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Archive for January, 2015

January 20, 2015

2015 National Health Observances at a Glance

National Health Observances (NHOs) are special days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics.  The 2015 calendar features more than 200 National Health Observances with up-to-date information and outreach materials.

See the complete list here.

January 19, 2015

Everybody Counts Program for Disability Awareness

everybody-countsThe Everybody Counts program is working to build disability awareness within the Fairbrook Elementary student population to help students understand that children with disabilities can be good friends, enjoy friendship as any other child does and are not defined by their disability.

The goal of the Everybody Counts program is to build disability awareness within the Fairbrook Elementary student population and help them understand that children with disabilities can be good friends, enjoy friendship as any other child does and are not defined by their disability.

Read More! – Article by Student Ambassador Najai Johnson

January 20, 2015

Beavercreek Schools Honors Retirees

Dozens of Beavercreek City Schools staff members, Board of Education members, retirees, and their family and friends attended the January 13 Retirement Recognition Celebration for district staff who retired during the 2014 calendar year.

Eleven retirees were honored at the event, representing 250 years of combined service, according to Director of Human Resources Deron Schwieterman. In total, 30 staff members retired during 2014, but not all were able to attend the event.  See this link for more informationDSC_0035.

October 3, 2016

We Accept New Patients and most Insurance Programs

The first step in making sure your oral health is optimized is to make that first appointment.  Generally, this involves a dental cleaning, x-rays, and a thorough initial exam.  Thereafter, getting you on a personalized ongoing maintenance program is a must.  For most people, this means a trip to the dental hygienist every 6 months.

We accept patients of all ages.  Our patients range in age from 4 years to 94 years.  Feel free to call and ask any questions.  We would love to be your lifelong family oral health center.  Dr. Douglas Grierson is the sole practitioner at Indian Ripple Dental.  Thus, you will see him each time you visit, not an unknown colleague.

January 20, 2015

Oral Cancer Screening

If present, oral cancer or the human papillomavirus (HPV) can be treated with the most success and minimal invasiveness, when it is revealed early. If oral cancer is undiagnosed and develops into an advanced state, one could lose the tongue and jaw—hence, regular screenings and detection are critical!

These changes are vital to catch early (by examining the vascularity and pigmentation), since oral cancer is usually plainly visible only after it has progressed and spread throughout the mouth.

January 20, 2015

The Mouth – Body Connection

You may have heard of the mind-body connection, but what about the mouth-body connection? To many people, a dental visit is about getting their teeth cleaned, having a tooth pulled, or getting a filling. However, a dental visit is not just about teeth. It is also about your overall health. What goes on in your mouth can affect the rest of your body. What goes on in your body also can have an effect on your mouth.

Many diseases and conditions can affect your oral health. For example, people may get more infections in the mouth if their immune system is weak. The immune system protects your body from illness and infection. It can be weakened by disease, by drugs taken to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs, or as a side effect of cancer chemotherapy drugs.

Medicine for other conditions also can affect the health of your mouth. For example, many drugs cause dry mouth. This can increase your risk of dental decay and yeast infections. It also can affect taste.

While examining your mouth, your dentist might see a sign or symptom of an illness or disease that you might not even know you have. The dentist may perform tests and/or refer you to a specialist for treatment.

If you have certain medical conditions, you may need specialized oral and dental care. If necessary, your dentist can refer you to an expert in oral medicine.

Your oral health also can affect other medical conditions. For example, if you are diabetic, a mouth infection can disrupt your blood-sugar levels and make your diabetes harder to control. Researchers also are exploring whether periodontal (gum) disease may increase the risk of various medical problems. These may include heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and premature births.

About 35% of U.S. adults have some form of periodontitis. Another 50% have gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease. Because gum disease is so common, its treatment and management can have important implications for overall public health.