Smoking and Its Effect on Your Oral Health

Quit TOBACCO PRODUCTS. Okay, I know that we are just whistling in the wind on this one…but tobacco, any and all kinds, are not good for your health or your healthy smile. 

Not only does it cause bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay, tartar buildup, tooth loss, gingivitis and teeth discoloration, it can also cause oral cancer.  

Smokers are 6 times more likely to develop these types of cancers: mouth, lip, tongue and throat cancer.

I have attached an article below if you need more information.  McGlone Dental Care would love to help you kick the habit. 

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/smoking-oral-health#1

TIME TO TOSS

Are you part of the 25% of people that replace their toothbrush every 3 months? Congratulations if you are!!  But if not why not start today!  Go ahead, go to the bathroom, grab that old and familiar faded and frayed bristled brush and TOSS IT OUT!  Okay a little dramatic but really it is important to your Happy & Healthy Smile!

Those frayed bristles can not only damage your gums, but they don’t clean as well as they should.  New bristles are rounded so they do not scrape our gums or the enamel on our teeth.  but as we use our brushes, just from normal wear & tear, the bristle tips wear and become jagged and uneven.  This is when they can begin to scrape and do the damage.   

So, there is potential for damage but obviously they don’t clean as well either.    Grab your brush, take a quick look!  Are your bristles going every direction but straight up?  If so, it is TIME to toss!  Those bent and frayed bristles cannot get between your teeth and up against your gums where all the plaque is thus leaving it behind…doing its dirty work…starting tooth decay and gum disease.

Time for one more reason?  GERMS – BACTERIA – FUNGUS   Now these three words should get your attention and should propel you into action!  Toothbrushes are a breeding ground!  Below we have included a great article about your toothbrush, bacteria and what you can do to win the battle!  Replacing your brush every 3 months is one major step!  With other steps in the interval that can also help keep your brush clean.   

NEWS FLASH – Get a new brush after having the flu, a cold or sore throat!  Don’t re-infect yourself!! Those germs can still be hanging on and around!

Our desire here at McGlone Dental Care encourage you!  It is NEVER to late to start a good dental routine!  It’s a New Year of Happy & Healthy Smiles! Schedule your appointment with us today. We would love to be a part of your journey!

*Information from Colgate.com

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/ada-03-toothbrush-care

 

The Great DISRUPTER! Who would have thought!

Flossing is the great disrupter!   In the removal of plaque from your teeth there is no better way!  According to the ADA, cleaners that can be used between teeth, such as floss, are extremely important to the health of your gums and teeth.

By flossing twice a day, everyday, you are removing food particles that cannot be reached with your toothbrush no matter how long or hard your brush!  These left-over food particles can and will cause plaque build up in between your teeth!

Plaque? What’s plaque? Plaque is a sticky substance made of food particles and spit that can build up on and between your teeth in between brushings. Plaque build up can be a major problem because there are approximately 500 different bacteria, some good and some not so good, that are mixed in!   Plaque is a major contributor to tooth decay and gum disease! 

Schedule your appointment TODAY and McGlone Dental Care will be glad to show you the correct way to floss and answer any questions that you might have!  

It’s never too late to begin a “Flossing Routine” Twice a Day, Everyday! 

You can check out the article by clicking below.

*https://www.toothwisdom.org/a-z/article/flossing-tips-for-caregivers/

*Information provided by the American Dental Association (A.D.A.)

New Year’s Resolutions

2019 – THIS is the year that I commit to healthy eating, getting in shape, getting my finances in order and visiting the dentist more than I ever have!

Umm … huh?

At McGlone Dental Care, we know it’s about priorities. That’s why we like to think of dentist visits as Happy Smile Visits!

Not everyone includes dental visits as New Year’s resolutions. But just about everyone includes something about smiling more often, being happier and getting healthier. And we want to help you achieve at least those resolutions!

The folks here at McGlone put together an easy-to-follow guide to the New Year of Happy Smiles!

