Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Importance of Dental Health

Office of Oral Health

83% of people: teeth more important to appearance than hair,eyes.
Good oral health and hygiene is more than just a pretty smile or ease of chewing and eating. Good oral health impacts general and overall health throughout a person's life. Oral diseases have been linked to diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

It is important that dental care starts at a young age. Untreated cavities in children can result in pain, infection, poor attentiveness in class, missed school and low self-esteem. Adults can experience severe oral or facial pain from cavities, gum disease and other oral infections, most of which can be prevented. Your dentist can provide preventive care to maintain oral health and detect problems at an early stage.

You may have seen recent news coverage about dental offices concerning transmission of disease. We've created some frequently asked questions in case you have any concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Importance of Good Oral Health Care

Why is it important to visit the dentist?
We all know that it's important to brush, floss, and eat a balanced diet. But perhaps it's been awhile since you last saw a dentist. Dentists can spot oral health problems early when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable? Your dentist will determine when and how often you should schedule appointments.

How is oral health linked to other diseases?
Oral health is an important part of overall health. Regular dental visits are important because some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth. Recent research suggests there may be an association between gum disease and serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

How do I find a dentist?
When searching for a dentist, the American Dental Association (ADA) offers these suggestions:
Ask family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers for their recommendations.
Ask your family doctor or local pharmacist.
If you're moving, ask your current dentist to make a recommendation.
The California Dental Association can help you find a dentist or you can also find a list of reduced-fee and community clinics PDF in California.

Who licenses dentists in California?
The Dental  Board of California oversees the licensing of individuals who provide dental services in California and serves all citizens who receive dental services. For more information they may be contacted at: (877) 729-7789 (Toll Free) (916) 263-2300 (Direct) 

What should I do to protect myself and my family from illnesses in dental care settings?
Dentists and dental healthcare providers are concerned about your safety in the dental setting. You can visit the American Dental Association website to watch an informational video to help you take an active part in your oral health care.

What do dentists do to protect their patients from blood borne viruses?
Your dentist cares about your safety and implements dental infection control practices to prevent the spread of infection. Dentists, like other healthcare professionals, are trained to utilize precautions to protect themselves and their patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed specific infection control recommendations for use in dental offices. The American Dental Association has long advocated the use of infection control procedures in dental offices and provides dentists with resources to help them understand and implement them.

How could I have been exposed to Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV), or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in a dentist's office?
When dentists and other healthcare professionals do not follow proper infection control procedures, patients can be at risk to acquire these diseases. Proper infection control techniques include thorough disinfection and sterilization of instruments, proper disposal of sharp objects, use of single dose medication vials or proper handling and administering of multi-dose vial medications when used in the facility, and never reusing items such as needles and syringes between patients.

Do blood borne exposures happen very often in other dentist's offices?
This occurrence is very rare; HIV and HBV have been known to be transmitted in the dental setting. HCV transmission has not been documented in the dental setting.

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Today Dental is great.  I have been using Today Dental for several years and plan to continue.  I have never had any pain.  The service and the staff are great all around.
Lois Lynch, Riverside

I can't say enough about the office staff.  Every time I have called with a problem or need to come in, they try and do accommodate me.  My husband, my sister and her two kids also use Today Dental. We are all very satisfied.  I am in the process of bleaching my teeth and am very happy with the results. My teeth are quite a bit whiter after just a week or so. I know I smile a lot more now.
Kay Carter, Riverside

I wouldn't change my Today Dental dentist for the world. I have a fear for of going to the dentist but not at Today Dental.  I drive two and a half hours so that my doctor can take care of me. I would recommend Today Dental to all, but especially anyone who has a fear of dentists.
Pam Wiltse, Palm Desert

I have been coming here for several years and I have found the people here very friendly and interested in my being comfortable.  The dentist is very competent and careful of how I am feeling during the dental procedures. I come all the way from Orange County for my dental needs.
Ron Anderson, Orange County

We have looked long and hard for a dentist office.  Today Dental was recommended to us as not only a friendly family place, but also as a place that works great with children. We have found that Today Dental is the only place we are comfortable having work on us adults, and the only place whose staff we trust enough to work on our two children.
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Did you know...

Did you know that during the past several years there have been tremendous advances in dental science and technology?

Did you know that with a skillful dentist, that dreadful injection is virtually unnoticeable?

Did you know that, today, having a beautiful smile is a matter of a couple dental visits at most? In fact, the techniques are so advances that chances are the nice smiles on your favorite movie stars are the products of the new dental technology.  Of course, not everyone is a movie star, but most anyone can afford it.

Did you know that regardless of what the condition your teeth are in, they can be made to look and function virtually the same was as your natural teeth?

Did you also know that there are many easy finance options available for almost anything, dentistry included?

At Today Dental, we are at the forefront of advances in technology and personal comfort.  Visit us today and start to have your best smile for years to come.