During National Women’s Health Week, it’s important to talk about how women have special oral health needs throughout different phases of their lives. Changes in female hormone levels during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause have an impact on how gums react to plaque in the mouth, making them more susceptible to gingivitis. The gums may become red and swollen causing them to bleed a lot. Gingivitis, or gum disease, has been linked to a wide variety of health issues. Because gum disease is a bacterial infection and can enter the bloodstream research shows that it may have in impact on: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory problems and pregnancy outcomes.
We will be at Celebrate Our Children again this year doing FREE fluoride varnish for the kids. The event is tomorrow, April 22 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at Argonaut High School. Lots of food, fun and entertainment. Stop by and see us!
Jackson Creek Dental Group dentist, Dr. Dwight Simpson, recently returned from a mission trip to Guyana, South America where the team ministered to children, as well as serving the medical and dental needs of the community. Dr. Simpson, along with local dentist Dr. Anugerah, treated over 285 people doing general dentistry, fillings, extractions and cleanings. They spent three days in Georgetown, and then were flown to two remote interior gold mining villages where the people had not received dental care in five years. “In Baramita, we delivered toothbrushes to a local school where the children had never seen or used a toothbrush,” stated Simpson. “In Port Kaituma, the community ate a very western diet, but they had no dental education so they weren’t taking proper care of their teeth and had a lot of tooth decay.”
Did you know that over 49,600 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Oral cancer screenings are a routine part of every dental examination we perform here at Jackson Creek Dental Group and are an essential element of early detection.
Oral cancers may develop on the lips, gums, tongue, inside lining of the cheeks and the roof and floor of the mouth. It often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or a sore. While the following signs and symptoms may not mean you have cancer, they are the most common signs and symptoms of oral cancer:
It’s National Men’s Health Week, and what a great time for men to brush up on their oral health needs. Men have a higher rate of gum disease, tooth loss and certain oral infections than women. Here are some of the reasons why:
Dr. Simpson will be at Plymouth Elementary School today, Wednesday, April 12th, from 2:00 to 5:00pm doing free oral health screenings for children registering for kindergarten this coming year. Parents, you can register and get your child’s oral health screening form signed in the same visit. Stop by and see us!
Diabetes affects over 29 million Americans and can cause complications to our feet, eyes, kidneys and heart. If you have diabetes, did you know that it can also cause complications in your mouth? High glucose levels in saliva may cause bacteria in the mouth to thrive and cause many complications including: tooth decay, fungal infections, salivary dysfunction and dry mouth, periodontal (gum) disease and delayed healing. The first defense against oral complications is to diligently brush and floss every day and see your dental team regularly. If you have bleeding gums, a sore mouth, burning tongue or ulcers, you need to see your dentist for treatment…the earlier the better.
Dr. Simpson, along with 40 church youth and volunteers, will be traveling to Guyana, South America to help build the first new school in 40 years. They will also be ministering to children, as well as serving the medical and dental needs of the community. Dr. Simpson will be flying in by small plane to two remote mining villages where they have not had dental care in nearly five years. “Prayers would be appreciated, that God’s love for his children would shine through our service to them,” stated Dr. Simpson. We hope he has a safe, productive and rewarding journey!
Big smiles were plentiful after children received free dental care as part of Smiles for Kids 2017. The day was all about helping children in Amador County who do not yet have dental insurance and qualified for the program. These kids were able to receive dental exams, x-rays, teeth cleaning, sealants, fluoride treatments, and emergency dental work at no charge. The dentists at Jackson Creek Dental Group, their staff and people from the community volunteered their time to treat 35 local Amador County children. Pro-bono services were provided totaling over $15,000.
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