Dental 360° – Utah November Issue

Dental 360° – Utah November Issue

Here come the holidays! During this busy season, taking care of yourself is important. In the November issue of Dental 360°, get the facts about infant and toddler dental care, learn how to keep plaque at bay, and find out how diabetes impacts oral health. You’ll also get some strategies for handling tricky food situations, including parenting, cooking for one, and dealing with stress.

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° November Articles

The Diabetes & Oral Health Connection
Preventing Plaque
Infant and Toddler Oral Health Basics
How to Tackle Tough Eating Triggers

 

Click Here to Leave a Review
The Diabetes & Oral Health Connection

The Diabetes & Oral Health Connection

November is National Diabetes Month. In honor of diabetes awareness, consider the link between diabetes and oral health. Diabetes is very closely linked to overall health, and the two can have a big impact on one another. If you or someone you know is diabetic, take time to learn about this important connection.

The Connection

Simply put, having diabetes increases the risk of gum disease and periodontitis, or serious gum disease. This is due in part to a diabetic person’s decreased ability to fight bacteria. If your blood sugar levels are not well under control, your ability to fight germs is compromised, making infection of any kind more likely. Other infections that can occur in your mouth include thrush (a mouth fungus overgrowth that causes an infection), dry mouth, ulcers and cavities. Serious gum disease can also affect your blood sugar levels, increasing the rate at which diabetes progresses.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth. When gum disease becomes serious, your gums begin to pull away from your teeth, leaving pockets between the gums and teeth that can fill with bacteria and other germs. As the pockets grow deeper, the infection can spread and destroy the bones that hold your teeth in place. If this happens, surgery may be needed to preserve the teeth. Without treatment, teeth can loosen and may fall out.

Warning Signs

Gum disease doesn’t happen overnight. Recognizing the warning signs and seeking treatment can prevent tooth loss from infection. Unfortunately, many of the warning signs of gum disease are painless. The most obvious signs are bleeding, swollen, or tender gums. Even if they don’t hurt, bleeding gums are an indication of an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth, as are swollen or tender gums. If you notice that your teeth look longer, this may indicate that the gums are pulling away from the teeth, another sign of developing gum disease. If pressing on the gums produces pus or if adult teeth are loose or moving, this is also a sign of serious gum disease. Lastly, if you notice changes in your bite or the fit of dentures or bridges, you should speak with a dentist about gum disease.

The best way to prevent serious gum disease from developing is to see a dentist regularly, at least every six months. It’s also a good idea to see the same dentist, because then he or she can recognize subtle changes in your gums that may not be obvious if you are seeing different dentists each time you get your teeth cleaned. If you have serious gum disease, the dentist may recommend that you come in more often than every six months.

Prevention

If you have diabetes, a well-regulated blood sugar level is your first defense against gum disease, and all other infections. Beyond that, brushing and flossing twice daily will help keep your mouth healthy, as will regular visits to the dentist. While at the dentist, be sure to discuss your diabetes and its relationship to good oral health. Diabetes can make you more susceptible to gum disease, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do. Heeding the warning signs and caring for your teeth and gums will help your mouth stay healthy for years to come.

Dental 360° – Utah October Issue

Dental 360° – Utah October Issue

Halloween is almost here! In this October issue of Dental 360°, you’ll find out which Halloween treats have scary effects on your teeth. You’ll also get advice about handling fear about going to the dentist and you’ll learn why many people have been neglecting their oral health during the pandemic. And hey, did you know that you probably need a new toothbrush?

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° October Articles

Oral Health and COVID
Best and Worst Halloween Treats for Dental Health 
Toothbrush Care
Coping with Dental Phobia and How to Overcome

 

Click Here to Leave a Review
Best and Worst Halloween Treats for Dental Health

Best and Worst Halloween Treats for Dental Health

HalloweenCandy_ChildHalloween is a time of year when ghosts, ghouls, princesses and superheroes alike head out into their neighborhoods in search of scrumptious candy. It’s also a holiday that can wreak havoc on your oral health because of the volume—and type—of candy and sugar you are consuming. Whether you’re planning to dress up for a Halloween party, wondering what to give out this year, or just want to be prepared for when your kids bring home buckets of sugar, here are some tips to help you avoid oral health problems.

Best Halloween Candies for Your Teeth

While your dentist will tell you (correctly) that no candy is actually “good” for your teeth, there are some options that are less bad and should be selected when possible. That includes things like chocolate without sticky fillings or nuts, marshmallows, and softer cookies that won’t stick to your teeth (check out the recipe for a delicious pumpkin season treat below). Even if you avoid sticky treats, it’s important to realize that the sugar in candy feeds bacteria in your mouth, contributing to the buildup of plaque, so you should rinse your mouth with water and try to brush your teeth soon after consuming any sugar.

Worst Halloween Candies for Your Teeth

Sticky treats are by far the worst because they leave sugary nuggets in the deep grooves of your teeth where they are available for bacteria to feed on. That includes things like taffy, caramel, coconut and nuts. Other bad choices include hard candies like lollipops, jawbreakers, and Jolly Rancher™ candies, because they expose your teeth to sugar for a prolonged period of time while they are dissolving (which raises acidity levels in your mouth and damages tooth enamel). Plus, if you try to bite them, your teeth might even chip or break. Sour candies should be avoided because they are highly acidic, as well as candies like Pixie Stix® powder that provide straight sugar for the bacteria in your mouth to consume.

Individuals with braces should be especially careful about eating these treats. Make sure to speak with your orthodontist prior to Halloween to get a list of treats to specifically avoid because they can get stuck in and around the braces, causing decay and damaging the hardware in your mouth.

Healthy Candy Alternatives

halloween-candy-alternativesIf you plan on being home to pass out treats for trick-or-treaters, there are various healthy, non-candy alternatives you can give to those who come knocking on your door. Healthy alternatives include mini packages of raisins, pretzels, or crackers, which can be purchased at your local grocery store and are typically in Halloween-themed packaging.

For folks who want to avoid handing out any food items to trick-or-treaters, there are plenty of things available at a reasonable price. You could hand out pencils, stickers, erasers, slime, spider rings, mini coloring books, temporary tattoos, or plastic vampire fangs. You can find all of these in Halloween designs, and buy them in bulk at places such as Oriental Trading Company, U.S. School Supplies, and Amazon.com.

 

Check out this braces- and teeth-friendly recipe to enjoy for Halloween and the fall season:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup pumpkin puree (canned)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2 tsp. milk (whole)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. chocolate chips (mini)

Directions

  • Combine pumpkin puree, sugar, vegetable oil, egg, milk, and vanilla; set aside
  • Combine together all dry ingredients, except for chocolate chips; add to wet ingredients, combine well
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Bake at 350 °F for 10-15 minutes

 

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

 

Click Here to Leave a Review
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.