May is Physical Fitness Month! At Family Dentistry of Neosho we love to workout and keep our bodies as strong and healthy as our smiles! As you may know, exerting yourself through physical activity is an essential part of staying healthy and strong. It is also known to reduce stress and boost those feel good endorphins after a long day at work!
This year I will celebrate 25 years of work in the dental profession. Over the years there have been many exciting developments. Dentistry has never been a job for me, it is a passion, and I still love it!
In 2016 my dental career changed again when our Invisalign representative suggested I include their training in my continuing education schedule. Since then I have been on a journey that has certainly changed what I can do to help my patients. I consider myself a lifelong learner “junkie.” Learning something new such as this opened my eyes to another world of dental technology and the possibilities for those who have entrusted their dental care to me.
For most of us in the dental profession, we enjoy this time of year. National Dental Health Month (NDHM) is a time set aside to be out in the community and schools. This year we adopted a Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten class. These children were unafraid and asked all kinds of questions about their teeth. They answered a few as well.
We counted the 20 primary teeth that four and five year olds should have. As a group, they made me smile for sure. Parents, be sure to test the Dental IQ of your four, five and six year olds. They are sure to give you a laugh!
In recent months, more and more companies have been coming online to promote new clear aligners to straighten your teeth. In theory this sounds like a great idea, but buyers beware!
The research currently shows that these aligners are not yet efficient and will require more updates before being truly accurate. In fact, at this moment, these new styles of aligner hold close to a 75% failure rate, which means instead of actually straightening and aligning your teeth and improving your bite, it could make it worse!
Wellness renewal for spring
Springtime is thought of as a time of newness and renewal. The flowers are starting to bloom and green is the color on everyone’s mind. The days start to get longer and people are spending more time outside.
With these thoughts in mind, people generally think about getting in shape for summer and want to make healthier choices. Wellness is the driving factor. However, what many don’t realize is how much the hygiene of your mouth is linked to your overall health. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease.”
Gum disease is a chronic infection affecting the gums and the bones that supports the teeth. Bacteria and the body’s own immune system break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place.
This spring, with renewal on our minds think about your wellness.
Think about your health!
We challenge you to come in and talk with us about your oral wellness, and let us help transform your smile.
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What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear, invisible option for braces. Many adults choose to not straighten their teeth because they are at a time in their life where they do not want to wear traditional metal braces.
However, Invisalign gives us the ability to straighten our teeth without anyone ever knowing! Invisalign treatment consists of a series of aligners that you switch out over time. These aligners are made specifically for you and your teeth. Each aligner set gradually moves your teeth to where they need to be based on the personalized treatment plan that Dr. Reagan or Dr. Nine designed for you.
You do need to remove the aligners when you eat and drink anything other than water, but taking care of the aligners is fairly easy. For best results, it is recommended that you wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. On average, you will change out aligners every two weeks and come in for check ups about every six weeks.