May is National Smile Month

May 16th begins National Smile Month, a national campaign to promote good oral health in children and adults. Here are some key points from nationalsmilemonth.org to maintain a health smile:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
  • Change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if it becomes worn.
  • Clean in between your teeth at least once a day using floss.
  • If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, make sure they are aware of why so they can improve your treatment.

A great smile can improve your self-confidence, create a positive mind set and can change not only your mouth, but your body too.

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we want to remind everyone that now is the time to visit your Dentist for your regular exam. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, Approximately 48,250 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 132 new people in the US EVERY DAY will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it.

Oral Cancer Month

An oral cancer screening is an essential part of every dental exam, and should be done at least annually according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Oral Cancer exams are:

1. Painless
2. Inexpensive
3. Non-invasive
4. Quick
5. Necessary 

When identifying potential warning signs of oral cancer, dentists are often the first ones that will notice any problems.  Generally oral screenings are perform during your routine six month dental check-up. Remember, Oral Cancer one of the fastest growing types of cancer.

Call us today at Brogdon Dental to schedule your exam with Dr. Brogdon. Don’t be one of the 48,000+ who didn’t take it seriously. Your life could depend on it.

A Healthy Smile Reflects a Healthy Mom

If you are pregnant, or considering becoming pregnant, remember good oral health is important.  Research has shown that there is a link between gum disease and pre-term, low-birth-weight babies. Studies show that practicing preventive dental care during pregnancy has been proven to protect oral and overall health, and is safe for mothers and children too.

To help avoid oral health conditions related to pregnancy, the American Dental Association recommends the following:

  • Call your dentist if you have any questions, concerns or notice changes in your mouth.
  • Brush twice daily and floss at least once a day to keep your mouth healthy.
  • Schedule a dental exam and cleaning in your first trimester. (If your pregnancy is more advanced, call your dentist for the first available appointment.) Your dentist will assess your oral health and help plan your oral care for the remainder of your pregnancy.
  • Avoid routine or elective X-rays during pregnancy.

If you notice any changes in your mouth during pregnancy, call our office.  Remember, when your mouth is healthy your overall health is good too!

Regular Dental Visits Do Matter

No matter what your age, your oral health is important. Even though regular dental exams and good oral hygiene can help prevent most dental diseases, every year over 100 million Americans don’t see a dentist.  It is important to schedule regular dental appointments because they can help find oral health problems early on. By finding out the problems early, treatment can be simpler and more affordable.

According to American Dental Association here are some signs you should see your Dentist:

  • Your teeth are  sensitive to hot or cold
  • Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
  • You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
  • You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
  • You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • You are pregnant
  • You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
  • You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  • You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
  • Your mouth is often dry
  • You smoke or use other tobacco products
  • You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
  • Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
  • You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away.

Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, you can still have oral health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Regular dental visits can help prevent problems from developing. Don’t put off your dental visit.  Call Brogdon Dental today at 423-870-5698 to set up your appointment.

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Helping your children develop good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits will give them a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

According to the National Education Association (NEA):

Reports show that American students miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health problems. And students who are absent miss critical instruction time—especially in early grades where reading skills are an important focus and the building blocks of future learning. And students who have experienced recent oral health pain are four times more likely to have lower grade point averages than their counterparts who have not.

Educating parents to help their children with their oral health is important.  Parents are recommended having their children brush 2 times for 2 minutes per day.  Also to further help their children, the NEA encourages them to read for 20 minutes as a way of building good oral health and literacy habits.  Not only for your children, but parents can also participate by brushing 2 + 2 and reading 20.  By showing your child you are willing to do this, you help them promote good oral health and literacy skills.

Good Oral Health

Your oral health is just as important as any other health related issue but many people feel they don’t have the finances to handle the problem. But ignoring possible problems will not make them go away and can, in many cases, make them worse.   According to a poll conducted in 2009 by Harris Interactive and HealthDay, it was found that 50 percent of uninsured Americans skipped necessary dental care visits due to financial burdens.  Although a study by The Dental School showed that Medicare beneficiaries who used preventive dental care had more dental visits but fewer visits for expensive non-preventive procedures and lower dental expenses than beneficiaries who saw the dentist only for treatment of oral problems.

According to the American Dental Hygienist Association, nearly 75 percent of American adults suffer from various forms of gum disease – from simple inflammation to severe cases – and don’t even know it.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of all systematic diseases have oral health symptoms.

A poll conducted by Harris Interactive of 1,000 people over 35 revealed that 60 percent of adults knew little, if anything, about gum disease, the symptoms, available treatments and the consequences.

Although some dental procedures can be costly, there are arrangements that can be made with your dentist.  Dr. Brogdon has plans to help you meet these expenses. Ask us today about Quality Dental Plan and how it can help make dental care more affordable.   Another financing option for our patients is Compassionate Healthcare Services. They offer minimal fees and high approval rates with affordable payment plans.

Sometimes avoiding the problem will only make it worse.  Call us today and let us help you find the best plan for your good oral health.

Stress and your Oral Health

We know that excessive stress can give you a headache, stomachache and even heart problems, but what you may not realize is that stress can affect your oral health as well.

According to WebMD stress and anxiety can affect you in the following ways:

  • Mouth sores, including canker sores and cold sores
  • Clenching of teeth and teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Poor oral hygiene and unhealthy eating routines
  • Periodontal (gum) disease or worsening of existing periodontal disease

Mouth sores such as canker sores can be painful and bothersome.

WebMD Defines Canker sores as “small ulcers with a white or grayish base and bordered in red — appear inside the mouth, sometimes in pairs or even greater numbers. Although experts aren’t sure what causes them — it could be immune system problems, bacteria, or viruses — they do think that stress, as well as fatigue and allergies, can increase the risk of getting them. Canker sores are not contagious.”

Relief can be found by the use of  over-the-counter topical anesthetics and by limiting your ingestion of spicy or acidic foods until they heal.

Cold sores are are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are contagious. They can also be triggered by an emotional upset.  Over the counter remedies are available.  It’s important to start treatment as soon as you notice the cold sore.  Talk to our office as soon as you can.

Stress may make you clench and grind your teeth and can lead to problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).  Contact us and ask what can be done to prevent grinding problems associated with stress.  Dr. Brogdon may recommend a night guard that you wear at night when you sleep or may have other suggestions for you.

Remember, stress can affect your health in many ways.  Call us today and let us help you with stress associated with your oral health.