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A Healthy Smile Equals a Healthy Body

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smileOral hygiene is important. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting the office for your cleanings every six months go a long way toward keeping your teeth and gums in tip top shape. Besides keeping those chompers in check, good oral health is a good defense against various diseases.

Poor Oral Health Can Lead to These Diseases

Healthy Gums Equal Healthy Lungs: The air we breathe is moisturized with water droplets in our mouths. Bacteria in your mouth can attach to those droplets and end up in your lungs, causing pneumonia. Those who skip their yearly cleanings are 86 percent more likely to contract pneumonia than those who make it to the office every six months.

Want a Healthy Heart? Keep Your Teeth Clean: According to the National Institute of Health, keeping your mouth clean and healthy can reduce risk of heart attack. In a study focused on 128 adults, patients underwent a comprehensive health screening before they filled out a questionnaire about their dental health habits. Upon analysis of the data, scientists were able to find a significant link between good oral hygiene habits and cardiovascular risk factors.

Poor Oral Health May be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease: According to WebMD, the same bacteria that exacerbates gingivitis may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2013 study, scientists analyzed 10 brains of patients with Alzheimer’s, and 10 brains of patients without Alzheimer’s. In 4 out of 10 Alzheimer’s patients, scientists found the same type of bacteria that causes gingivitis.  “We are working on the theory that when the brain is repeatedly exposed to bacteria and/or debris from our gums, subsequent immune responses may lead to nerve cell death and possibly memory loss,” says Sim Singhrao, PhD.

If you’re keeping up with your regular dental hygiene, you are taking steps to improve your overall health. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental cleaning, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at Alrez Family Dentistry.


Ignore the Naysayers, Don’t Stop Flossing Your Teeth!

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AP recently created a hubbub by claiming that the effectiveness of daily flossing hasn’t been solidified by research.
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It all started with a document the USDA releases every five years that is filled with research-backed health advice, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. AP noticed that in 2015’s dietary guidelines, flossing had been quietly removed. AP reached out to the US government, which admitted that the effectiveness of flossing was not adequately researched.

But not so fast!

The American Dental Association (ADA), and Dr. Alrez, maintain that cleaning between teeth is important. Using floss is a sure-fire way to disrupt and remove plaque. Forty percent of your teeth’s surface is located in between the teeth, so flossing is a necessary step for removing bacteria. In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy, you need to clean 100, not just 60 percent of them!

While dental experts have acknowledged that the research that supports flossing is inadequate and outdated, they add that the research oversight is due to flossing being so obviously necessary, an updated study on its effectiveness would be a waste of resources.

As put by ADA spokesperson, Dr. Matthew Messina, “Nobody’s done a study to say using a parachute jumping out of an airplane is safer than not using a parachute. I’m still going to use a parachute, because we just know that that’s going to work.”

Flossing prevents cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. So keep flossing every day, and your teeth will thank you!


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instagram logoKeep up with what’s happening at Alrez Family Dentistry by following us on Instagram. We post oral health tips, tooth humor and updates about what’s going on at the office.

 

 

 


Chicken Soup for the Patient’s Soul

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After you undergo dental surgery or restorative treatment, you might be in a little bit of pain. In many cases, you will need to stick to eating soft or liquid foods. Soup is one of the best ways to warm your soul and keep your mouth comfortable after dental work!

That’s why we send patients home with soup when they undergo any type of treatment that may limit their eating briefly. Take a look:


Just Stop Grinding Your Teeth

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Many patients have been coming into the office complaining that they have problems with teeth grinding. it has inspired us to re-visit an article Dr. Alrez wrote a while back for a local magazine.

If you grind your teeth regularly, you could be at risk of jaw disorders, headaches, broken teeth, and more. The problem is that a lot of teeth grinding happens during sleep, when you aren’t in control. We often recommend teeth grinding night guards to our patients, which are comfortable and safe to sleep in. Plus, they will help to stop you from grinding your teeth in your sleep.

Read the full article below for more information & feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about teeth grinding.

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Alrez Family Dentistry is Moving!

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If you haven’t heard, WE’RE MOVING! Don’t worry we’ll still be close to the old office (just over a mile away). Construction has begun on our new location. The official opening day is scheduled for Thursday May 7th!

So where’s our new location going to be? Drumroll please…

Our new address is:

11 Regency Plaza
Glen Mills, PA 19342-1000

It’s in Brinton Lake, right in front of Costco and Crozer and on the same side/next door to The Shoppes at Brinton Lake.

Directions From Old Office to New Office

If you’re afraid of change, you won’t need to worry. We’ll be bringing all of our state-of-the-art equipment over to our brand new office. Plus, you can expect to receive the same high level of care that we have always provided.  The only thing that’s changing is our location, and we couldn’t be more excited to move into the new office!

Take a look at the current construction and prepare to be amazed when we soon release the “after” photos.

 


Children’s Dental Health Month Presentation at Middletown Montessori

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Dr.Alrez children's health dental presentationOur very own Dr.Alrez took a visit to Middletown Montessori School this week to give a presentation to the Kindergarten class. February is Children’s Dental Health Month, so Dr.Alrez reminded the children how important it is to brush your teeth!

Did you know? Reports show that American students miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health problems. Make sure your kids are brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day and visiting a dentist every six months.


CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH PRESENTATION AT MIDDLETOWN MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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National Children’s Dental Health Month is during the month of February, and meant to raise awareness of oral health. We did our part by giving a dental health presentation at a local Delaware County school.

Why is this type of celebration and year round attention to children’s dental health important?  Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable tooth decay is the most chronic disease in children.  More than 40% of children ages 2-11 have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth, and more than 2/3rd’s of 16-19 year olds have a cavity in their permanent teeth.


VELscope® Vx system – Oral Cancer Screening Equipment

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Laser Teeth WhiteningThe VELscope® Vx system enhances the way practitioners examine the oral mucosa and screen for tissue abnormalities, potentially leading to the earlier discovery of precancer, cancer or other disease processes. Early detection is one of the best mechanisms for enabling treatment success, increasing survival rates and maintaining a high quality of life.
The DEXcam™ 3 Intraoral Digital Camera is a tool for patient education and communication.

Give Kids a Smile

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On December 6th, Dr. Alrez and the team worked with Give Kids a Smile, an organization that helps get free dental treatment for children who otherwise not have access to dental care. For more information about this wonderful organization visit their website or Facebook profile.

At Community Volunteers in Medicine in West Chester, Dr. Alrez and a number of other doctors provided 36 children ages 5-18 with $14,095 in care, free of charge.

As always, the team was more than happy to do anything in its power to promote proper dental health and we look forward to working with GKAS again in the future. We believe that every child deserves a healthy, beautiful smile!