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“MOM IS WOW SPELLED UPSIDE DOWN!” (dentist in dayton)

by Lee Anne Austria on May 9, 2019 , Comments Off on “MOM IS WOW SPELLED UPSIDE DOWN!” (dentist in dayton)


If you’re like me and you scroll through social media you may see ethereal images of moms and their children bonding while walking through fields of sunflowers in September, building snowmen together in January, or doing amazing crafts together on rainy days. Every day is a wonderful adventure, right? Probably not! Let’s face it, real life is not much like social media. Motherhood can be the most rewarding experience but it can also be the most demanding. Every stage of parenthood brings its own challenges whether it is babies and the lack of sleep that can occur during this time, the “terrible two’s” that can challenge even the most patient of us, or the teenage years where every day can bring a new crisis. The daily demands of being a mom can take a toll on your health and increase stress levels. It makes sense that stressed-out moms can create stressed-out kids and nobody wants that!

Stress has been linked to health problems such as heart and immune system issues, digestive disorders, and can also affect our ability to sleep. Many of us just assume that stress is a part of life but it doesn’t have to be. Mother’s Day is coming up so in honor of all the moms out there no matter what your situation – working moms, stay-at-home moms, step-moms, foster moms or moms-to-be, take a break and put yourself first! Sure, it’s probably easier said than done but these tips may help:

– First and foremost, understand that you are not alone. You may feel like you are inadequate compared to everyone else (and social media can absolutely aggravate these feelings.) Talk with other moms who you trust and with whom you feel comfortable. Most likely you will see that they have the same struggles and insecurities you do!

– Try to stay positive. Before getting out of bed in the morning, take a deep breath, think encouraging and affirming thoughts, and think positively about the day to come.

– Laugh. Laughter can relieve stress and break tension. Although it may be difficult, try to find something amusing in stressful situations. Watch funny videos with the kids and laugh together. Hang out with people that make you smile.

– Get away for a little bit. How long has it been since you went out with friends? Or just did something by yourself? Plan some time without the kids and get recharged!

– Eat healthy and try to avoid junk food (treat yourself once in a while of course!) Boost your stress-relieving anti-oxidant levels by consuming more fruits and vegetables.

– Exercise. Exercise helps release endorphins which help you feel better and reduce stress. Take a walk with the stroller, join a gym with baby-sitting services if you need them. Attend a group class if you can fit it into your schedule.

– Stretching, meditation, and yoga. If it’s hard to get out of the house, YouTube is a terrific resource. There are videos that cover all levels of yoga, guided meditation that you can easily do while sitting in the car before leaving for work or picking up the kids, and stretching tutorials that can make your whole body feel better after a long day.

– Channel your inner Marie Kondo and de-clutter! Mess can cause stress. Block some time out once a month to tackle a messy area and see how much tension you can get rid of in the process.

– Unplug. We are all overwhelmed by technology. Take a break. Enough said.

– Gratitude. A daily practice of gratitude can help you de-stress. (i.e. “Today, I am grateful for coffee!”)

– Get back to your hobbies. Remember you have your own interests outside your kids and family life. Take time to do something YOU enjoy. And finally,

– Be kind to yourself! Moms can be very hard on themselves. Parenting is the toughest job in the world and there is no such thing as a perfect parent. Don’t beat yourself up over your mistakes.

Stress can have a huge impact on your overall health. If you need to speak to a doctor or mental-health provider about your issues, then do it. Remember to take care of your dental needs as well. All of these professionals can support you and improve your quality of life. Don’t forget…YOU are amazing!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful moms out there!

