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Talking Teeth -with Dr. Reynolds


In this issue:                        May 2018

-Welcome Ashley

-Tips for Sensitive Teeth

-Stress and Dental Health

-Helping Children Care for Their Teeth


Welcome Ashley

We are all sad that Emma is not with us every day, but excited for her and her family. She has decided to be a stay-at-home mom for her 3 children!

We are pleased to announce that Ashley Nail has joined us as our new Office Manager. Ashley is Dr. Reynolds daughter and she is a 2008 graduate of the University of Alabama.  She and her husband, Cliff, have a 20 month old daughter, Carson. Ashley looks forward to meeting each of you in the coming months!


How to Help with Sensitive Teeth

Harper's Bazaar (4/11, March) shares tips to help alleviate discomfort and pain from sensitive teeth, such as using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a desensitizing toothpaste, brushing gently, and limiting consumption of acidic foods and beverages, among other tips.

Meanwhile, SELF Magazine lists sensitive teeth as a possible symptom of tooth decay, encouraging people experiencing "unusual sensitivity" and pain to visit their dentist.

MouthHealty.org provides additional information on sensitive teeth. The ADA provides a complete list of toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, including some with sensitivity control attributes.

To read the full article, click here.


4 Ways Stress is Affecting Your Teeth

Harper's Bazaar (4/11, Midwood) suggests that stress is doing more damage than you think.

Your teeth will chip….
"If your teeth appear all the same length, or jagged on the edges, you may be grinding away your enamel," explains Dr. Sole. "Any existing fillings may chip or break, and extreme wear can even cause nerve exposure and subsequent root canal treatment. Teeth can be restored by a qualified restorative dentist."

It can cause neck, back and jaw problems…
"Grinding your teeth can also lead to headaches, neck pain and upper back pain, possibly even developing into migraines. If you consistently wake up with headaches or neck pain you may well be grinding your teeth in your sleep. This can be treated by wearing a splint at night time that does not allow your muscles to fully contract.

It affects your gum health…
"Low immune strength is associated with chronic stress, can result in sore, inflamed gums that bleed every time you brush. To prevent this, simply make sure you're flossing every day, keeping your teeth clean and having bi-annual scaling, cleaning and polishing at your local dentist."

You'll have bad breath…
"Stress can result in dehydration, which leads of lack of saliva flow. Saliva acts as an acid buffer, so any excuses acid will damage your enamel and eventually lead to tooth decay and cavities, which means bad breath! You might also need fillings."


To read the entire article from Harper's Bazaar,  click here.


How Do I Help My Children Care for Their Teeth and Prevent Cavities?


  Colgate explains that teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that will pay lifelong dividends. You can start by setting an example; taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued. And anything that makes taking care of teeth fun, like brushing along with your child or letting them choose their own toothbrush, encourages proper oral care.

To help your children protect their teeth and gums and greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, teach them to follow these simple steps:

  • Brush twice a day with an ADA - accepted fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque-the sticky film on teeth that's the main cause of tooth decay.


  • Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under the gumline, before it can harden into tartar. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a professional cleaning.


  • Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods, which produce plaque acids that cause tooth decay. When you do eat these foods, try to eat them with your meal instead of as a snack-the extra saliva produced during a meal helps rinse food from the mouth.


  • Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste.


  • Make sure that your children's drinking water is fluoridated. If your water supply; municipal, well or bottled does not contain fluoride, your dentist or pediatrician may prescribe daily fluoride supplements.


  • Take your child to the dentist for regular checkups.

 

*Parents: As we near summer, please remind your college students to schedule their cleanings!*



Talking Teeth -with Dr. Reynolds

May 2016

In This Issue:

-Health Foods and Erosion

-Replacing Toothbrushes

-Tension Headaches and Clenching/Grinding

-Therapy Dogs for Dental Anxiety

-Office News


Popular Health Foods May Contribute To Teeth Discoloration, Dental Erosion

     The Daily Mail (4/27, Johnston) reports that, "some of the most popular health foods," may negatively affect dental health. The acid content in green smoothies, for example, may damage enamel, while nutrient-rich beetroot may contribute to teeth staining. The article provides several "tooth-friendly" alternatives, recommending whole fruits and vegetables, nuts in moderation, and cheese.

     Meanwhile, a second article in Daily Mail (4/27) states, "People make a number of simple mistakes," that can harm teeth, such as chewing ice cubes, eating dried fruits, using a toothbrush with hard bristles, using teeth as tools, and having tongue and lip piercings. 

Replacing Toothbrushes Every Three To Four Months Advised

     In a list of seven, "easy cleaning tricks," Buzzfeed (5/2) recommends replacing toothbrushes every three to four months. Mentioning that soaking a toothbrush in an antibacterial mouth rinse overnight may be an option for cleaning a toothbrush before it is time to replace it, the article notes the American Dental Association states that there is no clinical evidence this approach has a positive or negative effect on oral health. The ADA provides additional information on toothbrush care online. 

Jaw Clenching, Teeth Grinding May Trigger Tension Headaches

     Consumer Reports (4/28) reports on the treatment and prevention of tension headaches, a type of headache, "up to 80 percent of people suffer from," on occasion. The article recommends first trying home remedies to relieve the headache pain, such as drinking extra water, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, and resting. If these methods are unsuccessful, the article recommends consulting with a physician and dentist to determine if there's an underlying cause. "Jaw clenching and teeth grinding in your sleep, for example can trigger a tension headache," states Consumer Reports, adding, "If you suspect your bite is to blame, see your dentist." Mouthhealthy.org provides additional information on teeth grinding and jaw pain.

