Monday, December 31, 2012


Wishing all my Friends & Family a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous  New Year! For those on the road tonight, please be safe!!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

It's National Bicarbinate of Soda Day

  Bet you don’t know what today is! It’s National Bicarbonate of Soda Day…a perfect time for celebrating the many useful things you can do with a humble box of baking soda (besides baking!)…like keeping your flowers, your breath or your kitty’s litter box fresh…or relieving skin irritations…or removing stains…or eliminating odors. Check out these sites for many more uses!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Did You Know?

Did you know?

The saliva that regularly washes away decaying food diminishes as you sleep causing bad breath! Try drinking a glass of water before bed to help.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing Everyone A Very Merry Christmas & for all those who are traveling, Safe Travels!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Using Listerine Can Cure Toe Fungus

Dr. Kathie Allen - Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, Venice Florida

How to Cure Toenail Fungus With Listerine
Listerine makes your mouth healthy, eliminates bad breath and makes your teeth look sparkly white. Did you know that it has other great properties as well? The mouthwash formula contains a strong antiseptic that actually cures and prevents different types of fungal problems.
Original Formula


Use the original formula of Listerine rather than one with artificial color or flavor. The newer versions contain products that slow down the ingredients that help with toe fungus.

Avoid putting on socks for a while after drying off the Listerine. Toe fungus is aggravated by cool and dark places like your socks and you'll be negating the effects of the mouthwash


Often we assume that because children are so young, they do not suffer from the same dental ailments that adults do. In reality, whether baby teeth or permanent teeth, children are still susceptible to the same dental problems that adults are. Because of this, a child with bad breath is a very real possibility. In order to understand what would cause a child to have bad breath, we need to examine what causes bad breath.

Bad Breath Causes

The condition of having bad breath is more formally called HALITOSIS This condition is a result of poor oral hygiene and can indicate that there are problems, such as cavities, in the mouth. In addition to poor oral hygiene, bad breath can be created or made worse by the types of foods that are ingested, especially if these foods are not followed up by a thorough teeth cleaning. This is especially true in children who tend to dedicate less time to brushing their teeth after meals and snacks.

Bad Breath and Oral Hygiene

Bad breath results when there is a buildup of old food in the teeth. In this case, the food particles can be brushed away to leave the teeth clean, and thus freshen the breath. When brushing, it is important to also brush the tongue where food residue, and bacteria, can remain, thus affecting the smell of the breath.

When these food particles are left on the teeth (for example, when the teeth are not brushed after eating), these particles can attract bacteria that lives to feed on the particles left on the teeth. This bacteria then cause plaque buildup, a mixture of food particles and bacteria. If left untreated, plaque works to eat away at the enamel of the teeth, causing tooth decay. Think of the decay of leaves or other vegetation, and imagine the smell. Over time, the decay starts to take on a very bad smell. The same happens in the mouth, thus causing bad breath. So, in order to treat the bad breath, the tooth decay needs to be cleaned up and any holes in the teeth need to be sealed.

Foods that Contribute to Bad Breath

Any and all foods have the potential to cause bad breath, especially when they are not rinsed from the mouth after consumption. However, even when teeth and tongue are brushed, bad breath can still result from certain foods. This is because food is broken down in the mouth (through chewing and saliva), then digested and absorbed into the bloodstream. Blood travels through the lungs, where it carries oxygen to vital areas of the body, which also means that you’re breathing out air from your lungs that has come in contact with this digested food. Thus, the smell comes out through your breath. This is true even if mouthwash, breath mints, brushing, and flossing are used. Very prominently smelling foods, like garlic and onion are often huge offenders of long-lasting bad breath because they come so prominently through the blood stream and into the air we exhale. Children, like adults are susceptible to both this, and poor oral hygiene bad breath

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012




Whether to pulls a child’s loose tooth out or not is really up to the discretion of both parent and child. Some children are reluctant to have a parent get anywhere near a loose tooth, while others are eager to have the tooth pulled and out of their mouth. This is especially true in cases where the tooth has been hanging there by a thread for a week or more. However, before deciding on whether to pull a loose tooth out or not, there are some things to consider.

To Pull or Not to Pull

Losing one’s teeth is a rather big deal for a child. Many children love to compare tooth loss stories and show off their gummy smiles. For a child, this indicates the first real change from childhood into a more grown up stage of life. While parents may be sad for the loss of their little baby (in terms of age, of course, they’ll always be your baby!) the child often feels exceedingly excited about the change. Because of this, dental professionals encourage parents to allow their child to pull any loose teeth. Not only does this give the child control over when the teeth come out, but it allows for pain control (which is extremely important).
Look Ma, I lost my tooth.

