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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know men are four times more likely than women to be diagnosed with oral cancer? Many people know that smoking and tobacco use are major risk factors for oral cancer, however, the fastest growing cause of oral cancer is HPV or human papillomavirus. While the number of people expected to be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers is concerning, the good news is that ensuring early detection is as easy as attending your routine dental exams here at The Center for Specialized Dentistry. What you may not realize is that oral cancer screening is part of your regular exam. Dr. Louis and Caitlin can see and feel precancerous tissue changes and early cancer and can diagnose them during the curable stages. And, something to remember is when oral cancer is detected early, the survival rate is an encouraging 80% to 90%. During your visit, the oral cancer screening takes no more than three – four minutes to complete. It consists of a verbal, visual, and physical exa ...

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Periodontal Health For Women

The month of March is set aside for Women’s History Month. Here at The Center for Specialized Dentistry we would like to share some information about Periodontal Health for Women. At different stages of a women’s life, they may face increased susceptibility to periodontal disease. Puberty During the stage of puberty, there is increasing production of sex hormones. These higher hormone levels increase gum sensitivity and lead to greater irritation from plaque and food particles. Note, that the gums will become swollen, red and feel very tender. Oral Contraceptives Some things such as swelling, bleeding, and tenderness of gums will occur when you are taking oral contraceptives, which are synthetic hormones. You should always mention any prescriptions you are taking, including oral contraceptives, prior to medical or dental treatments. Menopause and Post-Menopause Women who are menopausal or post-menopausal may notice changes in the mouth, including dry mouth, pain and burning sensat ...

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February Blog – Gum Disease Awareness

  February has officially been declared "Gum Disease Awareness Month" in an effort to increase visibility to this pervasive, but often ignored, chronic disease. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the most common infection in the US - more widespread than cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Gum disease has been linked to several significant health issues including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-term birth and rheumatoid arthritis.Many people ignore the warning signs which include swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath, painful chewing, and loose or sensitive teeth. There are also certain behaviors and risk factors that can contribute to gum disease, such as smoking, stress, diabetes, heredity, crooked teeth, and even hormonal changes. If you’re over the age of 30, you have a 50% chance of having a mild, moderate or severe form of periodontal disease. Here at The Center for Specialized Dentistry, we perform periodontal exams on all of our patients to check their periodo ...

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Make Those Resolutions Stick

It's that time of year again. The time to prepare our New Year's resolutions so we can set them to sail in the coming year. Feverish list making will ensue, promises to loved ones will add up, and hopefully, some of those resolutions will make it past January 7th. If you'd like to fare better this year, you might want to consider this little bit of mind trickery successful planners use to achieve their goals. The secret is in the time machine The Amazing Power of Visualization The time machine? You already know that to achieve a goal it needs to be realistic and measurable, right? But that's only part of it. What savvy achievers do is add an additional step to the mix. Our time machine, if you will. They take a second to visualize the positive results of their plan, and the negative consequences of NOT following through with it. And, they do so as if those consequences were taking place right now. This shift in mindset forces them to avoid making excuses, and allows them to see the consequences of ...

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Healthy, Fun & Practical Holiday Gift Ideas

With the holiday season fast approaching, the race is on to meaningful gifts that’ll surprise your loved one and let them know you care. And, since good ideas are hard to come by, we decided to ease the pain a little and put together a few ideas! Each gift has the recipient’s health in mind, and is so universal that anyone on your list can appreciate it. Ready to get pickin’? Here we go! Professional Kitchen Scale A key component of maintaining a healthy weight is portion control, yet most of us have absolutely no idea what a portion should look like. That’s a problem. What’s worse, when it comes to advice about how to eyeball portions, we’re left with the not-so-scientific suggestion to “measure against the size of a fist” – hardly the best caloric measurement tool. The best solution is to use a nutritional scale. They’re affordable, easy to store, and simple to use. Spend a few extra dollars and go digital (trust us on this), and be su ...

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American Diabetes Month

25.8 million children and adults in the United States – 8.3% of the population – have diabetes. And not too far behind those 25.8 million are the estimated 79 million Americans with prediabetes. What's worse, the increasing prevalence of Type II diabetes has become so staggering, the International Diabetes Foundation has begun to term Diabetes overall as “The Global Burden.” Diabetes is a serious illness, and its complications are manifold. Most know of its impact on circulation, visual acuity, and heart and kidney function. Many aren't aware, however, of its deleterious effect on gum tissue. If you're prediabetic, have diabetes or have a loved one with the disease, you'll want to learn more about how to ward off this commonly unknown side effect of the disease. Diabetes is a disease with tentacles – its impact on a person’s health can be widespread, so it’s important to be proactive in avoiding the disease. If you have diabetes, you know the disease can ha ...

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October is National Hygiene Month

October is National Hygiene Month. And, what better way to celebrate than to share a few tips from the men and women in the dental office trenches: the dental hygienists! They work each and every day to help ensure you’ve got the whitest, cleanest smile you can flash, day-in and day-out. And while the advice you tend to hear from them is of the good ol’ “brush twice a day, floss more often” variety, there are a few interesting bits in this list you may have not heard before. Let’s check them out! Consider a Child’s Toothbrush: If you’ve ever sat in the hygienist’s chair and had them marvel as to how small your mouth is, you might want to consider a return to the kiddie aisle when it comes time to pick up your next toothbrush. Too big a brush can cause you to miss spots when cleaning and can wear down your enamel if you’re not careful. So, the next time you’re in the hygienist’s chair, ask them what they recommend. Heck, you ma ...

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Doing Good: Kindergarten backpacks donation brings cheer to Easton Elementary School

EASTON – An integral part to a child’s success in school is to make sure they have proper classroom supplies. As The Center for Specialized Dentistry works to bring smiling faces to the community, it also realized that parents who struggle to put food on the tables, pay for clothing for their children and more, would also not be able to provide school supplies for their children. The Center’s new staff member, Demetrio Beach, who is responsible for communications and patient relations contacted Easton Elementary school in July and asked what the greatest needs at the school were. The school rep shared that Kindergarten school supplies were the greatest need and any way the Center could help would be appreciated. So this August the Center launched the “Fill the Backpack” campaign in their e-newsletter to patients asking them to join in the efforts to create Kindergarten backpacks for local students. Some patients dropped off supplies, some gave funds for the Center to purc ...

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Toothbrush

Here’s a tip. When you’re packing to go back home from your upcoming or next summer vacation, toss your toothbrush. We all know bringing home a used toothbrush is a messy adventure, complete with wet Dopp kits and crushed bristles. And, when was the last time you replaced that thing, anyway? Changing your toothbrush after a trip is a great way to get into this good habit. And now that you know you’ll be shopping for a new one, here are some tips to pick one that’s the best fit for you.   Choosing the right toothbrush comes down to two specifics: what’s recommended, and what’s good for your own mouth. The Standard Recommendations: Go soft: Overwhelmingly, soft bristles are better for your teeth and gums. Yes, you can buy medium bristles and stiff bristles, but unless your dentist has recommended that specific type of brush for your mouth, go soft. Go round: This confuses a lot of people since the shapes and patterns of bristles are mostly at all s ...

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