Archive | April, 2013

Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health partner with NFL draftee (via @DentistryIQ)

29 Apr

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CINCINNATI, Ohio–Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health have announced a partnership with Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle from Texas A&M and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Joeckel, who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars, has partnered with Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health to “Go Pro” with his oral care and to help others “Go Pro” in their careers with a donation to the international nonprofit organization, Dress for Success.


“Going pro in life is just as important as going pro in football, and that is why I have partnered with Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health for the ‘Go Pro’ program,” said Joeckel.

“My mother has supported me throughout my football career, and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve my dreams of becoming a professional athlete without her. In honor of my mother, I wanted to show my support for Dress for Success and help women ‘Go Pro’ and feel confident as they begin their new careers.”

As part of the partnership, Joeckel and Crest and Oral-B will provide a donation to the Dress for Success organization to help women “Go Pro” in their work and life. Dress for Success is a nonprofit organization that provides professional attire and career development to disadvantaged women.

Along with the monetary donation, Crest and Joeckel will donate Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health products to help promote good oral health and help the participating women feel confident as they enter the workforce.

“A healthy, confident smile can leave a lasting impression on potential employers as we prepare women to re-enter the workforce and achieve professional success,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide.

“We believe every woman deserves the opportunity to achieve her goals, and we are delighted to partner with Luke Joeckel and Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health to help the women of Dress for Success ‘Go Pro.’”

Added Rishi Dhingra, P&G North America marketing director: “Crest and Oral-B are on a mission to help take America’s oral health from good to pro with our Pro-Health products. That is why we are thrilled to partner with the NFL, Luke Joeckel, and Dress for Success on the Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health ‘Go Pro’ program. Each of these partners illustrates a key component of the ‘Go Pro’ movement. Luke and Dress for Success exemplify how the right support system can help you ‘Go Pro’ in life and your career. The NFL Draft provides the largest stage in sports where the conversation is focused solely on athletes going pro. Overall, we couldn’t ask for better partners for our program.”

When used together, Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste, Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection Rinse, and the Oral-B Pro-Health All-in-One Toothbrush can provide up to four times better plaque reduction with regular use as compared to a regular manual toothbrush and anti-cavity toothpaste.




Keeping up with Good Oral Health is just as Important for Adults (via @utsandiego)

29 Apr



By Megan Mattingly-ArthurSpecial to U-T San Diego

Parents often lecture their children about the importance of caring for their teeth, but the truth is that it is just as important for adults to heed their own advice. The quest for a healthy and beautiful smile requires lifelong attention and can also help ward off other serious illnesses.

The aging process causes changes to the mouth, teeth and gums that make them more susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss, making dental health and wellness crucial during this period.

Changes to the Mouth, Teeth and Gums

As we age, gum tissue becomes less dense and oral tissues thin, making them more prone to infection and periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis and gum disease.

The teeth also experience a range of changes: the enamel thins due to wear, and the pulp chamber inside the tooth shrinks, allowing the dentin (the bone-like tissue) under the enamel to thicken, which can lessen the tooth’s sensation and darken its appearance.

“It is inevitable that, over time, some yellowing or discoloration will occur,” according to the San Marcos Dental Center website. “This gradual change can be caused by aging; substances that stain your teeth such as tea, coffee or tobacco products; excessive fluoride; or the deterioration of a tooth’s vitality.” Good dental hygiene and care can help mitigate the effects of these changes. San Marcos Dental Center: 760-734-4311;;

The Link Between Oral and Whole-Body Health

People with periodontal diseases are more likely to suffer from systemic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and stroke, according to research studies presented by scientists at the 87th General Session of the International Association for Dental Research in 2009.

“Adult dental health is so incredibly important to our overall well-being and tragically that relationship is often overlooked,” said Dr. Linda Lukacs, a member of the San Diego County Dental Society. “Current research strongly indicates that oral health is essential to maintaining one’s general health and well-being.”

Regular dental checkups can also result in the early detection of serious health conditions, according to Lukacs. “Often times, the first sign of a systemic condition manifests as a change or problem in the oral cavity and so the dentist may well be the first clinician to identify a potential problem and refer the patient to their medical doctor for further evaluation,” she said. “Similarly, many tumors and cancers may present in the oral cavity. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist may lead not only to healthier mouths, but to healthier patients.”

