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Six Great Reasons to See Your Dental Hygienist

Why do I need to visit the Dental Hygienist?

1.  Overall Health – Researchers have found that gum disease is associated with other health problems such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.  Likewise pregnant women are at risk for delivering pre-term babies.

2.  Keep your teeth for a lifetime – There have been many advances in dental medicine and denture wear, but, if at all possible, it is still desirable to keep your own original teeth.  Over time people who wear dentures have difficulty eating certain types of foods and dental implants can be cost prohibitive for many.  Prevention is less costly than repair.

3.  To Prevent Gum Disease – Daily habits of brushing and cleaning between your teeth is important.  Gum Disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.  Many times people are unaware they have gum disease because it is painless in the early stages.  A regular visit to the dental hygienist for a dental cleaning helps to remove the hard deposits on the teeth, assess the gums and help you with any maintenance issues.  Just like that preventive maintenance on your car keeps the engine healthy so does this preventive maintenance on your teeth and gums.

4.  Oral Cancer Prevention – An oral cancer screening should be completed yearly, especially if you’re a tobacco user.  Oral cancer caught in its early stages is more likely to be treatable.  Your dental hygienist will complete an oral cancer screening during each visit.

5.  To Prevent Halitosis(bad breath) – A thorough dental cleaning by a dental hygienist can help individuals with bad breath.  If you are on of those that have a problem with halitosis, not having your teeth cleaned regularly will definitely make it worse.

6.  Healthy smile – By visiting your dental hygienist on a regular basis you can have your teeth cleaned, and take care of any other issues that may arise before your teeth or gums are damaged.  Over time everyone will have plaque and tartar build up on their teeth.  Having your teeth cleaned will remove the hard and soft deposits that have built up in areas that you are unable to get to.

Your Dental Hygienist is your prevention specialist for your teeth and gums.

Dental Hygienist

Cheryl

Are you in need of a dental cleaning.  Give our office a call and lets schedule you for a dental cleaning, oral cancer screening and gum disease assessment.

Dental Hygiene Fitness    970-214-8420

 

 

EWG.org

EWG.org

I just assumed that if a product were in a ‘health food’ store it must be safe.  Surely the CEOs of these companies have researched the products that are on the shelves.  Well, not always so.  But the site EWG.org does this for you.  So often we depend on the labels to tell us what is in the soap or household cleaner, laundry, dish detergent.  Many times we have to do our own research to find the ingredients in the product.  In one common dish detergent the label lists methylisothiazolinone.  Do some research and you will find this is an antimicrobial agent as well as a nerve toxin.  So unless you are using rubber gloves to wash your dishes, you are absorbing this toxic chemical.  But what about the film left on your dishes?

EWG.org

There are many sites to check your ingredients.  PubMed.gov is a good site to review research completed as well as several scientific research sites.  EWG.org is a great site that grades the cleaning products using A,B,C,D,F scale.  If your product does not have the ingredients listed, don’t take it for granted that the ingredients are safe.  We absorb through our skin in 26 seconds.  There are many chemicals used that are not safe for us or our pets.  Chlorine bleach causes neurological disorders over long time use.  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a skin irritant, causes hair loss, is a zenoestrogen and can cause hormone disorders and there are many other side affects.

EWG.org and dishwasher

Our homes have become very toxic in the last few decades.  We use so many toxic cleaners, building materials and when our homes are closed up in the colder months, we are breathing and living with these chemicals on our clothes and bedding.  We vent our dryers, bathrooms and stove hood, but what about your dishwasher.  If you are using a chemical compound in your dishwasher you are making a steam of the chemical that now vents into your home.  EPA regulations does not allow us to vent our dishwasher outside because of the chemicals.  Think about this… If your dish detergent has chlorine bleach, you are making chlorine gas (steam) in the dishwasher.  This gas is now going to vent into your home.

Check out EWG.org

Keep your family safe.  There has been an increase in auto immune diseases, skin problems, asthma, COPD, parkinson’s and many more diseases over the last decade.  Keep your family safe, take the time to clean your home of the toxic chemicals.

 

Birthday Club Reminders

Birthdays – An Annual Event

So many times I have clients as me “is it time for my teeth cleaning”?  Well, if I’m not at my office and have no way to check their records – I would have no idea.  Do you have a problem remembering your health check dates?

