People Encouraged To Plan Ahead For Healthcare Expenses In Retirement

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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!!

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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!!

Mothers’ Poor Oral Health Can Affect Children’s Long-Term Oral Health

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Moms may want to give their children the best of everything, but a mother with oral health problems may be passing a painful legacy on to her offspring, according to researchers in New Zealand.

A 27-year-long study suggests that mothers with poor oral health are likely to have children who also have poor oral health when they are adults. The study was published online in the Journal of Dental Research (Jan. 19, 2011).

More than 1,000 children born in New Zealand in 1972 and 1973 were examined at age 5. More than 900 participants were examined again at age 32. Participants’ oral health was compared to 835 of the mothers’ self-rated oral health reported in 1978.

Read original article: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/article/ada-07-mothers-poor-oral-health-can-affect-childrens-long-term-oral-health?thumbparam=adult-oral-care%2F490636025

New Health & Wellness Section

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Health Professionals and their patients deserve the best products to meet their health needs. Unfortunately, the consumer market is flooded with low-quality and ineffective supplements and weight management diets. That’s where nutraMetrix comes in.

The nutraMetrix line of advanced nutraceuticals are formulated using the latest research, cutting-edge ingredients and industry-leading best practices. Many nutraMetrix nutraceuticals are available using the Isotonix delivery system – the scientifically-proven most effective way for nutrients to be absorbed and utilized by the body, providing maximum results.

Learn More: http://drstephendeehan.com/health-and-wellness/

Coffee, Tea, Red Wine Among Major Teeth-Staining Culprits.

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Yahoo! News provided a list of 15 foods and beverages that can stain teeth, including berries, coffee, tea, red wine, curry, hard candies, tomato sauce, cherry juice, soda, balsamic vinegar, beets, popsicles, sports drinks, grapes, and lemons. According to the article, coffee, tea, and red wine, for example, contain tannins that can contribute to staining and discoloration, and many of the items on the list are also acidic, which can erode the enamel on teeth. “You really want to minimize your teeth’s exposure to acidic foods. The acid will eat away at your teeth,” said Dr. Kim Harms, spokesperson for the American Dental Association. “Make sure you’re brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using fluoride,” Dr. Harms said. “Fluoride strengthens your teeth against those acid attacks caused by eating.”

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on what causes teeth to change color.

Misuse Of Home Tooth Whitening Products May Cause Dental Issues.

The Sierra Vista (AZ) Herald (3/8, Neff) reports that millions of Americans are purchasing do-it-yourself whitening products, which topped $1.4 billion in sales last year, adding that toothpastes and chemical application are among the most popular over-the-counter whitening products. The article states that the misuse of whitening products can result in painful, even long term dental issues, however, adding that an Arizona dentist stresses that anyone considering whitening treatments should first see a dentist to evaluate if whitening will aggravate existing dental conditions, if the process will be painful, and if the teeth are suitable for whitening. The article notes this advice follows the ADA recommendation that patients consult with a dentist before using a bleaching product, particularly for patients with fillings, crowns, and extremely dark stains.

MouthHealthy.org provides tips on achieving a whiter smile. In addition, several whitening toothpastes and a whitening product have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Poll Shows Dental Hygiene Highly Correlated With Americans’ Well-Being.

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The Washington Post (2/23, Chokshi) reports the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which ranks 190 metropolitan areas by the well-being of their residents based on a survey of more than a quarter-million Americans, was released Tuesday and found the most satisfied Americans share at least one unintuitive characteristic: good dental hygiene. The Post says places where people have good dental health also tend to be places where they report being generally fulfilled. The article goes on to list cities and states that rank highly in terms of well-being. At the top of the list for cities are; Naples, FL, Salinas, CA, and Sarasota, FL. Florida, California, Colorado, and Texas were home to many of the communities with the highest well-being scores. Dan Witters, research director for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, said dental care habits are a “surrogate” for well-being, adding, “People who take good care of their teeth generally think they have higher well-being lives.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/02/23/what-the-most-fulfilled-americans-have-in-common/

Pediatric Fevers Not Caused By Teething, Analysis Concludes

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CNN (2/19, Kounang) reported online on a new study in the journal Pediatrics that confirmed high-grade fevers are not a sign of teething, but could be a sign of another illness. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Pediatric Oral Health and Research and Policy Center director Dr. Paul Casamassimo said, “If a child has a really high fever, or is in significant discomfort, or won’t eat or drink anything for days, that’s a red flag for concern.” CNN provided tips for managing teething, including use of infant pain relievers, while cautioning regular use thereof could lead to tooth decay.

Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/19/health/baby-teething-no-fever/

Lost Filling or Crown

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Dental Emergencies & Sports Safety

Fillings are materials used to fill cavities in the teeth. Crowns cover the tops of damaged teeth. Sometimes, fillings or crowns fall out. In some cases, a filling or crown may come loose because there is decay underneath it. The decay destroys part of the tooth, so it no longer has a tight hold on the crown or filling.

Read more here: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/dental-emergencies-and-sports-safety/article/lost-filling-or-crown

Protect Your Mouth

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With Spring sports coming up don’t forget to protect yourselves!

Ask us about our sports mouth guards.

Pregnancy, Oral Health and Your Baby

When you’re pregnant, it seems everyone has advice for you. People tell you what to eat, how to prevent morning sickness, how to keep stretch marks at bay. It’s likely, however, that no one has ever told you how important it is to take care of your teeth and gums.

In fact, some people still believe that the state of your mouth will decline during pregnancy and that there’s nothing you can do about it. The saying goes something like, “You lose a tooth for every baby.”

Read more here: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/oral-care-during-pregnancy/article/pregnancy-oral-health-and-your-baby

Ten Signs You Have the Best Dentist

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With so many dentists to choose from, how do you know you’ve chosen the right one? For starters, the best dentist is more focused on what to do rather than what not to do when working with a patient. If you’re wondering whether or not yours is top of the line, consider these 10 things all good dentists do for their clients.

Read the Ten Signs Here: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/article/sw-281474979429851

WSJ Reviews New Toothpaste That Turns Plaque Green

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The Wall Street Journal (2/8, Johannes, Subscription Publication) reviews a new toothpaste that binds to plaque and shows it as green, aiming to improve oral hygiene by showing people areas they missed while brushing. The article states that researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted a short-term study of Plaque HD, finding plaque was reduced by 51.3% after people brushed with the toothpaste for up to 10 days. American Dental Association spokeswoman Dr. Mary Hayes has not tried the toothpaste, but says it could serve as a consistent reminder to patients. Dr. Hayes adds that areas between the teeth and at the gumline are common areas patients miss.

Read original article: http://on.wsj.com/1QQHPGN