Monday, 16 October 2017

I forgot about Mom and Dad!

Proper oral hygiene is normally learned when we’re kids, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be someday forgotten. As we age, particularly as we really climb up there in years, some of the same motor challenges that inhibited us in brushing our teeth as children suddenly give us trouble all over again. 

 

Let’s say you have kids at home, or even grandkids who come to visit, and you’ve shown your stuff in educating them on how to keep good oral hygiene. That’s great, really it is. But, have you thought about aging family members? 

 

As people get older, the aging process inevitably affects the mouth. This means that tooth care becomes even more crucial—but with declining motor skills or memory, it can be hard for some aging members of the family to stay on top of it. And yet, we don’t have the same culture of helping (re)educate our parents on oral health when the time comes, despite how necessary it sometimes is. 

Taking care of Mom and Dad
Remind Mom and Dad about the need for good oral health—and the diseases they can help prevent by taking care of their teeth 

 

  1. No matter whether your parents still have their natural teeth or prosthetics (or a combination), they absolutely have to keep on brushing their teeth two times per day. Care should be given to each tooth as they brush.
  2. There’s no “get out of jail” card on flossing just because you’ve aged. Make sure your parents know that they have to floss at least once per day—this doesn’t change, no matter what their diet.
  3. Mouth dryness is a bigger issue among older generations, which can lead to periodontal diseases. The best way to combat this is by drinking enough water every day. For those aging adults who do still find it comfortable to chew gum, a pack of their favorite flavor is another ready stimulant for a boost in saliva production.
  4. Dental check-ups are even more important as people age—the minimum is two per year. Additionally, any change they notice in their mouth should be an alarm that it’s time to make an appointment for any family member. 

 

Dental challenges among older populations 
With age, natural saliva production decreases, and the oral mucosa that the mouth produces to keep the cavity healthy becomes thinner. And with slowing and blocked blood flow, nutrients aren’t carried into the soft tissues to heal sores and dry lips as quickly as they would in a younger patient’s mouth. 

 

Taste buds begin to respond differently, too, so be sure to maintain an open dialogue about what sounds “good” to eat and what doesn’t, and try to accommodate personal taste where you can, and encourage healthy meals that include the preferred ingredients. 
Combined with the use of medications that bring side effects like dry mouth and other symptoms, the aging-related oral irregularities and waning oral hygiene can lead to serious oral disease. It might start with gum tissue becoming inflamed, sensitive and prone to bleed. If not treated, these symptoms can lead to teeth loss and even the loss of bone tissue. 
It’s an exciting, and sometimes exhausting, prospect at helping the young ones learn good oral hygiene. We celebrate the mental image of “Father/Mother of the Year” as we help kids establish oral hygiene habits that we’re hopeful will stick. We enjoy our successes, and even more we enjoy those sweet smiles that show our job’s been well done. 

 

But what about Mom and Dad? 

 

Aging has enormous effects on oral health, and it’s often necessary to reaffirm oral hygiene habits with aging family members. Bear all these points in mind, and call our office if you have any questions! It’s our pleasure to serve our community of every age.



I forgot about Mom and Dad!

Proper oral hygiene is normally learned when we’re kids, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be someday forgotten. As we age, particularly as we really climb up there in years, some of the same motor challenges that inhibited us in brushing our teeth as children suddenly give us trouble all over again. 

 

Let’s say you have kids at home, or even grandkids who come to visit, and you’ve shown your stuff in educating them on how to keep good oral hygiene. That’s great, really it is. But, have you thought about aging family members? 

 

As people get older, the aging process inevitably affects the mouth. This means that tooth care becomes even more crucial—but with declining motor skills or memory, it can be hard for some aging members of the family to stay on top of it. And yet, we don’t have the same culture of helping (re)educate our parents on oral health when the time comes, despite how necessary it sometimes is. 

Taking care of Mom and Dad
Remind Mom and Dad about the need for good oral health—and the diseases they can help prevent by taking care of their teeth 

 

  1. No matter whether your parents still have their natural teeth or prosthetics (or a combination), they absolutely have to keep on brushing their teeth two times per day. Care should be given to each tooth as they brush.
  2. There’s no “get out of jail” card on flossing just because you’ve aged. Make sure your parents know that they have to floss at least once per day—this doesn’t change, no matter what their diet.
  3. Mouth dryness is a bigger issue among older generations, which can lead to periodontal diseases. The best way to combat this is by drinking enough water every day. For those aging adults who do still find it comfortable to chew gum, a pack of their favorite flavor is another ready stimulant for a boost in saliva production.
  4. Dental check-ups are even more important as people age—the minimum is two per year. Additionally, any change they notice in their mouth should be an alarm that it’s time to make an appointment for any family member. 