Dentists Using Certified Therapy Dogs To Ease Dental Anxiety

     The Chicago Tribune (5/10) stated that patients at the Chicago Dental Society Foundation Clinic who experience stress and anxiety have access to a certified therapy dog. The canine, "has been trained to sense these negative emotions and to offer a gentle nudge of her head against a patient's hand or simply her quiet and calm presence." According to the article, "The response of patients has been overwhelmingly positive." 

     WFMJ_TV Youngstown, OH (5/10, Keller) reported on its website and during a broadcast that a dental office in Hermitage, Pennsylvania also uses a, "hypoallergenic, certified therapy dog," to provide comfort to patients of all ages with dental anxiety. Mouthhealthy.org provides additional information on dental anxiety.



Office News

We are happy to have Emma back from maternity leave. Sophie is doing well and growing like a weed! Here is a sweet smile to brighten your day!



Talking Teeth -with Dr. Reynolds

May 2016

In This Issue:

-Health Foods and Erosion

-Replacing Toothbrushes

-Tension Headaches and Clenching/Grinding

-Therapy Dogs for Dental Anxiety

-Office News


Popular Health Foods May Contribute To Teeth Discoloration, Dental Erosion

     The Daily Mail (4/27, Johnston) reports that, "some of the most popular health foods," may negatively affect dental health. The acid content in green smoothies, for example, may damage enamel, while nutrient-rich beetroot may contribute to teeth staining. The article provides several "tooth-friendly" alternatives, recommending whole fruits and vegetables, nuts in moderation, and cheese.

     Meanwhile, a second article in Daily Mail (4/27) states, "People make a number of simple mistakes," that can harm teeth, such as chewing ice cubes, eating dried fruits, using a toothbrush with hard bristles, using teeth as tools, and having tongue and lip piercings. 

Replacing Toothbrushes Every Three To Four Months Advised

     In a list of seven, "easy cleaning tricks," Buzzfeed (5/2) recommends replacing toothbrushes every three to four months. Mentioning that soaking a toothbrush in an antibacterial mouth rinse overnight may be an option for cleaning a toothbrush before it is time to replace it, the article notes the American Dental Association states that there is no clinical evidence this approach has a positive or negative effect on oral health. The ADA provides additional information on toothbrush care online. 

Jaw Clenching, Teeth Grinding May Trigger Tension Headaches

     Consumer Reports (4/28) reports on the treatment and prevention of tension headaches, a type of headache, "up to 80 percent of people suffer from," on occasion. The article recommends first trying home remedies to relieve the headache pain, such as drinking extra water, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, and resting. If these methods are unsuccessful, the article recommends consulting with a physician and dentist to determine if there's an underlying cause. "Jaw clenching and teeth grinding in your sleep, for example can trigger a tension headache," states Consumer Reports, adding, "If you suspect your bite is to blame, see your dentist." Mouthhealthy.org provides additional information on teeth grinding and jaw pain.

Dentists Using Certified Therapy Dogs To Ease Dental Anxiety

     The Chicago Tribune (5/10) stated that patients at the Chicago Dental Society Foundation Clinic who experience stress and anxiety have access to a certified therapy dog. The canine, "has been trained to sense these negative emotions and to offer a gentle nudge of her head against a patient's hand or simply her quiet and calm presence." According to the article, "The response of patients has been overwhelmingly positive." 

     WFMJ_TV Youngstown, OH (5/10, Keller) reported on its website and during a broadcast that a dental office in Hermitage, Pennsylvania also uses a, "hypoallergenic, certified therapy dog," to provide comfort to patients of all ages with dental anxiety. Mouthhealthy.org provides additional information on dental anxiety.



Office News

We are happy to have Emma back from maternity leave. Sophie is doing well and growing like a weed! Here is a sweet smile to brighten your day!


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Dr Reynolds dental facility is the ultimate wonderful dental experience. Great parking available right in front of the office so you can walk right in. The decor is beautiful and they have great magazines and coffee. I almost never have to wait over 5 minutes. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The chairs are comfortable and they have tv's in every exam room. They also have windows in the exam rooms so it isn't claustrophobic. They have state of the art equipment. The staff explains what they are doing and using so that you aren't caught off guard by anything. They offer cosmetics without being pushy. I would recommend his practice to anyone and everyone in the city of Birmingham. The location is convenient as it is very close to IH 65 near the Alford Avenue exit.

BH - Birmingham

What a wonderful staff and an incredibly knowledgeable dentist. He end years of jaw pain by fixing my bite! Can't say enough good things about this group.

KH - Birmingham

I am a new patient to Dr. Reynolds. My appointment was received without hassle or wait. The environment is extremely professional and far exceeded my expectations. The staff is warm and welcoming. The office is aesthetically appealing. I went in due to discomfort of a tooth and received a root canal without any pain or discomfort at all. The dental service was like sitting at home in the living room in your favorite comfy chair, reclining of course. With t.v. remote in hand and in my own private suite, my root canal was comfortably done in record time! X-rays were done with out having to change locations in the office. Yes, Dr. Reynolds office and staff is modern and technologically precise! I even got emails and text messages to remind me of my appointment. To top it all off, the morning after my root canal I received a personal call from Dr. Reynolds to check on how my mouth was feeling, WOW!!! #CUSTOMER SERVICE#WARMTH#BEAUTIFULRESULTS!!! You will FORGET you are at the dentist!

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