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Dental Health from Birth and Beyond | Edmond Dentist, Dr. Damon R. Johnson, DDS

In Health and Beauty on December 28, 2015 at 10:43 pm

Damon Johnson, DDSCaring for teeth is a lifelong job, says Edmond dentist Dr. Damon R. Johnson, DDS. Here, the ADA affiliated dentist talks to Presentation Solutions about oral health from birth and beyond.

Presentation Solutions: Thank you, Dr. Johnson, for taking the time to chat with us today.

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: It’s my pleasure.

Presentation Solutions: Today, we’re talking about how to care for teeth. Let’s start at the beginning. How should parents care for their child’s baby teeth?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: Believe it or not, healthy teeth actually begin in the womb. Pregnant mothers-to-be can give their babies a head start by taking calcium supplements and eating a variety of healthy foods.

Presentation Solutions: And after the baby is born…?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: Within the first few days after birth, parents can wipe the baby’s gums after feedings with a soft, damp cloth.

Presentation Solutions: What’s the point? Babies don’t have teeth at that age.

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: You’re right, most babies don’t have teeth at birth. However, removing bacteria keeps the gum line healthy and that’s where decay starts.

Presentation Solutions: How long should parents brush their children’s teeth?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: Children don’t have the manual dexterity to brush their own teeth properly until they’re about six years old.

Presentation Solutions: How prevalent is the issue of tooth decay among American adults?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: The Centers for Disease Control estimate that one in three adults have untreated cavities. This is an extremely high number considering tooth decay can be detected early through inexpensive dental exams twice a year.

Presentation Solutions: Aside from cavities, what other dental issues might a dentist catch in the early stages?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: Dentists can pick up on a number of issues before they cause any noticeable symptoms. One in particular is periodontal disease.

Presentation Solutions: Like plaque and gingivitis?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: That’s right! In the early stages, gum disease can cause inflammation, swelling, and tenderness of the gums. However, if left unchecked, it can cause bone loss around the teeth and may require extensive surgical correction.

Presentation Solutions: What are the risk factors for gum disease?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: Poor dental hygiene along with smoking and taking certain medications will increase a person’s risk of periodontal disease.

Presentation Solutions: How can an adults avoid cavities?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: It all goes back to proper oral hygiene. For instance, people of all ages can skip bottled water and drink tap water, which is supplemented with fluoride.

Presentation Solutions: What special dental concerns are of note for your older patients?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: Older adults, even those with dentures, still need to see their dentist on a regular basis. This group is more at-risk for developing mouth or throat related cancers.

Presentation Solutions: Speaking of dentures, what are some telltale signs that my dentures may not be fitting correctly?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: Ill-fitting dentures will be uncomfortable and may feel loose. Red, swollen gums is the most dominant indication that dentures are no longer a proper fit.

Presentation Solutions: Is it normal for older people to lose their teeth?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: With a regular routine that includes brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash, many people can keep their natural teeth well into their golden years.

Presentation Solutions: That’s all the time we have for today. Thank you again for talking with us, you’ve given us lots of great information to pass on to our readers.

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: I look forward to speaking with you again in the future.

Fred Wehba on Love in its Purest Form

In Religion on November 3, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Fred WehbaLove, says Fred Wehba, is best described in the Bible. After all, there is no greater source of love than the love of God. Here, Fred Wehba answers questions about the greatest of all gifts.

Q: How does the Bible define love?

Fred Wehba: In 1 Corinthians 13, it is stated that love is patient. This means that those who love have the ability to do so despite obstacles they must overcome.

Q: What does it mean that love does not envy?

Fred Wehba: When you have love in your heart, you do not feel jealous of what another has. The ability to love is the greatest gifts that we have been given, so when you find it there is no reason to be envious of anything.

Q: Why is love considered “not self-seeking?” Don’t we love to make ourselves better?

Fred Wehba: In its purest form, love does not develop just to make us feel good. Of course, that euphoric feeling comes with the love itself. You cannot force love into your life for your self-serving purposes.

Q: Is it possible to love during times of great darkness?

Fred Wehba: The Bible states that love does not delight in evil. Instead, it rejoices with the truth. This means that love will find a spark even in the darkest times.

Q: What are some ways to show love?

Fred Wehba: People show love in many different ways. A child will show love with the simplest of acts such as a hug or a trusting glance.

Q: And adults…?

Fred Wehba: Adults show their love in the compassion and empathy that they offer to others.

Q: Do animals love?

Fred Wehba: As God’s creatures, I believe that animals are capable of love. Their love is not shown or developed in the same way as humans though, because they are not human.

Q: Why does the Bible say that love never fails?

Fred Wehba: Real love is incapable of failure. So the feelings that do fail are not love.

Q: How is love different from the concept of knowledge and prophecy?

Fred Wehba: Knowledge can be lost over time and prophecies may come and go. The love of God is eternal.

Q: What does the Bible mean when it states that when “completeness comes, what is in part disappears?”

Fred Wehba: It’s very simple, really. When a part becomes a whole the unfinished is no more. The emptiness disappears and only the whole remains.

Q: Why does the Bible refer to a man as a clanging cymbal if he does not have love?

Fred Wehba: A man who speaks without love in his heart is simply making noise.

Q: Is it possible to learn to love by performing unselfish acts?

Fred Wehba: If the acts are truly selfless, you can open up the room for love in your heart. However, if they are done with the intent of gain that they are not pure.

Q: What is the most sustainable form of love?

Fred Wehba: All love – real love – is sustainable and shall remain despite circumstances, distance, and inconvenience. The only One who loves that perfectly is God Himself.

Find a Dentist Experienced in Crafting Dentures, Recommend Dental Experts

In Health and Beauty on September 29, 2015 at 7:45 pm

A brief Q and A on dentures from the nation’s dental experts all across the United States.

Q: What are dentures?

A: Dentures are removable devices that replace missing teeth. They help restore a person’s ability to speak clearly and eat properly. It is important to find a dentist experienced in crafting dentures as an ill-fitting set can cause problems with the gums.

Q: What types of dentures are available?

A: There are three primary types of dentures: conventional, immediate, and overdenture. Conventional dentures are formed over the gums after any remaining teeth are removed. Immediate dentures are often referred to as “same-day” dentures. They may be used during the healing process. Overdentures are dentures that contour to the gum line and over any remaining teeth. Once you find a dentist, you will want to confirm which options are offered at their practice.

Q: Do dentures hurt?

A: Many new denture wearers report an awkward or uncomfortable feeling for the first few weeks while they become accustomed to their new oral configuration. Some minor irritation and soreness is to be expected. For the first few weeks, many denture wearers report an increased production of saliva.

Q: How many trips to the dentist will it take to properly fit my dentures?

A: When you find a dentist with extensive denture experience, he or she will ensure as few visits as possible. Keep in mind, however, that a number of factors, including your physical healing time and availability during office hours, play a significant role as well.

Q: How will my dental hygiene routine change?

A: Once you have dentures, your dental hygiene routine will change slightly. You will need to soak your dentures overnight and brush your gums, the roof of your mouth, and your tongue every morning and before bed. Your dentures should also be brushed every day to prevent staining and plaque buildup.

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