Birthday Reminder

Well I have an easy way to remember.   Have your teeth professionally cleaned during your birth month.  Then you will have an easy way to remember your next teeth cleaning due date.  Whether you are on a twice a year maintenance cleaning or every 3- 4 month professional dental cleaning.

Birthday months can be busy

If the maintenance visit is important and it is a procedure that needs to be done annually I try to schedule during my birthday month.  My auto tags are renewed during that month as well as home conditioning filters, smoke detector batteries and of course my teeth cleaning.  Join the Birthday Club so you can stay on schedule with you professional dental cleanings.  Having your teeth professionally cleaned help to keep your whole body healthy.

Call Dental Hygiene Fitness today and schedule your professional teeth cleaning.  970-214-8420

 

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked Teeth

You are eating a great meal and as you are chewing you suddenly feel pain.  You stop, have a drink or maybe enjoy some conversation and notice that the discomfort is gone.  Take another bite, start chewing and suddenly there it is again, that pain in your tooth.  You may not see a crack in your tooth.  There may be a ‘hair line’ fracture.

Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth

Cracked tooth syndrome is a dental condition in which a partial crack extends into the dentin. And it will

cracked toothsometimes extend to or through the pulp of the tooth.  As you bite down on food or seeds the crack opens ever so slightly.  Fluid enters the crack and just like hydralics, the fluid is forced into the tooth as the pressure is reduced. 

Diagnosis of a Cracked Tooth

However, since there is a fairly extensive list of classifications for cracked teeth, it is typically difficult for doctors to find the correct diagnosis. An exam with a dentist can help diagnosis what is causing your pain.  Using a plastic instrument, the dentist will have you bite down on the instrument to determine which tooth is causing the pain.  Generally, if the pain occurs when you are chewing on something, disappears when not, this is likely a cracked tooth.  The dentist can diagnosis and then make recommendations and treatment to restore the health of the tooth.  Often times the cure is a crown to hold the tooth together.  If the fracture has advanced the length of the roots, you may need a rootcanal as well.

Don’t wait till the symptoms worsen before you get in to have a thorough exam with your dentist.  The longer you wait for a proper dianosis, the more likley the fracture with worsen and be more costly.

Is it time for your biannual preventive dental therapy visit?  Here at Dental Hygiene Fitness we perform and oral cancer screening, oral exam and gum disease screening at each appointment.

Call 970-2148420 to schedule your visit today.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil has been used in Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicinal system, a system of Hindu tradional medicine and a form of alternative medicine. The Coconut Research Center has compiled a list of potential benefits of coconut oil in both traditional and modern medicine.  Coconut oil is used extensively in tropical countries, which have a good production of coconut oil. At one time, the oil was also popular in western countries like the United States and Canada, but in the 1970s a strong progaganda campaign was spread by the corn oil and soy oil industry against coconut oil. Coconut oil was considered harmful for the human body due to its high saturated fat content until the last decade (2000s) when people began to question the claims of the propaganda.

Pure coconut oil contains about 50 percent lauric acid, and is the most abundant natural source of lauric acid available.
In very generic terms, when lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into a compound which exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties (killing viruses, bacteria and fungus).

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is beneficial for hair, skin, and the immune system.  Coconut oil helps to improve the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems.  Due to its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections. The antibacterial properties of coconut oil are beneficial in eliminating gingivitis, oil pulling.   At Dental Hygiene Fitness, Cheryl can help you keep your gums healthy call for appointment today.  PubMed.gov has a research paper on oil pulling.

Coconut Oil, Beneficial for the Heart 

The lauric acid helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in vegetable oils. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and helping in preventing atherosclerosis.   There is so much research available online or in many different medical research papers, do some ‘googling’ yourself and see what you can find. 

 

 

Selective Tooth Polishing

polishingTo Polish or Not to Polish

In students in dental hygiene school were all taught to polish the teeth.  But what is the real purpose of this gritty polishing?  Stain removal. Is this final procedure really necessary?   For years we have all had our teeth polished.  When I talk about a teeth cleaning, it is the polishing that is remembered by most of my patients.   This polishing can be completed before or after the scaling or tartar removal.  But what is the most important part of the dental cleaning procedure?  Actually it is the dental scaling that is most important.  So  when a dental hygienist starts to polish your teeth, consider a selective polish.   It is the teeth that have stain that truly need to be polished.

Polish vs Scale/Clean

The true purpose of a dental cleaning is to remove tartar from the teeth, both above and below the gum line.  When tartar is left on the tooth structure, next to the gums, inflammation and infection will ensue.  You can brush and floss all you want, but this will not remove the tartar.  Tartar is a hard, rough and porous rock like substance.  The only thing that will remove it from your tooth structure is a sharp dental instrument or a ultrasonic scaler type instrument.   Polishing is performed to remove extrinsic stain.  Stain from tea, coffee, food coloring etc.  If there is no stain present on the teeth, polishing is really not necessary.  If polishing is performed, a paste with the least amount of abrassive should be used for the stain removal.  Polishing removes microns of tooth structure, thus, with good reason a mild paste should be used.  Polishing with a coarse paste can over time abraid white composite fillings and remove the glaze from porcelain crowns.  At Dental Fitness & Spa we use a powder that is sort of a ‘pre-wash’ powder on the heaviest stain.  This allows us to use a mild abrasive to remove heavy stain.

Selective Polish

This procedure allows the Dental Hygienist to decide which tooth really needs to be polished.  For the sake of polishing, really it will be up to the patient to make the decision to have their teeth polished.  If you’d like I can hand you a toothbrush and some paste and if you prefer, just brush.   If there is no stain present, why abraid the tooth?

Are you needing your teeth cleaned?    We would love to see you and help you stay healthy.   Dental Fitness & Spa (970) 214-8420   Do you have a friend or family member in another county in Colorado?  Check out our new site Myteethcleaned.com and find a dental hygienist in their area.

 

 

 

Are you a Tater Tot fan

Tater Tots Name

Ore-Ida Potato Products, Inc. was founded in 1952 by two brothers Nephi Grigg and Golden Grigg.  A contest was held among employees and friends to come up with a name for the small log of potato.  Clora Orton, a young housewife suggested the name – tater tot, tater slang for potato and tot refers to the small size.  The company is in Oregon near the Idaho state border, so the name Ore-Ida was the perfect name.

Tater Tots reduce levels of acrylamide

In 2008 a law suit was filed against Frito-Lay, Kettle Foods and Ore-Ida.  The purpose was to reduce the levels of acrylamide in their products, a potentially cancer-causing chemical in foods that are deep fried.  Ore-Ida agreed to pay $600,000 in penalties for not warning consumers about the dangers and to cut the level of that chemical in half.

Tater Tots to potato chips

Procter &Gamble agreed to reduce acrylamide in Pringles potato chips by 50 percent so that no warning would be required.

Researchers in Europe and the United States have found acrylamide in certain foods that were heated to a temperature 248 degrees Fahrenheit.  Potato chips and French fries were found to contain higher levels of acrylamide compared with other foods.  The World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations stated that the levels of acrylamide in foods pose a “major concern” and that more research is needed to determine the risk of dietary acrylamide exposure.

Polyacrylamide and acrylamide copolymers are used in many industrial processes, such as the production of paper, dyes, and plastics, and in the treatment of drinking water and wastewater, including sewage. They are also found in consumer products, such as caulking, food packaging, and some adhesives. Trace amounts of acrylamide generally remain in these products.

Our environments are full of all kinds of chemicals that affect us daily.  Some circumstances we can control and some not.  Look at your food labels and try to eat clean.  With the rise of neurological health diseases; parkinsons, alzheimers, dementia and many auto immune diseases, we all should be careful about what we eat.

At Dental Hygiene Fitness we work with you on ‘whole body’ health.  The head is connected to the neck, shoulders and the rest of the torso.  Lets work together to keep your whole health working in harmony for a long, healthy, and moving life style.  Ready for your next professional teeth cleaning, call us at 214-8420 or check out our scheduler on our website, www.dentalhygienefitness.com

 

Preventing cavities in children

You have the power to prevent cavities

Children are not born with the bacteria that cause cavities  – they get cavity causing bacteria from adults.  You can help prevent tooth decay and other painful, expensive dental diseases from harming your child.

Help prevent childhood cavities

children

children

Don’t share spoons, forks or cups

Put only formula, milk or water in a baby bottle – no juice or sweet drinks

Don’t dip pacifiers in honey or sugar

Don’t clean a pacifier with  your mouth

Your child should see a dentist by age 1

Help your child be cavity free

Cavities are the most widespread childhood disease in the United States.   Cavities can lead to a lifetime of pain, self-esteem issues and learning problems.  You have the power to prevent decay.

