WILMETTE DENTAL'S WORD OF MOUTH
Keeping Our Patients Informed
Greetings from Wilmette Dental. I hope this newsletter finds all of my patients enjoying the break from winter.
The Neuhaus Family is keeping very busy these days. Elise is thoroughly enjoying her freshman year as a "Badger" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She sings with a choir and has joined a volunteer fraternity in which she does service hours for various charities. She's still up in the air about a major, but is leaning toward something in healthcare.
Christopher is winding up his junior year in high school, and has started the college search. He continues to be extremely active in marching band and the school drum line. After a long day of drumming at school, he likes to unwind at home with … more drumming. Anne and Wolfgang the schnauzer have learned to escape to the other side of the house, and to just ignore the loud sessions
At Wilmette Dental, our staff has been busy as well. Both Lora and Kathleen recently enjoyed vacations to sunny Florida -- they'll be happy to share favorite seafood restaurant recommendations and good beach spots with interested patients.
And, be sure to ask Megan about her new baby niece, Ava. Megan enjoyed getting to know the new Baker family addition over the holidays. Unfortunately, Ava was too young this year to sample Megan's famous homemade truffles — but as a true chocolate-loving Baker, she'll partake next year!
Until our next newsletter, be healthy and happy.
The Key to Success? A Smile!
Some of the world's most successful people have something in common: a great smile.
This comes from a study by Spanish researchers who looked at pictures of smiling faces from Time magazine's annual list of the most 100 influential people from 2006 to 2010. They found that there were strong consistencies in the kind of smile each individual possessed.
"The smiles of the world's most influential people revealed common standards, regardless of occupation or gender," wrote the study authors, from the University of Seville School of Dentistry. Those commonalities "may play a decisive role in the expressions of influential faces."
According to the researchers, the most important aesthetic of a winning smile is balance -- "...the overall harmony of the face." This takes into account general dental features including teeth form, position and color, as well as the dimensions of the soft tissue.
Dr. Neuhaus is an expert at creating the perfect smile. If you think your smile could be improved to help create a more successful you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Neuhaus. Wilmette Dental's computer technology can give you a preview of how your smile can be enhanced.
The Best Job: Dentist!
U.S. News & World Report has issued its list of the top U.S. professions for 2013 -- and the number one spot went to dentistry!
The purpose of the annual report is to provide "an intuitive method to compare professions based on components that matter most: the number of openings, the chance to advance and be professionally fulfilled, and the ability to meet financial obligations."
Of course, with his wonderful family of patientsand dedicated staff, Dr. Neuhaus didn't need a report to know that being a dentist is awesome!
L.A. Floss Capital...Chicago At Bottom
Congratulations Los Angeles...you were named the No. 1 city in the US. for flossing, according to a survey commissioned by DenTek. Nearly 45% of those surveyed in the City of Angels say they floss at least once a day. Other cities that rank high on the floss meter are Boston, Detroit, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and Atlanta.
And who ranks among the worst? Chicago! (Dr. Neuhaus, however, knows that his patients are the exception.) Other cities that need to up their flossing include Cleveland, Seattle, Dallas, and San Francisco.
The survey also asked respondents why they flossed:
- 37%: Overall health
- 25%: Recommended by dentist
- 19%: To protect their dental investments
Clean that Toothbrush!
Think your toothbrush is clean? Think again. According to the Centers for Disease Control, rinsing a toothbrush after each use (as most of us do), isn't enough to adequately get rid of the "yuck."
The American Dental Association (ADA) offers tips on keeping your toothbrush clean.
- Don't keep your toothbrush in a cabinet or cover it with a protector. It's best to let air get to the bristles so they dry between brushings. Keeping bristles damp promotes the growth of bacteria.
- Don't let your toothbrush come into contact with someone else's.
- Give your toothbrush a good washing after brushing. Hold the brush under running water for about 10 seconds while rubbing your thumb over it.
- Pour a little mouthwash over your brush -- the alcohol in the mouthwash will eliminate most of the bacteria.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If it's electric, replace the head every four to six months. If you notice the ends of the bristles bending, then it's time to replace your toothbrush.
Gum Disease and Oral Cancer
Could gum disease increase the risk of oral cancer?
According to researchers, the answer is yes. With the caveat that more research needs to be done in order to conclusively link the two, scientists recently presented a study that suggests that people with periodontitis have a higher incidence of oral cancer than those who do not.
Those patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer had a significantly higher number of missing teeth and alveolar bone loss -- both key indicators of periodontal disease.
A thorough oral cancer screening is done at every Wilmette Dental exam. If you have questions or concerns about your oral cancer risk, talk with Dr. Neuhaus.
2013 Oral Cancer Statistics (From the National Cancer Institute)
- 41,380 Estimated New Cases
- 7,890 Estimated Deaths
- 95% of oral cancers occur in people over the age of 40.
Early detection can increase 5 year survival rates to 83% compared to 32% for oral cancers that are detected later and have spread.
Question of the day (from "Open Wide" by Laurie Keller)
Sally Incisor writes:
"Primary teeth are also called baby teeth because that's what they are — little, bratty baby teeth. They all wiggled around so much that they fell right out of the mouth until there were none of them left. Permanent teeth will be there for a lot longer because they don't wiggle around at all. Why are baby teeth there in the first place? Babies don't even need teeth. You never see them eating corn on the cob or anything like that."
Thank you, Sally. Nice job!
But actually, babies DO need teeth. Baby teeth are VERY important for several reasons:
1. They help develop the face and jaw.
2. They help babies chew when they start to eat more solid food.
3. And baby teeth guide your permanent teeth into proper position, and kept the mouth healthy and clean.
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