 

Dental challenges among older populations 
With age, natural saliva production decreases, and the oral mucosa that the mouth produces to keep the cavity healthy becomes thinner. And with slowing and blocked blood flow, nutrients aren’t carried into the soft tissues to heal sores and dry lips as quickly as they would in a younger patient’s mouth. 

 

Taste buds begin to respond differently, too, so be sure to maintain an open dialogue about what sounds “good” to eat and what doesn’t, and try to accommodate personal taste where you can, and encourage healthy meals that include the preferred ingredients. 
Combined with the use of medications that bring side effects like dry mouth and other symptoms, the aging-related oral irregularities and waning oral hygiene can lead to serious oral disease. It might start with gum tissue becoming inflamed, sensitive and prone to bleed. If not treated, these symptoms can lead to teeth loss and even the loss of bone tissue. 
It’s an exciting, and sometimes exhausting, prospect at helping the young ones learn good oral hygiene. We celebrate the mental image of “Father/Mother of the Year” as we help kids establish oral hygiene habits that we’re hopeful will stick. We enjoy our successes, and even more we enjoy those sweet smiles that show our job’s been well done. 

 

But what about Mom and Dad? 

 

Aging has enormous effects on oral health, and it’s often necessary to reaffirm oral hygiene habits with aging family members. Bear all these points in mind, and call our office if you have any questions! It’s our pleasure to serve our community of every age.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Getting Braces Off

Braces can be worth celebrating when you get them glued on. Maintenance though they’ll require, you know that these little miracles are designed to help you align your smile. But whatever the initial excitement, after a couple of months you start dreaming of the moment where you’ll have them taken off—as much to see your straightened smile, as to do away with the uncomfortable metal contraption you’ve just committed to. 

 

The moment when you get your braces off is a major milestone, and for good reason. When the time comes, you prepare for a newfound sense of confidence in your smile, and for the prospect of eating absolutely whatever you want without worrying about picking it out of braces later. Just think about the last time you chowed down on raw nuts without finding pieces the next morning. And you can fearlessly welcome back chewing gum, too! This is your day. 

 Finally the braces come off!

Celebrating the removal of braces is totally reasonable, both ahead of time and after the fact. You can imagine the smiles that will ensue as soon as your braces are removed, but we do have some other, more deliberate celebration ideas for you to consider: 

 

  1. Throw a party

    It’s time to show off the results of months (or years) of wearing braces. The last time your friends saw you smiling without the wires, your teeth were…well, less straight—and now, you can smile, laugh and make merry over a few cold ones with friends or family.

    The party can be a “just because” event, or you can come out and say it’s in celebration for your braces removal. In the latter, you can even buy a special guestbook and ask your friends to write down comments about you with and without braces—stories, memories, observations. Whatever!

  2. The new you” deserves lots of selfies

    Removing your braces is a Hallmark change in your appearance, so why not present your new braces-free smile to your social media friends and followers? Take a selfie, or go all-out and schedule a shoot ahead of time with a professional photographer.

  3. Buy ALL THE CHEWING GUM!

    OK—we still recommend you stick to sugar-free chewing choices, but this is still a celebration to be had. The freedom to stockpile some fresh or fruity flavors and make up for months or years of lost bubble-blowing is something that we can all enjoy, no matter our age. Start with favorite flavors, or go crazy with new flavors that have come into vogue since your departure from braces-free chewing.

  4. Take a moment to journal the day-to-day of wearing braces

    You might think we’re crazy—the memory is so fresh in your mind, and you’re so thrilled to be done with them, why would you want to list the nuisance of the contraption that caused you so much pain, adjustment after adjustment?

    Braces have been compared more than once to a larger metaphor of life. Of all the things we do…it’s the worthwhile stuff that’s usually a little painful along the way. Take a moment to jot down some of the things that defined your experience with braces, because in the future you might benefit from the memory of what a battle worth fighting feels like in the heat of it all.

    And, much though you’d like to (and probably will) forget the minutia of the day-to-day of braces, it can be interesting to look back on these details later—most patients say that their braces defined much of their image for the time that they had them.

