Are You Ready For Back-To-School?

August 3rd, 2022

Are You Ready for Back-To-School?

Getting ready for the new school year can be stressful. Dr. Mary Rose would like to help you arm your child with everything they will need to have a great school year.

1. Start Going to Bed Early

A good night sleep is great for your overall health, including your dental health. Lack of sleep can cause daytime fatigue, loss of concentration and excess snacking as a stimulus.

2. Re-establish Your Dental Routine

During the summer, our busy schedule might cause us to miss brushing sometimes.  Getting back on schedule will encourage your child to keep up with their preventative care.   Dr. Mary Rose recommends brushing 2 times a day and flossing at least once a day.

3. Drink Lots of Water

Drinking water will keep you hydrated as well as help remove any bacteria and plaque.  Dr. Mary Rose recommends avoiding sugary drinks to lower the risk of  cavities and tooth decay.

4. Provide Healthy Lunches and Snacks

Lunchtime at school provides your child the fuel they need to keep them going the rest of the school day. Dr. Mary Rose suggests swapping sugary foods and drinks for snacks that are good for your teeth. Mango and kiwi taste sweet but have valuable vitamins.   Cucumbers, carrots, and celery are great snack foods.

5. Schedule your Child’s Hygiene Appointment

It is important to have regular hygiene appointments. Dr. Mary Rose and the entire staff are ready to make your child’s school year cavity free with a fresh, clean smile!

 

Be Prepared For Any Dental Emergencies!

July 8th, 2022

We all enjoy doing recreational activities with our families and friends.   Activities like swimming, boating, biking, hiking, swimming and even a playground can lead to sudden dental emergencies.  Teeth may be knocked out, chipped or cracked after a mouth injury.  Dr. Mary Rose wants everyone to be prepared for a dental emergency.

  1. Post Dr. Mary Rose’s office information prominently where you can find it easily and add our office information to your cell phone contacts.
  2. Prepare a dental emergency kit for your family.
  • Two zippered sandwich bags (to fill with ice)
  • Clean washcloth or handkerchief (to place between your face and the ice bag)
  • Sterile gauze pads (to use if the tooth injury is bleeding)
  • Sterile tweezers (to remove debris from the mouth or pick up the tooth)
  • Plastic container (to transport the tooth)
  1. Contact Dr. Mary Rose, however, if you are out of town you may go to the nearest emergency room.

Below are some common dental emergencies and how to deal with them.  Contact Dr. Mary Rose for further instructions, however, if you are out of town you may go to the nearest emergency room.

WHAT DO I DO IF I KNOCK OUT MY TOOTH?

For a knocked-out tooth, keep it moist at all times.  Use tweezers to pick up the tooth (without touching the root if possible) and place in a plastic container.  The container will need milk or a saltwater solution.

WHAT DO I DO IF I CRACK MY TOOTH?

For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area.  Call Dr. Mary Rose to have the area evaluated.

WHAT DO I DO IF I BITE MY TONGUE OR LIP?

If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply the bag of ice and washcloth.  If there is excessive bleeding or the bleeding won’t stop contact Dr. Mary Rose.

WHAT DO I DO IF I THINK MY JAW IS BROKEN?

If you think your jaw is broken apply a bag of ice and washcloth to control the swelling.  Go to your dentist or emergency room immediately.

HOW CAN I AVOID A DENTAL EMERGENCY?

Dr. Mary Rose informs her patients there are precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to the teeth.

  1. Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy which can crack a tooth.
  2. Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities.
  3. Use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.

The Benefits of Brushing And Flossing Daily

June 8th, 2022

An apple a day keeps the doctor away - Everyone has heard this expression.  Did you know that good dental habits help keep your teeth and your body healthy?  Dr. Mary Rose informs her patients that good dental habits can prevent periodontal disease and reduce many health risks.

Studies have shown that people with severe periodontal disease were three times more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease.  In another study, stroke patients had higher levels of certain bacteria in their saliva, demonstrating a link between oral hygiene and stroke risk.

People with diabetes and periodontal disease have a harder time controlling their blood glucose levels.  It is important that you notify Dr. Mary Rose if you have diabetes.

Based on a 2017 study, Postmenopausal women who have experienced periodontal disease are at increased risk for breast, esophageal, gallbladder, skin and lung cancers.

The National Institute of Health warns that poor dental hygiene can increase your risk for endocarditis which is an infection or inflammation of the inner lining of the heart chambers.

Dr. Mary Rose advises that brushing and flossing twice daily with regular dental checkups will reduce these risks.

How Often Should You See Your Dentist?

May 25th, 2022

Dr. Mary Rose Twohig recommends that you schedule a hygiene appointment regularly for a cleaning and checkup.  Twohig Dentistry has two wonderful hygienists, Lucie and Melissa, who are dedicated to making sure you have a great experience during your hygiene appointment.   They agree with Dr. Mary Rose that coming in regularly for a checkup is important for your oral health, as well as your overall health.

Why Is It Important to Visit Your Dentist Regularly?

Plaque and tarter can build up on your teeth between your hygiene visits.  Food, beverages as well as tobacco can stain your teeth as well.  When you come regularly, our hygienists will remove the plaque from your teeth and around your gums.  This will prevent inflammation and irritation around your gums, which could lead to gum diseases like periodontal disease and gingivitis.  Periodontitis has been associated with serious health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.  Visiting your dentist regularly will allow Dr. Mary Rose to keep your oral hygiene healthy and find any issues before they grow into painful problems.

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