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SHOW YOUR SMILE SOME LOVE! (porcelain veneers beavercreek)

by Lee Anne Austria on February 14, 2019 , Comments Off on SHOW YOUR SMILE SOME LOVE! (porcelain veneers beavercreek)


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That chocolate candy, conversation heart obsessed mid-winter holiday is here…yes, Valentine’s Day is once again upon us! Hallmark thanks you very much. Here are some fun facts:
-$20.7 B (yes that’s billion): Total Valentine’s Day spending projected for 2019.
-$161.96 – Average amount Valentine’s Day enthusiasts will spend in 2019.
$100.00 – Average per cost of a Valentine’s dinner out.
-$6.94 – Average amount spent by Americans on Valentine’s Day gifts for pets.
-53% of women say they would break up with their significant other if they got nothing for Valentine’s Day.
-15% of Americans plan to buy themselves a present on Valentine’s Day.
-9 million marriage proposals will be made on Valentine’s Day this year.
With all of that being said, we can help you fall in love with your SMILE!
-Want to make your smile brighter and whiter? We offer KoR™ Whitening – the latest in whitening technology and a simple and effective way to get the pearly whites you’ve always wanted.
-Are you experiencing mouth pain? It’s not a good idea to ignore it. Broken teeth can cause a misalignment in your bite, make chewing difficult, and can be unattractive. We can help with crowns, bridges, implants, and other options to give you a better smile and more confidence.
-How about improving your overall health? We can’t emphasize it enough…studies show that people who regularly care for their teeth have better health…in fact that is the theme of our practice: Complete Health Dentistry. We not only care for your teeth, we care for YOU and your overall health.
Why wait? We have three conveniently located offices and easy online scheduling. Let us help you LOVE your smile and improve your health – it’s the best gift you can give yourself!
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VAPING: A SMOKE-SCREEN FOR THE DANGERS OF NICOTINE (teeth whitening near me)

by Lee Anne Austria on October 15, 2018 , Comments Off on VAPING: A SMOKE-SCREEN FOR THE DANGERS OF NICOTINE (teeth whitening near me)

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If you have been paying attention to the news lately, or if you spend any time with teenagers, you probably have heard the term “vaping.”  Kids often call it “Juuling”, referring to Juul – the top-selling brand of e-cigarettes in this country.

No matter what it is called, in September of this year, the FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb declared it an epidemic for minors.  He issued a stern warning to five of the largest manufacturers of e-cigarettes stating they will have 60 days to come up with a plan to reverse under-age use of their e-cigarettes or risk having the insidious flavored products pulled from the market.  These companies include Juul, Vuse, Blu, MarkTen XL, and Logic brands.  Popular e-cigarette flavors among teenagers include fruit medley, crème brulee, and cool mint.

This is a big change from the agency’s tone on e-cigarettes.  The FDA previously considered e-cigarettes to be a tool to help wean adult smokers off of traditional cigarettes even though it has not been proven to actually help.  The FDA admitted that the agency failed to predict the current epidemic which they believe is being driven by the flavored products.

Here is what Gottlieb said in his announcement:  “E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous – and dangerous – trend among teens.  The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we’re seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end.  It’s simply not tolerable.  I’ll be clear.  The FDA won’t tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products.”

A statement from Juul, based in San Francisco and commanding over 60% of the e-cigarette market, stated that it is working to prevent underage use of its products but at the same time stated that flavors can help adult smokers quit traditional cigarettes.  A representative from the company insisted they never intentionally marketed to teens.  But in an ingenious marketing ploy, Juul created an e-cigarette resembling a flash-drive, something that students often use in school.

Supporters of e-cigarettes argue that users inhale far fewer toxic chemicals than with traditional cigarettes.  Critics point out that many e-cigarette pods contain higher levels of nicotine which is addictive, as well as the fact that an entire younger generation has been introduced to nicotine-based products.

U.S. officials say teenage use of e-cigarettes has reached “epidemic” levels and that as many as one-third of young people who use the products begin smoking traditional cigarettes within a year.  As health professionals, we support the FDA’s decision to crack down on the manufacturers of these devices.

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Sources:  dentalinsurancestore.com/news-articles/dental-wire

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The Associated Press

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#COOL MOMS (PLUS A SPECIAL OFFER!) (porcelain veneers beavercreek beavercreek cosmetic dentistry)

by Lee Anne Austria on May 1, 2018 , Comments Off on #COOL MOMS (PLUS A SPECIAL OFFER!) (porcelain veneers beavercreek beavercreek cosmetic dentistry)

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Moms are the best!   If you are a Mom, you know that there’s not always time to focus on yourself and your health.  So with Mother’s Day just around the corner we thought we would take a moment to suggest some easy ways (no Botox or plastic surgery involved) to brighten up your look, take care of your oral health, and keep everyone guessing about your age.

