Texas Dental Association Publication
Educate while you wait.
IN THIS ISSUE Keep Calm and Quit Itâ€™s a Mouthful And more!
What it is Why it happens How to avoid it
Periodicals supplement to the Texas Dental Journal, September 2014
W hat’s Smart Mouth™, a bi-annual publication of the Texas Dental Association (TDA), is produced for the purpose of providing oral health information to the public. Member dentists can access electronic versions of Smart Mouth™ on tda.org. The information included in each edition of Smart Mouth™ is provided by the TDA Council on Dental Economics, the Council on Membership, and the Council on Dental Education, Trade & Ancillaries. The material contained herein is for educational purposes and is not intended for diagnostic or treatment decisions. Please contact your dentist for oral health concerns and questions. Visit tda.org for more oral health information and resources. For comments and suggestions about Smart Mouth™, please contact the Texas Dental Association, attn Managing Editor Nicole Scott, 1946 S IH 35 Ste 400, Austin, TX 78704; Phone 512-443-3675; Email email@example.com.
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©2014 Texas Dental Association Daniel L. Jones, DDS Editor
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Lee Ann Johnson Director of Member Services & Administration Staﬀ Liaison to Council on Membership
it’s a mouthful: tooth sayings...............
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Who are these people, and what are they
doing in my dentist’s office?
A healthy mouth is a smart mouth, and it takes a team of health care professionals to care for your teeth – all 20
FRONT OFFICE TEAM I am the RECEPTIONIST and likely
appointments, I coordinate comfortable from the beginning.
As the OFFICE MANAGER, I oversee When you check out, I make sure your easy, and I am involved in the day-to-
PATIENT CARE TEAM I am the head of the dental team. I am the DENTIST
training. I’m the DENTAL HYGIENIST. As a dental hygienist I can take x-rays and do any of the work of a dental assistant. My primary duty is to perform dental prophylaxis, cleaning and polishing of teeth during recall visits. I may also talk to you about how to care for your teeth properly. I’m a dental hygienist in Texas, I have completed at least 2 years of dental hygiene training and passed several training requirements. I am a great so please feel free to ask how you can improve your oral health!
I am the DENTAL ASSISTANT! Dental assistants have many important jobs in a dental the front desk, maintain In fact, the work of an assistant varies greatly. In will teach the assistant how to complete his or her tasks, and assistants in Texas do not need to although some may.
10 REASONS to 1
Texas: Home of the Free and Fluoridated By Delton Yarbrough, DDS Here in Texas, we are lucky for many reasons. Great weather. Great economy. Great food! And, great water ﬂuoridation! Water ﬂuoridation beneﬁts everyone. Fluoride is a naturallyoccurring mineral found in water, food, rocks, and soil. It helps to prevent tooth decay, and luckily for us, Texas cities include ﬂuoride in community drinking water. Almost 80% of the state’s population is served by public water systems that receive ﬂuoridated water, and Texas is ranked as 21 in the states’ water ﬂuoridation percentage, according to the Centers for Disease Control (1). Water ﬂuoridation is a good thing. Next time you’re enjoying your favorite Texas farm-raised beef steak or Tex-Mex burrito, wash it down with a cold glass of ﬂuoridated water. Your teeth will thank you.
3 To learn more, visit ADA.org/ fluoride
Dr Yarbrough is a general dentist in Fort Stockton. He is a consultant to the TDA Council on Dental Economics. References 1. http://www.cdc.gov/ﬂuoridation/statistics/2012stats.html
1. http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/ Member%20Center/FIles/article_10reasons.ashx
FLUORIDATE PUBLIC WATER SINGLE
MOST EFFECTIVE PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURE TO PREVENT TOOTH DECAY.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has proclaimed community water ﬂuoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
SIMILAR TO FORTIFYING FOODS AND BEVERAGES.
Water that has been ﬂuoridated is similar to fortifying salt with iodine, milk with vitamin D, orange juice with calcium and bread with folic acid.
PROTECTS ALL AGES AGAINST CAVITIES. Studies show that community water ﬂuoridation prevents at least 25% of tooth decay in children and adults, even in an era with widespread availability of ﬂuoride from other sources, such as ﬂuoride toothpaste.
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.
AVAILABILITY OF FLUORIDE CONTINUES TO GROW. In the United States, 73.9 percent of the population on public water systems receive ﬂuoridated public water, or a total of 204 million people.* This is an increase of almost nine percent from 2000.
Fluoride is already present in all water sources, even the oceans. Water ﬂuoridation is simply the adjustment of ﬂuoride that occurs naturally in water to a recommended level for preventing tooth decay.