My New Grown-Up Teeth
This leads us to our second point. Sometimes a tooth, even if hanging by a thread, isn’t quite ready to come out. This occurs when the tooth is still attached by a root. If you were to pull this tooth out, it may hurt very bad, and it may also cause damage to the mouth. If the child pulls the tooth, or at least attempts to, they are in charge of the pain, and able to stop if the pain is too much. As we all know, pain is a built in protection system, and this built in off system can help the child to know when the tooth is truly ready to come out. Failure to heed this system can lead to infection. While not all teeth that are yanked out with a root still attached have problems, this act does leave the root exposed, and this increases the risk for infection. So, before pulling the tooth yourself, suggest that your child try to pull the tooth. This is not only empowering, but will also help in the health and safety aspect of it.
If the child insists that the parent pull the tooth, there is a right way to do it. Don’t tie a string to it and slam the door shut, don’t even simply grab the tooth and yank it. Instead, use a tissue and grab hold of the tooth. Once you have a nice hold on it, slowly twist the tooth. This will ease the child into it, and give them a chance to protest if the pain is too great. It will also ease the tooth into working its way out. Twist until the tooth falls out. If it doesn’t come fairly easily, you may want to give it another day or two
Slowly Twist The Tooth.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Chronic Periodontitis (Gum Disease) Linked to Psoriais

Chronic Periodontitis Linked to Psoriasis

According to a new study, people with chronic periodontitis have a slightly higher risk of developing psoriasis, a common skin ailment characterized by skin redness and irritation. The results, published online in the British Journal of Dermatology, also show that the treatment of chronic periodontitis limited the risk of subsequent psoriasis, but did not eliminate it entirely.
Based out of Taipei Medical University in Taiwan, researchers Joseph J. Keller, MD, MDH, and Herng-Ching Lin, PhD, analyzed a group of more than 230,000 people using a Taiwanese national health system database. The cohort study included one group of 115,365 subjects with chronic periodontitis, and 115,365 participants without chronic periodontitis. Each group was monitored over a 5-year period. Among the subjects with chronic periodontitis, 1,082 developed psoriasis, while 706 of the control group were diagnosed with psoriasis, which works out to 1.9 in 1,000 people vs 1.2 in 1,000 people in the control group.
Prior to this investigation, little research had been conducted on the possible association between chronic periodontitis and psoriasis. While the results do not demonstrate a causal relationship, they do suggest that periodontal disease may be a risk factor for psoriasis. This study did not control for factors that could have affected results, such as cigarette smoking, leading Keller and Lin to suggest that additional research is warranted.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dental Mobile App- We are now Live On Apple!

NEW DENTAL MOBILE APP-Now Live On Appple! It's Free

Here is the link to download our app on your I-Phone

You may also visit our website @ www. and scan the QR Code or by searching for Dr Kathie Allen in the app store.

Check it out, Very Cool! Share this with your friends & family. Your feedback is appreciated.
Thanks, Dr. Kathie

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Our New Dental Mobile App, It's Free!

Our goal is to have 300 downloads of our new Dental Mobile App. We appreciate your help.  It's free! Please follow the link below:
Presently we are only live on Droids, I-phones coming soon. Thanks again for your support. Your feedback is welcomed.
Dr. Kathie

Dental Humor

Common Symptoms,Risk Factors & Diagnosis Of Oral Cancer


Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and pharynx (throat), can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Swellings/thickenings, lumps or bumps, rough spots/crusts/or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth
  • The development of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
  • Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
  • A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice
  • Ear pain
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Dramatic weight loss

If you notice any of these changes, contact your dentist or health care professional immediately.

Who Gets Oral Cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, men face twice the risk of developing oral cancer as women, and men who are over age 50 face the greatest risk. It's estimated that over 35,000 people in the U.S. received a diagnosis of oral cancer in 2008.

Risk factors for the development of oral cancer include:

  • Smoking . Cigarette, cigar, or pipe smokers are six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop oral cancers.
  • Smokeless tobacco users. Users of dip, snuff, or chewing tobacco products are 50 times more likely to develop cancers of the cheek, gums, and lining of the lips.
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol. Oral cancers are about six times more common in drinkers than in nondrinkers.
  • Family history of cancer.
  • Excessive sun exposure, especially at a young age.

