August 8th, 2018
Prevents tooth decay. Community water fluoridation is so effective at preventing tooth decay that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named it one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Millions of hours are spent every year treating dental related problems. Fluoride is community water is the most effective way to prevent one of the most common childhood diseases - dental decay.
Protects everyone against cavities. Studies have shown that fluoride in our water prevent around 25% of tooth decay in children and adults.
It's safe and effective. For 70 years, the best available scientific evidence consistently indicates that community water fluoridation is safe and effective. It has been endorsed by numerous U.S. Surgeons General, and more than 100 health organizations recognize the health benefits of water fluoridation for preventing dental decay, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
It's natural. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is present throughout the earth. It is concentrated in water, soil, plants and many foods. Fluoride can be introduced to our body both systemically through ingestion of water, foods and supplements containing it.
It saves money. The average lifetime cost per person to fluoridate a water supply is less than the cost of one dental filling. For most cities, every $1 invested in water fluoridation saves $38 in dental treatment costs.
June 20th, 2018
Sealants. One of the most simple procedures you could have done in the dental office. What is a sealant? A sealant is material that is placed in the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. On some people, those pits and grooves on the back teeth are so deep that they are hard to keep clean. Therefore, a sealant can be placed to help prevent tooth decay.
Who is a good candidate for a sealant? Typically we like to place sealants on children as soon as those molars erupt. Between the ages of 5 and 12 is when we start and finish placing them. If you did not receive sealants as a child and are now wondering if you should have sealants placed the answer is probably no. Some people are more prone to tooth decay than others and if your body has been good about fighting the bacteria that cause tooth decay for all those years than you are more than likely in the clear.
Are they necessary? That answer is simple, no. Not necessary. Sealants are a preventative procedure. But let's put it into prospective. A sealant costs roughly $45 depending on different offices fees and a one surface filling costs roughly $175 depending on the office fees. If a molar erupts and it is a groovy one with deep pits and you have a 12 year old that isn't the best brusher it is more cost effective to do the preventative procedure. On another note, a sealant isn't invasive at all! Once a tooth develops a cavity, that cavity then has to be drilled out and filled. A sealant is a very simple procedure that doesn't entail cutting on the tooth at all.
In conclusion, sealants are a good idea to have done from a preventative stand point. They are simple, inexpensive and effective in reducing the chances of decay. Ask your hygienist at the next cleaning if your child is ready to have sealants placed and if you have any questions at all feel free to call the office at (941) 924-1100.
June 13th, 2018
Our month of creating the healthy habit of drinking water has been extended! In the previous blog post we had mentioned that it could take 18 days to 8.5 months to change a habit. In dental school, we were taught 21 days. Just 21 days to change a habit. But science is proving that wrong and so is our office staff! Just take a guess at which employee here is the worst water drinker… if you guessed Dr. Dorociak… your right! He runs off Starbucks Pike’s Place. Therefore, we are taking another month to get everyone on the water train.
Water is ESSENTIAL. And sipping water is one of the best things you could be doing for your oral cavity. Drinking water with fluoride is one of the easiest things you could be doing for your mouth. Fluoride aids in helping prevent decay. It also helps fight dry mouth. Most people don’t understand that dry mouth can cause rampant problems. To keep everything under control you want a neutral pH. When your mouth is dry it is at a more acidic state. Then you add acidic food and drinks… causing the decay process. Sipping on water will flush out residual food debris and cavity causing bacteria, keeping your mouth clean.
It’s calorie free! You know on the holidays when someone bakes a big ‘ol pie or dozens of yummy cookies and you think, “oh goodness, the calories!” Whelp… water is calorie-free… so drink up!!! Studies have shown that drinking water can help you lose weight. If you quit drinking beverages with all the added sugars and chemicals, naturally the weight will drop. So grab a big glass of water today and join us in our challenge.
April 25th, 2018
You may have heard that it takes 21 days to change a habit. Well... science has now shown that as FALSE. It can take a person anywhere from 18 days to 8.5 months to change a habit. Having healthy habits will set a foundation for your overall health. Making sure you are diligent in making healthy choices can come with some work but over time they become habitual! Like brushing your teeth. For most people brushing your teeth is a habit. You can't go to work in the morning without brushing and surely cannot go to bed without brushing. It's just a habit and for most a habit that was instilled when you were a child. So over the course of years... it is now a habit.
There are certain things that you can do to help with your overall health that need to be habitual. Creating these habits should be a priority. Over the course of the next few months our office is going to do a healthy habits challenge. We will keep you posted on what we are doing and if anyone would like to take part in it you are welcome to jump on board!
The healthy habit for our first month is WATER! We are challenging ourselves to drink half of our body weight in ounces of water. Water needs to be considered essential for everyone! Because, hello first worlds problems... we take for granted to access we have to water, we do not realize how important it is. According to experts, water is ranked second only to oxygen as essential for life. It makes up 75% of our body. A person can survive about two months without food, but only a few days without water.
Water is the most abundant ingredient in the human body through all phases of growth and development. Every system in your body depends on water to function. So jump on board with us for phase one of our healthy habits challenge!!!! We will keep you posted through social media as well.