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December 3, 2013

Dental Implant Facts

It has been estimated that 69 percent of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth, and one in four over the age of 74 have lost ALL their natural teeth.

Many options exist to replace missing teeth but only one – dental implants – provides the feel, function and appearance of natural teeth. Read more about the benefits of dental implants over other treatment options.

Ancient dental implants have been traced back to around 600 AD, when tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman. Thank goodness for contemporary dentistry!

Contemporary dental implants, which have been in use for many decades, have been proven safe and effective.

Usually made of titanium, a dental implant replaces the root of the missing tooth root and provides a strong and sturdy foundation for one or more replacement teeth or crowns.

Teeth restored with dental implants can’t get cavities! An replacement tooth, or crown, doesn’t decay like a natural tooth, but you still must brush, floss and care for it and your surrounding natural teeth and gums in the same manner as natural teeth. Regular professional cleanings and dental check-ups also are essential.

Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.

In 1951, a small group of dentists who were successfully placing dental implants came together to form the AAID to share their knowledge on the practice of implantology. The Academy is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of implant dentistry. Committed to top quality patient care and to research, education and excellence in implant dentistry, the AAID’s more than 4,000 members include general dentists, specialists, individual practitioners and members who are part of a team.

Brought to you by:  The American Academy of Implant Dentistry

 


December 1, 2013

Four BHS Seniors Sign Athletic Scholarships

Athletes: Madison Johnson (volleyball – Alderson Broaddus University), Aubrey Zimmerman (basketball – Notre Dame College), Jamie Vandewerker (swimming – Cleveland State University), and Henrik Pohlmann (swimming – University of Virginia) have made commitments to play collegiate-level sports.  Congratulations to you all!


December 3, 2013

Beavercreek Schools named to 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll

The College Board is announcing the 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll — a list of 477 districts across the U.S. and Canada being honored for increasing access to AP® course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.

Data from 2013 show that among African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating because their schools do not always offer the AP course for which they have potential. These 477 districts are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to simultaneously expand access and improve student performance.

Inclusion on the 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2011 to 2013, for the following criteria:

  • Increased participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;
  • Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2013 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2011, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30 percent or more are underrepresented minority students (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or 30 percent or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.

The complete 4th District AP Honor Roll report.


December 3, 2013

Beavercreek Schools Encourage Random Acts of Kindness

“Pay It Forward” Service Learning Project Gathers Momentum…

Each year, as part of its character education curriculum, Beavercreek City Schools carries out a service learning project district-wide. The goal of these projects is to help students understand not only what it means to be a good citizen, but why good citizenship is important.

Students and staff at all nine Beavercreek’s school buildings take part in the efforts, which follow a theme. Pay It Forward logo

For the 2013-14 school year, Beavercreek Schools decided to embark upon a project that would help students understand the value of small acts of kindness. This project, titled “Pay It Forward,” encourages students to do good deeds for others, with no expectation of recognition. Once they perform their deed, they give the recipient of that deed a “ticket,” and ask that person to a) write the deed on the ticket, b) and pass the ticket along when they do something nice for another person. The goal is to keep the ticket–and the momentum of kindness–moving forward, eventually creating a “ripple effect” of helpful efforts throughout the community.

Now that all nine schools have kicked off their efforts, the results are starting to roll in. Examples of kindnesses shared include:

  • Someone cleaned my yard for FREE.
  • Someone told me they loved my haircut. I love when they complement me.
  • I was at my mom’s school and I fell when a big kid pushed me. Someone came and helped me up.
  • My friends made me lots of cards when my guinea pig died.
  • An older person dropped their money and I picked it up and gave it all back to them.
  • I was feeling lonely and a friend said, “I am here for you”.
  • When I was at recess I had nothing to do. But then my friend came and asked if I could play. I said yes.
  • I invited a new kid that does not speak English to my house. We had fun.
  • My mom helped me make cookies for someone else.
  • A district employee paid for the groceries of the person in line behind her who had run out of checks and had no cash. They asked the person to Pay It Forward.
  • A local photographer is “gifting” a free portrait session to a high school senior in need.

For more information on this project, visit: “Pay It Forward” Beavercreek Schools


December 3, 2012

Dental Health Tips

The Basics

  • You can keep your teeth and gums healthy. Most problems with teeth and gums can be prevented by taking these steps:
  • Brush your teeth 2 times a day with fluoride (“FLOOR‑ide”) toothpaste.
  • Floss between your teeth every day.
  • Visit a dentist regularly for checkups and cleaning.
  • Cut down on sugary foods and drinks.
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

Watch out for plaque.

Plaque (“plak”) is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth. When plaque stays on your teeth too long, it can lead to tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease. Tooth decay and gum disease are the main causes of tooth loss.

Taking care of your teeth and gums is especially important if you:

  • Have diabetes
  • Have cancer
  • Are an older adult
  • Are pregnant

Take Action!

Follow these tips for a healthy, beautiful smile.

  • Brush your teeth.
  • Brush your teeth 2 times every day. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is a mineral that helps protect teeth from decay.
  • Brush in circles and use short, back-and-forth strokes.
  • Take time to brush gently along the gum line.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue.
  • Get a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. (Replace your toothbrush sooner if it’s wearing out.)

Floss every day.

Floss every day to remove plaque and any food between teeth that your toothbrush missed. Rinse your mouth with water after you floss.

If you aren’t sure if you are doing it right, ask the dentist or dental assistant to show you how to floss at your next appointment.

Proper way to hold floss

Flossing between upper teeth

Flossing between lower teeth

Get regular checkups at the dentist.

Visit a dentist once or twice a year for checkups and cleaning. Get checkups even if you have no natural teeth and have dentures. If you have problems with your teeth or mouth, see a dentist right away.

If you don’t like going to the dentist, make your visit easier.

Some people get nervous about going to the dentist. Try these tips to help make your visit to the dentist easier:

Let your dentist know you are feeling nervous.

Choose an appointment time when you won’t feel rushed.

Take headphones and a music player to your next appointment.

Cut down on sugary foods and drinks.

Choose low-sugar snacks like vegetables, fruits, and low-fat or fat-free cheese. Drink fewer sugary sodas and other drinks that can lead to tooth decay.

Quit smoking.

Using tobacco in any form (cigarettes, cigars, pipe, smokeless tobacco) raises your risk for getting gum disease and oral (mouth) cancer.

Drink alcohol only in moderation.

Drinking a lot of alcohol can increase your risk for oral cancer. If you choose to drink, have only a moderate amount. This means no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.

Set good tooth care habits for the whole family.

If you have kids, help them learn good habits for a healthy mouth. Start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they come in. Your child’s first (baby) teeth are important because they hold space for adult teeth.