Archive | September, 2015

Daily Dental Tip: Reminder – When to replace your toothbrush!

25 Sep

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Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

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@thisisuic to develop and test outreach program to improve children’s oral health in #Chicago (via @NewsMedical)

25 Sep

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The University of Illinois at Chicago will develop and test an outreach program to reduce cavities in Chicago’s low-income and minority infants and toddlers under a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Community health workers will reach out to educate families about oral hygiene at health clinics and WIC centers and in their homes.

“We want to improve the oral health of the child by improving the oral health of the whole family,” said Dr. Molly Martin, associate professor of pediatrics in the UIC College of Medicine. “If the parents or caregivers aren’t practicing good oral hygiene themselves, the chance that the children will take good care of their own teeth is much lower.”

Martin says the success of educational interventions can depend on the environment in which they are delivered.

“Are families more likely to take action if they are reached at home, in the clinic, or at a WIC center?” asks Martin, who is a fellow of the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy and principal investigator on the NIH grant.

Her team also wants to look at whether a combination of settings has a greater effect.

“We might find that families are more likely to take action if they are reached in the clinic and at home,” she said, “than they are if they are just reached at a clinic.”

The study, called Coordinated Oral Health Promotion Chicago, or CO-OP Chicago, includes UIC researchers in clinical pediatrics, dentistry, and health policy. They will recruit and train six community health workers to talk with 1,500 families in Chicago that have children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. Families will be followed for two years to evaluate their overall oral health and the incidence of cavities in the children.

Almost half of children 11 years and under have cavities, one of the most common chronic health conditions of childhood, particularly among low-income and minority children. In Chicago, 63 percent of third graders have cavities, and more than half of the cavities go untreated.

Pediatric dentists in the UIC College of Dentistry will develop the training curriculum for the community health workers.

“Improving oral health and access to care for families and children is something we are very excited to be a part of through this grant,” said Marcio da Fonseca, head of pediatric dentistry in the UIC College of Dentistry.

The grant to UIC is one of 10 announced by the NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) as part of the new national Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Research Consortium to Reduce Oral Health Disparities in Children.

“Research has shown that individual-level approaches alone are not sufficient to reduce rates of tooth decay and other oral diseases,” said NIDCR program director Ruth Nowjack-Raymer. The consortium’s research projects, she said, “will involve holistic, population-health, and other approaches to take decisive action against oral health disparities at multiple levels of influence, such as families, neighborhoods, and healthcare systems.”

Source: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150922/UIC-to-develop-and-test-outreach-program-to-improve-childrene28099s-oral-health-in-Chicago.aspx

Daily Dental Tip: Flossing Tip!

24 Sep

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Don’t skimp with your floss. Break off about 18 inches (46 centimeters) of dental floss. Wind most of the floss around the middle finger on one hand, and the rest around the middle finger on the other hand. Grip the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.

America’s ToothFairy resources address oral health challenges for children with special needs (via @DentistryIQ)

24 Sep

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Addressing a primary concern among parents of children with special needs, America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation has released an adapted version of its community education kit for use among children with intellectual disabilities. The kit, which includes a hands-on magnetic display board, giant toothbrush, and adapted lessons on toothbrushing, flossing, handwashing, germ transmission, and nutrition, provides suggested modifications and techniques to make daily oral health routines more comfortable and accessible for people with intellectual disabilities.

America’s ToothFairy introduced these resources at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in July 2015 in collaboration with the Special Olympics Special Smiles program. Special Smiles provides comprehensive oral health care information, free dental screenings, preventive services, oral health education and care, when possible, to Special Olympics athletes. With Spanish and French translations, the kit is readily available for all Special Smiles programs throughout North America.

Practitioners, researchers and students associated with the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) were also introduced to the kit at their annual meeting. The AADMD provides a forum for healthcare professionals who provide clinical care to people with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities. Student chapters of the AADMD will use the kit in their educational outreach programs and become participating chapters of Students United with Americas ToothFairy.

“Special Olympics and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry commend America’s ToothFairy for creating these educational kits that help us provide caring education and support for underserved children and youth with intellectual disabilities,” said Dr. Steven P. Perlman, founder and senior global clinical advisor of the Special Olympics Special Smiles program.

“America’s ToothFairy is committed to oral health equality and extending vital oral health education and services to all children in need of care,” said Fern Ingber, America’s ToothFairy president and CEO. “We are very proud to make these resources available to all interested health professionals, volunteers and organizations who serve children with special needs and share our passion to see every child enjoy a healthy smile and good oral health.”

There are an estimated 6.5 million people in the United States with intellectual disabilities. The families of these children often have difficulty accessing care and oral health education, despite the fact that dental care is one of the most prevalent unmet health care needs for children with special needs.

For more information about America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, please visit www.ncohf.org. To request a kit, please visit www.ncohf.org/resources/toothfairy-101.

