…

Heart disease 1:5

Cancer 1:7

Stroke 1:16

Motor vehicle accident 1:81

Air travel1:5,092

Gunfire 1:28,000

Lightning 1:55,928

Bee stings 1:70,500

Dog bite 1:234,896

Flesh-eating bacteria 1:1,000,000

Poisonous food or beverage 1:1,174,481

Bite from spider or reptile 1:56,000,000

Shark attack 1:281,000,000


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2483 This Holiday...Letting Kindness Light the Season

This Holiday...Letting Kindness Light the Season


In this season of long, dark days, it's good to remember all the brings light into our lives. A cherished tune, a favorite food, mail from a friend far away—many of the experiences that brighten our spirit are simple pleasures.

In this year of uneasiness, it's important to step back and appreciate what we often take for granted. We particularly want to take this moment to acknowledge our patients—and give thanks for the trust you place in us by allowing us to care for you, as well as friends and acquaintances you refer to us.


In this traditional time of giving, we especially want to recognize our interdependence. We give and receive with each person we meet. What better, more priceless gift to extend than kindness? It yields joy in the giving. When it's returned, we discover its full worth.

From all of us to you, the best and most heartfelt wishes of the Season.


(Sidebar 1)
"Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle."
—Plato

(Sidebar 2)
"We must be the change we wish to see in the world."
—Gandhi


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2532 The Perils of PERIO

Keeping Your Smile Look Great....

The Perils of PERIO

What it is

Periodontitis (perio) is a bacterial infection of your gums. In its early stage, called gingivitis, it’s preventable and reversible.

Once it reaches the perio stage, it’s irreversible and progressive, although it can be contained.

Plaque is a colorless film of bacteria and food debris that constantly forms on your teeth.The bacterial toxins irritate your gums and weaken their attachment to your teeth, and they can go all the way to the bone.

If not removed, plaque eventually hard- ens into tartar.Tartar above the gum line may not cause perio, but that’s only the tip of the tooth iceberg. Most tartar sticks to the dental root surface below your gums. At this point, usually, most symptoms begin.

Who’s at Risk?

■ Women, especially pregnant women and those taking progesterone medication.

■ People under a great deal of stress, including the stress of such common illnesses as cold and flu.

■ Children of perio-prone parents

■ Diabetics, especially those with poor glycemic control

■ Seniors, one-third of whom show advanced periodontic destruction

■ Overweight people—researchers have found a link between obesity and perio, especially among 18-to-34-year- olds.

■ Everyone—a recent health survey of adults—age 18-64—found bleeding gums in 47% of males and 37% of females.

Treatment?

In some people perio disease can be controlled by the use of medications, either applied to the affected area (Arestin, Atridox, PerioChip) or swallowed twice daily (Periostat). Some perio bacteria can be zapped into oblivion with a dental laser. We may need to open and clean deep pockets.We may have to splint loose teeth with fiber strips, extract a tooth to prevent destruction from spreading to sound teeth, or even perform a root canal.

Periodontal surgery may be in order, to eliminate the non-vital gum edge, reduce the depth of gum pockets, or remove the infected part of a bone. Bone regeneration surgery can rebuild lost bone tissue, and we can redistribute the load of your bite.

Catch a Cavity?

Like the common cold, periodontitis can be passed around among family members. Tooth decay cooties and gum disease germs in saliva can dive into food being shared or hitch-hike aboard a communal drinking glass ...or even a kiss.

Add to that the fact that a predisposition toward perio runs in families, just like above-average height, athletic ability and red hair.

If one member of a family has perio symptoms, everyone in the family should come in for a checkup.We’ll start with a baseline measurement of the disease and each family member.Then we’ll monitor bacteria counts and try to fend off such extreme measures as root planing or extraction.

Don’t catch a cavity ... nip it in the bud! ■

Catch a Cavity?

Like the common cold, periodontitis can be passed around among family

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WHAT IT IS

Symptoms

• bad taste in your mouth
• bad breath
• red or swollen gums
• tender or bleeding gums
• Loose teeth
• Sensitive teeth
• Pain when chewing
• a different fit to teeth or dentures when biting
• Pus around teeth and gums
• Gums shrinking away from teeth
• brown spots on tooth surface

What Perio Does

  • causes more tooth loss in adults than anything else
  • infects gum tissue and bones and the supporting tissue of teeth
  • increases pregnant women’s chance of premature delivery and low-birth-weight babies
  • increases your chance of a fatal heart attack or stroke

    PREVENTION

    What You Can Do?
    • Keep your regular dental appointments.
    • brush after every meal.
    • floss daily.
    • eat more veggies, whole-grain breads and foods high in vitamin c.
    • eat fewer sugary snacks.
    • chew sugar-free gum to increase the flow of acid-neutralizing saliva.
    • avoid tobacco in all forms.
    • use fluoride (water, tooth- paste or dental applications).