PREVENTS DENTAL DISEASE.
It is the most eﬃcient way to prevent one of the most common childhood diseases–dental decay. An estimated 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness.
SAFE AND EFFECTIVE.
For more than 65 years, the best available scientiﬁc evidence consistently indicates that community water ﬂuoridation is safe and eﬀective.
RECOGNIZED BY MORE THAN 100 ORGANIZATIONS.
The American Dental Association (ADA) as well as the U.S. Public Health Service, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization and more than 125 national and international organizations recognize the public health beneﬁts of water ﬂuoridation.
ENDORSED BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION.
One of the most widely respected sources for information regarding ﬂuoridation and ﬂuoride is the American Dental Association.
By David L. Doerre, DDS
does it get in north
Texas in the
“How is your ﬂossing going?” My patients have come to expect me to ask this question at each appointment. Those who have hesitation in their answer have their reasons — or excuses — for not adhering to the daily recommendations. As dentists, hygienists, and assistants, we have all asked, stressed, educated, encouraged, and, with those patients with a sense of humor, even nagged them to keep up with their ﬂossing routine. After years of prodding I ﬁnally came up with an illustration that seems to work with any age. I give them a visual example they are not bound to forget. I sit down face to face and ask, “How hot does it get in north Texas in the summer?” I have lived in this area since the 1960s and can attest to the fact that it easily gets to 100 degrees throughout the summer months. Have you ever left a local restaurant in the middle of the summer and accidentally ended up next to their dumpsters? Is it a pleasant place to hang around? You can easily guess their responses, along with their scrunched up noses.
“ the acids
eat right through
dumpster. All of this food, the bacteria, and the 100-degree heat results in the ster, even requiring a new container on occasion. The gases just roll out of the top of the dumpster, producing the terriﬁc odors. Now I sit back and tell them to think about this scenario: You leave last night’s supper or yesterday’s lunch stuck between your teeth, and we all naturally have bacteria in our mouths, and we are all 98.6 degrees. What do you think is tooth structure, and the gases are rolling out when you speak!
that always results in open eyes. “Do you know anybody — please, no names — who, when they step up to you to say, ‘Hi,’ you have to back up about 6 inches to get away from their breath?” Agreement to change their habits comes with about and then wonder if they have ever been on the other side of that same to-face today? Have I ﬂossed?”
they know their daily ﬂossing will help them keep their teeth… and their
KEEP CALM AND
QUIT What happens when you
after quitting, your heart rate drops.
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after quitting, carbon monoxide levels in your blood drop.
after quitting, your heart attack risk drops, and your lung capacity improves.
DANGERS Taking drags oﬀ a cigarette literally takes years oﬀ your life. Smoking is bad for you, no question. But, do you know the extent of the damage that smoking can cause to your body? According to the American Dental Association, smoking and tobacco products cause bad breath, plus these other possible oral health impacts:
stained teeth and tongue
slow healing after dental procedures
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dulled sense of taste and smell
difficulties in correcting dental problems
Do you know the only way to decrease your risk of these and other tobacco-related health problems? Quit. Instead of burning it down, put it down. Determine a quitting plan that works best for you. Visit cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/ to read tips from other smokers and ﬁnd the support you need to put that cigarette down for good.
Smoking’s eﬀects linger long after you’ve quit. But, the good news is that your body can start repairing itself immediately (1).
after quitting, your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
Your added risk of coronary heart disease is 1/2 of that of a nonsmoker.
1. Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2004/posters/20mins/index.htm
Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a non-smoker. Smart Mouth Smart Mouth
Whence do these hitherto-hornswoggling sayings originate?
Meaning: Fight ﬁercely Origin: the expression literally means “with the use of one’s teeth and nails as weapons; by one’s might.” (1) He fought tooth and nail to buy the dental ﬂoss he wanted!
Meaning: Each of the 4 hindmost molars in humans, which usually appear at about the age of 20 Origin: wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your , which means third molar (3). She knew her wisdom teeth would take her out, if she didn’t get them taken out ﬁrst.
Meaning: Origin: The expression dates from the late 14th century when it referred to sweets
ancestors survive. As he explains it, they got “more bang for their buck” when foraging strategy to avoid harmful toxins in plants (5). My sweet tooth got the best of me! I ate 3 pounds of icing before dinner.
Meaning: To be very old Origin: The expression was ﬁrst found in England in the 19th century, and it derives from horses, surprisingly. To determine a horse’s age, one examines its teeth. An old horse's gums will recede, and the roots of the teeth will be visible, thus making the teeth appear longer, hence long in the tooth (6). I may be long in the tooth, but I feel like I’m only 50!
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