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What Can I Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal?

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Getting your wisdom teeth removed requires some recovery time. Your mouth will likely feel a little sore after the procedure—but you’ve still got to eat! Having lots of tasty foods stocked ahead of time can help you be prepared for staying nourished and healthy after your surgery. Soft foods are ideal as they’re easy on your mouth and require less chewing. What food options are available to you after wisdom tooth removal?

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Signs Your Child Should Be Evaluated for Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB)

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Sleep-Disordered breathing (SDB) is a term that refers to several different sleep disorders, all of which are characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most common SDB conditions. These disorders often have serious side effects and should be diagnosed by a physician so proper treatment can be put in place. What are the signs your child should be evaluated for SDB?

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Medications That May Impact Your Oral Health

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The health of your teeth and gums are dependent on several factors, one of the most notable being adequate saliva production. Your teeth were meant to be protected by your saliva—when there’s not enough saliva present, your entire mouth suffers. This can influence gum disease, bad breath, cavities, and more! Medications are often responsible for causing dry mouth in many people and negatively affecting oral health. It’s important that you talk with your dentist about which medications you’re taking and any oral health symptoms you’re experiencing. Here are some of the top medications that can impact your oral health.

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Helping Out our Furry Friends

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During the holiday season, Carpathian Dental happily collected donations to help the animals at the Broome County Humane Society. They were able to gather over 200 pounds of food, as well as toys and cleaning supplies.

Thank you to the staff, patients, and people in the community that donated to helped our four legged friends and to the Broome County Humane Society for their wonderful work in sheltering animals and finding them homes.

If you still wish to help, click here.

 

Sequence & Timing of Losing Baby Teeth – Is Your Child on Schedule?

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It’s not always easy to know if your child’s tooth loss is normal— when is it too early to lose teeth? When should you be concerned? Taking your child in for a dental exam when they begin losing their baby teeth can ensure they’re on schedule, but this helpful guide by Dr. Bucker, originally published by Your Dental Health Resource, can let you know if your child is experiencing a normal time frame for losing their primary teeth!

 

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Water Floss VS. Regular Floss

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Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource

In recent years, water flossers have become popular alternatives to string floss when it comes to getting in between those tight spaces in your teeth! Water flossers use a stream of water aimed at your teeth to remove food debris and bacteria while traditional floss requires that you move the string in and out of every space between teeth to achieve this desired effect. When it comes to flossing, is water floss or regular floss better? Dr. Aronson looks at the pros and cons of each!

Read the full article here: WATER FLOSS VS. REGULAR FLOSS: WHICH IS THE REAL WINNER?

Waking Up Exhausted? Sleep Apnea Could Be The Cause

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Sleep apnea happens when you stop breathing for 10 seconds or more during the night while you sleep. These pauses can happen many times and may last for a minute or longer. This condition is generally considered serious and has different types, including obstructive, central, and complex sleep apnea syndrome. Dentists are often the first professionals to notice the symptoms of your sleep apnea, and they play a vital part in helping to treat this condition! Learn more about sleep apnea in this article written by Dr. Bucker, originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Changing Lives: Health for Haiti effort earns ADHA’s Student Community Service Award

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Originally published by SUNY Broome.

 

In much of rural Haiti, dental care simply doesn’t exist – but that doesn’t mean the need isn’t there.haiti1

Teeth still break, become infected or require cleaning, whether or not a dentist’s office is readily available. And in a country where many people lack adequate access to food, shelter, clean water and sanitation, all too often dental needs are pushed aside until they reach crisis proportions.

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Enter SUNY Broome’s Health for Haiti global service learning program. The Winter Term class has brought a range of assistance to the communities it serves in the island nation, working with local volunteers to provide a water filtration system, solar power, computers and computer literacy courses, opportunities for community agriculture, bathroom facilities and more.