It is important to note that over 25% of all oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and who only drink alcohol occasionally.

What Is the Outlook for People With Oral Cancer?

The overall 1-year survival rate for patients with all stages of oral cavity and pharynx cancers is 81%. The 5- and 10-year survival rates are 56% and 41%, respectively.

How Is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?

As part of your routine dental exam, your dentist will conduct an oral cancer screening exam. More specifically, your dentist will feel for any lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, face, and oral cavity. When examining your mouth, your dentist will look for any sores or discolored tissue as well as check for any signs and symptoms mentioned above.
Your dentist may perform an oral brush biopsy if he or she sees tissue in your mouth that looks suspicious. This test is painless and involves taking a small sample of the tissue and analyzing it for abnormal cells. Alternatively, if the tissue looks more suspicious, your dentist may recommend a scalpel biopsy. This procedure usually requires local anesthesia

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Cup Of Green Tea a Day May Keep The Dentist Away

  • People aged 40-64 who drank one cup of green tea a day were less likely to lose teeth.
  • Drinking unsweetened coffee had no effect on keeping teeth.
  • Antimicrobial molecules called catechins may account for green tea's benefits.

A cup of green tea a day may keep the dentist away.
That's the finding of new research published in Preventive Medicine. The findings show that drinking at least one cup of green tea a day increases the odds of keeping your teeth as you age.
The researchers suspect that antimicrobial molecules called catechins present in green tea and in lesser amounts in oolong tea provide the benefit. But be careful if you like your tea with sugar: sweetener may negate the effect, the team found.
"Green tea may have bacteriocidal effects, which would affect teeth, but only if you drink it without sugar," said Alfredo Morabia, of Columbia University in New York and editor of Preventive Medicine, who wrote an editorial accompanying the new research.
"They also reported that drinking sweet coffee was actually deleterious," he added. "Coffee alone had no problem, but sweet coffee would actually make you lose your teeth."

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day!

Happy Veterans Day to all of our veterans who has given us our freedom!!

THANK YOU to all thoses Men & Women who have served our country!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fissured Tongue, No Worries

If you have fissures in your tongue, it's likely no cause for concern. In fact, certain types of grooves or cracks are considered simply a variation of a normal tongue. Sometimes called a plicated or scrotal tongue, this condition is often harmless. However, it's rarely a good idea to diagnose yourself. So, if you have any concerns, set your mind at ease by discussing this with your doctor or oral specialist.

Characteristics of Fissured Tongue

These are the characteristics of a fissured tongue:

  • Cracks, grooves, or clefts appear on the top and sides of the tongue.
  • These fissures only affect your tongue.
  • Fissures on the tongue vary in depth, but they may be as deep as 6 millimeters.
  • Grooves may connect with other grooves, separating the tongue into small lobes or sections.

Unless debris builds up in these fissures, you are unlikely to have any symptoms.

Fissures may first appear during childhood. However, fissures are more common in adults. And, just as wrinkles can deepen with age, fissures can also become more pronounced as you get older. If you have regular dental exams, your dentist has no doubt spotted the fissures on your tongue. This is how most fissures are found.

Conditions Associated With Fissured Tongue

About 2% to 5% of the U.S. population has a fissured tongue. A fissured tongue may affect men slightly more often than women.

Because a fissured tongue can cluster in families, it may be genetically inherited. Although other causes of fissured tongue are unknown, it may appear along with other conditions such as these:

  • Geographic tongue, also known as benign migratory glossitis (BMG). This benign condition often shows up along with fissured tongue. It may cause no symptoms other than sensitivity to hot and spicy foods.
  • Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome. This is a rare condition. It not only causes a fissured tongue, but also lip or facial swelling and paralysis in the face (Bell's palsy) that may come and go.
  • Down syndrome . Fissured tongue occurs in as many as eight out of 10 children with the chromosomal disorder Down syndrome.

It is not common to need a biopsy of a fissured tongue.

Treatment of Fissured Tongue

If a fissured tongue causes any symptoms, your dentist may encourage you to brush your tongue. This may help remove debris that has built up in deep fissures, causing irritation.
Take Care Of Your Tongue:
Tackle bad breath every time you brush-take time to scrape your tongue. Your tongue plays host to the bacteria that helps cause bad breath, so using a tongue cleaner can help reduce odor-causing compounds.