  1. Get to the dentist … we know, we know. Sounds easy, right? But just like the gym, showing up is the hard part. And we make it easy … just call us! Whether you have insurance or not, we make it affordable and comfortable.
  2. Brush your teeth differently … try it for two minutes, two times a day. We PROMISE your mouth will feel better and so will your smile!
  3. Please. We understand flossing is the probably the most misunderstood and underutilized path to a great smile. But it works … just try it … two times a day. Your teeth will thank you.
  4. Cut back on sugar. Heard that before? Of course you have – but here’s an easy tip to make it easier … simply put less sugar in your coffee. You’ll get used to the difference and it will have amazing effects on your teeth, gums and breath!
  5. Quit tobacco. We would be silly to explain why because you have already heard all the reasons. But we wouldn’t be good at our jobs if we didn’t remind you. Mouth cancer sucks. Really.
  6. Buy new toothbrushes every 90 days. They get old … like tires, spinach and milk. You really will feel the difference.
  7. Toothpastes are different. Some are simply better for your teeth – like some spaghetti sauce is better than others. Some mouthwashes, hairsprays and dental flosses are better than others. Use the good stuff.

Don’t worry … we’ll help you through all this … in the next few weeks, we will address each one of these in more detail! Sounds fun, right!

Trust us. We know. Dental advice can be seen as dull and bland. But it doesn’t have to be, and we want to make sure it’s more than that … it’s YOUR smile, after all.

And we’re serious about helping you making it happy and healthy. We are here for you.

A New Year – Healthy SMILE &  A Better You!

https://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

 

Keep Your Teeth Healthy this Holiday Season!

teeth healthyIt’s not easy to stay healthy during the holidays. Sweets seem to appear everywhere you go, and with all the present-wrapping and card-writing, there’s not much time to devote to you and your family’s health and well-being. Luckily, Hermey the Elf, best known for his adventures with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, joined forces with the American Dental Association (ADA) to come up with tips for keeping your mouth and teeth healthy during the holidays. 

In the classic holiday movie, Hermey dreamed of becoming a dentist and helping people keep their teeth healthy. In 2014, the ADA awarded Hermey with a Dental Do Gooder (DDG) for his passion for dentistry. This year, Hermey and the ADA came up with a set of tips to help families keep their smiles in tip-top shape. 

✓ Have a routine. Hermey always brushes his teeth two times a day, for two minutes, and you should too! It’s what keeps your mouth healthy in December and all year long. Make sure to use a fluoride toothpaste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

✓ Choose the carrots. (That means you, Santa!) Cookies and sweets are nice holiday treats, but instead of reaching for another candy cane, take a cue from Rudolph and eat the carrots.

✓ Don’t forget the dentist! The holidays can be a busy time, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about your teeth. If you are due for a teeth cleaning or need work done, don’t forget to visit your dentist in December.

✓ Drink water. You need a lot of energy for holiday activities, but avoid drinking sodas, sports drinks and juices with lots of sugar. Instead, drink water with fluoride in it to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

✓ Protect your teeth. Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports – or reindeer games – this winter.

If you have dental insurance money left in your plan, call us to get in before the end of the year to keep your teeth healthy. We’d love to help you maximize your benefits this year and for years to come!  Happy Holidays from the team at McGlone Dental Care!

*Information provided by the American Dental Association (ADA)

 

Dental Benefits

Do you have money left on your annual Dental Insurance Plan? Have you checked it lately? If not, you can check, or you can have us check for you. Most insurance plans are run on a calendar year and if you don’t use all your benefit by the end of the calendar year, you will lose those funds.

So, what does that mean for you? It means, it’s a great time to maximize your benefits and make sure that you use your yearly maximum amount allowed according to your plan. If whatever dental work you need to have done is completed before 12/31/18 and billed on or before that date, that work will be applied to this year’s maximum amount that is allowed according to your plan. *Most insurance plans cover 2 cleanings per year and cover 100% of any preventative work. You should make sure that you get the full value out of the benefits that you work hard and pay for.

We have openings in our schedule for the rest of the year and will be open the week of Christmas. If you have dental work that you need to have done or just want to have your teeth cleaned before the end of the year, give us a call. We will do our best to make sure that your insurance coverage is maximized for you and you are able to get the full amount of your plan for the year.

Call for an appointment today before we are all booked up through the end of the year.


*Most plans but not all plans cover 100% of diagnostic and preventative dental care. It’s the patient’s responsibility to know what percentage their dental plan covers.

Fall Back and Recharge!

Self-care is so important and as we embark on fall with shorter, brisker and drier days, it’s a great time to come in and get recharged.  If you’ve neglected your self-care routine because you’ve been so busy this summer, now is the perfect time to get your self-care routine back in shape. Let Skin Is In help you make yourself a priority again!

