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
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.
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.