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A Smile Makes Life More Beautiful Nancy R. DiPietro, D.D.S. / Steven D. Danzig, D.D.S. 2 Rolling Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096 610 896-6361 www.ddfamilydental.com Fall 2014/ Winter 2015 Long Lasting Senior Smiles Dental issues and needs change with every stage of life. Senior citizens have unique dental concerns and challenges, but it is realistic with modern materials and techniques to have good dental health. Many seniors have dry mouth as a side effect of medications or certain conditions such as diabetes or anemia or from radiation treatments. People with dry mouth are more likely to have bad breath and to form cavities. Gum disease is another senior concern. Bacteria in plaque can cause gum (periodontal) disease which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. According to the American Cancer Society, the average age for diagnosis of cancer is 62. Oral cancer can be deadly and early detection is essential. Some recommendations are: Using oral moisturizers Keeping well hydrated Using sugar free lozenges or gum to stimulate saliva Using a humidifier Eating a healthy diet, low in acidic and sugary foods and high in calcium rich foods. Brush teeth two times a day and floss once a day. Dentist applied fluoride or varnish to help protect teeth from decay. The single most important beneficial thing to do for good oral health is to visit the dentist regularly for cleaning and oral exams. To Enhance Your Appointment: WI-FI ACCESS iPads in our treatment rooms! Great for: Patient Education Games for kids Confirmations by Phone, email or Text Cracked Tooth Solutions A chipped or cracked tooth can detract from your smile. It can cut lips, cheeks or tongue, give decay a place to form or break further. Bonding, porcelain veneers or crowns are ways to treat your damaged tooth. An occlusal guard may be suggested if clenching or grinding is suspected. However, some cracks are not readily seen or even detected by xray. An intra-oral camera can aid in the detection of cracks when they are small. Call to schedule a 15 minute appointment for a free intra-oral camera exam. Write Reviews on Angie’s List or ZocDoc (Discount Angie’s List membership available) Check out the ZocDoc appointment button on our website. CAN PACIFIERS & BABY BOTTLES RUIN MY BABY’S TEETH? OFFICE NEWS Sucking is a natural reflex for babies that starts before they are born. Besides a reflex needed for nourishment from breast or bottle feeding, sucking serves as a mechanism for comfort from pacifiers, fingers or hands. Most sucking habits are not harmful to a baby’s mouth or teeth. However, frequent sucking or sipping anything other than water from a bottle or sipping cup may increase the risk of developing early and extensive tooth decay. While breast feeding is a healthy practice, continuous breast feeding can still increase the risk of decay. Don’t try to calm a fussy baby by dipping a pacifier in honey or sugar water. If pacifier use continues after a baby’s teeth start to fall out, it can cause shifting of the front teeth, misalignment of the jaws and a narrower roof of the mouth. Use positive reinforcement to encourage older children to give up the pacifier. 6 1/2 years after the birth of her second son, Caroline is back in our office as a full time dental assistant. New Roles As empty nesters, Drs. DiPietro and Danzig have decided to help underserved areas of dentistry on their day off. Dr. Danzig will be part of a mobile team providing dentistry to PA seniors in nursing home facilities as of December 2014. Dr. DiPietro will return to her alma matter, Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, as an adjunct clinical faculty member in Spring 2015. 10 Fun Dental Facts 1) Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but don’t use those pearly whites to bite anything harder than food! 2) The most popular toothbrush color is blue. What color is yours? 3) The average person spends about 38 seconds per day brushing their teeth, but dentists recommend brushing 2 minutes twice a day. 4) The amount of dental floss bought per person per year is 18 yards. The amount that should be bought is 122 yards (about 1 foot a day). If you don’t floss, you miss 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure to floss daily. 5) Teeth are as unique as fingerprints. Even identical twins have different dental patterns. 6) The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is 3 feet wide. 7) People who drink 3 or more sugary sodas daily have 62% more dental decay, fillings and tooth loss. Quench your thirst with water. 8) The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime — enough to fill 2 swimming pools. 9) Contrary to popular belief, George Washington’s dentures weren't made of wood. His 4 pairs were crafted from gold, ivory, lead and a mixture of human, donkey and hippopotamus teeth. Take care of your teeth to avoid custom chompers. 10) It seems children have the right idea about smiling; they smile about 400 times a day! Women smile about 62 times a day compared to men who smile 8 times a day on average.