Skin Care Tips for Fall

The end of summer here and we have officially started Fall.  This means it’s time to switch up your Sanitas skin care routine for fall. The change in seasons can wreak havoc on your complexion, leaving it feeling dull, dry and dehydrated. Keeping your skin refreshed and replenished is the key to extending your summer glow through the fall season.

The Best Skin Care Routine for the Fall Season

To ease the transition from summer to fall, we’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing your autumn essentials. Here are our recommendations for your fall skin care routine, chosen from a selection of Sanitas Skin Care products hand-picked to revive and replenish your skin all season long.  

Step 1: Cleanse

Wash away impurities, slough off surface debris and tighten your skin’s appearance with Sanitas Lemon Cream Scrub Exfoliating Cleanser. This multi-action exfoliating cleanser is infused with natural fruit extracts and Vitamin C to gently remove dead skin cells.

Step 2: Mask

Embrace the changing seasons with two limited edition Sanitas masks inspired by autumnal ingredients. Replenish your skin’s moisture and fight the visible signs of aging with a natural pumpkin enzyme, vitamins A, B & C in Sanitas‘ Pumpkin Enzyme mask. Sanitas‘ Cranberry Lactic mask is loaded with natural sources of Vitamin C, lactic acid and AHAs to revitalize your skin’s appearance and enhance your natural glow.

Step 3: Tone

Energize your complexion with Sanitas‘ Moisture Mist. This moisture mist provided extra hydration and promotes the look of elasticity. Skin appears mattified, refreshed and perfectly radiant.

Step 4: Treat

Treat your skin to a firming serum followed by an eye and lip volume add on. It will reduce the appearance of fine lines around your eyes and lips and plump your lips for a more voluminous smile this fall.

 

Step 5: Moisturize

Finish your fall skin care routine with Sanitas PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream.  A synergistic blend of age arresting peptides.  

We hope you enjoyed these fall skin care tips! Are you excited for autumn? While we’re sad to see summer go, we must admit we’re looking forward to autumn leaves, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and cozy cable knits. Tell us what you love about fall on Facebook.

Sanitas products are for sale at Skin is In, which is located inside of McGlone Dental Care.  If we don’t have what you need, we can order whatever you’d like for your home care regime.  Just let Meg know when you call to schedule your fall facial with her.  She’ll be happy to place an order for you.  

Combining a Fall Facial with your next dental appointment will ease your anxiety and you will leave your dental appointment feeling more relaxed than you have in a long time.

Fall Dental Tips for You and Your Family

McGlone Dental CareSummer is coming to an end (regrettably). The days are getting shorter, cooler and we’re looking forward to all things pumpkin!

For you to maintain optimum oral health in the coming cooler months, we thought we’d give you a few fall-friendly oral health tips that will hopefully help you plan your oral health care for this fall and winter with ease.

1. Cooler weather could indicate teeth issues

Do you suffer from sensitive teeth when it starts to get cooler out?  Many people do.  This could be your body’s way of signaling that there may be damage to your teeth or gums.  Cold sensitivity could mean several things including; gum shrinkage, thin enamel or tooth bruising, or cracked teeth.  If you are experiencing sensitive teeth this fall for more than three days, please call our office so that we can evaluate the problem and give you relief.

2. Halloween is coming! Manage your children’s candy consumption

Your children probably look forward to Halloween all year, but it’s important that you manage how much candy they consume from their trick or treating outings so that the candy they eat now doesn’t damage their teeth for the long haul.  One tip to help you manage this is to only allow them to have candy at meal times.  The saliva they produce after eating at meal times will help rinse the mouth and alleviate the mouth of any cavity-causing bacteria.

3. Schedule your end of year appointments now!

If your insurance allows you to have two exams and two cleanings per year, go ahead and schedule your last exam/cleaning appointment for the end of the year.  We can look up when the last time you were in and make sure that we schedule your next cleaning in conjunction with what your insurance will pay for.  Life gets super busy as it gets closer to the end of the year, so take a few minutes now to call us and let us help you get your cleaning appointments for you and your family pre-scheduled. It will be one less thing you have to think about as the year nears its end.

