Congrats to our good friends Mark and Jay for making it backstage and meeting Steven Tyler of Aeorsmith!
Congrats to our good friends Mark and Jay for making it backstage and meeting Steven Tyler of Aeorsmith!
Dry Mouth – A Big Problem for You
Good ole’ saliva bathes our teeth in liquid enamel all day to help protect our teeth and also kills many of the germs that cause dental decay.
Be aware that there are over 600 common medications that cause dry mouth as a side effect. Among them are medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, glaucoma, incontinence, allergy meds, relaxants, alcohol, sleep aids and diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome,
Once your saliva is turned off by these meds, your teeth may no longer be protected. When this happens, we see a rapid increase of dental decay, especially on the roots of teeth. Often we try to save these teeth, only to lose them later. That will affect your looks and your ability to chew.
Dr. Solomon is an expert in treating and protecting teeth from the ravages of dry mouth. We include medications that soothe, protect, and moisturize, teach daily cleaning techniques, provide products that encourage saliva stimulation, and more.
If anyone you know has dry mouth, please send them to Dr. Solomon for immediate help.
Dear Dr. Solomon & Staff
Attitudes & Attire™ is extremely appreciative of the time that you donate to our clients and The Hopeful Smiles™ Program. The success of the program would not be possible without you and your staff.
If there is anything we can do during the time you see our clients as patients, please do not hesitate to let us know.
The entire staff and Hopeful Smiles™ patients’ thank you for all you do for us.
Hopeful Smiles™ Coordinator
Recently a number of our patients have expressed concern about having x-rays taken as a result of a news report linking some forms of dental x-rays to certain types of brain cancer.
We found an article in the Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s May 2012 issue that is very insightful and informative.
Let us know what you think.
A study published in the April 10 online edition of Cancer, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, associated the incidence of meningiomas (benign brain tumors) with exposure to dental radiography. After surveying more than 1,400 patients diagnosed with intracranial meningiomas, the authors concluded that exposure to dental radiography in the past—when the level of radiation emissions was higher than it is with today’s equipment—increased the risk of these types of tumors.
The study results were based on patient recall of their past experience receiving dental X-rays. Consequently, the American Dental Association (ADA) is questioning the results, citing the fact that patient memory cannot be scientifically quantified. The ADA notes that studies based on patient memory are often tarnished by “recall bias.” The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) also released a statement criticizing the study design. The academy asserts that asking patients to remember their dental X-ray history from as long ago as 50 years is a significant weakness. It also notes that the authors’ finding that bitewing radiographs (two to four exposures) were more likely to increase brain tumor risk than a full-mouth series (up to 20 exposures) is illogical.
Both the ADA and AAOMR support the use of selection criteria for dental radiographs and, when they are necessary, adhering to the “as low as reasonably achievable” (ALARA) principle, which stipulates use of the minimum radiation exposure needed to achieve diagnostic-quality images. The academy also notes that advances in radiography have decreased radiation exposure more than 60% in recent years. For more details on dental radiography safety, visit www.ada.org.
Wildflower, an award-winning multi-day eclectic arts and music festival has something for the whole family. Featuring six performance stages, Marketplace, the Taste of Texas Food Garden, the family friendly Kidz Korner, and much more! The fun starts May 18-20, 2012 in Richardson Texas!
Also happening this weekend is The Taste of Addison. Sample delicious food from over 60 of Addison’s favorite restaurants, offered at reduced price, national musical entertainment, wine tasting and carnival rides for kids, both young and young at heart!
Hope to see you there!
When Dr. Gary Solomon isn’t at his Dallas Dental practice, he can frequently be found serving meals at the Dallas Stew Pot’s, Second Change Café.
The Second Chance Café serves three meals a day, seven days a week to more than 700 people per meal! Volunteers help dish-up delicious meals prepared by kitchen staff and also help guests with beverages and seating.
If you’d like to volunteer, visit their site for information on how you can help: http://www.thestewpot.org/volunteer.asp
Giving back to the Dallas community is important to Dr. Solomon and keeps him very busy. Other community involvements include; Dallas Women’s Attitude and Attire, Potter’s House, Texas Mission of Mercy Day of Dentistry, North Texas Food Bank, and Family Gateway, Texas Dental Association’s Dental Care program.
Isaac is ‘totally ecstatic’ about his experience with us here at Dr. Solomon’s office!
As a massage therapist, he’s adept at putting his clients at ease, but for himself – in the dental chair – it was another story. He came to us with a lot of anxiety, but now looks forward to his visits, and has a habit of keeping the entire office entertained when he’s here.
