Oral Health and COVID

Oral Health and COVID

Maintaining good oral health is more than just about the health of your mouth, teeth and gums. Over the years studies have demonstrated a strong link between oral health and overall health and wellness.

“Mouths are teeming with mostly harmless bacteria,” said Erin Greene, DDS, program director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program and dentist at Roseman University College of Dental Medicine in Henderson. “Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care — daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits — keep the bacteria under control. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria in the mouth can reach levels that may lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. With the mouth being the entry point to the digestive and respiratory tracts, some of these bacteria can enter the body and cause disease.”

Poor oral hygiene has shown in some studies to contribute to endocarditis, which is an infection of the lining of the heart, cardiovascular disease, and pneumonia. Now, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology by researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada have found a possible link between oral hygiene and higher rates of complications and more fatal outcomes for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.

The McGill researchers discovered that COVID-19 patients with gum disease were 3.5 times more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit, 4.5 times more likely to need a ventilator, and 8.8 times more likely to die when comparing to those without gum disease.

Greene said, “The study found that blood levels of biomarkers which indicate inflammation in the body were significantly higher in COVID-19 patients with gum disease, which may explain the higher rates of complications for those patients.”

In addition to preventative measures, such as masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing, Greene encourages attention to oral hygiene as another way to help protect oneself from COVID-19. “People of all ages should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and replacing toothbrushes every three months,” she said. “It’s also important to schedule regular dental cleanings and check ups to identify and address any issues.”

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many Americans to delay their dental care. An article published in JAMA Health Forum in December 2020 reported that one in five adults in the United States – roughly 20 percent – reported experiencing delayed care during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 31-42 percent reported postponing health care for non-COVID-19 issues. This included dental care.

Putting off dental care – or neglecting it entirely – can eventually lead to bigger problems. An absence of treatment increases your chances for health-related complications, more severe illnesses, and higher costs.

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve seen a lot of major dental issues. With the shutdown, fears about going to the dentist, and people losing their jobs, many people had no choice but to ignore their dental health, unless they were experiencing significant pain,” said Greene. “With the potential link between oral hygiene and COVID-19 severity, it’s more important than ever to see your dentist regularly.”

Oral health concerns like tooth decay and gum disease can be prevented with regular exams and cleanings. With COVID vaccinations readily available and life returning to normal, now is a great time to schedule the services you may have been delaying. Roseman Dental offers cutting edge care at lower rates than traditional dental or orthodontic clinics.

Article by Jason Roth 

Dental 360° – Utah September Issue

Dental 360° – Utah September Issue

Fall has arrived, school is back in session and our Dental 360° e-newsletter has returned from summer break. During this September issue of Dental 360°, you’ll learn about how our clinic was able to provide free dental screenings and cleanings to 200 kids 18 and under. With sports in full swing, you’ll learn the importance of wearing a mouthguard. In addition, you’ll be educated on the benefits of dental sealants and tips for caring for your children’s teeth.

Roseman Dental’s Dental 360° is a monthly e-newsletter. Each month you’ll receive a panoramic view of dental health. Dental health is key to your overall health and here at Roseman Dental, we are dedicated to improving not only your mouth, but your whole self. At our clinic we have an excellent team of licensed dentists, dental residents and students, and dental assistants and hygienists all focused on you and your family’s oral health. We offer comprehensive care, are a one-stop shop for all your dental needs and offer dental care at a cost typically lower than what you would find at a traditional dental office. Roseman Dental has been serving its community since 2011 and we look forward to continuing to serve you and your family.

We hope you find Dental 360° helpful and informative. We look forward to connecting with you each month.

 

Dental 360° September Articles

Roseman Dental Cares for 200 Kids at Free Back to School Brush-Up™ Event
The Importance of Wearing Mouthguards
The Benefits of Dental Sealants
Caring for Your Children’s Teeth

 

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Dental 360° – Nevada September Issue

Dental 360° – Nevada September Issue

Fall has arrived, school is back in session and our Dental 360° e-newsletter has returned from summer break. During this September issue of Dental 360°, you’ll learn about Dr. Roberson and his well-deserved awards. With sports in full swing, you’ll learn the importance of wearing a mouthguard. In addition, you’ll be educated on the benefits of dental sealants and tips for caring for your children’s teeth.

Roseman Dental & Orthodontics’ Dental 360° is a monthly e-newsletter. Each month you’ll receive a panoramic view of dental health. Dental health is key to your overall health and here at Roseman Dental & Orthodontics, we are dedicated to improving not only your mouth, but your whole self. At our clinic we have an excellent team of licensed dentists, orthodontists, orthodontic residents – 30 to be exact, and dental residents all focused on you and your family’s oral health. Roseman Dental & Orthodontics has been serving its community since 2009 and is a comprehensive, one-stop shop for all your dental needs including dental, orthodontic and craniofacial cleft lip & palate treatment.

We hope you find Dental 360° helpful and informative. We look forward to connecting with you each month.

Dental 360° September Articles

Congratulations Dr. Glen Roberson!
The Importance of Wearing Mouthguards
The Benefits of Dental Sealants
Caring for Your Children’s Teeth

 

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Roseman Dental Cares for 200 Kids at Free Back to School Brush-Up™ Event

Roseman Dental Cares for 200 Kids at Free Back to School Brush-Up™ Event

Last month Roseman Dental held its annual free Back to School Brush-Up™ event where our dental students and faculty provided dental screenings and cleanings to children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2021 – 2022 academic school year. Those that attended the event received a voucher to return to Roseman Dental for a free comprehensive exam, free x-rays, and up to $50 in additional care. While waiting to be treated, participants enjoyed the oral health carnival where they learned about good oral hygiene habits and tips, how to properly brush their teeth and floss and what foods are good and bad for your teeth through several interactive carnival games.

