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DENTAL TIP OF THE MONTH
JANUARY 2008

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January 10 is Find a Dentist Day!

Emergency Munchies

Estimated 61 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese.

Obesity has nearly doubled is the last 20 years.

Think twice before stocking a grocery store in your office drawer. Food storage may attract pests to your work area. If your office already has a problem with pest infestation, it might be best to avoid setting your desk up as a feeding station. Plus, if food spills over into the desk drawer and isn't thoroughly cleaned, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria or what Gerba would call a "bacteria cafeteria." Higher temperatures when the office is closed also may contribute to food spoilage in a desk drawer.

If it is suitable to store food in your desk drawer, plan to keep a limited stock of foods and replace them frequently. Check "use by" dates on packages. You'll have fewer problems if you opt for individually wrapped, single-serving portions of foods for a desk drawer. If your office gets hot when your work facility is closed, you might take home any food left at the end of your work week. Food loses quality and deteriorates faster when stored at higher temperatures.

You may be better off carrying a small amount of food in a briefcase, handbag or backpack.

Some possibilities for emergency office munchies include the following. Include single-use plastic spoons with foods needing them.

  1. Crackers, preferably whole grain and lower in fat and sodium
  2. Nuts
  3. Soynuts
  4. Individual boxes of 100 percent juice
  5. Individual serving bags of microwave popcorn
  6. Single serving containers of fruit, preferably lower in added sugar
  7. Single serving box of milk-based pudding, preferably lower in fat
  8. Small snack pack of crackers and peanut or soynut butter
  9. Low-fat granola or protein bar
  10. Individual shelf-stable box of cow's or soy milk

Food Reflections 1/07 University of Nebraska

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Six Beauty Moves for a Superstar Smile

The average woman smiles about 62 times a day!
A man?  Only 8!
Kida laugh around 400 times a day.
Grown-ups just 15:-(
Smilers in school yearbooks are more likely to have successful careers and marriages than poker faced peers.

  1. Relax- a real smile reveals facial muscles all pointing upward from your jaw right up to your eyebrows, mouth is often open and your eyes are crinkly :-)  

  2. Plump lips-lay off the lip pencil, it looks fake.  Just trace a clear, shimmer highlighter pencil above the cupid's bow on your upper lip, the reflection makes it look fuller or try a mouth moisturizer.  Well-hydrated lips look fuller.

  3. Brighten your teeth in seconds-try a lipstick in true reds, avoid coral or orangey shades...they bring out the yellow.

  4. Go white...just not too, too white-refrigerator white teeth are out...instead go for a softer, more translucent shade.  Bring a photo of a person whose teeth you admire with you to the dentist office.  

  5. Sparkle up your eyes-Smear a little shimmer cream under your brows and down onto the center of you lids, every time you blink your eyes will sparkle and get plenty of rest.

  6. Smile...it will do your body good. 30 minutes of a hearty laugh, your white blood cell count shoots up by 25%, strengthening your disease fighting powers.

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Is your Family Sharing Too Much?

Toothbrushes harbor hidden germs during cold and flu seasons.

You wouldn't think of sharing your toothbrush.  Studies show that toothbrushes can become heavily contaminated with oral microorganisms because most families store toothbrushes in a common storage spaceAirborne bacteria can move from toothbrush to toothbrush passing opportunistic infections such as periodontal disease and the common cold from one person to another.

Your best defense is to go undercover by using a toothbrush cover.

Splattering water, contact with skin and toothbrushes knocking against one another are all circumstances that contribute to the spread of bacteria so:

bulletremember to rinse the bristles of your toothbrush thoroughly
bulletshake any extra moisture from the brush
bulletstoring it upright
bulletplace a cover over the toothbrush head
bulletwash your hands before and after brushing
bulletsoak unused brushes in antiseptic mouthwash
bulletuse more than one toothbrush to make this process more practical

The bathroom is usually the most contaminated room in the house!  Protect yourself by protecting your toothbrush.

If You: Try:
Use a community toothbrush holder Using a toothbrush cover to prevent contamination
Lay toothbrush flat in the cabinet Storing upright.  This position helps drain water and dry the brush faster
Store toothbrushes on the bathroom counter Moving away from the sink and toilet to prevent airborne contamination
Catch a cold or virus Tossing out the toothbrush and replacing it.  Bacteria often lingers and can sere to lengthen illness.