Oral Care for Adults

With the recently discovered link between oral and whole-body health, it’s not surprising that prescriptions for adult oral care go beyond the usual twice-daily brushing and daily flossing routines. Adults also can boost their oral health by reducing their consumption of alcohol, sugary foods and beverages, abstaining from tobacco products, and eating a balanced diet of lean proteins, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn more at



The hidden impact of poor oral health (via @femalefirst_uk)

29 Apr


While almost seven out of 10 people recognise that poor oral health can have an impact on the rest of their body, people aren’t as clued up when it comes to what diseases it has potential links with, according to new research by healthcare provider, Simplyhealth.

The survey of 5,000 British adults has shown that while reassuringly, a third of people polled know that poor oral health can be linked to cardiovascular disease and mouth cancer, only a small number of British adults are aware that poor oral health can be linked to dementia, pancreatic cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Perhaps of greatest concern is that 22% of British adults would not change their current habits even if they knew that poor oral health was linked with more serious health conditions.

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James Glover, spokesperson for Simplyhealth comments: “It is encouraging to know that people are increasingly aware of the link between the health of their mouth and how it can impact on the rest of their body.

“As well as visiting the dentist it is important to maintain the health of your mouth on a daily basis.

“We’re all taught to brush our teeth twice a day, however a worrying 20% of individuals in our survey admit they don’t even do this. The figure climbs to 25% of 25 to 34 year olds, who are evidently more relaxed about their attitude towards their dental health. This could indicate that a vast number of British adults are still unaware of how best to care for their oral health.”

Michael Thomas, practising dentist and Simplyhealth’s Dental Advisor states: “As always prevention is better than cure. It is easy to wait until there is something wrong with your teeth until you do something about it. 

“Yet, in order to ensure good mouth health, it is essential that as well as regular dental check-ups that you maintain your dental health on a daily basis by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing and rinsing with an alcohol free mouth wash. Other, less well know factors such as leaving half an hour after eating before brushing your teeth, or not rinsing with water after brushing also contribute towards good over all oral health. ”



Daily Dental Tip

29 Apr


Brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes twice/day. Not sure if you’re brushing long enough? Brush for the length of an entire song on the radio.

United Concordia’s New Mobile App Helps Users Find Answers to Oral Health and Dental Wellness Questions (via @PRNewswire)

25 Apr


HARRISBURG, Pa., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — United Concordia Dental has launched a new mobile app that can help members access account information, use a virtual identification card, find a dentist, get answers to oral health and dental wellness questions, and more.

“United Concordia is creating new touch points for consumers that allow them to connect with us when, where and how they want,” said Chip Merkel , president and chief operating officer for United Concordia. “This app and other features of our mobile platform are the direct result of feedback we’ve received about how we can better serve consumer needs.”

The new app is available to United Concordia group and individual members, as well as non-members who are interested in using features, such as oral health and wellness tips, that can be accessed without being a United Concordia customer.

United Concordia’s free app allows users to:

  • Find a nearby dentist, including contact information and maps/directions
  • Obtain emergency dental information
  • View a virtual identification card, dental coverage status/claims, or obtain a summary of recent dental procedures
  • Provide contact information for United Concordia

The app is available for both Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded via the App Store and Google Play Marketplace.

Also available from United Concordia Dental is Chomper Chums™, a free animated mobile app designed to help children, ages 4-11, develop healthy brushing, flossing and rinsing habits early in life.

For more information about both United Concordia Dental apps, please visit


Timberwolves Mascot Crunch and @DeltaDentalMN to Visit Moorhead School, Visit Will Promote Dental Care and Daily Oral Health Habits (via @prweb)

25 Apr

The Minnesota Timberwolves and mascot Crunch are teaming up with Delta Dental of Minnesota to educate area kids about the importance of good dental care and establishing daily oral health habits.

“Crunch is a great resource to teach kids at these schools the importance of brushing and flossing, which we hope leads to fewer cavities.”

Minneapolis / Moorhead, Minn. (PRWEB) April 25, 2013

The Minnesota Timberwolves and mascot Crunch are teaming up with Delta Dental of Minnesota to educate area kids about the importance of good dental care and establishing daily oral health habits.

Crunch and his assistant will talk with students about the importance of oral health and overall health as well. The message of the event focuses on brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly. Crunch and his assistant will educate the kids on oral health and do things to get the kids moving and may perform a trampoline dunk show for their enjoyment.

“Dental disease is the number one chronic disease in children,” said Ann Johnson, Director of Community Affairs at Delta Dental of Minnesota. “Crunch is a great resource to teach kids at these schools the importance of brushing and flossing, which we hope leads to fewer cavities.”