At Dental Hygiene Fitness we treat both children and adults.  We specialize in preventive therapies – dental cleanings, x-rays, exams, oral cancer screenings.  Let us help you and your family stay healthy.

Cancer and Gum Disease

gum disease

Gum Disease

Cancer treatment can lead to Gum Disease

When the immune system is not functioning properly the body becomes susceptible to all kinds of infections and diseases. Cancer treatments, radiation and chemotherapy can effect the immune system. When this happens the body has a more difficult time in keeping itself in a healthy state. Even when a person eats healthy, exercises, takes plenty of vitamins and practices preventive health measures, their body can succumb to disease due to a weakened immune system.

See your Dental Hygienist for a dental cleaning, X-rays and oral evaluation.  An exam by your dentist to check for existing cavities.  This oral evaluation is to check your teeth for cavities and any signs of infection.  Treating existing infections may reduce the risk of severe complications during chemotherapy therapy – Chemotherapy reduces your body’s ability to fight infections.

Gum Disease can become more aggressive during and after Cancer treatment

When a person has a healthy immune system their body generally, can fight an infection in the gums.  Performing good tooth brushing and cleaning between teeth on a routine/daily basis can keep gum disease from attacking your gums.  When the immune system is challenged and unable to fight infections the bacteria in the mouth can cause some aggressive destruction to the teeth and supporting structures (jaw bone).

Cancer is in remission but gum disease has caused extensive damage to the mouth

The goal is to treat the cancer and bring the patient back to good health.  What the overall goal should be is good health including healthy teeth and gums.  Before you or a loved one embarks on the cancer therapy routine, make sure the mouth is healthy before, during and after treatment.  I know the goal is to have your health/life, but to have that and your teeth and gums is a better goal.

See your Dental Hygienist for a dental cleaning and oral evaluation prior to your cancer treatment.  Your best defense against gum disease is prevention.  Schedule your oral cancer screening and professional dental cleaning at Dental Hygiene Fitness today.  Call 970.214.8420.

 

 

Rotate Car Tires, the why and when

Why Rotate car tires?

Car tires rotate plenty when the care is moving, so why should you rotate your tires?  By rotating your tires, you will ensure an even pattern of wear.  This mean you should get the most use out of your investment in the car tires.

The front tires will wear out much sooner than the rear tires.  Because the front tires lean over when turning, the outside edge of the tire will become worn much more quickly than any other part.  Both of the front tires should show roughly the same amount of wear.  If one tire is showing significantly more wear than the other can be an indication of serious problem.  If this occurs, have your care inspected by a qualified technician.

How Often to Rotate Car Tires?

You should have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. Since the tires have to come off anyway, this is also a good time to schedule a brake inspection. This saves money in the long run and may end up saving your life.

You may have heard that tires must not switch sides when being rotated. This is because when you switch sides, the tire has to be flipped and it will be moving in the opposite direction.  This is no longer the problem it once was. In fact, many manufacturers now recommend that tires be rotated in a criss-cross fashion, meaning the front left tire is moved to the rear right position, while the front right tire moves to the rear left. Depending on the wear pattern, your tire dealer or mechanic may recommend either criss-cross or a simple front-to-back rotation. In either case, check to see what the manufacturer recommends in an ideal situation.  Radial tires are usually rotated front to back, but your tire expert will know what is best for your tire investment.

Schedule Maintenance Car Tire Rotation

By rotating your tires on a regular schedule, all four tires should wear out at roughly the same time. This means you will be getting the maximum amount of use out of your tires, and the maximum amount of work out of your investment.   Getting your oil changed?  Consider having your car tires rotated at that time.  Can save a trip, and is a good reminder to have the maintenance on the tires completed.

Need to complete ‘maintenance’ on your mouth?

Maintenance for our mouths involves our home care routines as well as in office professional dental therapy cleanings.  This in office dental therapy should be performed at least semi-annually.  Depending on the patient, some people should be in twice a year, some three to four times a year.  At Dental Hygiene Fitness we guide your maintenance on an individual basis.  Call us at Dental Hygiene Fitness and schedule for your Preventive care today.

970-214-8420