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February 21, 2013

Good Luck Tommy!

Greeneview Junior High School wresting champ, Tommy Hoskins, Jr. is moving on to state competition in the 102 pound weight class, after winning 1st place at Districts.  Last year Tommy placed 1st in the O.A.C. Grade School State.  Tommy is the son of Tracy, front office coordinator and dental assistant at Indian Ripple Dental Center.  Way to go!  Congrats and good luck Tommy!!


February 19, 2013

Teeth Whitening: It’s a simple matter

Call our office to discuss why our system for Teeth Whitening works better than over-the-counter products.  We will alleviate any confusion you may have about these brightening systems.


February 17, 2013

Beavercreek Students Participate in National Signing Day

Beavercreek Students Participate in National Signing Day

BEAVERCREEK: Eight Beavercreek High School students shared the spotlight Wednesday, participating in a National Signing Day ceremony.

The following students committed to colleges all over the nation during the ceremony, supported by BHS’ Athletic Department.

Front row: Micaela Powers, soccer, University of Wisconsin; Justin Saliba, soccer, University of Dayton; Sydney Leiher, cross country and track, Syracuse University.

Back row: Rickey Ford, football, attending Lindsey Wilson college; Haley Napier, soccer, Ohio Northern University; J.M. Henkle, soccer, Ohio Northern University; Kethryn Mattingly, soccer, Ohio Dominican University; Hannah Bailey, cross country, Morehead State University.


February 18, 2013

Local Experts Talk About Stress Reduction

A recently released scientific analysis of stress over time suggests there’s more stress in people’s lives today than 25 years ago.

Stress increased 18 percent for women and 24 percent for men from 1983 to 2009, according to the study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

“We found a lot of things that were quite interesting, and some surprising,” said psychologist and lead author Sheldon Cohen, director of Carnegie Mellon’s Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity and Disease.

“ … We found associations that were extraordinarily reliable over that period of time — for example, that stress was higher in women than men, that it decreased with increasing age, decreased with increasing education. All those things were the same in 1983 as they were in 2009.”

We asked local experts with different perspectives to tell you what you should know about understanding and managing stress.

What is stress?

Stress is the body’s normal physical response when a person feels threatened or upset, said Dr. Paul Yang, a board-certified family practice doctor at Liberty Pointe Primary Care in Liberty Twp., a part of the Kettering Physician Network.

There are two kinds of stress: eustress and distress, according to James P. Perry, CEO of Mental Health Services for Clark and Madison Counties Inc. in Springfield, who has a doctorate in social work.

“Eustress is a positive experience that gives us vigor, hope, satisfaction and feelings of accomplishment,” Perry said.

“We need eustress in our life. Distress has negative connotations, and it can lead to physical health problems, psychological issues like anxiety, social withdrawal and depression.”

Jane Perri, a practicing Buddhist who has a doctorate in international business, is the spiritual director and dharma teacher at Rissho Kosei-kai, Dharma Center of Dayton, a Buddhist learning center, library and bookstore.

“Stress is the inability to see things as they really are, which can result in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual damage to ourselves and those around us,” Perri said.

Causes of stress

When a person feels threatened, the body responds automatically with a “fight or flight” reaction, according to Yang.

“It is your body’s way of protecting itself from danger and harm,” he said.

Simply experiencing life causes stress, Perry said.

“The preschool child must leave parents and attend kindergarten and experience new challenges without close parental support,” he said.

“The high school graduate often leaves home and experiences a first taste of independence. Some people take on mortgages for the first time; people start new jobs, get married and have children, all of which can produce distress or eustress. Living life through the developmental changes and challenging life events like our present day economic problems put pressure on people to resolve issues successfully and make productive choices.”

According to Perri, stress is caused by one’s inability to detach from something.

“Often the primary culprit is our own ego,” she said of the inability to detach. “We want what we want, when we want it. We do not want things to change around us, but we are powerless to stop change. We want others to see things our way without having to see it their way. … Instead of recognizing that it is the other person that is having the problem, we let our ego make it about ourselves and thereby ruin our day, too.”