We hope these tips will help you have a fun fall and enjoy all of your kid’s Halloween treats in moderation. 

Start the school year with a smile: 3 back-to-school tips

It’s the start of a new school year, and your kids are set with new clothes and school supplies. But don’t forget about oral health! Add these dental health tips to your back-to-school checklist.

  1. Take your kids to the dentist

Start the school year right with a dental cleaning and exam. Ask your child’s dentist about sealants and fluoride treatments to prevent decay. These treatments are easy ways to stop cavities before they start. And they can even improve your child’s performance at school. A third of children miss school because of oral health problems, according to Delta Dental’s 2015 Children’s Oral Health Survey.

  1. Pick the right snacks

Swap out lunchbox no-no’s with healthy alternatives. Instead of chips or crackers, try nuts. Salty snacks may seem healthy because they don’t contain sugar, but simple starches can be just as bad. These snacks break down into a sticky goo, coating teeth and promoting decay. Avoid candies and granola bars, offering crunchy snacks like celery sticks, baby carrots, and cubes of cheddar cheese.

  1. Make brushing and flossing fun

To keep their mouths healthy, kids need to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. They should also floss every day, preferably after dinner. Try these tricks to make oral hygiene more exciting:

  • Use a sticker calendar. Let your kids place stickers on each day to represent brushing and flossing.
  • Play music. Collect your kids’ favorite two-minute songs and make sure they brush the whole time.
  • Help your child pick a themed toothbrush in his or her favorite color.
  • Provide a kid-friendly floss holder. These Y-shaped devices make flossing more comfortable.

Source:  https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/back-to-school-tips.html

Dentist builds awareness about oral cancer

By Michelle Manchir

When Dr. Josephine Chang Pallotto organized a 5K walk in 2017 to honor the memory of her mother, Susan Chang, who died as a result of a head and neck cancer in 2016, she remembers thinking at the time, “I don’t know what I’m doing.”

She persevered, and dozens of supporters and community members came out to the Lansing, Illinois, event at a public high school and donated money to research for a cure.

On Aug. 25, with some experience under her belt, Dr. Pallotto will again honor her mother through another walk. This time, however, it’s moved near downtown Chicago with support from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Chicago Dental Society. The ADA will also be represented with a team there.

“This location will reach a lot more people,” said Dr. Pallotto. “This is my way of trying to create awareness on a larger scale.”

Those who recognize Dr. Pallotto’s name may remember seeing her speak at the opening session at ADA 2017 – America’s Dental Meeting in Atlanta. There, she shared the story of her parents’ immigration to the U.S. from Taiwan with nothing but a single suitcase for both of them in tow.

Her mother’s diagnosis, stage IV nasopharyngeal carcinoma, came after Dr. Pallotto graduated in 2011 from the New York College of Dentistry. Moved by her mother’s strength in enduring the illness and treatment, and with the desire to help find a cure for other patients of the disease, Dr. Pallotto organized the 2017 walk, which raised thousands of dollars for research.

This year, at least six other similar events are scheduled across the country, said Oral Cancer Foundation president Brian Hill. The money raised benefits oral cancer research.

In many cases, dental offices help support and come out for the events, and there are other instances in which dentists or hygienists help organize the effort.

Mr. Hill, a survivor of stage IV oral cancer, said he is encouraged by organized dentistry’s engagement with creating awareness about oral cancer.

“Dentistry is on the front line of finding oral cancer early,” he said.

To find out more about Dr. Pallotto’s walk or other oral cancer walks, visit OralCancer.org and click on the “events” tab. To view Dr. Pallotto’s oral cancer walk page, visit https://donate.oralcancer.org/event/chicago2018.

The ADA offers dentists resources related to screening for oral cancers.

In 2017, the ADA released a clinical practice guideline for the evaluation of potentially malignant disorders in the oral cavity. To download and read the entire guideline, go to ADA.org/OralCancer.

The ADA Science Institute maintains a webpage on ADA.org about oral cancers, with data about incidence and mortality; information about risk factors, signs and symptoms; as well as links to other resources, including an instructional video demonstrating the patient intraoral and extraoral conventional visual and tactile examination for oral cancer. Visit ADA.organd hover over “Science/Research” and then select “Oral Health Topics.”

*Provided by ADA News https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2018-archive/july/dentist-builds-awareness-about-oral-cancer