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While We’re Thinking Pink….Think About This

As we all know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sadly, breast cancer remains the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women – nearly 1 in 8 will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes.

Surprisingly, recent studies have found a link between breast cancer and oral health. In fact, The Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment conducted a survey of over 3,000 people and found that individuals with chronic periodontal disease had a high occurrence of breast cancer. These people were actually 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer.

So, as we focus on annual breast check-ups during October, let’s also refocus on proper oral health. The routine is simple:

Brush twice a day and use fluoride toothpaste.

Floss daily

Make sure to come to our office for a professional cleaning and check up every six months

And keep this top of mind: more than one third of people being treated for breast cancer can develop complications that affect the mouth. Women who are beginning cancer treatment should visit us at least one month before their treatment begins. Most chemotherapy agents suppress white blood cells, which protect against infection. Chemo can also affect saliva production, leading to dry mouth and serious dental implications. Oral tissues can become inflamed and gums may bleed more easily. All dental work should be completed and teeth should be cleaned prior to any cancer therapy. Call us to discuss how to keep oral health at its optimum during this difficult time.

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Optimizing smiles as we grow older

Much has been written about optimizing our health as we age. Thankfully, most of us now get regular physicals, track cholesterol numbers, exercise daily, etc. But, what about our oral health? Can we be proactive about keeping a bright, healthy smile? Thankfully – YES! Here are some simple, smart tips to help you retain your pearly whites your whole life long.

KEEP YOUR GUMS HEALTHY: Bacteria (plaque) is always forming on your teeth. If you don’t remove it, it can cause soreness, swelling and bleeding gums. If left untreated, it can cause infections that affect the bone underneath. Be on the lookout for signs of gum disease, including: bleeding when you brush; receding gums; loose teeth and bad breath. Schedule an appointment with us if you start noticing these symptoms of periodontitis.

DON’T LET YOUR MOUTH DRY OUT: Saliva helps keep your teeth clean and protects your mouth from decay. A dry mouth increases your chance of tooth decay. Your medication could be to blame, so be sure to drink plenty of water. You may also find sugarless candy or sugarless gum can help.

BE KIND TO SENSITIVE TEETH: Worn enamel, gum issues and tooth decay can all make your teeth more sensitive. Good dental care is the best prevention. Brush, floss, and come and see us regularly. We may even recommend switching to different toothpaste to make you more comfortable.

PREVENT CHIPS, ENSURE YOU’RE GETTING SUFFICIENT FLUORIDE: Stop chewing ice or other hard foods that cause chips in your enamel or even break teeth. And, if you prefer bottled water over tap water, make sure you are getting enough fluoride. You may want to add a daily fluoride rinse to your brushing routine.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ACID: Fizzy drinks, citrus fruits and juices all contain acid. Sugar and starchy foods can cause your mouth to make acid – which wears away the enamel on your teeth. Try to eat sugary or starchy foods with your main meals – when your mouth makes the most saliva to help wash acid away.

WATCH OUT FOR SHIFTING TEETH: Have you noticed that food seems to be getting stuck in new places in your mouth? Yes, this annoying phenomenon is a “thing!” Teeth actually shift as we age. Misaligned teeth can lead to teeth erosion and may even damage supporting tissue and bone. If your teeth have shifted dramatically, you may need to consult an orthodontist. Let’s talk about it during your next visit.

BE VIGILANT AGAINST SIGNS OF ORAL CANCER: As we age, there is a small chance of developing cancer of the mouth, throat, tongue or lips. Of course, we don’t need to discuss how damaging smoking is to your health. But, in the “golden years,” it also makes sense to drink alcohol more moderately. And, all Floridians – no matter our age - should use lip balm with sunscreen whenever we go outside. Early warning signs of oral cancer include sores, red or white patches, and any long-lasting changes in your mouth. Let us check them right out.

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Start the School Year with a Smile

BTS (Back to School) = TMTD (Too Much To Do)! As parents, we all have a fair amount of trepidation about getting kids back into the structure of a new school year. Besides making adequate study time for homework, there is the frantic scheduling of after-school activities, carpools, etc.

