Between a basketball tournament, various holidays, daylight savings time, and the spring equinox, March is a busy month full of change and transition; in the weather, in our time, and in our habits as well. Many people like to make a habit of spring cleaning, looking forward to the warmer months as a way to switch their routine. Whether you are hoping for a figurative cleaning, or you want a literal clean sweep of dust and dirt, it’s a great time to make some change.
March is also a time when we celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover's Day, National Cereal Day, National Pack Your Lunch Day, National Girl Scout Day, National Pi Day, National Goof Off Day, and National Pencil Day among many others. These days of recognition are certainly not on the same level as federal or religious holidays, but they help us to have some fun, and think of each day as a unique celebration.
On top of the fun national days, spring cleaning, and the transition toward summer months, the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament is another spring staple. Whether you enjoy the basketball tournament or not, we hope that your March isn't so 'Mad'. We hope this month brings you time for cleaning, time for transition, and time to remember that each day brings a bit of fun.
Yours in health,
Dr. Tom DeLacey, Dr. Bryce Larson and our entire team
"DENTAL SCHOOL" - YOUR CLEANING AND EXAM
Did you know... exactly how much is evaluated during your cleaning appointment and exam with the doctor? And more importantly, did you know about all the details that are assessed other than the simple process of cleaning your teeth?
Among the most important things we evaluate, is how your nutrition and airway affect your teeth! See below for more.
Further, during your cleaning or maintenance appointment, our hygienists are gathering an enormous amount of information, making an assessment of your oral health, and updating your medical record. There is a large amount of evaluating that happens, and its difficult to even list the numerous areas we assess. Here are a few of the most important:
-- oral cancer screening, checking all part of the mouth, saliva glands, lymph nodes, tongue, palate, and most of the head and neck!
-- gum tissue and any areas of inflammation which can be related to overall systemic and cardiovascular health
-- signs of grinding, tooth wear and chipping/cracking that could signal functional issues with your jaw joint (TMJ)
-- assessment of your airway and breathing that could be impacted by systemic issues and lead to apnea or other overall health problems
-- evaluation of decay and the breakdown of tooth structure, and how that might be impacted by habits or nutrition
MARCH HEALTH AWARENESS
There are two very important topics recognized during the month of March: National Nutrition Month and National Sleep Awareness Week, March 10-16
We talk about nutrition with our patients a lot, because it has a huge impact on your teeth and oral health, and affects overall health in the biggest way.
Along with teeth and gum tissue, we also assess airway for each and every patient during their exam. Airway health significantly impacts overall health, and can manifest in many ways; one of which is during sleep. An important aspect of health, sleep allows your body and brain to process, rest, and reset. A disrupted or unhealthy airway can lead to a decrease in the quality of your sleep, which has far reaching effects. As we assess airway, we discuss sleep and sleep habits, so that we are evaluating your health overall, not just your teeth.
See below for more information on both of these important health topics!