Incorporate Cleaning Your Tongue As Part Of Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Kids - 2 Minutes 2x/day!

For healthy smiles, in addition to a diet low in sugars, help your kid's brush their teeth for just 4 minutes / day to reduce cavities & overall health!

Remember to Fall Back!

Friday, October 26, 2012


Nutrition & Healthy Teeth


Experts agree that children need food from all the major food groups to grow properly and stay healthy. Too many carbohydrates, both sugars (for example, from cake, cookies, candies, milk, and other sugary foods and beverages) and savory foods and starches (for example, pretzels and potato chips) can cause tooth decay. How long carbohydrates remain on the teeth is the main culprit that leads to tooth decay.

Tips for selecting and eating foods that are more healthful to your child's teeth:

  • Keep lots of fruits and vegetables in your house -- to offer as "healthy snacks" -- instead of carbohydrates.Choose fruits and vegetables that contain a high volume of water, such as pears, melons, celery, and cucumbers. Limit bananas and raisins as these contain concentrated sugar or brush immediately after these fruits are eaten.
  • Serve cheese with lunch or as a snack.Cheese, especially cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss, and other aged cheeses help to trigger the flow of saliva, which helps wash food particles away from teeth.
  • Avoid sticky, chewy foods. Raisins, dried figs, granola bars, oatmeal or peanut butter cookies, jelly beans, caramel, honey, molasses, and syrup stick to teeth making it difficult for saliva to wash away. If your child consumes these types of products, have him or her brush their teeth immediately after eating.
  • Serve sugary treats with meals, not as snacks. If you plan to give your child any sweets, give them as desserts immediately following the meal. There's usually an increased amount of saliva in the mouth around mealtime, making it easier to wash food away from teeth. The mealtime beverage also helps to wash away food particles on teeth.
  • Get your children in the habit of eating as few snacks as possible. The frequency of snacking is far more important than the quantity consumed. Time between meals allows saliva to wash away food particles that bacteria would otherwise feast on. Frequent snacking, without brushing immediately afterwards, provides constant fuel to feed bacteria, which leads to plaque development and tooth decay. Try to limit snacks as much as possible and to no more than one or two a day. Brush teeth immediately after consuming the snack if possible.
  • Avoid sugary foods that linger on the teeth. Lollipops, hard candies, coughdrops, and mints all contribute to tooth decay because they continuously coat the teeth with sugar.
  • Buy foods that are sugar-free or unsweetened.
  • Never put your baby to bed with a bottle filled with milk, formula, juice, or soda. If your baby needs a bottle at bedtime, fill it with plain water.
  • Offer your child plain water instead of juice or soda. Juices, sodas, and even milk contain sugar. Water does not harm the teeth and aids in washing away any food particles that may be clinging to teeth.
  • Include good sources of calcium in your child's diet to build strong teeth.Good sources include milk, broccoli, and yogurt.

Other tips:

  • If your child chews gum, encourage him or her to choose xylitol-sweetened or sugar-free gum. Xylitol has been shown to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth and the chewing action helps increase the flow of saliva.
  • Use fluoride and brush and floss your child's teeth. The best way to prevent tooth decay is to use a fluoride toothpaste every day. The fluoride seeps inside the tooth to reverse early decay. Brush your child's teeth at least twice a day and after each meal or snack if possible. If brushing between meals is not possible, at least rinse the mouth with water several times. Floss your child's teeth at least once a day to help remove particles between teeth and below the gum line.
  • Be sure to brush your child's teeth after giving him or her medicine. Medicines such as cough syrups contain sugar that bacteria in the mouth use to make acids. These acids can eat away at the enamel -- the protective top layer of the tooth.
  • Visit the dentist regularly. Your child should make his or her first visit to the dentist by the age of 1 or within six months of the first tooth breaking through the gums. Getting regular dental check ups will also help catch any developing dental problems early.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

If You Fear The Dentist, You Are Not Alone!


If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone. Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear. Indeed, it is a universal phenomenon.
Dental phobia is a more serious condition than anxiety. It leaves people panic-stricken and terrified. People with dental phobia have an awareness that the fear is totally irrational, but are unable to do much about it. They exhibit classic avoidance behavior; that is, they will do everything possible to avoid going to the dentist. People with dental phobia usually go to the dentist only when forced to do so by extreme pain. Pathologic anxiety or phobia may require psychiatric consultation in some cases.

