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  April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month Oral Cancer Facts Approximately 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2021 The fastest growing segment of the oral/orophyaryngeal cancer population comes from HPV16, a virus that goes unnoticed with no precancerous signs Approximately 1 person every hour of everyday 24/7/365 will die from oral cancer in the US Oral cancer occurs in men 2 to 1 over women and in blacks 2 to 1 over whites  Regular oral cancer examinations performed by your oral health professional remain the best method for detecting oral cancer in its early stages Signs and Symptoms Any Sore or ulceration that does not heal within 14 days A red, white, or black discoloration of the soft tissues of the mouth Any abnormality that bleeds easily when touched A lump or hard spot in the tissue, usually border of the tongue A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture does not heal A painless, firm, fixated lump felt on the outside of the neck, which

Tooth and Gum Care for Infants and Toddlers!

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                       Tooth and Gum Care for Infants and Toddlers     Our baby’s first smile is a major milestone for so many parents.  A small,  sweet glimpse of who this little bundle of joy is going to be.  Moms and dads can help smiles stay sweet for life by brushing baby’s teeth and                                             gums starting day one!                                                         Brushing for Babies 0-6 Months Even before your child’s teeth come in, you should clean baby’s mouth at least once a day with a clean gauze pad or soft cloth.  Place the cloth over your finger and dip in water so that it is damp but not soaking wet. Wipe baby’s gums gently.                                      Brushing for Babies 6-12 Months When your child’s teeth start coming in, use either a small soft toothbrush or a finger toothbrush to brush their teeth.  Be sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth, including the gums.  It is not necessary to use toothpaste but if you desire,
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               How to Make 2021 Your Healthiest Year Yet! Ha ppy New Year!   After a year filled with many challenges, I am sure you are all ready for a fresh start!   Maybe you are the type of person who made a New Year’s resolution.   Did you know that only 8 percent of us actually succeed in keeping our resolutions?   This year, don’t just resolve-make a promise to yourself or someone else.   What is the difference between a resolution and a promise? A resolution is simply the mindset that you are determined to do something, but a promise is a commitment and an oath to achieving your goals. We want to help you make a promise to make 2021 as happy and healthy as possible by providing “promise cards” from Because I Said I Would , a movement dedicated to the betterment of humanity.   Need suggestions on what to promise yourself?   Here are some ideas: 1.       Eat More Whole Foods One of the easiest and most sustainable ways to improve overall health is to eat more whole foo
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  THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY What Is Preventive Dentistry? Preventive dentistry, simply put, is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy.   This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease and more. It’s easier to stop oral health problems from happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened. Most dental problems take time to develop. When they do, they show no symptoms, which further aggravates the problem.   With preventive dentistry, you not only prevent these dental problems but also enhance your general health. What Does Preventive Dentistry Include? Preventive dentistry is a combination of developing good habits at home and visiting the dental office regularly. Here are some good preventive recommendations: .           Brush and floss your teeth at least twice each day.   Use a soft tooth bristled toothbrush and replace your brush regularly. .            Use fluoride toothpaste, mouth rinse and get a professional flu
  Wellness Dentistry at Loveland Family Dentistry At Loveland Family Dentistry we recognize that oral health and general health are connected.   Oral disease can have a huge impact on your systemic health. The old model of treating body parts in isolation is flawed.   Body parts and organ systems are connected via the bloodstream, the lymphatic system, the endocrine system, the gastrointestinal system, the nervous system and the immune system.   To say that what happens in one part of the body does not affect the rest does not make sense.   There is compelling research which suggests that gum disease is linked to as many as 57 different health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia.   Physicians know this and they know that oral disease impacts their care and their patient outcomes. Oral-systemic health plays a key role in large part due to the role of bio-films in the mouth.   A bio-film is a community of bacteria which is covered in protective sti