2023 February Newsletter

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

National Children’s Dental Health Month is an observance that brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. Many people do not realize that cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood, yet cavities are preventable. Now, some of our patients may be under the assumption that we do not treat or see children, which is not true at all. Dr. Vander Vliet and our hygienists are wonderful with kids, and would welcome them into our practice. So, if you are thinking about scheduling an appointment for your child or children, please do! We would love to meet them!

Unhealthy Gums Linked To Alzheimer’s Disease?!

Do you know someone who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease? A recent study found a correlation between the bacteria responsible for causing gum disease (periodontitis) and dementia. This particular bacteria, porphyromas gingivalis, may be capable of traveling from the mouth directly to the brain where it prompts chemical changes triggering Alzheimer’s. Around half of adults have periodontal disease! If these findings are found to be correct, they could offer one reason for why 5.7 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. Now we have yet another finding to prove that a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body!

It’s Never “Just” a Cleaning

We often hear patients use the phrase “the appointment is just a cleaning, right?” With so much at stake directly related to your oral health, there is no such thing as ‘just a cleaning’. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes – all can be directly linked to oral health. In addition, bacteria that causes irreversible bone loss is harbored in the tartar that only your hygienist can remove. Not to mention oral cancer – over 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year. More than 8,000 will die. So the next time you think “I’m going to change my appointment because it’s “just” a cleaning – remember there is no such thing!

And Another Thing…

Another good reason to make and keep your hygiene appointments is the warranty. Dr. Vander Vliet warranties his restorations for 5 years as long as your hygiene appointments are kept on a six-month basis (or more frequently if needed).

Fun Fact

All 20 of a baby’s primary teeth are already in their jaw at birth. Baby teeth hide under the gums until it’s time for them to erupt. The first tooth usually comes in when your baby is between 6 and 10 months and the last primary teeth are typically in before their third birthday.

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