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    CUDDLY CRITTER CONTEST | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Join us in welcoming the newest members of our Cuddly Critter Family--the Fluffy Flossing Lambs.  They are looking for a good home.  Kids, get mom and dad to bring you in for your next cleaning visit and you can enter your name in the drawing.

    WELCOME TO AVERY ANN | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 6 months ago

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    Dental Assistant, Kristy,  and her husband Brian, welcomed Avery Ann to their family on March 11, 2014.  She entered the world weighing 8 lbs 6.5 oz and was 21 inches long.  We are excited to see our "Dental Family" growing.

    Congratulations, Kristy and Brian!

    FACT OR FICTION | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 6 months ago

    For those 40-60, see how much you know about oral health for your age by taking this "Fact or Fiction".

    1-Everyone’s mouth can be dry sometimes.

    2-If I’m not having any pain in my mouth, there’s no need to see a dentist.

    3-Everyone needs dentures at some point.

    4-There is no cure for sensitive teeth.

    5-Plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.

     

    Below are the answers.  See how well you did.  Hopefully you learned something new about oral health.

     

     

    1- Fact--Having a dry mouth is not itself serious, but taking care of your teeth and gums and regular dental visits are important when living with dry mouth. Without the cleansing effects of saliva, tooth decay and other oral health problems can become more common.

     

    2- Fiction--Don’t wait for your teeth to hurt before seeing a dentist. In many cases, by the time you are in noticeable pain, it’s too late to treat a cavity or gum disease. To prevent this, make sure to schedule regular dental visits.

     

    3- Fiction--Thanks to good dental care, many people are keeping their teeth their entire lives. Prevention is key. Always brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and see your dentist regularly. This simple routine can help you remain Mouth Healthy for Life.

     

    4- Fiction--Sensitive teeth can be treated. Your dentist may recommend desensitizing toothpaste or an alternative treatment based on the cause of your sensitivity. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

     

    5- Fact--When tartar collects above or below the gumline, the gum tissue can become swollen and may bleed. This is called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. You can prevent plaque buildup by regularly visiting the dentist, brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between your teeth with dental floss daily.

    CONCERNS FOR THOSE AGE 40-60 PART 2 | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 6 months ago

    If you are age 40-60, these may be a couple of other concerns you could have with your oral health.

    DRY MOUTH

    Everyone’s mouth can be dry sometimes, but if you feel like your mouth is always dry, it may be time to seek treatment. Medications and certain health conditions can lead to dry mouth. A dentist will check your teeth for signs of decay that can result from decreased salivary flow. A physician will test for any underlying disease or conditions that may be causing your dry mouth. Having a dry mouth is not itself serious but taking care of your teeth and gums and regular dental visits are important when living with dry mouth. Without the cleansing effects of saliva, tooth decay and other oral health problems become more common. Patients using oral inhalers for asthma often develop oral candidiasis, an oral fungal infection, and are encouraged to rinse their mouths with water after using the inhaler. Tell your dentist what medications you are taking and any other information about your health that may help identify the cause of your dry mouth.

     

    OROPHARYNGEAL CANCER

    Ororpharyngeal cancer can affect any area of the oropharyngeal cavity including the lips, gum tissue, check lining, tongue, jaw the hard or soft palate and throat. It often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore or swelling anywhere in the mouth or throat. 


    During your dental visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine these areas for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.

     

    The symptoms of mouth or throat cancer can include:

    • sores that bleed easily or do not heal
    • a thick or hard spot or lump
    • a roughened or crusted area
    • numbness, pain or tenderness
    • a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down.

     

    Make sure to tell your dentist about any problems you have when chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw. Regular dental check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.

    CONGRATULATIONS, PORTER | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 6 months ago

    We are so excited for Porter.  He won our Cuddly Critter Contest drawing and will now provide a good home for the Tooth Brushing Teddy Bears.  Porter is a great patient who LOVES coming to the dentist. He always has a big smile.   We LOVE having him as a patient.  

    Stay tuned for the next animal family in our Cuddly Critter Contest.  

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