February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!!

The Children’s Dental Health observance started in 1941 in Ohio and has grown to a nation wide, one month long program geared to spread the message of dental health for children! The attitude and habits we establish at an early age are critical in maintaining optimal oral health throughout their entire lives! We, as caregivers and you, as the parent can instill very simple tasks.

- Brush two times a day for at least two mintues

- Floss EVERYDAY

- Limit the amount of sugary drinks and food they eat

- Visit our office or a children’s dental office regularly (at least two times a year)

With these simple skills, we can combat tooth decay, encourage healthy eating habits, and build a trust with a dental team that will carry into adulthood.

And here is a cute video about some kids in the UK talking about dental health, so adorable!!!!  Children Talk Teeth

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Do you want white teeth for 2015?!

Happy New Year from Livery Dental!!!!

Have you made a list of resolutions for 2015? Does one of them include having whiter teeth? Sure, the holidays can wreck havoc on the color of our teeth. We sip coffee while hanging out with the kids, drink great wine with great friends, and ohhh the chocolate!!! When January 1st rolls around and we stumble back to work, our teeth can sure take on a new hue!

There is a way to undo your holiday hijinks!!! Here at Livery Dental we have a bleaching system to create the whiter smile you have been thinking about. It is called KOR and has been giving our patients great results!! KOR is different than other whiteners and bleaching agents. It uses a special bleaching tray that is thin and has a unique locking system to keep the bleach on your teeth instead of squishing out. You wear the trays for two weeks at home and then come into our office for a final bleaching appointment.

Here is a great video of how the KOR trays differ from other bleaching trays. KOR Whitening Trays

And here are some results of what KOR Whitening can do!!!

If you are interested in checking off “having whiter teeth in 2015″ resolution, call us today and we would be happy to help you achieve a brighter, whiter smile!!!!!

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Tell It to Me Straight!

Have you thought to yourself, “I wish I had straight teeth but DO NOT want to wear braces?” Well, your wish is granted….Invisalign is your answer!

You wear these trays called aligners every two weeks!

Invisalgin is made up of a series of trays or aligners that move your teeth and over time the teeth become straight. They are clear and do not impede your speech or get caught in your lip, like traditional bracket braces do.

It is very simple to start Invisalign at Livery Dental. All you have to do is ask! Yes, the simple act of asking about straightening your teeth can lead to great things. We will always make sure at your hygiene appointments and your appointments with Dr. Adams that you are happy with your smile and if there is anything you would like to change. If you would like to change something, Invisalign is here for you.

Not sure what Invisalign is all about?

Check out this video: Invisalign Video for more information!

If you have always thought having straight teeth could never be in your future, look no further than Livery Dental! Call or come in for a consultation and you will have a healthy, straight smile in no time!

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     Before Invisalign                               After Invisalign

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Xero….what?

Xerostomia sounds like a strange word, and when it happens to your mouth it feels very strange as well. It is the medical term for a dry mouth due to a lack of saliva.

CAUSES

It can be caused by dehydration, stress and anxiety, the after effects of chemotherapy or radiation near the head and neck, excessive mouth breathing, and trauma to the salivary glands. Probably the most common cause of xersotomia, is medications. There are over 700 types of medications that can cause that pesky dry mouth, and when combined with other drugs can increase the effect.

SYMPTOMS

The greatest symptom is obviously the feeling of your mouth being dry. You may also feel:

* That your lips are sticking to your teeth when you try to talk 

*Burning feeling in your tongue

* Cracked lips 

* Trouble swallowing, eating, or speaking

* Mouth sores.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SALIVA

Saliva does more than “wet your whistle.” It has amazing properties that can aid in digestion, protects teeth from decay, prevents infections from forming on teeth, gums, and the whole mouth. When saliva levels drop just below normal, insanity can ensue. Sometimes, it can be difficult to realize that you have xerostomia. It doesn’t always feel like a dessert in the mouth, but just a slight difference in feel in the mouth. That is the time when most of the damage can occur.

MANAGEMENT

In order to keep xerostomia under control, there a many things you can do to help. The easiest cheapest way, is to increase your intake of water. Drinking more water can sometimes flush out a clogged saliva duct. There are specialized dry mouth toothpastes that can stimulate saliva flow. At Livery Dental, we offer several types of toothpastes that work very well and keeping xerostomia symptoms at bay. Make sure to eat foods low in sugar and drink liquids that are low in acid, decaffeinated, and carbonation. And as always visit our office regularily for cleanings and check ups.

Xerostomia can be troublesome, but with the right help you can prevent damage and annoyance.

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Oral HPV and Oral Cancer: Are you at risk?

What is HPV?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common virus groups in the world. There are many different types of HPV. Medical research shows that certain high-risk types of HPV are linked to approximately 90% of cervical cancers. Similarly, recent studies show that these same high-risk types cause cancers of the mouth, tongue, tonsils, and throat areas.

How do people get HPV?

Low risk HPV can be transmitted by close contact between people. However, the more serious types of HPV (high-risk) that may lead to cervical cancer or oral cancer are known to be sexually transmitted. Other avenues of transmission may occur. Both males and females are at risk.

How common are HPV-related diseases?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. Another 6 million people become newly infected each year.

How do I know if I have an Oral HPV infection?

Early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms; thus, a visual exam would not detect people that may already have an infection caused by oral HPV. A simple test called OraRisk® HPV is available here with Dr. Adams. Together we can detect oral HPV infections very early. Just a 30 second “swish and gargle” with sterile saline solution. The sample is sent to a lab for analysis and Dr. Adams will contact you to discuss the results.

Who should be tested for Oral HPV?

