Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our entire team at Thomas Family Dentistry want to extend each and everyone of our patients a note of thanks for being a part of our dental family! May this holiday be filled with friends, family and great food!

We love staying connected with our patient family through Facebook and are interested in your Thanksgiving Day stories, traditions, photos or recipes! Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!

God Bless,
DRT


Friday, November 22, 2013

November & Diabetes Awareness: The Dental Connection!

Diabetes is a chronic disease that increases the risk for many serious health problems, including severe gum disease. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and it is a great time to remind all of our patients that the way that you take care of your teeth at home doesn't just affect your oral health, but keeping your mouth healthy is vital to your overall health too.

In the past decade, researchers have found links between gum disease and diabetes.  Not only are people with diabetes more vulnerable to gum disease, but gum disease may also have the potential to affect blood glucose control, as well as contribute to the advancement of diabetes.

Nearly 26 million Americans currently live with the disease, with an additional 79 million in the pre-diabetes stage.  There is some good new, however!  You can protect your gums and teeth from the effects of diabetes by visiting our office for regular exams and cleanings.  Patients who are living with diabetes may require more frequent visits to ensure that their dental health remains in tip-top shape.

If you are in need of an appointment or are in need of more information about the diabetes-dental connection, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Friday, November 15, 2013

Weight Loss Plans: The Dental Connection!

Seems like many Americans are constantly fighting weight gain.  Studies have shown that many "FAD Diets" or gimmicks don't work, and, in the long run, may even be more harmful than good for your health!  However, did you know that following a sensible diet of simply replacing those unhealthy sugar-laden snacks with healthier alternatives can have some unconsidered dental risks!

Many diets choose to substitute unhealthy carbs like breads with an increased consumption of fresh fruits.  But did you know, that certain fruits are very acidic and can weaken the enamel coating of your teeth.  The most acidic fruits are grapes, grapefruits and strawberries. Even apples are considered to top the list!

Next, salads are usually a mainstay for most healthy diet plans.  But consider what you put in those salads.  Salad dressings are filled with vinegar and sweeteners.  These make a salad very acidic and can change the pH of your mouth from alkaline to acidic, which can put your smile at risk.

Finally, diet soda consumption seems to be considered a safe diet choice over sugared soda. However, all forms of diet soda have citric acid, which has been shown to dissolve tooth enamel. Calories may not be the only thing that Diet soda is reducing!

Eliminating healthy whole foods from your diet is not the goal, but to simply make you more informed and aware of the dental connection to the common food choices associated with dieting. Altering what you do after eating these foods, like rinsing your mouth with water to dilute the acid build-up, can help decrease the number on the scales while avoiding an increase in the number of cavities!

If you have any question or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pregnancy: The Dental Connection!

Pregnancy is an exciting time as everyone anticipates the arrival of your new little one.  We at Thomas Family Dentistry wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with some important information that pertains to your oral health during pregnancy.  Just as the rest of your body changes, the amount of bacteria in your mouth also changes. Scientists don't fully understand all of the reasons why, but during pregnancy, your mouth is more susceptible to bacterial complications that could result in an increased risk for gingivitis or periodontal disease.  What researchers do know is that the change in hormones creates a more favorable environment for gum infections and diseases while you are pregnant.

Common Symptoms:
  • Increase in gingivitis
  • Increased bleeding gums during routine daily oral hygiene care
  • Painful and tender gums

Tips:
  • Increase the frequency of daily brushing
  • Floss consistently
  • Use Mouthwash or Warm Salt Water Rinses
  • Use a Waterpik

Finally, the bacteria found in the mouth can circulate throughout your entire body. These harmful bacteria can compromise the immune system.  Remember that nutrients as well as pathogens are shared with your baby.  If you have any questions about your pregnancy and oral health, call our office at 918-455-0123.  We are here to help you navigate through this very special time.

God Bless,

Friday, November 1, 2013

Your Dental Experience Is Important To Us!

At Thomas Family Dentistry, we have been creating beautiful smiles for over 25 years! Whether you have visited our office for a week or for your entire life, your experience is important to us!  In fact, we encourage you to leave a few words for us. We look forward to reading your feedback!

God Bless,
DRT