      What We Can Do
      • Give your mouth the kind of deep cleaning it can’t get at home.
      • Straighten teeth to make them more resistant to bacterial attacks.
      • apply sealants to the biting grooves to shield them from germs.
      • recommend antiplaque rinses in some cases.
      Are you taking Coumadin (a blood thinner)? check with your doctor before coming in for your dental hygiene appointment. tell us too. We will work with your physician to give you the special treatment we reserve for our most special patients.

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2535 HOLIDAY MESSAGE

HOLIDAY MESSAGE

Got Joy?

Do you have joy in your life? You can!

Live according to your values. Prize honesty? Tell the truth. Cherish courtesy? Say “please and thank you.”

Evaluate your beliefs. Can they be changed? Unhappy with your appearance? We can improve your smile. Changing what you can will help you accept what you cannot. Follow your intuition. It's based on wordless lessons you've spent your life accumulating.

Listen to your body. Identify what makes you unhappy in your life, and lock it away.

Find balance. As you increase your expenditures of time, energy and money on what brings joy, the gremlins of discontent will fade away.

Seeing you being the best you can be makes us happy too. At this season, we become aware that our office is much like a family extending to each of our patients. Having you a valued member of that family brings us joy. We appreciate the opportunity to care for you and your family, to see our efforts pay off in your increased health and attractiveness. And when you show your appreciation by telling your friends about us, our hearts swell with gratitude. Having the opportunity to care for you, your friends and family means joy to us.



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2549 Standing up to Macular Degeneration

Standing up to Macular Degeneration

There’s no eye problem worse than one that can’t be reversed or corrected.

That’s what age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is: a slow, relentless process caused by impairment of the retina, affecting central vision first.

Sufferers can “see around” an object (the outline) but not straight ahead.

But there are holistic ways to resist and slow the advance of this thief of many a senior citizen’s eyesight. Among them:

• Stop smoking! Smokers have triple the risk of developing AMD as those who don’t.

  • Increase your daily intake of antioxidants (vitamins C, E and beta-carotene) and zinc. Green, leafy vegetables and many fruits are good sources.
  • Get regular eye exams to determine whether you may be at risk.
  • A diet rich in fish, a source of a type of fatty acid abundant in the retina, can help decrease risk of AMD.


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2567 Aspirin: WONDER DRUG

Aspirin:

The Oldest and the newest

WONDER DRUG

A Brief History

The aspirin tablet you recognize was born over 100 years ago, when German research chemist Felix Hoffman synthesized aspirin’s key ingredient, acetyl salicylic acid (ASA), in a more stomach-friendly combination.

But the curative powers of ASA had been known for centuries. In 400 BC the Greek physician Hippocrates recommended a brew of willow leaves to treat labor pains—the willow being a rich source of salicyn. In the 18th century, English clergyman Edward Stone completed the first scientific study of herbal medicine after giving ground-up willow bark to parishioners suffering from rheumatic fever.

What We're Learning
Aspirin has the unique ability to block a hormone that’s a link in the process of forming blood clots. Recent testing and trials have demonstrated its far-reaching capabilities:

• Heart attack prevention/control.
For those who tolerate aspirin, a single 300mg dose is recommended to help
counter a heart attack in progress. A low, daily dose regimen is recommended for patients with a history of heart problems.

• Stroke reduction.
British researchers have determined that aspirin reduces risk of stroke in patients showing pre-stroke symptoms.

• Reduces cancer risk.
Studies have shown that routine low-dose aspirin use can reduce risk of colon, lung, and pancreatic cancers.

Who should NOT be taking aspirin
and the no-nos

• The aspirin-intolerant
Some people are allergic. Others develop stomach problems. Always seek a doctor’s advice before self-medicating.

• Young children
Be certain you avoid giving baby aspirin to little ones with the flu, chicken pox, or breathing difficulties. Baby aspirin contains salicylate—which can accumulate in a young body. It significantly increases the potential of a condition known as Reyes Syndrome, which can dangerously affect the liver and the brain. In brief: take a pass on the baby aspirin!

• Aspirin “chewers” and “suckers”
Simply put, an aspirin tablet is meant to be swallowed whole! Most dentists have seen patients who have injured themselves by letting aspirin dissolve against the cheeks or gums in the mistaken belief that it will somehow be more effective if pressed against a painful tooth. That only leads to painful sores that can take days to heal.


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2605 A Perfect Smile

A Perfect Smile

If you’ve got it, ash it. If not, why not get it?

Often your smile can dazzle via simple conservative procedures. Sometimes putting a little more time and effort produces better results. No two faces—or personalities— are identical.With today’s wide array of options, we’ll develop a custom plan that ts your goals and your comfort level.

Changes occur as we age.Teeth darken and develop little chips. Gums recede. Gaps appear.Time was when aging people—tired of seeing aging teeth in the mirror—had two choices: Get used to it or get a denture. Now there’s another alternative—veneers. They’re quick and easy, and they look great.

Today’s veneers are ultra-thin and very light, and they cover a multitude of imperfections. We remove about a half millimeter of enamel and bond the veneer to the front of the tooth. For example, if your teeth are stained by coffee and cola, if they’re darkened from antibiotics use, or if they just faded away to gray, veneers can brighten them up. If your active lifestyle resulted in chipped teeth, veneers can hide the damage. If your permanent teeth just grew in wrong—misshapen or overlapping—veneers can contour or visually straighten them.

Here’s how:You make two appointments. During your rst visit, we’ll remove a very thin layer of enamel from the targeted teeth and take an impression of your mouth. You go home and relax while the lab does all the work, using that impression to craft the veneers to your unique mouth.

On your second appointment, we bond those veneers into place.Voila! While you’re deciding if veneers are for you, you can lighten up in several less dramatic ways: • Power whitening—we’ll examine your teeth for cracks and cavities, then apply a whitening solution to your teeth.We’ll follow up with a high-intensity light to penetrate the solution down into the enamel.
• Custom-fitted, solution-filled mouth trays which you wear every day for several weeks.
• Whitening toothpastes.They work, some better than others.
• Or ask us about bonding.With natural-looking materials and dental super-glue, we can ll in gaps and restore chipped or irregular teeth. Because...when your smile dazzles, we smile too.


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2609 Yes It Will!

Yes It Will!

That’s the short answer to the question,“Will regular daily exercise such as running help protect me from the kind of fatal heart attack that claims 1,000 Americans every single day?”

It’s that simple. And how you get that healthful daily exercise is a matter of your own pleasure.

The aerobic exercise you choose should have two primary characteristics:

• It should provide enough exercise to get your body functioning around your target heart rate for at least 20-30 minutes;

• It should be an activity that interests you long enough to motivate you to continue with it over your lifetime.

Some of the best are:

• Cross-country skiing
• Swimming
• Jogging or running
• Outdoor cycling
• Walking
• Tennis, roller skating, racquetball, or aerobic dance

Horseback riding doesn’t count! It’s a great workout for the horse—but not for you.

Aerobic exercise can be the key to achieving a balance of body and mind. With exercise, your circulation is improved. So is your physical health, as well as your mental capabilities. Not only does it help lower cholesterol, it can lower your blood pressure as well. And you wind up just feeling better.


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2645 Asthma & Allergies

Asthma & Allergies

Although we may not know its exact cause, most people are familiar with asthma, the chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult. Asthma may be triggered by allergens such as pollen, animal dander, dust, and dust mites, or by irritants such as smoke, fumes, and strong odors. Even certain foods or weather changes can set off an asthma attack, which may be characterized by shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, wheezing and coughing.

In years past, asthma attacks could be unpredictable and difficult to control. Today, medications have been developed to control attacks—in some cases preventing them from occurring at all. If you—or a member of your family— still suffer the attacks, check with your physician about new treatment methods.

The Dental Side to Asthma

There is also a dental side to the situation. Many asthma patients are mouth breathers. Mouth breathing can dry out and inflame the gums. It interferes with the ability of saliva to protect the teeth from bacteria and mouth acids. In extreme cases, mouth breathing may affect the position of the front teeth to the point where orthodontic treatment is required. Studies also indicate that mouth breathing contributes to abnormal facial development in children.

Asthma is a controllable condition that should not prevent you from enjoying a healthy and active life—including a healthy mouth.


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2662 Personal Medication Card

Personal Medication Card

If anyone in your family has health problems that require medication— ESPECIALLY children—make sure a responsible adult keeps this reminder in a wallet or purse in case of emergency!

Family Member Name: ________________________________

Medications taken regularly: __________ ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________

Currently being treated for:__________ ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________

Primary Doctor’s Name: ________________________________ Phone: __________________________

Pharmacy Name: __________________ Phone: __________________________

Emergency Call Numbers: ___________ ________________________________ ________________________________

Critical Allergies & Sensitivities:________ ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________

Most recent immunizations: __________ ________________________________ ________________________________ Flu____ Tetanus____ Pneumovax_____

Today’s Date: _____________________

Source: Stanford Hospital and Clinic Personal Medication Card


Clip and Save in your wallet or car glovebox.


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