  •  Individuals with “traditional” risk factors for oral cancer such as smoking and alcohol
  • Males and females that are sexually active
  • Individuals with a history of oral cancer

 If I test positive for Oral HPV, Does it mean I have cancer?

No. A positive test does not necessarily mean that cancer is present, nor does it mean that you will definitely develop cancer. The earlier the risk for oral cancer is detected or the earlier oral cancer itself is detected, the more likely it can be treated successfully. Oral HPV is now a known cause for cancers of the mouth and throat areas; it is important for you and your dental professional to know if an oral HPV infection is present and if so, which type of oral HPV infection is present. The OraRisk® HPV test helps you and your dental professional better understand your risk for oral HPV-related oral cancer.

For more information visit The National Cancer Institute

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Dental Resolutions

Welcome to 2011! Where has the time gone that it is now a new year?

Resolutions. We all make them, we all want to stick to them. Sometimes we do, like spending more time with the family, eating well, and exercising more. We at Livery Dental, hope you make some dental resolutions too. They can range from the very simple like flossing more, or big ones, like a dental makeover! Whatever the resolution is, dental ones are always great to stick to. 

Another great thing about the new year is that dental insurance replenishes after the ball drops. It’s like getting charged up for the year. And we are here for you and whatever need you have in the year to come.

So, welcome 2011! We hope your resolutions will stick with you throughout the year.

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Which Floss Should I Use?

This question gets asked all the time here at Livery Dental. The great thing for patients is there is no real right answer. One, it is great that you are asking because that means that you are interested in actually doing it. Did you know that flossing can extend your life by 3-6 years! That is amazing! Think of what you can do with all that extra time. And second, whatever floss you like is the floss you should use. Waxed, unwaxed, tape, flavored, or unflavored. In the dental aisle at the grocery store, inevitably there are rows of floss. It can seem pretty daunting. But, really just close your eyes and pick one. It’s just floss people. If you don’t like it, you can go on to the next one.

Personally speaking, the hygienists here like Reach Total Care floss made by Johnson and Johnson. And lucky for you, it is in your goody bags! Another great reason to come get your teeth cleaned…free floss!

It’s simple, whatever you choose, use it. And yes, everyday! Happy Flossing.

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Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes are a great addition to your dental home care. Hand held toothbrushes work well, but using an electric one is so much better. At Livery Dental, we recommend the Oral-B electric toothbrushes. Right now, we have the Oral-B Triumph

The Oral-B collection uses an oscillating and rotating motion which leaves the teeth feeling smooth and clean. With the Triumph, there is a clock which turns into a timer. The American Dental Association states that we should brush our teeth for two minutes. The Triumph breaks brushing time into four areas for thirty seconds in each area of the mouth, making it more manageable to clean for two minutes. There are also four brush modes; clean, soft, massage, and polish. With these settings, there is no reason to not feel that great clean feeling. If you tend to scrub when you brush, the Triumph also lets you know if you are pushing too hard. A red light will pop up on the timer, allowing you to know where exactly you are brushing too hard.

The nice thing about all Oral-B toothbrushes is that the bristles on the brush will turn from blue to white when it is time to change it. On the electric toothbrushes, you simply through away the head and place a new one on the base. There are even color coded bands to use if more than one person is using the base. That way you never use the wrong head.

At Livery Dental, we offer the Oral-B Triumph. All of us here use the Triumph at home! If you are interested in one you can always ask. We even have a $10 rebate from Oral-B. Brush, brush away!

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Oral Cancers

Cancer is not a to be taken lightly and neither is oral cancer. It can be very hard to detect but to the trained dental professional eye, it can be found. There are several types of cancers and in several different locations including the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, soft and hard palate, sinuses and throat. How can they be found? Well, at routine dental visits Dr. Adams and/or the hygienist will thoroughly examine your mouth, head and neck for any abnormal lumps, or tissue that looks out of the ordinary. If anything looks suspicious, further examination can be performed in the office or be referred to specialists. More likely than not unusual areas are nothing or benign. But, according to the American Cancer Society, 28,500 new cases were diagnosed in 2009 as cancerous. 
A good defense to oral cancer is being educated and prepared. Smoking, smokeless tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive sun exposure, and family history. Early detection is key at Livery Dental. We offer a test that can detect cells that can be precancerous. It is called OralCDX. This test uses a brush that gathers cells from the suspicious site. We then send off the sample to a lab and they will contact our office with the results. This is another great way to offer great care for our patients. If you have questions about it, you can always ask at your appointment or visit www.brushtest.com for more information. 
The symptoms of oral cancer can be tricky because they can come and go or may go unnoticed. The most common symptoms are swelling, lumps, bumps, rough spots, or eroding on lips, tongue, or any area in the mouth. There can also be difficulty swallowing, chewing, or moving the jaw or tongue, unexplained bleeding, persistent sores lasting longer than two weeks and severe weight loss. If you notice any of these symptoms, it doesn’t always mean “the big C,” but you should always have them examined. It is important to be responsible for your own health as well. Self checking every month is a good way to be aware. Simply, being familiar with your own mouth can help you notice if something is suddenly different.
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ZOOM! Your Way to a Whiter Smile

Everyone wants a dazzling white smile. It is a sign of health and beauty. And here at Livery Dental, we offer ZOOM!This chairside whitening system can make the teeth up to eight shades whiter! A professional team member will apply the bleach to the teeth and a blue light activates the bleach on the teeth.! It takes about 45 minutes for the bleaching time but there is extra time to safely protect the gum tissue. Along with this procedure, you are given a set of bleaching trays with a tube of bleach to use at home for touch ups.

During the procedure, you can lay down relax and listen to our mp3 player while you ZOOM! your way to a whiter smile.

For the “white hot” summer, we are offering $100 off the ZOOM! Come on down and enjoy the benefits of a whiter smile!

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