At the end of the day, Roseman Dental students, faculty and staff were able to provide free dental screenings and cleanings to 200 children. Of the 200 patients treated, 37.91 percent hadn’t seen a dentist in over a year. In addition, 109 out of the 200 children did not have dental insurance.

This event was not possible without our wonderful sponsors. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor – Intermountain Healthcare – and our two Bronze Sponsors – KKOS Lawyers and Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors. Your contributions allowed us to provide needed dental care to children in our community.

Roseman Dental will be hosting its annual Give Kids a Smile® event on Friday, February 4 where our dental students and faculty will be providing free dental screenings and cleanings to children 18 and under. Those that attend will receive a voucher to return to Roseman Dental for a free comprehensive exam, x-rays, sealants, and up to $50 of additional care. For more information about this event click here.

 

Congratulations Dr. Glen Roberson!

Congratulations Dr. Glen Roberson!

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Glen Roberson, Program Director for our Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA (AEODO/MBA) Residency Program. In August, Dr. Roberson won Greenspun Media Group’s Health Care Quarterly Top Doctors Reader’s Choice award under the category of Volunteer for his work in our community with infants, children and adults diagnosed with cleft lip and palate anomalies. There are seven categories under the Reader’s Choice section and only one winner for each of the categories. The Reader’s Choice winners are nominated by the public and reviewed by a panel of healthcare industry experts.

Each year Greenspun Media Group’s Health Care Quarterly honors and celebrates the Top Doctors who have gone above and beyond to promote a healthy Nevada. Dr. Roberson is well deserving of this award and Roseman Dental & Orthodontics is honored to have him teaching the next generation of orthodontists. In addition to his Reader’s Choice award, Dr. Roberson is also a Nevada Business Magazine “Healthcare Hero” honoree as an “Educator Hero” and was recognized at a special event on September 9th.

Make sure to congratulate Dr. Roberson at your next appointment.

Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

A Guide for Proper Dental Treatment at Every Age

When your child was first born you probably started following a rigorous schedule of appointments with your pediatrician to keep him or her healthy. Many parents are not aware that children also need proper dental care and oral check-ups starting at an early age.

Tooth decay in toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children is one of the leading preventable diseases in the U.S. It can lead to several health and lifestyle complications, including pain and soreness, improper speech development, inability to chew properly, missed school days, premature loss of baby teeth, infections, inflammation and gum disease. Here is a quick guide to help you understand your child’s oral care needs from birth through teenage years.

Baby Teeth

Just because kids lose baby teeth doesn’t mean they don’t need them—baby teeth are important placeholders for adult teeth and are at risk for tooth decay without proper care.

Birth to 12 months:

  • Make oral health check-ups part of your baby’s well-child visits with your doctor.
  • When the first teeth erupt from the gums, wipe them gently with a wet washcloth or lightly brush them with water and an extra soft bristle toothbrush. Do not use toothpaste.

12 to 24 months:

  • Brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day using a baby toothbrush and water. Talk to the dentist about whether you should use toothpaste.
  • Avoid sugary drinks like juice or milk between meals and fill bottles with water when putting children to sleep.
  • Wean children of sucking habits on things like pacifiers or thumbs.
  • Take your child for their first visit with a dentist before age 2.
  • Talk to your dentist about how to help your child get enough fluoride, especially in Utah where it’s not added to the water supply.

Children’s Teeth

Baby teeth play a role in helping toddlers and preschoolers with chewing, swallowing, speech development, and creating space for adult teeth.

Ages 2-5:

  • Help children brush their teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste, making sure the child doesn’t swallow it.
  • Begin flossing as soon as two teeth touch each other.
  • Dentists recommend that you continue to help your child brush until the age of 4, or around the time they have the motor skills to neatly write their name.
  • Go in for dental check-ups once or twice a year.
  • Fill sippy cups with water and limit sugary drink intake (juice, milk, sports drinks, soda, lemonade, and tea).
  • Feed your child healthy meals and snacks that are low in sugar.

Ages 6-10:

  • Around age 6 children will start losing baby teeth as permanent teeth erupt.
  • Schedule dentist appointments every six months for check-ups and cleanings.
  • Feed children healthy food and snacks to help develop strong teeth and healthy gums.
  • Talk to your dentist about getting sealants on permanent molars to protect against cavities.
  • As children begin participating in sports and outdoor recreation, make sure teeth are protected with a mouthguard.
  • The American Academy of Orthodontists recommends children get screened around age 7 to identify developmental, jaw, or bite problems. Correcting issues early may prevent more extensive (and expensive) orthodontic treatment later.

Pre-Teen and Teenager’s Teeth

As children grow, they should take on more responsibility for good oral health.

  • Teens should be brushing morning and night with a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Encourage flossing at least once a day to remove plaque between teeth.
  • Continue to visit the dentist for check-ups twice a year.
  • Help your teenagers eat a healthy diet that is high in lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in sugar and processed foods.
  • Teach your children about the dangers of cigarette, secondhand smoke and vaping, which can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and other health issues.
  • Visit an orthodontist (if you have not done so to find out if your child will need braces. Roseman Dental & Orthodontics – NV Location offers reduced cost orthodontic treatment.

Proper oral health care at an early age can help prevent problems later in life. Oral health is intricately connected to our overall health and should be just as much a priority as doctor visits. If you don’t have a dentist, contact our clinic to find affordable and high-quality dental care for your whole family.

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