Signs of stress

Emotional signs of stress are moodiness, irritability, worrying, self-doubt, insomnia, depression, quick temper, agitation and a feeling of being overwhelmed or lonely, Yang said.

Physical symptoms include aches and pains, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest pain, low sex drive, frequent colds and illnesses, he said.

Behavioral symptoms include appetite change, too much or too little sleep, isolation, using substances such as alcohol, cigarettes and drugs to relax, avoiding responsibilities, or nervous habits like nail biting and pacing, according to Yang and Perry.

Perri said the first sign of stress is a sense of uneasiness.

Then, blood pressure begins to rise and the heartbeat quickens, she said.

The third sign is an inability to let go of a thought, compulsively replaying a scenario over in one’s mind, she said.

“If you cannot detach from the situation to let it go, and you continue to fixate on it, eventually you will feel a knot, tightening somewhere in your body,” Perri said. “ … After awhile, if the emotions are not resolved, we will cause physical damage to that area of our body.”

Effects of stress

Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems in every part of your body, raising blood pressure, suppressing the immune system, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke, and speeding up aging, Yang said.

Stress can lead to psychological disorders, Perry said.

Common psychological disorders include mood disorders, depression, anxiety disorders like panic attacks, phobias, obsessions and post-traumatic stress disorder, he said.

Some try to cope with stress by self-medicating, often choosing alcohol, cannabis or opiates, which creates more stressors, Perry said. Others develop personality disorders, he said.

“Go to a hospital and look around you,” Perri said about the effects of stress. “That is what stress can do to you. … It lowers the immune system and allows bugs to run amok in our bodies.”

How much stress is too much?

The stress threshold varies by person, Yang said.

“Some people thrive on stressful situations, and yet others can feel overwhelmed with a small obstacle or frustration,” he said. “One’s ability to tolerate stress depends on a number of factors, including the quality of one’s relationships, general outlook on life, emotional intelligence and genetics.”

Too much stress causes interruptions in meeting one’s responsibilities, according to Perry.

“Life can be evaluated by reviewing how one performs in their work, play and love life,” he said. “ … Too much stress causes symptoms which interfere with meeting life responsibilities.”

Perri said “one nanosecond” of stress is too much.

How to relieve stress

Family physician Dr. Paul Yang’s tips

• “Regular physical exercise helps. The body produces endorphins during exercise that produce a natural high that help one’s coping mechanism.”

• “A healthy diet with many fruits and vegetables, whole grains and less fat is helpful.”

• “Limiting caffeine and sugar makes a big difference.”

• “Drinking alcohol in moderation — one to two drinks a day — is important.”

• “Some medications can aggravate stress symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about what you are taking.”

Mental health services leader James P. Perry’s tips

• “Share your feelings with others whom you trust.”

• “Accept what can’t be changed; be flexible and don’t be overly critical.”

• “Take one thing at a time by picking one urgent task and working on it.”

• “Don’t try to be superman or superwoman.”

• “Get in touch with your spirituality and listen to your soul.”

Buddhist Jane Perri’s tips

• “Take responsibility for your own stress; you caused it and you can eliminate it.”

• “Change your attitude; stop clinging to material things, image, status, sense of what is yours.”

• “Release your anger, and forgive everyone who you feel wronged you. Release your guilt and apologize to everyone you wronged.”

• “Stop living in the past, worrying about what you did or did not do. Stop worrying about the future, because it has not yet been written. The present moment is the only time that matters.”

• “Instead of making everything about you, dedicate your life to helping others relieve their pain and stress.”

• “Meditation will also help. The point is to quiet your mind so that you can get a break from the incessant chatter that causes stress. If you focus on your breath and linger a bit longer at that point in your breathing cycle that feels most relaxed, then you will feel calmer after a few minutes.”

• “Laugh. As soon as a stress provoking event occurs, laugh within five seconds.”

• “Stop watching TV shows that glorify the worst of humanity. Even though you know it is acting (even the reality TV) the scenes of murder, hate, prejudice, pain, anger and fear still enter into every cell of our being. Stop reading and listening to those that make money off of talking about the pain of others and what is wrong with the world.”

