Monday, July 22, 2013

Improve Your Family's Health with Dr. DiStefano in Howell, Michigan

Is There a Dentist in Howell who can Improve My Family’s Health?  

Yes, There is!  Dr. Gary R. DiStefano

Tell Your Kids and Teens When NOT to Share.
Germs are easily transferred by sharing cups, utensils, toothbrushes, lip balm, etc. Colds, flues, hepatitis, herpes, “cold sores” and mononucleosis are passed when children and teens share items. But did you know that in some cases even aggressive gum disease can transfer from person to person?  Tell your kids and teens that it’s NOT always nice to share! On the other hand, getting your moody teenager to smile is a whole other Issue!

Can Sports and Energy Drinks Damage Your teeth?
A study published in General Dentistry in May/June 2012 reported that an alarming increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks is causing damage to teeth.  Both drinks have a high acidity that leads to the erosion of enamel.  Many consumers believe that sports or energy drinks are better for them than soda and do not realize the dangers of their beverage choice.  Besides cutting down consumption, another way to minimize damage is to rinse your mouth with water or chew sugar-free gum after drinking.  It is also important to note that after drinking a sports or energy drink, you should wait at least one hour before brushing or the acid may spread and increase the erosion. 
It’s as Easy as Drinking Tap Water!
Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to decay.  Less decay and fewer cavities mean less drilling at the dentist’s office.  Now That’s Something to Smile About!  Fluoride exists naturally in water, soil, air and many foods. Many public and private water supplies in the United States have been fluoridated. Plus, most toothpastes and mouth rinses have fluoride as an additive. If you worry that your family is not getting enough fluoride, your dentist can also apply a topical fluoride varnish or gel. 

To Wean or not to Wean?
Believe it or not, pacifiers actually have some positive attributes.  Infants who sleep with a pacifier do not sleep as deeply as those without, which may reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)  Pacifiers also tend to comfort infants by increasing sucking satisfaction. However, it is important to wean a child of his or her pacifier and thumb or finger sucking by the age of two, or they may experience tooth growth and alignment issues. 

What a Pain in the Neck!
As a mom, you have a lot to take care of. The stress of managing a household and family may cause you to grind your teeth – which could lead to tooth, jaw, neck and face pain.  It can also lead to tooth damage like cracking and enamel loss.  If you’re like most moms, you take care of everyone else and put yourself last.  Ignoring the pain won’t make it go away!  Dr. DiStefano can assist you with finding the best bite guard and offers other ways to minimize your grinding.  His patients are often amazed at the relief they get! 

Improve Every Aspect of Your Family’s Health with Dr. DiStefano.  Call 517-546-8983 and his helpful staff will schedule your appointment and get you and your family on the way to better health.

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