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November 12th, 2019

Why is Oral Health Important for Men?

According to The Academy of General Dentistry, men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health and, according to surveys and studies, their oral health is equally ignored. Good oral health recently has been linked with longevity. Yet, one of the most common factors associated with infrequent dental checkups is just being male. Men are less likely than women to seek preventive dental care and often neglect their oral health for years, visiting a dentist only when a problem arises. When it comes to oral health, statistics show that the average man brushes his teeth 1.9 times a day and will lose 5.4 teeth by age 72. If he smokes, he can plan on losing 12 teeth by age 72. Men are also more likely to develop oral and throat cancer and periodontal (gum) disease.

Do you take medications?

Since men are more likely to suffer from heart attacks, they also are more likely to be on medications that can cause dry mouth. If you take medication for the heart or blood pressure, or if you take antidepressants, your salivary flow could be inhibited, increasing the risk for cavities. Saliva helps to reduce the cavity-causing bacteria found in your mouth.

Do you play sports?

If you participate in sports, you have a greater potential for trauma to your mouth and teeth. If you play contact sports, such as football, soccer, basketball and even baseball, it is important to use a mouthguard, which is a flexible appliance made of plastic that protects teeth from trauma. If you ride bicycles or motorcycles, wear a helmet.

Taking care of your teeth...

To take better care of your oral health, it is important to floss daily, brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice daily and visit Griffith Dental at least twice a year for preventative maintenance and routine examinations.

October 28th, 2019

How often should you change your toothbrush?

The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends you should change your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months, sooner if the bristles are frayed. It is also recommended that you change your toothbrush after you have had a cold, the flu, a mouth infection or a sore throat. People with gum problems or weakened immune systems should change their toothbrush every 6 weeks.

Stick with soft bristles, hard bristles can damage the protective enamel on your teeth. Consider an electric toothbrush, many people find that these products are worth the extra expense both in terms of brushing experience and the results gained.

Contact our office today to take advantage of our Fall Oral-B electric toothbrush special. Our office now stocks the WaterPik too.

October 8th, 2019

Buying an electric toothbrush from your dentist has its P.E.R.K.S.

Curious about the difference between a manual and an electric toothbrush?

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To keep your mouth clean and healthy, did you know you should be changing your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months? Waterpik tips should be changed every 6 months.

When you purchase your electric toothbrush or Waterpik through our office, we throw in a free brush head or tip at every hygiene visit. October is National Dental Hygiene Month so we are running a limited time offer on our Oral-B electric toothbrushes and Waterpiks.

When you give someone a gift that involves their health, the gift’s impact runs deeper. It means you took some time out of your day, thought deeply about the person, and wanted to help them. Why? Because you care about them.

Happy National Dental Hygiene Month from YOUR Registered Dental Hygienists:

~April and Tammy~

October 2nd, 2019

Look for Griffith Dental around YOUR town

Recently, our office participated in the Pasco County School Board Health and Wellness Benefits Fair.  We were surrounded by 40 other vendors sharing knowledge to help make YOU healthier. We loved interacting with over 100 participants in the event and invite you to experience personalized dental care with Griffith Dental. We offer free dental benefits evaluations and office tours.

We are scheduled to attend three upcoming health fairs, including: Timber Oaks, SummerTree and Hernando County Sheriff's Office Annual Benefit Fair. If you see us out and about, come spin our wheel and win a prize!

Do you have any dental questions for us? Would you be interested in Griffith Dental attending your health fair or speaking at an event? If so, please email brandi@griffithdental.com for reservations.

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