  5. Treat yourself with just about anything else that inspires your newfound smile

    Take a short trip out of town, go to the spa, or go out to eat something that you wouldn’t have otherwise. Whatever floats your boat—you’ve earned it. 


Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Getting Braces Off

Braces can be worth celebrating when you get them glued on. Maintenance though they’ll require, you know that these little miracles are designed to help you align your smile. But whatever the initial excitement, after a couple of months you start dreaming of the moment where you’ll have them taken off—as much to see your straightened smile, as to do away with the uncomfortable metal contraption you’ve just committed to. 

 

The moment when you get your braces off is a major milestone, and for good reason. When the time comes, you prepare for a newfound sense of confidence in your smile, and for the prospect of eating absolutely whatever you want without worrying about picking it out of braces later. Just think about the last time you chowed down on raw nuts without finding pieces the next morning. And you can fearlessly welcome back chewing gum, too! This is your day. 

 Finally the braces come off!

Celebrating the removal of braces is totally reasonable, both ahead of time and after the fact. You can imagine the smiles that will ensue as soon as your braces are removed, but we do have some other, more deliberate celebration ideas for you to consider: 

 

  1. Throw a party

    It’s time to show off the results of months (or years) of wearing braces. The last time your friends saw you smiling without the wires, your teeth were…well, less straight—and now, you can smile, laugh and make merry over a few cold ones with friends or family.

    The party can be a “just because” event, or you can come out and say it’s in celebration for your braces removal. In the latter, you can even buy a special guestbook and ask your friends to write down comments about you with and without braces—stories, memories, observations. Whatever!

  2. The new you” deserves lots of selfies

    Removing your braces is a Hallmark change in your appearance, so why not present your new braces-free smile to your social media friends and followers? Take a selfie, or go all-out and schedule a shoot ahead of time with a professional photographer.

  3. Buy ALL THE CHEWING GUM!

    OK—we still recommend you stick to sugar-free chewing choices, but this is still a celebration to be had. The freedom to stockpile some fresh or fruity flavors and make up for months or years of lost bubble-blowing is something that we can all enjoy, no matter our age. Start with favorite flavors, or go crazy with new flavors that have come into vogue since your departure from braces-free chewing.

  4. Take a moment to journal the day-to-day of wearing braces

    You might think we’re crazy—the memory is so fresh in your mind, and you’re so thrilled to be done with them, why would you want to list the nuisance of the contraption that caused you so much pain, adjustment after adjustment?

    Braces have been compared more than once to a larger metaphor of life. Of all the things we do…it’s the worthwhile stuff that’s usually a little painful along the way. Take a moment to jot down some of the things that defined your experience with braces, because in the future you might benefit from the memory of what a battle worth fighting feels like in the heat of it all.

    And, much though you’d like to (and probably will) forget the minutia of the day-to-day of braces, it can be interesting to look back on these details later—most patients say that their braces defined much of their image for the time that they had them.

  5. Treat yourself with just about anything else that inspires your newfound smile

    Take a short trip out of town, go to the spa, or go out to eat something that you wouldn’t have otherwise. Whatever floats your boat—you’ve earned it. 

Monday, 2 October 2017

Adventures In Dallas: You’ve probably never…

Do you ever get the feeling that you have done everything there is to do in Dallas? Well, you might not be thinking creatively enough. Dallas is full of adrenaline-pumping and awe-inspiring activities that are waiting to be discovered. Set aside a weekend, or just a couple of hours to explore the hidden gems Dallas has to offer. And we promise, the Netflix show you were binging on will still be there when you get back. 

 Wings Over Dallas 2017

Indoor Skydiving 

 

If jumping out of a perfectly good plane seems un-doable, but you still seek the rush of free falling, check out iFLY for indoor skydiving. Using a vertical wind tunnel, jumpers will experience the sensation of jumping out of a plane—without actually having to jump! These wind tunnels give amateurs and professionals a consistent and practical way to hone their sky diving skills.  

 

With introduction classes targeting beginners, there’s no reason to not try it out. Love it and can’t get enough? Consider competing in local competitions in either solo or formation flying! 

 

Need for Speed 

 

If you have a need for speed, you won’t earn any racing stripes on I-35. Instead, drive (the speed limit) over to the Texas Motor Speedway and sign up for racing school! Team Texas is the NASCAR Cup Driving School that operates year-round at the speedway. 

