Principles of Whole Health

PRINCIPLES FOR CARE FOR WHOLE HEALTH
Everything is connected.
Just as the body is all connected, so are physical and mental health
The body inherently knows how to heal, but sometimes it needs some help. Sometimes we hinder it.
The body is always adapting – for good or bad.
Source of pain may not be the cause.
We all have potential to grow at any age. Potential does decrease with age.
Airway trumps all.
Bodies are made to move.
Food is medicine.
Health and beauty are one and the same thing.
Doing something to improve airway/health is better than nothing, and earlier is better.
Respect sleep.
Respect death.
Be good to your body and it will be good to you.
Mind has incredible power
Keep an open mind, never stop learning, and taking necessary proactive measures when necessary will combine to provide the best possible results.

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Halloween Candy Buy Back 2021

Halloween Candy Buy Back 2021

IT’S TIME FOR COUNTDOWN TO…

HALLOWEEN CANDY BUYBACK AND DONATION EVENT AT SERENITY DENTAL STUDIO!!!!

Serenity Dental Studio will hold its 7th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back this year on Sunday, November 7, 2021, from 1 – 4 pm. Donate your candy and enjoy some popcorn at the celebration! Items for US troops overseas will also be gratefully accepted. Candy and other donations can also be turned in during office hours from Nov 1-15, 2021. Candy and other items will be sent to US troops overseas with Packages4Patriots.
Turn in your Halloween candy for cash! You will get $1 per pound! The first Halloween Candy Buy Back at Serenity Dental was held in 2015. That year, 50.25 pounds of candy were collected and sent to the troops. It has grown every year. In 2018, 684.25 pounds were collected, and in 2019 a whopping 1,274.25 lbs. were collected and sent to the troops overseas!!! Last year, in spite of restrictions, 834.25 pounds of candy were donated! 167 other items including toiletries, handmade cards, popcorn, coffee, etc., were also donated and sent to those serving overseas and greatly appreciated.
How much is 684.25 pounds of candy? It fills up a Mazda Sport sedan with only enough room for a skinny driver! The goal for this year is to return to 2019 level: 1300 lbs. of candy plus 200 other items for the troops!
Why does Serenity Dental do the Halloween Candy Buy Back?
We want to get candy out of the mouths of kids to prevent decay, and at the same time, we want to support the troops overseas. It can be a great teaching moment for kids, and help the adults get rid of temptations in their house!
Tooth Decay Prevention

Tooth Decay Prevention

Regular Dental Visits

In order to maintain a healthy smile, it is vital to have professional cleanings and regular check-ups. Therefore, you should visit your general dentist twice a year (once every six months). At each appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and provide an evaluation of existing dental problems and proposed treatment.

Tooth Decay Prevention

Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting from the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur in your mouth and the sugars consumed in your diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, which causes the bacteria to produce acids. These acids break down the minerals in teeth, forming a cavity. Dentists can remove the decay and fill the tooth using a variety of fillings or cover the tooth with a crown. Avoiding unnecessary decay simply requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental check-ups, diet control and fluoride treatment.

Diet Control

The teeth, bones and soft tissues of the mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five food groups help minimize and avoid cavities and other dental problems. Consuming sugary and starchy foods should be limited, including candies, cookies, chips and crackers. Healthier foods, such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt and cheeses, help promote stronger teeth.

Sealants

The grooves that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) are extremely difficult to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria react with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Tooth sealants can protect these areas by sealing the grooves, preventing bacteria and food particles from accumulating. The sealants are made of a resin material that is applied to the back teeth, molars, premolars and any area prone to cavities. Sealants last for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Regularly drinking fluoridated water and daily brushing and flossing ensures significantly fewer cavities. Many, if not most, public water sources contain fluoridated water. Your dentist can evaluate the level of fluoride in your primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements if necessary. There are also many kinds of toothpastes, mouthwashes and even some dental flosses that contain fluoride.

Preventive dentistry: Your first line of defense for a healthy smile

Preventive dentistry: Your first line of defense for a healthy smile

Preventive dentistry is the most effective and most important step you can take to keep your teeth healthy and prevent long-term damage or even tooth loss. This includes everyday, diligent oral hygiene as well as regular trips to see your dentist. Effective preventive dentistry keeps problems from developing and also helps make sure any problems that do occur are diagnosed before they become serious.

Your Role in Preventive Dentistry

Effective preventive dentistry begins with you. Your everyday oral hygiene routine is the most important step you can take in keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. The basics include:

  • Regular brushing
  • Regular flossing
  • Regular visits to the dentist
  • Avoiding activities that could damage the teeth
  • Avoiding foods that could cause cavities
  • Maintaining an overall nutritious diet

Brushing and flossing helps remove food particles that collect in the mouth as you eat. These food particles are consumed by the bacteria that naturally live in your mouth. Under normal conditions, these bacteria maintain a healthy balance. If they receive too much sugar, or if food particles are left in the mouth, they can multiply and create collections of waste products that cling to the surfaces of your teeth. This substance, called plaque, is highly acidic, and can eat through your tooth enamel, leading to cavities. If you brush and floss every day and avoid sugary or sticky foods, these bacteria are more likely to maintain that healthy balance.

Your Dentist and Preventive Dentistry

Your family dentist helps prevent dental health problems by providing more extensive cleaning, fluoride treatments, and a close examination of the condition of your teeth and gums. With the new school year also fast approaching, it is important to ensure you child’s teeth have a clean bill of health to start the new year! For this reason, Serenity Dental Studio also does school dental exams!

Since many issues with the teeth produce few symptoms until they become serious, your dentist is an important resource. Using digital imagery, X-rays, and routine examination, your dentist can find cavities while they are still very small and treatable.

Your dentist also evaluates the health of your gums to be sure you aren’t developing any early signs of gum disease—another condition that is much easier to treat when it’s diagnosed in early stages. These regular visits, combined with your everyday care, form the framework for effective preventive dentistry.

To schedule a teeth cleaning or just a checkup, contact our office today!

What is considered a dental emergency?

What is considered a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any injury or accident that causes damage to the teeth or the mouth. Emergency dentistry is specifically focused on dealing with this type of injury or damage. Typically, this will include replacing broken fillings or crowns or even setting teeth back into place after they have been knocked out.

Defining a Dental Emergency

A dental emergency occurs when an injury directly affects the mouth and the teeth. This can include lacerations to the lips, cheeks, or tongue, as well as damage to the teeth. Some of the most common causes of dental emergencies include:

  • Falls
  • Automobile accidents
  • Contact sports
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Any sort of trauma to the face

If you have fallen or been in an accident and have damaged your mouth or teeth, you should see an emergency dentist as soon as possible, especially in the case of an avulsed tooth. If the tooth can be replaced as soon as possible, it is more likely that you will be able to keep it rather than having to have the tooth replaced with an implant or a denture.

What to Do in the Case of a Dental Emergency

If you hurt your mouth or teeth, evaluate the damage to determine how severe it is. If a tooth has been knocked out, or if cuts or lacerations are causing extensive bleeding, you should see an emergency dentist as soon as possible, or go directly to the emergency room. If a crown or a filling has broken or been knocked loose, schedule an appointment as soon as you can to have it replaced.

Ideally, you should have a first aid kit specifically for dental emergencies. In addition to gauze to stop bleeding, it should include toothpaste or a dental adhesive to hold a dislodged filling or crown in place. It is also useful to have a special kit that can be used to preserve a knocked-out tooth. With this kind of preparation and immediate access to an emergency dentist in the case of an emergency, you can expect a good recovery in the long run.

For more tips, contact our office at Serenity Dental Studio today!