Saturday our office will be participating in
Operation In As Much is a national mission project based on the scripture which says
This project is sponsored by First Baptist Church who will help send over 175 people out into the community to work on different projects to help the underprivileged. We will see people in our office from two free clinics in Greenwood who have referred patients that are suffering from dental pain.
We will be joined by other dentists from the Lakelands Dental Association who are also volunteering. Our team consists of Stacy Dorn, Tammy Hudson, Lisa LaFrancis, Diana Cox, Julie Dean, Mary Lewis Hamrick, Marty Mizzell, Dr. Aaron Carner, Dr. Jason Hagler, Dr. Mary Hagler, Dr. Wilson Ackerman, Dr. Ann Holtzhauer and myself. We would appreciate your prayers for those volunteering and those who we will serve through this special project.
You can find out more about Operation In As Much by clicking here to visit their website!
One area of dental care that people often neglect is flossing. Most people brush daily, but a minority floss regularly. Gum disease often begins at the gum line between the teeth. Most of the time flossing is the only way to remove the plaque that accumulates here. Since gum disease is one of the most common health maladies people acquire, it makes sense to floss. Not only can gum disease cause dental problems such as loose teeth and bad breath, some research has also linked gum disease to more ominous general health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Many people who have irritated, bleeding gums are afraid to floss for fear of making it worse, but in fact, flossing can improve the health of your gums. This will actually cause bleeding to decrease.
Here are a few (several) tips to better flossing:
- Wind about 18 inches of floss around middle fingers. This will anchor the floss so that it does not slip. I stress middle fingers because it will leave index fingers and thumbs available to direct floss between teeth.
- Gently slide floss between teeth being sure to direct below gum line.
- Be sure to direct floss against both teeth next to each space, not simply popping in and back out. This motion will ensure both teeth are cleaned below the gum line.
You can see that proper flossing can be of great help in maintaining a healthy mouth.
Watch this accompanying video to give you a better understanding of flossing.
Remember: You might be a redneck if you have ever flossed with the little red ring around the piece of bologna.
- Jeff Foxworthy
Many times patients ask some good and thoughtful questions that lead to some discussion about certain topics in dentistry or about their particular situations. These encounters point out that there is room for some general education about our dental health. We often find occasions where patients are not aware that many of their problems could have been prevented completely or detected very early if they had only known and followed some simple habits. Additionally there are modern techniques and products that we use today in dentistry that you may not know about. I have created some space on my web page where I can pass some educational notes along to those who may be interested. I will try to post every so often to give you an update. My hope is that some of this may be of some interest and value to you. Thanks for your ongoing support.
Dr. Tommy Stoddard
A man doesn’t know what he knows until he knows what he doesn’t know.
- Dr. Laurence J. Peter