But this year, let’s make Back To School a great time to get your family into new oral health routines. I promise, the following tips are simple – and they’ll make a difference as the year goes by:

SCHEDULE A DENTAL EXAM FOR YOUR CHILD: According to the American Dental Association, a dental exam is as important as immunizations and booster shots and should be a regular part of your regular back to school preparations. Tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other chronic infectious disease. Dental pain or disease can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning - as well as hours of missed school.

GET THE KIDS INTO A REGULAR BRUSHING AND FLOSSING ROUTINE: As you’re doing your back to school shopping, head to the dental care aisle and buy new toothbrushes and floss. Children should change their toothbrushes every three months, or after an illness. (Here’s a suggestion: change their toothbrushes each time your child gets their report cards.) Make sure you get the kids into the routine of regular flossing, too.

SWITCH TO HEALTHIER LUNCHES AND SNACKS: Now is the time to re-evaluate what you’re packing for their lunches. Switch away from chips and sugary snacks. Include more grains, milk, cheese, raw veggies, yogurt and fruit. Also, try changing from juices to water.

INVESTIGATE MOUTHGUARDS FOR AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS: If your child participates in certain team sports, (like soccer, baseball, football, basketball and lacrosse) make sure they have a properly fitted mouthguard. This can prevent discomfort for them – and expense for you.

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Gum Disease, Prevention Begins At Home

If you are consistent with your oral health, you will see those gums healing fast if is detected at an early stage. A good hygiene routine is needed, make sure your children do too. Believe me, deep cleanings are expensive and if you do not have insurance to cover a good portion of it, you will not be very happy.

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Gum disease? Me?

As a manager in a dentist office, is common to think that I am an expert in the matter. But no, definitely I have learned more about since my son got his braces than ever. Healthy pink gums can quickly become red and swollen from poor oral hygiene. Yes, it happens to dentist’s kids too. So, I started to read more about and found some interesting information that can come handy for you.

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Thinking on you...

... We upgraded our X-ray equipment!

Thinking on how to make your visit more comfortable and pleasant, we are looking for the up-to-date technology and the best quality in resources.

We upgraded our radiology equipment and now we have the DEXIS intra-oral camera that is the best in dental imaging solutions. Image quality, ergonomics, ease of use, efficiency, practicality and case presentation are all considerations when it comes to look for the best digital X-ray sensor and dental imaging software we can.

This intra-oral camera, allows us to have real-time intra-oral video and pictures and help patients create an immediate visual idea of what is happening and can aid in their under­standing of our clinical findings and treatment recommendations.

Come in and see for yourself!

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Isn’t Deep Cleaning For People Who NEVER Visit the Hygienist?

Our expert Dr. Alvaro Ordonez DDS, is always concerned about the dental check up our patients do during the year.
For him, the process isn't done just with one visit to solve everything. You have to follow the expert instructions!

"You brush your teeth morning and evening. You floss. You get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. So, why in the world is your dentist suggesting a deep cleaning? Isn’t that for someone who is neglectful of proper dental care?

While this may surprise you, the answer is no. Here’s why:

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Putting Pain and Anxiety to Rest: Your Anesthetic and Sedative Options

Panicking at the mere thought of visiting the dentist?

From mild anxiety to a full-blown phobia, fear of dental work is an all-too-common problem that stands between many individuals and the oral health care they need.
However, you need not choose between suffering in the chair or staying away until it is an emergency. Between various types of anesthesia and several kinds of sedatives, there are more options than you might think to avoid pain or discomfort.

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For good dental health, watch what you eat!

The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too.
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, but the good news is that it is entirely preventable. It happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth.

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Taste Loss: It Could Be a Dental Problem

Most adults know that poor oral hygiene results in cavities and gum disease, but did you know that it can also cause taste loss?

From salty to sweet, spicy to savory – failing to take proper care of your mouth can impede your ability to taste and enjoy just about any type of food set before you. Dentists call this condition "dysguesia", and if you haven't heard about it, here's what you should be aware of to prevent and/or treat this unpleasant taste disorder.

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How to teach Your Child to clean their Teeth

Many things are said about the first care of your child while they grown up, some opinions are tend to wait other to rush, but the truth is that for a good health the sooner the better.

Here you have some ideas that can help in different times with your kids oral care:

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