The students at selected schools will receive an autographed Crunch poster and a Crunch autograph card along with a free toothbrush from Delta Dental of Minnesota.

Upcoming Crunch Dental Appearances: 
April 26 – S.G. Reinertsen Elementary, Moorhead 
May 3 – Laura MacArthur Elementary, Duluth 
*** On April 8, Crunch visited Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, Faribault

“We are proud to be working to deliver care in these schools and provide oral health education to the students,” said Sarah Wovcha, Executive Director at Children’s Dental Services – a partner of Delta Dental of Minnesota. “Crunch helps raises awareness with the students, which in turn can lead to better dental health.”

What can families, parents and children do to promote good oral health? 

  •     Good oral health is an important component for healthy smiles and overall health care – just like exercising, eating right and taking care of the rest of the body. Maintaining good oral health is easy and important for total wellness:
  •     Brush and floss every day. Make regular dental visits.
  •     Eat a balanced diet and limit in-between-meal carbohydrate snacks.
  •     Drink water instead of soda or sugary drinks.
  •     Use fluoride toothpaste and drink fluoridated water after meals to help cleanse the teeth.
  •     A child’s first dental visit should coincide with their 1st birthday.
  •     Wear protective gear like mouth guards during high-impact sports (basketball, football, hockey).
  •     Know first aid for tooth emergencies.
  •     Stop using tobacco products.

About Crunch and Delta Dental of Minnesota’s Partnership – The Minnesota Timberwolves and mascot Crunch are pleased to partner with Delta Dental in order to bring access to oral health messages and education to underserved children and youth throughout Minnesota. Through this partnership, Delta Dental of Minnesota will distribute oral health supplies and educational materials to more than 100,000 children over two years.


About Children’s Dental Services – Since 1919, Children’s Dental Services (CDS) is dedicated to improving the oral health of children from families with low incomes by providing accessible treatment and education to our diverse community. CDS provides a full range of dental services to children from birth until age twenty-one and to pregnant women at schools, Head Start centers and other locations across Minnesota.

About Delta Dental of Minnesota – Delta Dental of Minnesota’s oral health initiatives are part of its non-profit mission to provide educational information and support community programs that help enhance the oral health of all Minnesotans. An independent, non-profit health services company, we take seriously our mission to serve Minnesotans’ oral health needs. Since 1969, we’ve accomplished this mission by providing the best access across the state to oral health care through affordable dental plans. Delta Dental of Minnesota serves 8,000 employer groups with more than 3.8 million members in Minnesota and across the nation. For more information, visit


Poll: NKY struggling with oral health #Kentucky (via

25 Apr


A poll released Tuesday paints a bleak picture of oral health in Northern Kentucky.

According to the results of the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, 1.7 million Kentuckians are without dental insurance, and fewer than two-thirds of the state’s residents have been to a dentist in the past year. Only 56 percent of Northern Kentucky residents have had dental care in the past year, according to the poll, while almost one of every five local residents have not been to a dentist for at least five years.

“I think everyone has recognized it’s long been a problem, but the latest results are sobering. Very, very sobering, particularly for Northern Kentucky,” said Jennifer Chubinski, director of community research for the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, which funded the poll with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

The poll tracked answers from a random sample of almost 1,700 state residents. The results have a margin of error of 2.5 percent.

Northern Kentucky had fewer residents (56.4 percent) seeking care in the past year than every other region of the state save the Appalachian region. Statewide, that number was 60.5 percent.

Northern Kentucky also trailed only the Appalachian counties in the number of residents who hadn’t been to a dentist in more than five years and skipping care due to cost.

Dental insurance numbers were also low in Northern Kentucky, with 54.6 percent of respondents saying they didn’t have coverage.

Even those with coverage have found themselves in need, said Chris Goddard, executive director of HealthPoint Family Care. The nonprofit practice receives grants that help it provide care to the non- or under-insured population.

“Because of changes to Medicaid and Medicare, even those with benefits are having to pay more for care and doctors can’t provide reduced fees as much as they have,” said Goddard. “So, more people have less access to care. ”

Peggy Bellew, who serves as the executive director of the Northern Kentucky Dental Association, says the association has always received phone pleas for help, but the group has taken more of those calls lately. She refers them to reduced-fee care or practices offering community outreach programs. It’s getting harder to fill the need, though.

“Some practices have lines outside their doors, lines that start forming long before the office opens its door,” she said.