OCTOBER….busy, busy, busy!

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October is, for kids anyway (and probably more than one or two grown-ups), ALL about Halloween. Of course, the mini people are actually more likely to be all about the candy they will bag on October 31st.

Trick or Treating

Trick or Treating

Then again, to others, October is all about Breast Cancer and “Pink October” to raise awareness of the need to support sufferers and do all possible to raise funds to try and eliminate this horrible disease.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Lastly, October is also the time of year for Apple Orchards, Pumpkins and the glorious colors of Fall.

Apple Orchards

Apple Orchards

If we’re really honest, who DOESN’T like October for the many things that are happening this month. Whatever you do, enjoy it. Celebrate the scary stuff, support the needy campaigns and enjoy the bountiful Apple and Pumpkin harvests. Just remember to stay warm and have fun!

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Most important of all! Remember the Halloween Candy Buy Back program we are running again this year.

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From Friday November 1st through Friday November 15th during office hours, we will buy back unwanted (Yeah right!!!) and unwrapped candy for $1 per pound. Every donor will receive a raffle ticket for the draw to win a Family Movie Night Gift Card. All the candy will be donated to the Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor for distribution to low income residents of Washtenaw County.

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EVEN A HIPPOPOTAMUS NEEDS HIS TEETH CLEANED!

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Brushing Hippo's teeth!

Brushing Hippo’s teeth!

Why do you need to clean your teeth? Here are ten pretty scary reasons why:-

  1. SAVE MONEY: Cleaning your teeth regularly will help keep bacteria at bay. Visiting your dental office every 6 months will let your dentist and hygienist examine your mouth and keep a look out for any cavities, bad bacteria and gum disease that may be developing.

    $$$ Saving money $$$

    $$$ Saving money $$$

  2. PREVENT GUM DISEASE: Regular brushing helps prevent gum diseases such as Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Some 80% of American Adults have some form of gum disease  so, since gum disease if often the gateway for other more serious infections, it is advisable to maintain a regular oral hygiene regime.

    Periodontal diease

    Periodontal disease

  3. STOP ARTHRITIS and DIABETES: If you have gum disease your are 8 times more likely to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis and infections introduced via gum disease can lower the effectiveness of insulin in your body.
  4. HAVE A BETTER SEX LIFE: Not only does a nice smile help attract the opposite sex. As Prevention magazine reports, chronic gum disease may help men avoid ED (erectile dysfunction). Studies suggest the gum disease is slightly more common  in men who had a moderate to severe level of ED, compared with men who don’t have erectile dysfunction.
  5. PROMOTE FULL-TERM HEALTHY BABIES: Women suffering from periodontal disease can pass on infection through the placenta to their unborn infants. Low weight babies and pre-term babies can also result if gum disease is present. Also, conception may be delayed in women suffering from gum disease.

    Healthy Babies

    Healthy Babies

  6. PREVENT HEART DISEASE AND STROKES: With all the bacteria in your mouth, the added stress of gum disease can lead to a build up of harmful bacteria in your bloodstream – which ultimately leads to your heart. In some cases the bacteria can spread to your brain and induce a stroke.

    Healthy Heart

    Healthy Heart

  7. WARD OFF DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S: In 2010 the New York College of Dentistry published a report showing that gum disease may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. Gum disease could also increase your chance of developing dementia by 30%-40%.
  8. REDUCE RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS: The Journal of Periodontology, in 2011, showed that oral infections and diseases can raise the risk of respiratory diseases, including pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Bronchitis may also be more prevalent for those with gum disease. All respiratory tract infections are caused by bacteria getting into the lower respiratory tract by passing through (or coming from) infections in your mouth. The cleaner you keep your mouth, the less chance of infection getting through.
  9. EAT HEALTHY: Eating calcium and fiber rich foods will help contribute to your overall health. It also stimulates production of saliva which helps to protect your teeth. Although brushing twice a day is recommended, additional brushing of your teeth after a meal can help you avoid eating more than you need as brushing signals to your brain that you are full.

    Eat Healthy

    Eat Healthy

  10. KEEPING THAT BEAUTIFUL SMILE: Cleaning your teeth regularly helps keep your mouth fresh, bad bacteria at bay, your smile white and in general a happier and more attractive person.

SO!!! I guess we can safely say that cleaning your teeth should part of your daily oral hygiene routine!

How should you clean your teeth?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommend that you clean your teeth at least twice a day, with a soft bristled toothbrush. They also recommend that you clean between your teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner. The type of toothpaste you use can vary as there are many varieties that address different problems, however as long as you ensure that the toothpaste you use has the ADA seal of approval you should be OK.

American Dental Association Seal of Approval

American Dental Association Seal of Approval

While most of us do a fairly good job of cleaning our teeth, even the really good jobs sometimes need extra help. This is why the ADA recommend that we visit our dental office at least twice a year for check-ups and a professional tooth cleaning performed by the hygienist. For people who develop gum disease, it may be necessary to visit the hygienist more frequently or even be referred to a Periodontist – a specialist in gum disease.

Here is a link to a video explaining how a hygienist cleans your teeth.

Happy cleaning to you all, and remember……..

Gotta look after those teeth!!!

Gotta look after those teeth!!!

 

FREE Oral Cancer Screenings in April!

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Dr. David Schmidt is offering FREE Oral Cancer Screenings by appointment now thru April 30, 2012 . Why? Close to 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. Sadly, it will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 40,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.
Oral cancer (cancer of the head, neck & mouth) can go completely undetected and kills. Early development of oral cancer doesn’t always produce physical symptoms that you would be aware of. However, if detected early enough survival rate increases 80-90%.
In years past, oral cancer was a disease most often associated with older ones who were long time tobacco users. Not anymore! A serious change has taken place, a common sexually transmitted virus has replaced tobacco as the number one cause, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in persons ages 25-50.
Additional risk factors include high alcohol consumption, the use of conventional smokeless (chewing/spit) tobacco, as well as prolonged exposure to the sun (for lip cancers).
The good news is, Oral Cancer is easier than ever to detect. The screening is quick and painless. Knowing all the risk factors and seeing your dentist regularly can help prevent this deadly disease.
Please call us today at 734-485-2200 to schedule your potentially life saving screening.
** You do not need to be a patient of record to take advantage of this important invitation.
We welcome & encourage you to share this invitation with all your friends and family. Thank you ** We’ll see you soon! 🙂