  • Get rid of those old dark fillings:  Modern, non-toxic tooth-colored restorations are a great investment.  Not only will you look younger, these fabulous composite fillings are less likely to break and crack so so you’ll be better protected against damage and decay in the years to come.
  • Treat yourself to whitening:  As we age, teeth tend to darken naturally, although “adult” beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine can speed up the process.  Whitening is one of the fastest and easiest ways to bring that youthful glow back to your smile.
  • Consider veneers:  Are your teeth chipped, stained, cracked, misshapen or all of the above?  Dental veneers can give you the flawless smile you’ve always wanted.  And a flawless smile exudes radiance and confidence. Veneers are thin porcelain coverings that fit perfectly over teeth and can completely transform a smile in just a few visits.
  • Straighten things up:  Even if your teeth are naturally straight, shifting can occur after years of biting, chewing, and grinding.  Facial muscles can also change over time which can lead to crookedness.  Invisalign™ Orthodontics is a fantastic way to fix these issues without wires and metal in as little as 10 weeks!
  • Missing some teeth?  Tooth loss is never fun and can make you feel and look older.  Dental implants are simply amazing.  Not only can they keep your smile and the structure of your mouth intact, they can help you eat, speak, and smile more naturally.  Gaps in the mouth due to missing teeth will cause the existing teeth to move in order to fill the gaps, and can result in a poor bite and a crooked smile.  Also, missing teeth can lead to bone loss in the jaw which can give the face that dreaded sunken-in appearance.  Implants can help keep the bone structure in place while keeping your teeth strong and healthy.

Cosmetic and restorative dentistry can dramatically improve your smile leading to more confidence and a better quality of life.  And contact us for a special Mother’s Day offer!  (Hint: it’s an amazing offer on KoR Whitening!)  We wish all of you remarkable moms out there a beautiful Mothers Day filled with family and fun!

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SAY AHH (dayton dentist greene county dentist beavercreek dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 20, 2018 , Comments Off on SAY AHH (dayton dentist greene county dentist beavercreek dentist)

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March 20, 2018 (today) is the first day of spring!  Today is also World Oral Health Day…”Say Ahh…Think Mouth, Think Health.”  This theme focuses on 4 main messages:

  • Oral health is much more than a nice smile.
  • Oral health and general health have a 2-way relationship.
  • The mouth cannot be isolated from the rest of the body.
  • Most oral diseases share common risk factors with other diseases.

But if you’re a patient of ours you already knew that!

Click here for the official website and to learn more.

Click here for OUR take on “Think Mouth, Think Health!

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greene county dentist/beavercreek dentist IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN!….

by Lee Anne Austria on October 9, 2017 , Comments Off on greene county dentist/beavercreek dentist IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN!….

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October!  Time for colorful falling leaves, the Great Pumpkin and trick-or-treating!  Here at Brilliant Smiles we love the change of seasons…so much so that I’ve been inspired to post an autumn-themed blog/email…don’t you feel fortunate?

Did you enjoy trick-or-treating as a child?  The anticipation of all of the candy, the shouts of delight when it was a king-sized Hershey’s Bar and the groans of disappointment when it was a fun-sized Almond Joy?  The memories!  Let’s face it.  Going to the dentist will never be as much fun as watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” or dressing up as Mr. T.  But isn’t it awesome when your hygienist compliments you on how great your teeth look after a routine check-up?  Or your dentist finds a potential problem before it becomes a frightening expense?  Speaking of hygienists and keeping with the fall theme, October is Dental Hygienist month.  So why not join in the celebration and if you are in need of a dental cleaning make that appointment today!  Better yet, if you have an appointment already, do your best to keep it.  Sure…we understand things happen.  But nothing transforms our happy, smiling hygienists into scary, broomstick-flying witches more than patients who casually and routinely miss appointments…so much so that the previously mentioned patients might suddenly find their ruby slippers missing from their closet.  Plus…you know it’s just plain better for you and your oral health to visit and chat with your hygienist at least twice a year, right?   (No playing dumb allowed in our blog!)

