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Jul 22 / Katie Gayle

Summer Activities for Seniors


For some seniors, the summer months are not the exciting and adventurous times they once were. Instead of going on a road trip to camp or finding new local restaurants to eat at, some seniors like to stay inside their homes to keep cool and relax from the summer heat.

While relaxing is great for a little while, it’s easy to go stir-crazy after a prolonged amount of time. If you’re itching for something to do to get outside of the house, take a look at this list of summer activities for seniors.

Jul 15 / Katie Gayle

How Dentists and Caregivers Can Help Dementia Patients Clean Their Teeth

How Dentists and Caregivers Can Help Dementia Patients Dental Health

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Dementia is a disease commonly found in people over the age of 65, which causes cognitive impairment of communication skills and the ability to understand or remember things. Seniors who suffer from dementia are at a higher risk of dental disease, which can lead to financial struggles and life-threatening health issues when left untreated.

Because of this, it is important for people with dementia to receive dental care regularly. This becomes a challenge, however, if they do not understand or are unaware of the importance of oral care.

Jul 8 / Sarah Mace

Summer Vacationing Tips for Seniors

Vacationing Tips for Seniors

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If you are one of the many senior adventurers that are choosing to travel domestically and abroad this summer, these travel tips are for you! The key to a fun and successful trip is planning ahead. Keep these vacationing tips for seniors in mind as you plan your next adventure!

Jul 1 / Katie Gayle

Alternative Uses for Mouthwash

Alternative Uses for Mouthwash

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Do you have a bottle of mouthwash that sits on your bathroom counter only to be used once in a blue moon? We often forget or don’t think about using mouthwash as a part of our daily routine – but mouthwash has proven to come in handy for more than just bad breath. Take a look at these refreshing and money-saving alternative uses for mouthwash.

Jun 24 / Sarah Mace

5 Embarrassing Oral Health Issues that Aren’t that Embarrassing

Embarrassing Oral Health Problems that Arent that Embarrassing

Have you ever noticed bad breath in the morning or woken up with a cold sore? Have you noticed either of these issues in your child? Most of us have! These oral health issues tend to be really embarrassing, but they are very common. All of us have dealt with them at one time or another.

Don’t be embarrassed if you or your child experiences one of these 5 embarrassing oral health issues listed below. As you read, you’ll see how easy they are to treat and be one step closer to solving the oral health problems you may be dealing with!

Jun 17 / Natasha Gayle

How to Keep Kids Teeth Healthy During Summer Vacation

Healthy Snacks for Summer Vacation

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It’s summer, and you know what that means—summer vacations. Whether those vacations are with the family or your kids going off to camp, summer is a time many of us get a short break from our regular routine.

When any of us are able to vacate our regular routines for a week or two, we tend to vacate many aspects of it—work, exercise, healthy eating and, yes, even brushing and flossing our teeth twice a day.

While traveling this summer, don’t let your kids’ dental health be forgotten. Here are some quick tips for maintaining you and your child’s dental health this summer.

Jun 10 / Sarah Mace

What to Watch for in the Summer Months to Protect Kids Teeth

Protect Kids Teeth in the Summer

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When we think of summer, we think of relaxing, getting out of our normal schedules, trying new things and snacking by the pool. These are some of the reasons why we all love summer so much! But these are also the reasons why summer can be hard on our oral health – especially for our kids.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) views summertime as a difficult time for kids’ oral health. With this news, what can parents do to protect their kids’ teeth?

Here are some tips on how to protect kids teeth and still make summer fun!

Jun 3 / Katie Gayle

Teaching Kids about Dental in Schools

Teaching Kids About Dental in Schools

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When you were little, did you hate answering the question, “Have you been brushing your teeth?” If so, the likelihood is that you weren’t very good at keeping up good oral hygiene habits. Maybe you answered the question with an excuse like, “I keep forgetting!”

The same is true today of elementary-aged children in our school systems. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has stated that over 50% of children will most likely have tooth decay before age five. Because of this, it is crucial that young students learn the importance of taking care of their teeth.

May 27 / Meredith Jolly

Top Reasons Why People Hate Going to the Dentist

Why Do People Hate Going to the Dentist

We have all probably experienced at some point in our lives apprehension when it comes to going to the dentist. For some people, it seems better to live with tooth pain than face their fear of dentists. Now not everyone would say they feel that strongly, but certainly many people simply hate going to the dentist. Why? Here is a list of the top reasons why people hate going to the dentist.

May 20 / Meredith Jolly

Why Is Being a Dentist among the Best Jobs of 2015

Why Being a Dentist is One of the Best Jobs of 2015

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Being a dentist was voted one of the best jobs in 2015 by the US News and World Report. Dentistry does require a lot of time and education, but apparently the benefits are worth it. Let’s take a look at why dentists are considered to have one of the best careers of 2015.

May 13 / Meredith Jolly

Alternative Uses for Dental Floss

The Many Uses of Dental Floss

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We are all told on a regular basis to floss our teeth, but did you know that dental floss is useful for more than just keeping teeth clean? Dental floss is a tough nylon string that can be used for all kinds of household hacks. Check these out!

May 5 / Katie Gayle

How Speaking Spanish Can Improve Your Dental Practice

How Speaking Spanish Can Improve Your Dental Practice

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Today is Cinco de Mayo! It’s a Mexican-American day of celebration. Many Hispanics in America enjoy this holiday with great pride. So in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, we thought it only fitting to address dental offices and the growing need for Spanish outreach in the health profession.

In general, Hispanics visit the dentist less often than most other ethnic groups in America. Some would suggest it is because of low-income. And while it is true that most Hispanics have emigrated from underprivileged countries, studies have shown that Hispanics who work full time can fully afford the costs of routine dental care. So why are they visiting the dentist less often?

Apr 30 / Katie Gayle

What You Need to Know About Tooth Loss

What to Know About Tooth Loss

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Tooth loss has never been a fashion trend, but not long ago it was considered normal for the elderly. Luckily, in our modern times, we have procedures and fake teeth that can help us keep our smiles. But even before you get to that point, you have the ability to prevent tooth loss.

Apr 28 / Katie Gayle

Alternatives for Covering Dental Costs

Alternatives for Covering Dental Costs for Seniors

Let’s be honest: health care of any kind doesn’t come cheap. For some seniors, Medicare does not cover the cost of routine dental procedures. As a result, they end up paying more than they can afford to, or they choose to overlook their dental health to avoid the high costs.

It looks like an either/or scenario: break the bank for healthy teeth, or break the teeth for a healthy wallet. It doesn’t have to be this way! We have compiled a list of medical and dental coverage alternatives for seniors.

Apr 23 / Katie Gayle

How Smoking Can Affect Your Eyes

How Smoking Can Affect Your Eyes

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In our last article we talked about the negative effects that smoking has on your teeth and overall health. Did you know that smoking can affect your eyesight as well?