Courtesy of Jacqui Boyle, Staff Write, Dayton Daily News


February 19, 2013

Proper Flossing is Essential

Flossing is an essential part of any oral health care routine. It helps remove plaque from between your teeth, in areas that the toothbrush can’t reach, and it helps prevent gum disease and dental decay. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.

People who have difficulty handling dental floss may prefer to use another kind of interdental cleaner such as special brushes. If you use interdental cleaners, ask your dentist how to use them properly to avoid injuring your gums.  See the American Dental Society’s Guidelines Brochure:  ADA – Flossing Technique


February 17, 2013

Dental Visits May Provide Health Benefits Beyond Your Teeth

Regular dental visits may do more than keep your chompers shiny. New research suggests that getting your teeth professionally cleaned and scraped or “scaled” just once may help reduce the risk for heart attack and stroke.

Researchers looked at more than 100,000 adults in the Taiwan national health insurance database — half of whom had never had their teeth scaled and half of whom had.

They found that those who had undergone at least one cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist in their lifetime had a 24-percent lower risk of heart attack and a 13-percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who had never gone. The association was particularly pronounced among those who sought a scaling — the full cleaning and scraping process — at least once a year.

“We knew that dental health contributed to heart attack and stroke, but didn’t know that tooth scaling would have more effect on other places in the body and not just the teeth and mouth — especially not in subjects that did not have dental problems,” said Dr. Zu-Yin Chen, a member of the Taipei Veterans General Hospital’s division of cardiology and one of the study’s authors. The research was presented Sunday at the American Heart Association’s annual scientific sessions.

Chen suggested that chronic inflammation was most likely behind the association. She explained that prior research has suggested teeth scaling reduces inflammation-causing bacteria and improves blood vessel function, thus keeping blood flowing properly.

But the new research has limitations. While none of the study’s participants had a history of heart attack or stroke at its start, the researchers were not able to adjust for other key risk factors, including race, weight and smoking.

“They have identified an interesting association, but they haven’t explained why it is happening,” said Dr. Myerburg, a professor of medicine and physiology in the cardiovascular division at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

“It could be direct, in the sense that inflammation in the gums may trigger inflammation in the heart. Or it may be indirect in that the population that is compulsive about scaling is also compulsive about other health care. They’re doing good things for their heart at the same time that they’re doing good things for their gums.”

Chen said that a next-step, research-wise, would be to look at how other modifiable factors like weight and smoking affect their results. She said researchers are also considering whether tooth scaling might lower effects in other diseases, too. Studies have suggested that people with gum disease were more likely to develop heart disease and deliver preterm babies, but according to National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, it is unclear whether gum disease actually causes these issues and whether controlling it prevents them.

As such research continues, experts agree it can’t hurt to play it safe.

“What I think is it’s a good idea to take care of your gums. And scaling can be an important part of that,” Myerburg said.


February 19, 2013

Dental Visit Anxiety Research

According to new research, it’s not the who you’d most expect. It’s women in their 40s.

Ongoing research from the University of Sydney suggests that this demographic is more likely than other age groups to have felt trauma, abuse or oro-facial trauma. These people are also more likely to be depressed, anxious or stressed, researchers found.

“Dental anxiety is very real and complex and it should never be downplayed,” study researcher Dr. Avanti Karve, of the University of Sydney Faculty of Dentistry, said in a statement.

Karve explained that people who have a great fear of the dentist wait 17 days, on average, to make an appointment to see the dentist when they are feeling severe pain. Comparatively, the rest of the population who is not as dentalphobic waits just three days.

According to a recent study out of the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, about 5 percent of people have a severe dental fear. Those researchers found five strategies that people use to get over their fear of the dentist; their findings are published in the journal Acta Odontologica Scandinavica.

Their study showed that common coping practices include distracting yourself (counting to yourself or playing mental games so that you think about something else), distancing (telling yourself the pain feels like something else), prayer (praying that the dental treatment will end soon), self-efficacy (telling yourself to be strong), and optimism (telling yourself that everything will be OK after the dental treatment).