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Talking Teeth With Dr. Reynolds

In This Issue:
  • Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart
  • Will Pacifier Use Cause Tooth Damage for my Child?
  • Energy Drinks and Your Teeth
  • Receding Gums and What You Can Do
Poor Oral Hygiene Linked to Heart Disease
Poor oral health has been once again linked to cardiovascular disease (CVD). A recent study found that adults with periodontitis and poor oral hygiene habits may be at an increased risk for heart troubles.Here are some things you can do to decrease your risk for periodontitis:
  • Brush your teeth twice a day or, better yet, after every meal or snack.
  • Use a soft toothbrush and replace it at least every three to four months.
  • Consider using an electric toothbrush, which may be more effective at removing plaque and tartar.
  • Floss daily.
  • Use a mouth rinse to help reduce plaque between your teeth, if recommended by your dentist.
  • Supplement brushing and flossing with an interdental cleaner, such as a dental pick, interdental brush or dental stick specially designed to clean between your teeth.
  • Get regular professional dental cleanings, on a schedule recommended by your dentist.
  • Don't smoke or chew tobacco.

 ADA Information on Thumb Sucking and
Pacifier Use Highlighted

In a broader piece discussing why babies often place their hands in their mouths, Romper (6/27, Westbrooks) states that “sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or other objects may make babies feel secure and happy and help them learn about their world," according to the American Dental Association. The article adds that most children stop the habit “between 2 and 4 years old or before permanent teeth come in, in which case it shouldn’t cause a dental problem.” If a child does not stop on his or her own, parents should discourage the habit after age 4 years.

The ADA catalog offers the brochure Thumb Sucking, Finger Sucking, and Pacifier Use.


Are My Gums Receding? And Why?

Gum recession is often considered a normal part of aging. However, there is nothing normal about gum recession. Luckily, for most of us it can be prevented. Rather than keep things as they are, embracing gum recession as the well-paid price of wisdom, be vigilant against gum erosion!

Though there are a host of factors that contribute to the erosion of your gumline, a vast majority are preventable.

The Biggest Offenders:
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Over-vigorous, or improper brushing
  • Aggressive flossing
  • Exposure to acids in sports and energy drinks
  • Tobacco use
  • The frequent use of whitening products
All the above causes of gum loss can be prevented. If you grind your teeth at night, wear a mouth guard. If you brush as though you're sanding down the statue of David, learn proper technique from your dentist, or from a video online. Bleeding a lot when flossing? You're not slicing cheese - go easy, there, friend!If you smoke, drink too many energy drinks, or chew tobacco, cut back, or stop altogether. None of that stuff is good for you in any way imaginable. And lastly, if you're trying to look like a movie star by abusing whitening strips, you can stop now. Your teeth have got to be super-white already!

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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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