Evidence Indicates Children Strongly Benefit From Sealants

Evidence Indicates Children Strongly Benefit From Sealants

best-dentist-bangalore-694654_640

The ADA News (7/25, Manchir) reports that the August edition of The Journal of the American Dental Association contains a systematic review of the use of sealants as well as clinical practice guidelines that have been updated as a result of that review, which indicate the benefit of using sealants to prevent and manage occlusal caries in children and adolescents. “The guidelines show that sealants are more effective in managing pit and fissure caries than fluoride treatments, such as varnish,” said the article’s lead author, Dr. John Timothy Wright. “They also show that benefits are obtained by the variety of materials currently marketed in the United States for sealant use (e.g. resin based materials, glass ionomer materials, polyacid-modified resin, and resin-modified glass ionomers).” According to the article, the analysis indicated that children treated with sealants have about a 70 to 80 percent reduction in the incidence of occlusal caries compared with children that do not receive sealants.

The ADA Catalog offers three illustrated handouts to help explain sealant benefits to patients: the brochure “Dental Sealants: Protecting Teeth, Preventing Decay,” (W291); the mini-brochure “Seal Out Decay” (W191); and the “Sealants Quick Reference,” a two-sided card (W276).

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on sealants.

ADA Spokesperson Discusses Biggest Cavity Myth

zahnreinigung-1514693_640

A consumer-directed video on the Business Insider (7/21) website features American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Ada Cooper discussing dental carries. “The biggest myth about cavities is that if it doesn’t hurt you don’t need to fix it,” Dr. Cooper said. “That is completely wrong.” She states that when a cavity has begun to cause pain, it usually requires more extensive treatment at that point. Explaining what causes dental decay and why some people may have more cavities than others, Dr. Cooper says “brushing and flossing, of course, are the best way to minimize the number of cavities that you get.” In addition, dentists have many tools available, such as fluoride rinses and treatments, to make teeth more resistant to dental decay. The best thing to do, Dr. Cooper says, is to have regular dental visits to ensure detection and treatment of cavities while they’re still small.

The Oral Health Topics on ADA.org and MouthHealthy.org provide additional information on caries for dental professionals and for patients.

People Encouraged To Plan Ahead For Healthcare Expenses In Retirement

cost-943762_640

US News & World Report (7/20, Reiss) states that mitigating potential health care expenses before retirement can make all the difference. In a list of six tips for future retirees to protect their retirement nest eggs from sky-high medical bills, the article recommends people start by understanding the system. For example, individuals can select Medicare Advantage, which allows companies regulated by Medicare to cover dental care, eye exams and other medical services.

The Jackson (TN) Sun (7/19, Thomas) added that one of the biggest questions for retirees is whether to sign up for the original Medicare plan or an Advantage Plan. According to the article, Medicare Advantage bundles services and costs and might offer some extra benefits like vision and dental coverage but include some restrictions.

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on paying for dental care after retirement.

A New Dentist!

With much enthusiasm and excitement, we would like you to help us in giving a warm welcome our newest “doc” in town,

Dr. Melissa Naundorff!!

Dr Mel press release

Dr. Melissa Naundorff, a recent graduate from Temple Dental School, is the newest member to our already pleasant and fun staff! Dr. Melissa, “Dr. Mel,” decided to take after her grandfather who practiced dentistry in Hawthorne, NJ for almost fifty years. She began her career in the dental field shortly after graduating from Ramapo College of NJ.

We are excited to have her many years of dental experience from assisting, managing and treating alongside her grandfather’s patients, along with the knowledge of her newly cultured dental procedures and techniques from her extensive education while at Temple University. Dr. Mel is well diverse in the many treatments necessary to complete procedures needed to continue to give our patients the best care needed for optimum dental health. Her eagerness and enthusiasm with meeting and treating our patients will assure a thorough and pleasant experience for those who meet her.

When not “drilling and filling”, Dr. Mel lives in Glen Rock, NJ with her high school sweetheart who she is set to marry October 2016. She enjoys Zumba classes and especially hiking with her fiancé and three rescue dogs ~ Thor, Cooper and Tucker.

As the newest member to our team, she will not only add all her newly learned dental skills to our excellent patient care, but will also provide more hours to enable more opportunities for our patients to schedule appointments. With Dr. Mel’s assistance, we will be open one evening a week and will be adding additional Saturday hours to the schedule!!

As always, GOOD ORAL HEALTH = GOOD OVERALL HEALTH!!