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    BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Congratulations to Dr John Michael and Sue Tate on the birth of their newest granddaughter, Tatum Kathryn.  She was born April 25 weighing 7 lbs 4 oz.  The proud parents are Zac and Meredith Mowery.  We are excited for all the new members of the Tate Family Dentistry family over the past few months.  

    BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 6 months ago

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    Congratulations to Dr John Michael and Sue Tate in the birth of their newest grandchild, Quinn Michael Tate.  Quinn was born April 12,  2014.  Pictured are PawPaw with Quinn and Mimi, Daddy & Quinn.  

    BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

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    Congratulations to Marci on the birth of her granddaughter, Olive Bliss.  Olive was born Sunday, April 6, 2014.  

    ADDITIONAL ORAL HEALTH CONCERNS FOR THOSE 60+ | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Do I Need to Take an Antibiotic before a Dental Procedure?

    If you have a heart condition or artificial joint, be sure to tell Dr Tate or Dr Tyler. You may think it’s not relevant. After all, what do your heart and joints have to do with your teeth? But, there are conditions with a high risk of infection and an antibiotic is recommended prior to some dental procedures.

    Dentists follow recommendations that have been developed by the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in cooperation with the American Dental Association. Talk to Dr Tate or Dr Tyler about how these recommendations might apply to you.

    Caregiving for a Disabled or Elderly Loved One  

    You may have a parent, spouse or friend who has difficulty maintaining a healthy mouth on their own. How can you help? Two things are critical:

    • Help them keep their mouth clean with reminders to brush and floss daily.
    • Make sure they get to a dentist regularly.

    These steps can prevent many problems, but tasks that once seemed so simple can become very challenging. If your loved one is having difficulty with brushing and flossing, talk to Dr Tate, Dr Tyler or one of our hygienists who can provide helpful tips or a different approach. For those who wear dentures, pay close attention to their eating habits. If they’re having difficulty eating or are not eating as much as usual, denture problems could be the cause.

    When you’re caring for someone who is confined to bed, they may have so many health problems that it’s easy to forget about oral health. However, it’s still very important because bacteria from the mouth can be inhaled into the lungs and cause pneumonia.

    DENTAL CONCERNS FOR THOSE AGE 60+ | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 6 months ago

    The Link between Medications and Cavities

    You may wonder why you’re suddenly getting cavities when you haven’t had them in years. As we get older, we enter a second round of cavity prone years. One common cause of cavities in older adults is dry mouth. Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging. However, it is a side-effect in more than 500 medications, including those for allergies or asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety or depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. This is just one reason why it’s so important to tell your dentist about any medications that you’re taking. Your dentist can make recommendations to help relieve your dry mouth symptoms and prevent cavities. Here are some common recommendations:

    • Use over-the-counter oral moisturizers, such as a spray or mouthwash.
    • Consult with your physician on whether to change the medication or dosage.
    • Drink more water. Carry a water bottle with you, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Your mouth needs constant lubrication.
    • Use sugar-free gum or lozenges to stimulate saliva production.
    • Get a humidifier to help keep moisture in the air.
    • Avoid foods and beverages that irritate dry mouths, like coffee, alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, and acidic fruit juices.
    • Your dentist may apply a fluoride gel or varnish to protect your teeth from cavities.
    Gum Disease

    Many older adults have gum or periodontal disease caused by the bacteria in plaque, which irritate the gums, making them swollen, red and more likely to bleed. One reason gum disease is so widespread among adults is that it’s often a painless condition until the advanced stage. If left untreated, gums can begin to pull away from the teeth and form deepened spaces called pockets where food particles and more plaque may collect. Advanced gum disease can eventually destroy the gums, bone and ligaments supporting the teeth leading to tooth loss. The good news is that with regular dental visits gum disease can be treated or prevented entirely.

    Mouth Cancer

    According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 35,000 cases of mouth, throat and tongue cancer diagnosed each year. The average age of most people diagnosed with these cancers is 62. During dental visits, your dentist will check for any signs of oral cancer. Regular dental visits are important because in the early stages oral cancer typically does not cause pain and early detection saves lives. Some symptoms you may see include open sores, white or reddish patches, and changes in the lips, tongue and lining of the mouth that lasts for more than two weeks.

    Paying for Dental Care after Retirement  

    Many retirees don’t realize that Medicare does not cover routine dental care. Begin to plan for your dental expenses in advance of retirement so you don’t have to let your dental health suffer once you’re on a fixed income. Organizations like AARP offer supplemental dental insurance plans for their members. You can search for a dental plan at the National Association of Dental Plans website.

    Many dentists offer no interest or low interest financing plans that may be a better option than paying for your dental work on a household credit card with a higher interest rate. If you have concerns about continuing your dental care due to a limited income, talk to your dentist. He or she may be able to offer solutions.

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