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When these communities requested dental services, SUNY Broome’s Dental Hygiene program sprang into action. The class assisted with efforts to provide dental services and education to more than 800 Haitians – 80 adults and 750 children – during the 10-day trip in January. They solicited more than $47,000 worth of dental supplies to run the program – a necessity in areas that may lack electricity, running water and appropriate lighting – and provided nearly $34,000 in donated dental services in the country.

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For their efforts, the SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene Program received the prestigious American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) 2016 Student Community Service Award. The award was presented at the ADHA Annual session in Pittsburgh, Pa., in June, with a feature article following in the October ADHA Access Journal.

The entire class participated in fundraising, soliciting dental supplies from dental supply companies, collecting donated over-the-counter supplies, organizing supplies and instruments, and packing for the trip. And we’re not just talking toothbrushes; equipment included portable dental chairs, x-ray equipment and ultrasonic units were packed and used in Haiti.

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Five dental hygiene students went to the island nation to supply dental services. They included Kathryn Birmingham, Shannon Curley, Allison Fitzgerald, Sarah Mannina and Amy Squier. There they joined Dental Hygiene Professor Maureen Hankin, who established Health for Haiti with Professor Jennifer Musa, and Dr. Thomas Bucker, the supervising dentist with SUNY Broome’s Dental Hygiene Program.

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Health assessments, oral exams, extractions, cleanings and more: The SUNY Broome team helped in any way they could. Four out of the program’s 10 days in the field was dedicated to dental care – with each work day lasting 12 hours. Overall, the Dental Hygiene class donated more than 250 hours of service for the project.

“Our SUNY Broome dental hygiene students were terrific. They gave and they gave during this extraordinary learning experience,” Professor Hankin said. “They will never see such a large population of underserved dental patients and will never be more appreciated for their efforts.”

Pictured from left to right: American Dental Hygienist Association President, Jill Rethman SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene Students Sarrah Minnia Amy Squier Kathryn Birmingham Allison Fitzgerald Shannon Curley SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene Professor, Maureen Hankin
Pictured from left to right:
American Dental Hygienist Association President, Jill Rethman
SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene Students
Sarrah Minnia
Amy Squier
Kathryn Birmingham
Allison Fitzgerald
Shannon Curley
SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene Professor, Maureen Hankin

The SUNY Broome group left behind their dental supplies and equipment for Haitian dentists to help with continuing care. Community leaders in Haiti were also pleased with the oral health interventions, and would very much like the program to return in future years.

The Dental Hygiene students also came home with a new understanding of what it means to be global citizens, as well as top-notch dental professionals.

“I thought the experiences in Haiti were life-changing. One moment in particular that moved me to tears was when the children outside the building where we were providing the dental services were doing a tooth-brushing motion outside of the windows, asking for us to hand them out toothbrushes,” Kathryn Birmingham said. “It made me so sad because these are things that so many people in our country take for granted and the sweet children there were so grateful for what we consider to be the simplest of things.

“I still think about that moment all the time and hope that the supplies and services we provided made an impact on at least some of the great people of Haiti’s lives,” she continued. “I have been thinking about everyone in Haiti since the recent hurricane and am hoping they are receiving as much help as possible.”

Taking Care of Your New Filling

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When you get a cavity filled, you want to ensure that the best care is taken to protect your new filling as well as to help your mouth heal. Although many patients feel as though they can carry on with their normal routine after they leave their appointment for a dental filling, there are certain precautions everyone should take in the hours and days following the procedure. In this article, originally published by Your Dental Health Resource, Dr. Aronson recommends the best ways to take care of your filling.

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The Importance of Finding a Dentist Who Gives Back to Their Community

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Giving back has become an integral part of any successful business. Patients want to work with doctors and consumers want to purchase from companies that have an active interest in the community as well as the planet! Finding a dentist who gives back to their community has its advantages. Many patients find that these amazing dentists go above and beyond their job to provide care and compassion—as well as the best dental care—to patients who have experienced hardship or can’t afford the visit. In this article Dr. Aronson explains why it is important to find a dentist who gives back to their community.

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