Learn more about the woman herself: LUCY HOBBS, DDS!

13 Mar

 

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This April, I, along with six other women dentists will be receiving Lucy Hobbs Project Awards at the 5th annual celebration Presented by Benco Dental. I will be graciously receiving the Lucy Hobbs Project Clinical Expertise Award for seeking advanced education and training to create solutions for patients’ needs.

None of this would be possible without the first American woman to earn a degree in dentistry, Lucy Hobbs, DDS.

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Read Hobbs’ biography here: http://bit.ly/2mk0Qqm

More Info:

The Lucy Hobbs Project 5th Annual Celebration: http://bit.ly/2lkPlSr

Learn more about Benco Dental Here: www.benco.com/

The Lucy Hobbs Project: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Daily Dental Tip: Low-Cost Dental Care

15 Dec

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When household budgets are strained, some people put off dental visits. That can lead to problems that are far more expensive than preventive care. If you are having trouble paying for dental care, talk to your dentist about low-cost options or extended payment plans.

Daily Dental Tip: Tooth Pain or Sensitivity

9 Dec

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Tooth pain or unusual sensitivity when biting down or eating hot or cold foods can be a sign of a cracked teeth, broken fillings, or cavities. If you are experiencing the symptoms, make sure to ask your dentist about remedying this problem.

HOW DENTAL HEALTH CONTRIBUTES TO OVERALL HEALTH (via @santanvalley)

9 Dec

 

 

 

 

Your oral health is more important than you might realize. It is important to know the facts about how the health of your mouth, teeth and gums can affect your general health.
Did you know that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Like many areas of the body, your mouth contains a lot of bacteria, which are mostly harmless. Normally, your body’s immune system and good oral hygiene care at home, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

In addition, medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics — can reduce saliva flow. Because saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, this reduction in saliva flow can lead to an increase of bacteria which can, in turn, lead to disease. Studies also suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with gum disease might play a role in other diseases. Certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s ability to fight infection, making oral health problems more severe.

YOUR ORAL HEALTH MIGHT CONTRIBUTE TO VARIOUS OTHER DISEASES AND CONDITIONS, INCLUDING:

  • Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
  • Pregnancy and birth. Gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection which can be risky for gums.
  • Osteoporosis.  Weak and brittle bones might be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
  • Alzheimer’s disease. Tooth loss before age 35 might be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Other conditions. Other conditions that might be connected to oral health are immune system disorders that cause dry mouth and eating disorders.

TO PROTECT YOUR ORAL HEALTH:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss daily.
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups.

Also, contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

 

Source: http://www.santanvalley.com/health/dental-health/5907-how-dental-health-contributes-to-overall-health