Giving back to the community is something Dr. Solomon takes to heart. One of the programs he recently has had to privilege to work with is The Hopeful Smiles Program.
If you’re not familiar with The Hopeful Smiles Program, it is an exceptional group effort of local dental professionals and Attitudes & Attire™. The Hopeful Smiles Program provides much-needed dental care to women whose smiles have been damaged by poverty, neglect, violence, and illness. This incredible program not only restores their smiles, it builds confidence and provides hope for a new future.
If you would like to make a difference in our community or know someone who would benefit from the incredible personal growth resources provided by The Hopeful Smiles Program and Attitudes & Attire™, please visit their websites for more information.
Our friends, Jay and Laurie, were vacationing in Los Cabos, Mexico where they fell in love with a highly recommended restaurant called Manuel’s Creative Cuisine. The restaurant owner, Manuel Arredondo met his wife Virny in Houston and they had always dreamed of returning to Texas one day.
The two couples became friends, and Jay encouraged them to consider opening a location here in the Dallas area. Once back home in Dallas, Jay noticed a great location and emailed Manual. Excited for the opportunity, Manuel and Virny decided to bring their 30 years of experience and just this month opened a beautiful restaurant at the corner of Cedar Springs and Wellborn. With a menu of mostly organic and seasonal global cuisine, everything is homemade, and the meats come from local sources.
We are all excited to welcome Manuel and Virny to Dallas and wish them plenty of success!
Manuel’s Creative Cuisine
Address: 3102 Oak Lawn, #116
Dallas, TX 75219
I read an article today in a dental journal that really resonated with me for several reasons. Here’s a little excerpt from the technical talk that got me to thinking:
“Today we know that periodontitis is an oral disease that is not limited to local tissue destruction. Escalating evidence over 20 years of research suggests there are various inflammatory pathways that link periodontitis to systemic damage…”
Basically, what this means is that we dental folk suspect that when you have an infection like gingivitis or gum disease, your gums are an open window to your bloodstream for any number of supremely destructive and toxic bacteria. The increase in the amount of scary bacteria in the blood can lead to inflammation pretty much everywhere your blood flows. Sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it?
It’s this mild inflammation in the blood stream all through your body that increases on-going inflammation in distant organ systems, raising your risk for many of the debilitating diseases that doctors now believe are associated with chronic inflammation. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-term and low birth-weight babies, respiratory diseases, certain forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative neurological conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, and autoimmune diseases such as lupus… Wow. Scary stuff.
So… What I want to know is this: What can I do about it?
First, I have to broaden my view of “oral health”, meaning that I have to realize that my body is a complete system. The blood that circulates through my heart goes right through my gums and my brain and my left pinky toe, as well. Okay, since I’m a dental professional, I should have my gums covered. Brush and floss a bazillion times a day, exams and cleanings every 3-6 months. Done. What else?
How about nutrition? Stress, lack of exercise, genetic predisposition, and exposure to toxins like secondhand smoke can all contribute to chronic inflammation, but how and what we choose to eat plays a big role as well. We’ve known for a very long time that nutrition plays a major part in living with the heavy-weights like heart disease and diabetes.
But is there such a thing as an anti-inflammatory diet? Can we help balance our body’s pH balance and tame internal inflammation in our blood, lymph, and organs by paying attention to how and what we eat?
Many doctors and nutrition experts say, “Yep.” In a nutshell, an anti-inflammatory diet, or “clean eating,” means increasing fresh vegetables and fruits, decreasing trans fats and unhealthy saturated fat; reducing/eliminating processed or refined foods, high sugar foods, and fast food; choosing lean sources of protein and whole grains; increasing dietary fiber and water, and including spices such as ginger, curry, and turmeric, which have excellent inflammation reducing properties. It’s “abundantly enjoying whole foods” – that is, foods as close to their natural state as you can get them.
Sounds like a major pantry/refrigerator-overhaul, doesn’t it? You can do it that way, certainly, but for me, it was baby steps. I started by (sadly) eliminating sugar from my daily diet, buying whole-grain breads and pastas, and making sure to read labels on everything – staying away from artificial ingredients, preservatives, and chemically charged foods. As I made the transition from traditional American pre-packaged, processed preservatives, it became easier to choose the healthier option – and I found that I honestly didn’t want that box of Cap’n Crunch ‘cause my steel cut oatmeal with honey and fresh fruit just tasted so much better (and kept me full and physically feeling great).
For more information on the concept of an anti-inflammatory diet, check out Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet website. Also, read about the 5 steps to eating clean on livestrong.com and find amazing recipes for dinner tonight on the Clean Eating Magazine website!
We welcome your feedback on this topic and invite you to post your thoughts and questions.