 

Students can choose to practice one-on-one or in a class setting. Once on the track, you can race against your fellow classmates and leave the slower drivers in the dust as your hit speeds of up to 150 mph. If you don’t want to take the wheel, then sign up for a ride along where you will be paired with a professional driver and complete up to ten laps. Don’t hit the breaks and miss this opportunity! 

 

Fly Away—Wings Over Dallas 

 

Sitting in the cockpit of a World War II plane while flying over the Dallas sky is no longer reserved only for those that have their wings. This October, Wings Over Dallas will be at the Dallas Executive Airport and will offer plane enthusiasts the opportunity to co-pilot fighter plans, biplanes, and open-air cockpit planes that were used during World War II. Led by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), Wings Over Dallas is a three-day family-friendly event that meshes history with adventure. In addition to taking to the skies, participants can meet World War II veterans, take place in historical reenactments, and tour authentic military vehicles.  

 

Drive-In 

 

If the thrill and adventure seeking has caused you to want to unwind, then check out the Coyote Canteen. Taking its cues from the traditional drive-in movies of the 50’s, the Coyote Canteen offers a modern twist on this nostalgic pastime. Boasting five screens and an extensive food and drink menu, this drive-in theater will be a beloved outing for all members of the family the minute you arrive. The screens show first-run movies, and in total can fit about 1,500 cars. It is encouraged to bring lounge chairs, blankets and pillows to ensure your experience is as comfortable as it can be. And don’t forget to turn off your car lights, so everyone can enjoy the show! 

 

Dallas is filled with activities for everyone from the thrill-seeker to the movie buff and everything in between. Take time this fall to explore and then tell your friends, “I bet you have never done this before!”  



Adventures In Dallas: You’ve probably never…

Do you ever get the feeling that you have done everything there is to do in Dallas? Well, you might not be thinking creatively enough. Dallas is full of adrenaline-pumping and awe-inspiring activities that are waiting to be discovered. Set aside a weekend, or just a couple of hours to explore the hidden gems Dallas has to offer. And we promise, the Netflix show you were binging on will still be there when you get back. 

 Wings Over Dallas 2017

Indoor Skydiving 

 

If jumping out of a perfectly good plane seems un-doable, but you still seek the rush of free falling, check out iFLY for indoor skydiving. Using a vertical wind tunnel, jumpers will experience the sensation of jumping out of a plane—without actually having to jump! These wind tunnels give amateurs and professionals a consistent and practical way to hone their sky diving skills.  

 

With introduction classes targeting beginners, there’s no reason to not try it out. Love it and can’t get enough? Consider competing in local competitions in either solo or formation flying! 

 

Need for Speed 

 

If you have a need for speed, you won’t earn any racing stripes on I-35. Instead, drive (the speed limit) over to the Texas Motor Speedway and sign up for racing school! Team Texas is the NASCAR Cup Driving School that operates year-round at the speedway. 

 

Students can choose to practice one-on-one or in a class setting. Once on the track, you can race against your fellow classmates and leave the slower drivers in the dust as your hit speeds of up to 150 mph. If you don’t want to take the wheel, then sign up for a ride along where you will be paired with a professional driver and complete up to ten laps. Don’t hit the breaks and miss this opportunity! 

 

Fly Away—Wings Over Dallas 

 

Sitting in the cockpit of a World War II plane while flying over the Dallas sky is no longer reserved only for those that have their wings. This October, Wings Over Dallas will be at the Dallas Executive Airport and will offer plane enthusiasts the opportunity to co-pilot fighter plans, biplanes, and open-air cockpit planes that were used during World War II. Led by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), Wings Over Dallas is a three-day family-friendly event that meshes history with adventure. In addition to taking to the skies, participants can meet World War II veterans, take place in historical reenactments, and tour authentic military vehicles.  

 

Drive-In 

 

If the thrill and adventure seeking has caused you to want to unwind, then check out the Coyote Canteen. Taking its cues from the traditional drive-in movies of the 50’s, the Coyote Canteen offers a modern twist on this nostalgic pastime. Boasting five screens and an extensive food and drink menu, this drive-in theater will be a beloved outing for all members of the family the minute you arrive. The screens show first-run movies, and in total can fit about 1,500 cars. It is encouraged to bring lounge chairs, blankets and pillows to ensure your experience is as comfortable as it can be. And don’t forget to turn off your car lights, so everyone can enjoy the show! 

 

Dallas is filled with activities for everyone from the thrill-seeker to the movie buff and everything in between. Take time this fall to explore and then tell your friends, “I bet you have never done this before!”