Addressing a primary concern among parents of children with special needs, America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation has released an adapted version of its community education kit for use among children with intellectual disabilities. The kit, which includes a hands-on magnetic display board, giant toothbrush, and adapted lessons on toothbrushing, flossing, handwashing, germ transmission, and nutrition, provides suggested modifications and techniques to make daily oral health routines more comfortable and accessible for people with intellectual disabilities.

America’s ToothFairy introduced these resources at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in July 2015 in collaboration with the Special Olympics Special Smiles program. Special Smiles provides comprehensive oral health care information, free dental screenings, preventive services, oral health education and care, when possible, to Special Olympics athletes. With Spanish and French translations, the kit is readily available for all Special Smiles programs throughout North America.

Practitioners, researchers and students associated with the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) were also introduced to the kit at their annual meeting. The AADMD provides a forum for healthcare professionals who provide clinical care to people with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities. Student chapters of the AADMD will use the kit in their educational outreach programs and become participating chapters of Students United with Americas ToothFairy.

“Special Olympics and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry commend America’s ToothFairy for creating these educational kits that help us provide caring education and support for underserved children and youth with intellectual disabilities,” said Dr. Steven P. Perlman, founder and senior global clinical advisor of the Special Olympics Special Smiles program.

“America’s ToothFairy is committed to oral health equality and extending vital oral health education and services to all children in need of care,” said Fern Ingber, America’s ToothFairy president and CEO. “We are very proud to make these resources available to all interested health professionals, volunteers and organizations who serve children with special needs and share our passion to see every child enjoy a healthy smile and good oral health.”

There are an estimated 6.5 million people in the United States with intellectual disabilities. The families of these children often have difficulty accessing care and oral health education, despite the fact that dental care is one of the most prevalent unmet health care needs for children with special needs.

For more information about America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, please visit www.ncohf.org. To request a kit, please visit www.ncohf.org/resources/toothfairy-101.

Source: http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2015/09/americas-toothfairy-resources-address-oral-health-challenges-for-children-with-special-needs.html

Daily Dental Tip: Practice good technique

22 Sep

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Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle — aiming the bristles toward the area where your tooth meets your gum. Gently brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue.

Trident Teams Up With Oral Health America To Spread “Smiles Across America” (via @MarketWatch)

22 Sep

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Trident® has been helping Americans maintain good oral health for more than 50 years and, as the original sponsor of Oral Health America’s (OHA) Smiles Across America® (SAA) program, is giving consumers nationwide a chance to help youth in need of oral care.

OHA, a national non-profit organization, working to educate Americans about the importance of dental care to overall health and well-being, launched SAA to provide oral disease prevention services for school-aged children who are uninsured and underserved due to issues of poverty – including lack of resources and transportation barriers. During the week of September 20th, every pack of Trident gum purchased at retailers nationwide will spur a five-cent donation to the SAA program, up to $250,000.

“Trident is committed to helping maintain good oral health and proudly supports SAA as it continues to advance its mission of providing access to oral disease prevention services for children,” said David Greci, Senior Associate Brand Manager, U.S. Gum. “We hope purchasing Trident gum this week is a simple way people can help support this worthwhile cause.”

In 2004, Trident provided funding to help launch SAA and support oral disease prevention services for children. Trident® Sugar Free Gum continues to be a major supporter of SAA as part of an ongoing commitment to the advancement of oral care in America’s youth.

“We are honored to once again have the support from Trident as we bring essential oral health care and education to children through SAA,” said OHA President and CEO Beth Truett.

To learn more about SAA, please visit www.oralhealthamerica.org. For more information on Trident, visit Facebook.com/Tridentgum.

About TRIDENT Gum TRIDENT gum, the first national sugar free gum, has long been a pioneer in providing oral care benefits to consumers. TRIDENT is one of Mondel International’s “Billion Dollar” brands, and is loved by a global community of thirteen million Facebook fans. Visit www.facebook.com/tridentgum.

About Mondel  International Mondel International, Inc. MDLZ, +0.00% is a global snacking powerhouse, with pro forma 2014 revenue of more than $30 billion. Creating delicious moments of joy in 165 countries, Mondel International is a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Oreo, LU and Nabisco biscuits; Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; Trident gum and Tang powdered beverages.  Mondel  International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.Mondelzinternational.com/ or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MDLZ.

About Oral Health America OHA’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to drive access to care, increase health literacy,and advocate for policies that improve overall health through better oral health for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. Through Smiles Across America®, which serves 460,000 children annually, the Wisdom Tooth Project®, which reaches tens of thousands of older adults, and the Campaigns for Oral Health Equity, which prioritize oral health alongside other chronic diseases, OHA helps Americans of all ages to have a healthy mouth and to understand the importance of oral health for overall health. For more information about Oral Health America, please visit www.oralhealthamerica.org.

Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trident-teams-up-with-oral-health-america-to-spread-smiles-across-america-2015-09-21

Daily Dental Tip: Proper Oral Health Equipment

19 Sep

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Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, which can reduce plaque and a mild form of gum disease (gingivitis) more than does manual brushing. These devices are also helpful if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.