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Dental Health Month

February is Dental Health Month and that makes it a very busy month at our office. While everyone is thinking of Valentine Candy and flowers, we are making plans to educate as many people as possible about their mouths. Dentistry has come along way in the last 50 years. Cosmetically dentistry’s major advances include bleaching, veneers and implants. We can replace teeth and make them look real like never before. In terms of comfort dentistry has advanced with the wide spread use of local anesthetics for pain control. If gum disease is your affliction advances in periodontics allows us to restore bone and tissue around the teeth actually reversing the effect of gum disease. Despite all the advances in “fixing” dental disease prevention is the foundation of dentistry. With the discovery that fluoride prevents about half of the cavities in a population dentistry has been at the forefront of preventive medicine.

About one in five people have never been to the dentist. About one in five people do not go to the dentist every year. About one in five people do not brush their teeth everyday. About one in five people do not floss. Approximately one third of Americans over the age of 65 have no teeth and another one third of Americans over the age of 65 have less than half their natural teeth. With statistics like these it is easy to see that everybody is not getting the message when it come to dental health. Our philosophy is to educate patients so that they can participate in fixing and maintaining their own mouths. It is a team effort and takes more than a dedicated staff. A dedicated patient is a must.

We start our dental education at an early age. We try to reach as many children as we can and convince them it is cool to brush their teeth. Every year our office talks to 500 to 800 kids during February. We concentrate on children Pre-K through 2nd grade. At this time we go to Our Lady of Lordes, Stewart, and RJ Woolem campuses.

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