Other signs of dental phobia include:

  • Trouble sleeping the night before the dental exam
  • Feelings of nervousness that escalate while in the dental office waiting room
  • Crying or feeling physically ill at the very thought of visiting the dentist
  • Intense uneasiness at the thought of, or actually when, objects are placed in your mouth during the dental treatment or suddenly feeling like it is difficult to breathe

Fortunately, there are ways to get people with dental anxiety and dental phobia to the dentist.

What Causes Dental Phobia and Anxiety?

There are many reasons why some people have dental phobia and anxiety. Some of the common reasons include:

  • Fear of pain. Fear of pain is a very common reason for avoiding the dentist. This fear usually stems from an early dental experience that was unpleasant or painful or from dental "pain and horror" stories told by others. Thanks to the many advances in dentistry made over the years, most of today's dental procedures are considerably less painful or even pain-free.
  • Fear of injections or fear the injection won't work. Many people are terrified of needles, especially when inserted into their mouth. Beyond this fear, others fear that the anesthesia hasn't yet taken effect or wasn't a large enough dose to eliminate any pain before the dental procedure begins.
  • Fear of anesthetic side effects. Some people fear the potential side effects of anesthesia such as dizziness, feeling faint, or nausea. Others don't like the numbness or "fat lip" associated with local anesthetics.
  • Feelings of helplessness and loss of control. It's common for people to feel these emotions considering the situation -- sitting in a dental chair with your mouth wide open, unable to see what's going on.
  • Embarrassment and loss of personal space. Many people feel uncomfortable about the physical closeness of the dentist or hygienist to their face. Others may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth or possible mouth odors.

The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with your dentist. Once your dentist knows what your fears are, he or she will be better able to work with you to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable. If your dentist doesn't take your fear seriously, find another dentist.
If lack of control is one of your main stressors, actively participating in a discussion with your dentist about your treatment can ease your tension. Ask your dentist to explain what's happening at every stage of the procedure. This way you can mentally prepare for what's to come. Another helpful strategy is to establish a signal -- such as raising your hand -- when you want the dentist to immediately stop. Use this signal whenever you are uncomfortable, need to rinse your mouth, or simply need to catch your

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Perfect Body Or A Perfect Smile?

A perfect body or a perfect smile?

MADISON, Wis., USA: Consumers say they would pay to fix their teeth before they would pay for weight loss help, according to new research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). The findings are good news for cosmetic dentists — they suggest that the demand for cosmetic dentistry is stronger than ever.
Of the 80 percent of American adults who in a recent poll admitted they would spend money to hide or correct aging flaws, 62 percent said they would pay to fix the quality of their teeth, compared with 48 percent who said they would invest in weight loss help. Women are more likely than men to invest in such improvements (84 percent versus 75 percent).
Nearly half (45 percent) of Americans think a person’s smile can defy aging’s effects while eyes come in a distant second (34 percent). In comparison, very few adults find the following features less likely to age well:
  • Body shape (10 percent)
  • Hair (6 percent)
  • Legs (5 percent)
Perhaps speaking from experience, 54 percent of Americans over 50 attest that a smile can overcome decades of birthdays in contrast to only 38 percent of 18- to 29-year olds.
“A great smile is always in style, and these results prove it,” said AACD President Dr. Ron Goodlin. “Cosmetic dental professionals can rest assured that their services will always be needed.”
The AACD’s research was completed through a survey with Kelton Global in recognition of Healthy Aging Month, which takes place in September. Kelton Global polled 1,018 American adults ages 18 and over questioning them about their attitudes related to aging and beauty.
The AACD Smile Survey was conducted between August 17 and August 23, 2012 among 1,018 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and over, using an email invitation and an online survey. Margin of error = +/- 3.1 percent.
(Source: AACD)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Could Your Toothbrush Be Making You Sick?


