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Talking Teeth- with Dr. Reynolds                      February 2017

In this Issue:

-Teething Toys and Mold

-Regular Visits and Heart Health

-National Children's Dental Health Month

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Teething Toys, Other Items May Contain Mold

     Fox News (1/24) carries an article first published on Health.com that discusses, "unexpected places," where mold may be. The article reported in continuing coverage that several parents have discovered mold inside of, "Sophie the Giraffe" teething toys despite following the product's washing instructions. Except for those with an immune deficiency or a mold allergy, exposure to mold in toys is usually harmless, according to an allergist. Still, "mold may be lurking," i other areas of the home, including bathrooms, the article states, recommending people change toothbrushes every three months, among tips.

Mouthhealthy.org provides additional information for patients on teething. Mouthhealthy.org and the Oral Health Topics on ADA.org provide additional information on toothbrush care for patients and dental professionals.




Regular Dentist Visits Listed Among "Easy Strategies" To Maintain Heart Health

     Bicycling (2/6, Squillace) lists, "a few easy strategies," people can implement to help keep their hearts healthy. The article includes visiting the dentist in its list, pointing to a recent Taiwanese study that found, "people who had their teeth cleaned at least twice a year for 2 years had a 24% lower risk of heart attack and a 13% lower risk of stroke compared with people who never went to the dentist." According to the article, the study authors suggest that dental cleanings help reduce, "inflammation-causing bacterial growth."

Mouthhealthy.org provides additional information for patients on heart disease and oral health.





Oral Health Tips Provided for

National Children's Dental Health Month






     With National Children's Dental Health Month underway, several sources provided oral health tips for children, including the Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer (2/10, McLaughlin), which discussed the importance of properly cleaning children's teeth as soon as they appear. The article shared oral health tips from the ADA, recommending brushing teeth with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing teeth, limiting children's intake of sugar, and regular dentist visits.

     The Eastern Arizona Courier (2/10, Griffin) offered four oral health tips in honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, recommending parents clean children's teeth, prevent baby bottle decay, encourage eating healthy foods, and take children to the dentist regularly.

     The Crestview (FL) News Bulletin (2/10) reported on efforts from the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County to promote oral health in honor of National Children's Dental Health Month. The article also shared several oral health tips.

     The Ionia (MI) Sentinel-Standard (2/9) and Dagger (MD) (2/9) both noted that the theme of this year's campaign is, "Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile."

     ADA.org/NCDHM offers information and resources for National Children's Dental Health Month 2017.


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     Dr. Reynolds and Carissa recently spoke to Coach Greg Pendley's Health Careers Class at Homewood High School. They discussed the various job opportunities within the dental field. Dr. Reynolds and Carissa enjoy educating others on the dental profession and encouraging students to pursue careers in dentistry.



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.



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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.



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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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BH - Birmingham - 1/19/2017

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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