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Check out our Fall 2013 News Letter!

 

Giving Thanks You Didn’t Need Dental Care in the 1800’s

Can you imagine maintaining a 17 year letter-writing campaign to five different presidents to secure a national holiday for an idea you held dear?  Sarah Josepha Hale did just that between 1846 and 1863 to secure a national Thanksgiving holiday – perhaps it helped that Ms. Hale was a writer by trade! In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln became the final president to convince, and agreed to support legislation ushering in the national holiday that year. Believe it or not, there is a lot to be thankful for when it comes to your teeth as well. Times have changed a lot since 1863 – not to mention since the days of the “first” Thanksgiving!

Here are our top three things to be thankful for when it comes to dental health:

  • Sedation: If you believe having your wisdom teeth pulled was trying during your lifetime, imagine what it might have been like before the days of sedation. Not until Massachusetts dentist, William Morton used anesthesia in 1846, was sedation used for tooth extraction. By the time Lincoln was president, sedation methods were on the rise, but in the case of the Pilgrims, they would not have been as fortunate – nor, as comfortable.
  • Modern Orthodontics: Orthodontics as we know it today has been influenced tremendously by technology clearly not available in the time of Lincoln. While the French had been experimenting with straightening teeth in the 1700’s, the results and efforts to achieve the desired result would be a far cry from the approaches used today. No doubt teenagers around the world are thankful for this cosmetic advance!
  • Safer Pain Management: In the 1800’s the pain blocker of choice was one still used today — Morphine. Back then, however, it was used in its “whole” form; what was known as Laudanum. Mixed with alcohol and administered via glass or dropper, this most potent formulation required enhanced supervision to protect against accidental overdose, and patients ran a high risk of addiction.

With the country still amidst the turmoil of the civil war, Lincoln believed recognizing Thanksgiving as a national holiday could be a way to officially – and universally – give thanks, despite the separation of the country. This month, let us give thanks officially, as we do each day throughout the year, for those for whom we hold dear.

Things You Should Know About Your Teeth as You Age

If you’ve ever considered the prospect of living without teeth as you age, it’s probably caused you considerable amount of distress just thinking about it. Multiple tooth loss can indeed be traumatic and costly, and, for some, the remedies are less than ideal. That said, you’ll be pleased to know that aging itself isn’t much of a contributor to tooth loss, and that many people live their entire lives with nearly all of their natural teeth intact. So what’s the best way to ensure you’re among this coveted group?

Let’s face it. We all want to keep our natural teeth. Here are a few ways to ensure you do just that as you move along in years. And remember, there is no defined age where problems start to arise, so thinking ahead regardless of your current age is always a good idea.

Periodontal Disease: Without a doubt, periodontal disease is the number one destroyer of smiles. There is no cure for this leading cause of adult tooth loss in North America, and once it begins, it can only be proactively and professionally managed. So, here’s the familiar refrain: maintain your regular visits, and if you’re placed on a periodic maintenance routine where you visit your dentist more than twice a year, be sure to keep those appointments. Keeping those appointments will help you keep your teeth.

Systemic Disease: There are a host of diseases that can adversely affect oral health, so being mindful of this connection, and maintaining an open door of communication with your doctor and dentist while undergoing treatment may help you minimize the effects these diseases can have on your teeth.

Poor Habits: We all know a diet high in sugar, starch and acid harms surface enamel and lessens a tooth’s ability to protect itself from decay. You may not know, however, that smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can also do significant harm. For example, both cigarette smoke and alcohol rob gum tissue of the moisture needed to keep it healthy, leaving it acidic and prone to decay, and smoking can interrupt the mouth’s natural healing mechanisms. More benign habits can also damage teeth and consistently gnawing on objects not designed to be in the mouth all day, like pencils, pipes, paper clips and ice cubes, are not good habits to pursue. Additionally, using your teeth as a vice to open bottles and rip apart bags is best left to those among us committed to losing teeth, not keeping them.

Prescription Medication: Lastly, certain prescription medicines can dry out the mouth in ways similar to smoking and alcohol, so if you’re taking prescription drugs, be sure to keep your hydration in check as per your doctor’s recommendations, or use chewing gum with Xylitol to help maintain saliva production throughout the day.

So, as you can see, allowing your “permanent” teeth to live up their name really isn’t that difficult. The old TV image of every grandpa throughout the land dropping his teeth into a bedside jar at the close of the day is far from a reality for the majority of today’s seniors, and it doesn’t have to be for you either. Maintain a solid oral care routine, and ask your care providers about keeping a healthy mouth throughout your years, and you’ll be well on your way to ensuring your teeth stay just where you want them to be – in your mouth.

 

“Holiday Recipe” from our Business Office Manager Dori

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Ingredients:

1 box yellow cake mix
1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup melted butter
whipped topping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Grease bottom of 9X13 pan.

Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt in bowl then pour it into your pan.

Sprinkle your dry yellow cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture.

Sprinkle chopped pecans and walnuts over the cake mix.

Drizzle melted butter evenly over everything.

Bake your pumpkin crunch cake for 55 minutes or until top is turning golden brown. Cool completely, cut and serve with whipped topping. Refrigerate leftovers.

My family loves this cake. I hope yours will, too.

 Happy Holidays! Dori 

 

 Year End Benefit Reminder

Another year will soon be winding down!  We want to remind you to make sure you take advantage of any unused dental insurance benefits and/or unused  Flex (FSA) or Healthcare (HSA) benefits you may have remaining since most companies do not allow you to carry these over to the next year. Many of our patients in the past have used their left over HSA $$$ to whiten their teeth or purchase Sonicare electric toothbrushes.  

Call (402) 933-8005 or email angie@identalomaha.com to schedule your appointment or if we can be of assistance in any way. We’re here for you!

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Gerheauser and Staff

 

 

$349 HOLIDAY In-Office “ZOOM” Whitening Special!!

Must be purchased by 12/31/2013

Includes In-office whitening treatment and take-home custom trays for touch-ups.
Gift Certificates Available
Regular Price $450
Terms & Conditions: Must be 14 or older. Some restrictions may apply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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