So help us celebrate!  Jump in a pile of leaves.  Decorate a pumpkin.  Schedule that dental cleaning today…then give your hygienist a hug!  And remember what the creepy crooked teeth pumpkin meme stated…“Scary things come to those who do not brush.”

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(opioid opioid crisis beavercreek oh dentist) TIME TO GET SERIOUS

by Lee Anne Austria on September 19, 2017 , Comments Off on (opioid opioid crisis beavercreek oh dentist) TIME TO GET SERIOUS

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Substance abuse isn’t a new problem and neither are opioids.  Just to remind you, opioids are a class of drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain.  Some – such as oxycodone and hydrocodone – can be legally prescribed to help control pain after medical and dental procedures and surgeries.  Heroin would be that one illegal version you’ve been hearing about.   All have been in the news a lot lately.

Why are they a problem?  Because they are extremely addictive and thus can be easily abused.

Why are they so addictive?  The official reason is because the medications in drugs bind to the areas of the brain that control pain and emotions, driving up levels of the feel-good hormone dopamine in the brain’s reward areas producing an intense feeling of euphoria.  (www.cnn.com/2016/09/23/health/heroin-opiod-drug-overdose-deaths)  In other words, they can be described as the ultimate “chill-pill.”  As the brain becomes used to these feelings it can take more and more of the drug to produce the same levels of pain relief and well-being, leading to dependence, and later, possibly, addiction.

Here are some scary statistics:

  • 3 out 4 new heroin users start by abusing prescription drugs.
  • Deaths from synthetic opioids (like fentanyl) jumped 72% from 2014 to 2015.
  • Deaths from prescription drug overdoses have more than quadrupled since 1999.

Unfortunately, this epidemic has disproportionally hit small towns and rural America (mainly Appalachia and the Southwest), far away from the spotlight of the national media. The reason why is a subject for another blog post.  However, it has been getting more attention lately.

So what does all of this have to do with dentistry?  Well, when we think about drug abuse, usually the first thing that comes to mind is damage to the brain (Remember the fried egg analogy?  “This is your brain…this is your brain on drugs”), as well as the heart and lungs.  But these powerful drugs can also destroy oral health in general; specifically the teeth and gums.  Drug addicts have more cavities and gum disease than the general population.  Most likely because good oral health is not at the top of their priority list.  Here are some specific ways that opioid addiction is detrimental to oral health:

  • Opioids can cause users to grind and clench their teeth.  Grinding can crack teeth and weaken the jawbone that supports teeth.
  • Opioids reduce pain, which can lead to the user ignoring or missing painful warning signals caused by cavities or gum disease.
  • Injecting opioids can cause oral fungus or viral infections that harm the mouth.
  • Addicts often neglect oral hygiene because the fixation on getting the next high will often replace brushing their teeth for days on end.
  • Cravings for high sugar food and beverages combined with bad oral hygiene habits decay teeth.
  • The condition of the teeth and gums can suffer due to nutritional deficiencies from not eating right.

Dentists often prescribe low-level opioid painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone after oral surgery (think wisdom teeth extractions.) These drugs are believed to have played some role in contributing to the current crisis.  As a result, the American Dental Association has issued guidelines for opioid prescriptions to help advise dentists before prescribing them to patients.  Additionally, in our offices we require parents and legal guardians to read and sign a consent form before prescribing opioids to minors.

For more information on this serious subject, here are some helpful websites:

http://starttalking.ohio.gov/

National Institute on Drug Abuse

American Public Health Association

Additional Sources:  http://www.dentaltown.com/blog/post/7912/how-opioid-abuse-affects-oral-health

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SCARED YET? (dentist beavercreek/affordable dentist beavercreek/emergency dental)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 30, 2017 , Comments Off on SCARED YET? (dentist beavercreek/affordable dentist beavercreek/emergency dental)
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It’s early to start thinking about Halloween (Even though the new trailer for Stephen King’s IT gave me a jumpstart – yikes!)  However, oral cancer is something that is scary at any time of the year.  April is oral cancer awareness month and your chances of beating it depend on how soon you find it.

