Monthly Archives: August 2015

Back to School Dental Tips

School is just now getting back in session and for many families that means a whole lot of scrambling to get things done. Between arranging rides, after school activities, homework, school supplies and everything else under the sun, sometimes dental hygiene can fall by the wayside. We’re here to remind you that top notch dental services in Prescott, AZ are available to you with flexible appointment times during this busy time of the year! Don’t let a morning pass with your children forgetting to brush and properly address their oral needs. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping up with your healthy dental routines despite feeling as though your life is in fast forward!

1. Brush Before Eating

We all know that mornings on school days can be a bit of a mess. Often kids will roll out of bed late and end up eating breakfast on the way to school. Don’t worry about waiting until after the little ones eat to brush their teeth, make brushing a first-thing-in-the-morning routine. Studies have demonstrated that if teeth are brushed before a meal the pH level in your mouth won’t dip enough to result in cavities.

2. Diet is a Big Deal

Let’s face it, public schools aren’t exactly renowned for their healthy meal choices. They often consist of sugary, processed junk food. Send fresh fruits and veggies with your child to school to give them something healthy to snack on.

3. Mouth Guards

Most kids spend time either at recess, during physical education or in after school programs participating in sports like basketball, soccer, baseball and football. Make sure your child has the proper mouth guard protection and wears a helmet if they ride their bikes to school.

4. No Pain?

Often children who have cavities won’t feel pain until they are already infected. Don’t assume their oral health is fine even if they aren’t experiencing pain.

5. Water Wins

Avoid afternoon crashes, sugar coated teeth and tooth decay by choosing water over juice to give to your child. Juice can contain more sugar than a kid should be consuming in an entire day.

While it might be a great idea to just push through this hectic time to get to a point where you can relax with a little piece and quiet while the kids are off at school, neglecting your child’s dental health now can lead to costly and painful procedures later. Prescott Dentistry’s dental services in Prescott, AZ are just what your family needs to get through the school year in one piece. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure! Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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Is There a Link Between Oral Health and Dementia?

Dementia

Neglecting the health of your teeth and gums has been demonstrated time and time again to lead to pain, gum disease, bad breath, and tooth decay. For some people those reasons are not enough, so in a previous article titled “Poor Dental Hygiene’s Disastrous Effects” we highlighted your oral health’s connection to Alzheimer’s Disease, pancreatic cancer, and heart disease. That long and very frightening list can now expand to include one more unfortunate disease: dementia.

A study out of the University of California has found a connection between daily brushing and a lowered risk of developing dementia in your later years. The study was found in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and included 5,468 people over an 18 year period. Over that period roughly 1100 of those did end up developing dementia.

The female participants in the study had a 65% greater chance of ultimately developing dementia if they did not brush daily. With men the link did appear to be present as well though not as strongly, with a 22% increased chance of developing this unfortunate mental deterioration. Although it’s not clear that this link is a clear cut “cause-and-effect” case, there was another study done that linked tooth loss and dementia in 2007 from the Journal of the American Dental Association. That study pointed out that participants with less teeth were more likely to develop dementia than other elderly people who still had more of their teeth.

If you want to avoid some of these more disastrous consequences that come with a lack of emphasis on oral hygiene, contact Prescott Dentistry today to schedule your dental cleaning. Remember to brush twice daily for at least 2 minutes and floss once a day.

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A Dentist’s Nightmare Part II

prescott dentistPhoto Credit: Photograph by Theodore Pietsch – National Geographic

Last year we did a post about a dentist’s worst nightmare: the Deep-Sea Anglerfish, or “Black Sea Devil”. The first ever footage of this creature was captured shortly before that blog was posted. With a name like “Sea Devil” it’s pretty obvious why this deep sea creature would be the subject of anyone’s nightmare. The massive mouth and razor sharp fang-like teeth angled inward to increase it’s deadly grasp on it’s unsuspecting prey would make even the most battle-tested Prescott dentist falter. But like a terrible tagline to a cheesy horror movie sequel: the nightmare is far from over.

A snaggletoothed cousin to this deep sea demon has been recently discovered and classified. The name of this new, yet very old, fish is Lasiognathus dinema. The specimen was found due to rather unfortunate circumstances – researchers were surveying a part of the Gulf of Mexico devastated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Three female deceased specimens were found, one of which measured about 5 inches long. The tendons in the mouth of the fish leads researchers to believe that the mouth closes and captures it’s prey similar to an upside-down Venus flytrap. Though no one has ever seen the animal alive, it appears to hunt using a lure on it’s head like it’s “Black Sea Devil” cousin.

Dr. Montes and his team may not be able to treat any of the “Sea Devil” clan but your Prescott dentist can certainly help keep your teeth from resembling the mouth one of those creatures! Contact Prescott Dentistry today to schedule your appointment, just so long as you’re not going to go all “Venus flytrap” on our hands!