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August 25th, 2020

Why do I feel so thirsty?

Xerostomia might sound like a serious and rare condition, but it’s more common than you think. If you’ve been feeling like your mouth is constantly dry, you may already be having your first encounter with it.

Xerostomia refers to when you have a dry mouth due to absent or reduced saliva flow. Now you might assume this is not a big deal, but a lack of saliva can threaten your dental health or worse, because it can be a sign of a bigger overall problem.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of dry mouth, there are several things you can do:

  • This may seem obvious, but you should drink generous amounts of water. If you’re taking any medications known to cause Xerostomia (dry mouth).A glass of water before and after administering the medication could be helpful.
  • Avoid heavily caffeinated drinks, since they will dehydrate you further.
  • Opt for a mouthwash that contains little to no alcohol.
  • Consume excessively sugary or acidic foods in moderation or not at all.
  • Try adding a humidifier to your room while you sleep to add moisture to the air you’ll be breathing.
  • As always, stay on top of your brushing and flossing routines, and if you feel you might be suffering from xerostomia, please let us know during your next visit. We’re happy to recommend products we’ve found to be successful in treating xerostomia.

August 18th, 2020

Does Dental Hygiene have an impact on Overall Health?

What do you think of when you hear the term dental or oral hygiene? Brushing and flossing tend to come to mind. What you might not know, however, is that good dental hygiene involves much more than just your mouth. That’s the tip of the iceberg … just a piece of the complex puzzle that is the human body.

Simply put, you cannot be fully healthy if you don’t have good oral health. Take gum disease, for example. It’s one of the most common dental infections, but it doesn’t just affect your gums. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, gum disease can be directly linked to more serious complications such as strokes and heart disease. Doesn’t that make you want to floss a little more often?

This goes the other way, too. Many oral events like sores, swollen gums, and dry mouth syndrome, which might seem fairly trivial and even harmless, may be signals of a much bigger problem: possibly leukemia, kidney disease, diabetes, or pancreatic cancer.

How do you keep your mouth healthy? Make sure you brush and floss, as well as maintain a well-balanced diet. It’s also smart to keep away from cigarettes and tobacco, because both are known to contribute to periodontal disease.

In addition, be sure to keep getting your teeth cleaned two, three or four times per year based on the recommendations of your dental provider. If you’re due for a cleaning, give our office a call and schedule an appointment!

August 11th, 2020

Can You Benefit from Invisalign® Treatment?

If you’re wondering if you could benefit from Invisalign treatment, the simple answer is almost always a resounding YES! Invisalign clear aligners can treat a wide range of teeth-straightening conditions, including crossbites, crowding, open bites, gapped teeth, overbites, and underbites.

Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign clear aligners are removable, which helps when eating and when cleaning the teeth. They are molded to fit your specific mouth and are practically invisible.

If you’re considering getting braces, there are several reasons why you might want to consider Invisalign clear aligners. Here are some of them:

  • You can eat whatever food you like, without worrying about it catching in wires or breaking brackets.
  • People won’t likely be able to tell you’re wearing them!
  • The aligners can be removed at any time. Just be sure to wear them for at least 22 hours per day.
  • You can brush and floss as you normally would, which helps to maintain better overall oral health.
  • Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth BPA-free plastic and are more comfortable to wear than traditional braces.
  • You’ll need to visit our office less often since there are no adjustments: only once every six weeks or so.
  • With Invisalign Teen, you’ll receive up to six replacements for lost or broken aligners.

Before starting treatment, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Bryan to see if Invisalign or Invisalign Teen treatment is right for you. After that, you’ll have X-rays, pictures, and impressions taken of your teeth, and you’ll be on your way to a new, beautiful smile!

August 4th, 2020

Stay Safe When the Temperature Rises

This news is brought to you courtesy of The American Red Cross.

A blanket of heat is covering most of the country which bring temperatures to the upper 90's and 100 degrees to millions. Follow these steps to stay safe when temperatures escalate!

  1. Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle - even for a minute. The inside of the car can quickly reach above 120 degrees.
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  3. Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  4. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun's rays.
  5. Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  6. Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  7. Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks.
  8. Check on animals frequently, and make sure they have plenty of shade and cool water.

What are the signs of HEAT EXHAUSTION?

  • cool, moist, pale or flushed skin
  • heavy sweating
  • headache
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • weakness; or exhaustion

What to do if you see someone experiencing these symptoms:

  • move them to a cooler place
  • remove or loosen tight clothing
  • spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths to the skin
  • if the person is conscious, provide small sips of cool water
  • watch for changes in condition
  • if the person is refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, cal 9-1-1.

What are the signs of HEAT STROKE? (a heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency)

  • hot
  • red skin (dry or moist)
  • changes in consciousness
  • vomiting
  • high body temperature

What to do if you see someone experiencing these symptoms:

  • If you suspect someone is experiencing heat stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately
  • if possible, move the person to a cooler place and immerse them up to their neck, otherwise spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.

Come on in for your examination and hygiene visit and spend an hour in the A/C in the comfort of a clean cool environment. We look forward to helping you get through these HOT summer months.

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