In 2017 about 49,670 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer.  An estimated 9700 will die of these cancers.  Oral cancer can strike in the mouth and throat with most of these cancers beginning in the flat cells – squamous cells – that cover the surfaces of the mouth, tongue, and lips.  Some of the risk factors include tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), sun exposure, diet, betel nut use, and personal history of oral cancer.

Symptoms to watch for include patches inside the mouth or on the lips, a sore on the mouth or lips that doesn’t heal, bleeding in the mouth, loose teeth, pain or difficulty swallowing, lump in the neck, numbness of lower lip and chin, difficulty wearing dentures, and a persistent earache.

You need to get to your dentist or physician ASAP if you have any of these symptoms.

So are you scared?  Be scared.  Embrace it.  Get that screening!

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by Lee Anne Austria on February 9, 2017 , Comments Off on POST-SUPERBOWL ANGST affordable beavercreek dentist/emergency dental

 

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Wow…that was some game the other night!  A halftime show featuring…drones!  And oh yes, a certain superstar who jumped off the roof into the stadium and even more amazingly…DIDN’T LIP-SYNC!!  Pretty impressive.  I, however, missed the beer commercials with the cute puppies so I’m making up for it here.  If you’re feeling depressed about the outcome of the game and/or the fact that we have 5 more weeks until spring, I’m here to help:  By making a few simple adjustments to your diet, you can elevate your mood and boost your metabolism.  The benefits are potentially huge! Maintaining a good mood will help you stick to a healthy diet, be more productive, and increase your self-esteem.  Keeping in mind that we are a Complete Health Dentistry practice, here are seven simple tips to help you optimize your diet to boost mood and metabolism.

  1. Resist Skipping Meals – Skipping or missing a meal can cause a dip in your blood sugar, leading to crankiness and lethargy.  Maintain your blood sugar levels, and your energy by eating small amounts of food throughout the day.  You might even prefer eating six smaller meals rather than three large ones.
  2. Stay Hydrated – This is a biggie.  Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and lethargic.  Be sure to drink (water, not beer) throughout the day and don’t rely on thirst alone to remind you to have another glass of water.  Some experts say the average person needs about eight glasses of water daily, and that may be hard to accomplish without reminders.
  3. Think Moderation, Especially for Low-Nutrient Foods – Avoid a lot of caffeine, refined carbohydrates (sugar), alcohol, salt, and other food additives.  Any of these, especially in large amounts, can decrease your metabolic efficiency.  Which basically means this:  TOO MANY CARBS = RUSH =>CRASH/FATIGUE.  In addition, excess salt can disrupt your fluid balance, changing your daily water needs, not to mention increasing health risks like high blood pressure.
  4. Strive for Balance in the Food You Eat – In general, a healthy diet includes a mix of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and some protien, but each person has inidivudaul needs based on age, sex, physical activity level, body size, and stress factors.  You can consult with a nutritionist to determine the best combination for you to help you find the right balance.
  5. Get a Boost From “Good Mood” Food – While research about the mood- and metabolism-boosting qualities of certain foods is mixed, foods high in the amino acid tryptophan have been found to increase seratonin levels in the brain, contributing to feelings of optimism and calm.  Bananas, avocados, dried apricots, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds fall into this category.  Foods rich in Omega-3 fats can help help elevate mood and reduce anxiety and depression (salmon, mackerel, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds.)
  6. Keep a Food Diary – Some foods can have the opposite effect of tryptophan and instead trigger negative changes in mood and cause irritability or headaches.  A food diary can help.  If you think a particular food might be affecting your mood, record everything you eat each day and how you feel before and after every meal.  After two weeks, review your entries to see if any foods line up with specific moods either good or bad.
  7. Exercise Exercise Exercise – So important!  Now we’re not talking about running marathons here.  But a moderate and regular exercise routine will keep your body working most effectively and will augment both your mood and metabolism.

I hope this helps you get through the rest of the winter.  The key message is balance.  A variety of healthy foods with a dose of exercise will help you maintain your energy, speed up your metabolism, and boost your mood.

Until next time!

(reprinted in part from jessicafaissal.com/health-articles-archive)

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