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Archive for January, 2013

January 11, 2013

Happy Birthday Tracy

Tracy will be XX on January 11th.  We wish her a very Happy Birthday.  She is Dr. Grierson’s Dental Assistant and is also an experienced Front Office administrator.  Tracy has been with us for 5 years, and in the dental field for over 15.  Have a GREAT DAY Tracy!

 


January 2, 2013

Parent’s Dental Fears Often Passed onto their Children

Madrid—A father who is afraid to go to the dentist is likely to pass on his fear to his children, say Spanish researchers.

Although the researchers at Rey Juan Carolos University of Madrid say that previous studies have identified an association between fear levels of parents and children, no study has focused on the different roles of mothers and fathers in passing dental fear to children.

In a study published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, scientists surveyed 183 Madrid schoolchildren ranging in age from 7 to 12 years old, as well as their parents. Families received anonymous questionnaires that asked participants rated their level of fear on 15 items related to dentistry and other medical issues.

Scientists had two hypotheses: the greater dental fear is for one family member, the greater it would be for the other family members; and fathers will have more influence on their child’s fear level.

The data showed that mothers reported the highest levels of dental fear and researchers also said the data confirmed their first hypothesis.

They also concluded that the father’s feelings about going to the dentist play a key role in whether a mother’s fear of the dentist will be passed on to their children.

“Although the results should be interpreted with due caution, children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful,” said study co-author Professor America Lara-Sacido.

Prof. Lara-Sacido said the results point to a need for dentists to reduce father’s dental fear levels by providing them with accurate information on dental treatments, simple relaxation techniques or addressing negative thoughts to prevent passing dental fears on to their children.

“With regard to assistance in the dental clinic, the work with parents is key,” Prof. Lara-Sacido said. “They should appear relaxed as a way of directly ensuring that the child is relaxed too. Through the positive emotional contagion route in the family, the right attitude can be achieved in the child so that attending the dentist is not a problem,” she said.


February 19, 2013

9 Reasons to brush your teeth that have nothing to do with your teeth

There are benefits to keeping your pearly whites so, well, pearly white that go beyond having a picture-perfect smile.

According to a recent study from the University of California, daily brushing is associated with a lower risk of developing dementia later on, Reuters reported.

The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study included 5,468 people with an average age of 81, who were part of a retirement community in California between 1992 and 2010. Over the 18-year study period, 1,145 eventually developed dementia.

Researchers found that female study participants who didn’t practice daily brushing had a 65 percent greater chance of developing dementia than those who did. Similar — though less pronounced — results were found for the men; those who didn’t brush daily had a 22 percent greater chance of developing the disease than those who kept up their dental habits, Reuters reported.

“In addition to helping maintain natural, healthy, functional teeth, oral health behaviors are associated with lower risk of dementia in older adults,” the researchers wrote in the study.

However, they also warned that the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between brushing teeth and dementia. “I would be reluctant to draw the conclusion that brushing your teeth would definitely prevent you from getting Alzheimer’s disease,” study researcher Annlia Paganini-Hill told Reuters.

Similarly, a 2007 study in the Journal of the American Dental Association showed a link between tooth loss and dementia, PsychCentral reported. That research found that people in the study who had the least teeth (ranging anywhere from nine teeth to no teeth at all) had a higher risk of dementia, than people who hadn’t lost so many.

Daily brushing has been shown to be a boon to your health in many other ways, as well. From maintaining a healthy weight to decreasing the risk for erectile dysfunction, it’s wise to keep your smile healthy.