There is increasing evidence that decay and periodontal disease are both contagious diseases. The causative bacteria can be passed from parent to child or from lover to lover by kissing. People who never had a cavity may suddenly have several (or more) because of the person’s new relationships! 

Practical advice---if your kids or your lover have active decay or gum and bone disease, you BOTH may need treatment, including the use of antibacterial rinses, for the disease to be controlled. 

Source: Is Your Family Sharing Too Much, Susan Urbanczyk, Molly Eaton AGD January 2002.

Cold and Flu Guide

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January 2002

Dieting and Dental Health

Now that the New Year has arrived many people are wanting to diet and shed a few pounds. Actions taken to control your weight may affect more than your weight, they can put your teeth in danger.

Crash diets, eliminating meat or fatty foods, appetite suppressants and extreme behaviors such as fasting and binging and purging harm teeth. "People need to be aware of how their dieting actions affect their oral health," according to Academy of General Dentistry.

Diet pills may decrease salivary flow and cause dry mouth which is devastating to oral health. Fasting can cause a decrease of necessary minerals, including calcium, and anorexia can lead to a deficiency of vitamins and minerals needed to maintain a healthy body and oral health.

Diet is an important part of an individual's medical history, and patients should always inform their dentist and physician if they adhere to a diet plan, dieting behavior or undertake drastic dieting actions.

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January 2001

Make a New Year's Resolution for a Healthy Smile

Start the New Year off by treating yourself to a healthy smile.  Try these tips to help you maintain a healthy mouth:

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Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least 2 minutes and clean between your teeth daily with floss.

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Eat a balanced diet for overall good health by selecting a variety of foods from the food pyramid and limit snacks.

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See your dentist regularly for dental exam and professional cleaning-a key to helping prevent tooth decay and gum tissue.

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Tell your dentist about medical conditions you have and any medications you are taking-prescription or over-the-counter.

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Ask your dentist about cosmetic options for improving the appearance of teeth that are stained or chipped.

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Don't use tobacco products; they can increase your risk of periodontal disease and cancer of mouth and throat.

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Don't chew on hard objects like ice or pencils it can cause teeth to crack.

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Don't ignore gums that bleed when you brush or floss or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.  See your dentist for an evaluation of the problem.

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Don't forget to wear a mouthguard when playing active sports.

Source: American Dental Association   

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January 2000

Targeting oral cancer
Public awareness campaign stresses key role dentists play in detecting disease

An ADA campaign aimed at boosting public awareness of oral cancer and spotlighting the dentist’s role in detecting this potentially deadly disease will launch in mid-September.

Made possible through an educational grant from OralScan Laboratories Inc., the campaign will span three to four months in each of 10 selected major markets across the country, starting in September in Chicago and San Francisco

Campaign messages encouraging the public to see their dentist for an oral cancer screening will be delivered through a variety of outdoor vehicles — billboards, bus and bus-shelter signs, taxi tops and commuter bulletins. 

Preliminary messages advise consumers that “early detection of oral cancer is now possible and painless.” Patients are encouraged to “see your dentist today.”

Also, as the campaign launch date nears, the Association will establish a repository of oral cancer information on its Web site, “www.ada.org”. Materials provided on the site will include research articles, information for patients and a range of other items.

The JADA article presented results from a double-blind study of 945 patients screened for oral cancer at multiple sites across the country. Findings from the OralCDx tests of oral lesions were confirmed later by scalpel biopsy.

“In 945 patients, OralCDx independently detected every case of histologically confirmed oral dysphasia and carcinoma,” with a false negative rate of zero, wrote Dr. James J. Sciubba, principal author of the JADA report and a member of the collaborative study group that tested OralCDx.

The computer-assisted brush biopsy, he wrote, “appears to determine the significance of an oral lesion definitively and [to] detect innocuous-appearing oral cancers at early, curable stages.”

More than 30,000 new cases of oropharyngeal cancer are reported each year. The disease kills about 8,000 U.S. citizens annually, making it more deadly than cervical cancer, malignant melanoma and Hodgkin’s disease. Tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption are major risk factors for oral cancer, but about 25 percent of victims neither smoke nor drink.

Other studies show that 5 to 15 percent of dental patients routinely present some type of oral lesion. Most of these are benign; about 6 percent are not.
By James Berry A.D.A. News           

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January 1,2006

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