The Ugly Truth About Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush may be nastier than you think. Find out when to ditch it
Do you know what's lurking on your toothbrush?
Your toothbrush is loaded with germs, say researchers at England's University of Manchester. They've found that one uncovered toothbrush can harbor more than 100 million bacteria, including E. coli bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, and staphylococci ("staph") bacteria that cause skin infections
But don't panic. Your mouth wasn't exactly sterile to begin with.
Mouthful of Bacteria
The bottom line is, there are hundreds of microorganisms in our mouths every day.  Problems only start when there is an unhealthy balance of bacteria in the mouth.
It's important to remember that plaque -- the stuff you're removing from your teeth -- is bacteria,  So you're putting bacteria on your toothbrush every time you brush your teeth.
Could Your Toothbrush Be Making You Sick?
Probably not. Regardless of how many bacteria live in your mouth, or have gotten in there via your toothbrush, your body's natural defenses make it highly unlikely that you're going to catch an infection simply from brushing your teeth.
Fortunately, the human body is usually able to defend itself from bacteria, So we aren't aware of any real evidence that sitting the toothbrush in your bathroom in the toothbrush holder is causing any real damage or harm. We don't know that the bacteria on there are translating into infections.
Still, you should exercise some common sense about storing your toothbrush, including how close it is to the toilet.
Don't Brush Where You Flush
Most bathrooms are small. And in many homes, the toilet is pretty close to the bathroom sink where you keep your toothbrush.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Consequences & Treatment Of Thumb Sucking

Effects of Thumb Sucking!

Many infants and young children calm themselves by sucking their thumbs. While most children will stop on their own between ages 3 and 6, some continue past the age of 4 or 5. Prolonged thumb-sucking can lead to serious dental and speech problems. By using lots of love, encouragement, and a few simple steps, you can help your child succeed in breaking the thumb-sucking habit.

How is problem thumb-sucking treated?

Simple home treatment measures stop most children from sucking their thumbs. But if your child is older than 5, start with a visit to your child's doctor.

At home, treatment includes:

 Parents setting rules and providing distractions. It may help to limit the times and places that your child is allowed to suck his or her thumb and to put away blankets or other items your child associates with thumb-sucking.

 Putting gloves on your child's hands or wrapping the thumb with an adhesive bandage or a cloth may help remind your child not to suck the thumb.

Offering praise and rewards for not thumb-sucking may also help your child break the habit. For example, put stickers on a calendar each day that your child doesn't suck his or her thumb. After an agreed-upon number of days, have a celebration for your child.

Don't shame or punish your child for thumb-sucking. This will only lower your child's self-esteem.

If home treatment doesn't work and you are concerned or feel frustrated about your child's thumb-sucking, talk with your child's doctor. There may be other treatment options, such as behavioral therapy, thumb devices, or devices for the mouth. But remember that thumb-sucking usually isn't a problem in children at preschool age or younger. Most children will stop on their own if you give them time.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Importance of Teeth Cleanings

A recent study linked frequent teeth cleanings to a 24% lower risk of heart attack and 13% lower risk of stroke. The theory: Bacteria in your mouth may inflame blood vessels and cause plaque to form, which can lead to blockages and, in time, heart attack and stroke.


Tigers will play the Yankees in NY tomorrow (Sat, Oct.13th @8:07p ET) First home game of the ALCS will be Tuesday, Oct. 16th.  Who's behind our baseball team.......~sreamin~

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dental Humor

Tips To Prevent Dental Anxiety For Your Kids

Not Your Kid!

Kids' fear of "going to the dentist"is usually anticipatory & unfounded.  Here are a few tips to help eradicate the potential for life-time dental anxiety by ensuring positive dental experiences throughout childhood.

SHOW NO FEAR: Even if you experience anxiety, do not communicate this to your child.

SET THE BAR HIGH: Demonstrate excellent home care & encourage your child to practice to an age-appropriate level.  Pitch in when necessary.

START EARLY: Call us to discuss the best time to start your child's dental visits, beginning with a get-to-know-us appointment, and if we complete an oral exam,you will be right by your child's side.  Afterwards, make the day even more special by going out to lunch or catching a movie together.

INSTILL PRIDE: Praise your child for taking good care of their smile,not their bravery

PREVENT >>> Diabetes, Stroke & Heart Disease.....

In addition to plaque, there are several factors that can increase your risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease which can be linked to many very dangerous and life threatening systemic diseases, such as Diabetes & Coronary Heart Disease . Other factors include hormonal changes in girls & women ( recent studies show that menopausal women actually need more that two check ups per year to control plaque buildup), smoking, poor nutrition, medications, and sometimes it's just your genetics.

If you've been a little nervous about visiting the dentist or if life has been busy and you haven't kept up your regular appointments, we understand.  But your health is being affected by your oral health. We're here to listen - not -judge - and we are here to help. We would like to show you that we can provide the kind of personalized professional care that will keep you and your family healthy and looking great. Oral health is a powerful catalyst for longevity and a sense of well being and confidence.