3 Oral Health Tips for 2016

Dental-healthHere are three easy Oral Health tips to consider for 2016.  And if you have other dental needs, Dr. Kelley and his awesome staff are here to help!

  • Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Techniques. Brushing and flossing are two of the most important things you can do to prevent plaque build up.
  • Visit Your Dentist Every 6 Months. Regular check ups are recommended to check for tooth decay and the health of your gums.  Routine dental exams can help address serious dental problems before they arise.
  • Control Your Sweet Tooth. Sugar from snacks and sweets increase the plaque production.  Plaque is what sets the process of tooth decay in motion.  Limiting the intake of sweets reduce the bacteria bearing plaque and reduce decay.

Make it your resolution to start the new year off by improving your oral health in 2016!  Dennis E. Kelley, DDS always welcomes new patients.  Let us know what you want to accomplish during your first visit and we will make it happen.

Call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.

About D.E. Kelley, DDS

Dr. Kelley has been in practice for 25 years on the east side of Indianapolis. We are located at 1260 N Post Rd. Please call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment or ask any dental questions.

The Modern Day Tooth Fairy

toothfairyLosing one’s baby teeth is still a pretty big deal. Why not use this opportunity to celebrate growing up by making the visit from the tooth fairy a special event? Here are some ways (simple and inexpensive) that you can add a little magic to the experience. In the old days, when a child lost a tooth, they’d stick it under their pillow and find a quarter there the next morning. These days, the tooth fairy has gotten a lot more creative.

Here are 3 ideas to make your child’s tooth fairy experience a great one!

  1. Catch the tooth fairy in the act.
    Create a photo of the tooth fairy making a visit to see your child by taking a picture of them sleeping the night the fairy visits. Upload it to icaughtthetoothfairy.com and receive a digital image that shows the tooth fairy herself in the middle of her transaction. ($10 charge).
  1. Use a Tooth Fairy Pillow

Consider using a tooth fairy pillow for your child to place their lost teeth in. You can buy a pre-made tooth fairy pillow from a store or make one yourself using a few craft supplies, such as cotton fabric and batting. A standard tooth fairy pillow looks like a tiny pillow with a small pocket. You can write your child’s name on the tooth fairy pillow using colorful glitter glue. Here’s a link to creating your very own pillow: http://mamamommymom.com/tooth-fairy-pillow-loose-tooth/

  1. Sprinkle Fairy Dust Under the Pillow or Leading Up to the Door

If you can handle the glitter clean-up, some parents like to sprinkle glitter (fairy dust) around the money or gift that’s left under your child’s pillow as proof that the tooth fairy has been there to visit. To make it even more magical spray glitter on a coin or bill itself.

You can also turn your child’s lost tooth into an opportunity to teach proper dental care with a few other tooth fairy ideas. Place a new toothbrush with toothpaste under their pillow with a note encouraging them to brush.

Do I Really Need Routine Dental Checkups?

Dental examsdental-exam-cleaning1 are normally on the bottom of our to-do list unless we have a tooth causing pain. However, if you are doing so then not only are you missing the opportunity to keep your teeth longer, you are also missing out on learning about other medical issues you haven’t considered.

Here are some other conditions we can alert you to when you have a dental exam.

Anemia – Gums that appear light pink or almost white can indicate a very low iron level, which is an indicator of anemia.

Antidepressant Use – The dry mouth that comes from taking antidepressants can create a problem with increased cavities in your teeth.

Stress – When you are stressed, your body creates more cortisol, which is the main cause of inflammation. During stressful times, gum and tooth problems are likely to worsen. Not only is the risk of inflammation greater, but we also tend to neglect things like our teeth when stressed.

Diabetes – One of the many side-effects of this disease is the repeated creation of abscesses on the teeth roots and sometimes between teeth. This is often one of the earliest signs of diabetes.

Autoimmune disorders – Many times these disorders can cause either red or white spots in the mouth. While the spots themselves are easy to treat, if left untreated, they can turn into ulcers. These ulcers are extremely painful and difficult to treat.

Heart disease – This is the big one. The same bacteria that cause gum disease also causes heart problems by clogging the major arteries feeding the heart. It is very likely that a person with long-term gum disease may also have heart trouble.

We are accepting New Patients! Call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.