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Is Your Toothbrush All That It Can Be?

young woman holding a toothbrushPerhaps the most well-known fact about dental care is that you should brush and floss your teeth often to keep them clean and healthy. Like all tools, though, proper care and maintenance (as well as proper use) of your toothbrush is vital to how effective it is at performing its job. To successfully maintain your good dental hygiene, you should replace your toothbrush at least once every three months, or as soon as the bristles look frayed. In the meantime, you can keep it effective by learning how to properly use, store, and clean your toothbrush every day.

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Your Family Dentist’s Tips for Teething Time

cute teething babyYour infant will usually let you know when his or her first teeth begin to emerge. The process can be extremely uncomfortable for some babies, yet others may not express any discomfort at all. Most, however, are somewhere in the middle, with bouts of irritability that can be as difficult for the parent as it is for the child. With experience in helping young children cope with their dental issues, family dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, offers a few tips to help ease your infant’s teething time, for your benefit as well as your child’s.

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A Connection Between Breast Cancer and Dental Health

PinkToothbrushBreast cancer awareness has been on the rise over the years. Many women have heeded the warnings of doctors and peers. The fact is, early intervention and treatment is key to an excellent prognosis and a positive outcome, in spite of what is initially a jarring diagnosis. Dentists even weigh in on this matter by keeping patients awareness heightened that there is a relationship between oral health and breast cancer.

Oral-Systemic Health

Nearly 80% of Americans have some form of gum disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) led a study from 1985 to 2001 linking gum disease to a possible increased risk for breast cancer. There tends to be an ongoing debate about whether gum disease is directly related to various cancers and other health issues, but there is no question that the same bacteria which cause gum disease have been found in other parts of the body, leading experts to hypothesize that these bacteria might be responsible for higher consequences than just oral health.

Meticulous Oral Hygiene Recommended for Patients with Cancer

Patients undergoing chemotherapy may experience oral health issues. Some of the symptoms reported as a result of cancer treatments include toothaches with no visible tooth damage, dry mouth, sore throats, inflammation and infection in the mouth, strange tastes in the mouth, difficulty swallowing, and thrush (a yeast infection in the mouth). Maintaining your regular six month checkups is important to make sure that your compromised health will be in any further danger from the gateway of your mouth. Whether or not definitive proof exists of an oral-systemic connection, most patients with breast cancer, or any form of cancer, are not going to want to take any chances in a weakened state.

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Looking for Help for Halitosis?

Bad breath DateWhat summer fun do you still have ahead of you? Will there be frolicking on the beach? Picnicking in the woods? Candlelight dinners outdoors? If you plan on snuggling up with a significant other while you enjoy all of the great things warmer weather has to offer, you may want to be sure that your breath is check. Nothing can kill the moment during the perfect goodnight kiss quite like a whiff of stale halitosis.

Beware of What you Eat

Bad breath most often begins with what we eat. You may think that it’s just the odor that food leaves behind in your mouth. Yes, that can be the problem with pungent consumables such as onions and garlic. However, once swallowed and digested, foods are absorbed into your bloodstream. Blood flows to your lungs. When you breathe out, those same food molecules that were going in not that long ago, now come out in the form of a smell. The more odorous a food is, the more likely it will cause bad breath 

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The Special Dental Needs of Women

Women All AgesHormonal fluctuations during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause affect your oral health. Progesterone and estrogen hormone levels rise during puberty and increase the blood circulation to your gums. As a result, some women experience menstruation gingivitis, pregnancy gingivitis, and menopausal gingivostomatitis—all of which contribute to sensitive, swollen, tender, red, or bleeding gums. Studies show that women with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to have a premature or low-birth weight baby.

Enamel Erosion

Women often experience morning sickness or Gastroesphageal reflux disease during pregancy. Studies show that women are also more likely than men to experience eating disorders, such as bulimia. These conditions bring your

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MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm