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Help Others Beat the Heat This Summer

This summer has been a scorcher in the Omaha metro, especially during the month of July. With temperatures in the triple digits, many have been trying to beat the heat by cranking the air conditioning, frequenting swimming pools or staying hydrated with ice cold beverages. With highs like these, we can’t forget those in the metro who have a bit more difficulty beating the heat. Summit Dental Health is a proud to partner with iHeart Media to sponsor Beat the Heat in support of the Open Door Mission.Last week the Open Door Mission handed out over 4,000 bottles of water in ONE day! Summit Dental Health locations in Omaha are drop-off locations through the end of July for the following needed items:

  1. Water: to be handed out to the homeless on days when it’s extremely hot and humid.
  2. Fans: to help low income families in the Heartland who do not have air conditioning.

 

You can also help by hosting a lemonade stand on Community Lemonade Stand Day on July 30. Pick up a lemonade stand kit (includes instructions, lemonade, cups, a poster and sunglasses) at any Summit Dental Health location in the Omaha metro. Let us know the address of your lemonade stand so we can add it to the list and map of lemonade stands throughout the city. To gather some tips for hosting a lemonade stand, check out our blog post on Hosting a Successful Lemonade Stand.

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Community Lemonade Stand Day

Lemonade stands are a summer staple and most kids jump at the chance to host one. The school year is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to cross ‘hosting a lemonade stand’ off your summer bucket list while helping a worthy cause. Summit Dental Health is hosting a Community Lemonade Stand Day on July 30 in support of the Open Door Mission. Here are your instructions and tips for hosting a successful lemonade stand.

 

  1. Pick up a Lemonade Stand Day Kit from any Summit Dental Health location. Make sure you sign up with the front desk when you pick up your kit so we can include your location and hours on the list and map of all the lemonade stands on Saturday, July 30.

 

  1. Post on social media (RSVP for the Beat the Heat – Lemonade Stand Day Facebook event here), make fliers, make phone calls, etc., to let your friends, family and neighbors know that you will be hosting a lemonade stand on July 30 in support of the Open Door Mission. Don’t forget to tag Summit Dental Health and Open Door Mission.

 

  1. Decide how much you will charge for your lemonade. Instead of setting a price, consider asking for a free will donation. Write the price on the yellow price tag on the poster provided. Make other posters to place around your lemonade stand location to draw attention to your stand.

 

  1. Host your lemonade stand on Saturday, July 30. Post photos on social media and use hashtags: #LemonadeStandDay, #SummitGives, #BeattheHeat

 

  1. Place the donation from your lemonade stand in the provided envelope and mail it to the Open Door Mission or drop it off at any Summit Dental Health location by August 10. Here is a list of our locations and their hours. 

 

Email mritchie@summitdentalhealth.net if you have any questions!

 

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Four F’s for a Successful Fourth of July Weekend

This Monday is the Fourth of July, a day when we celebrate declaring our independence from Great Britain in 1776. In that Declaration of Independence we talked a lot about fairness and freedom, but our founding fathers probably didn’t foresee some other F’s that would make our Independence Day the awesome holiday it’s become.

What’s your favorite F? Let us know by voting in our poll on Twitter.

 

Family & Friends

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Oops, look at us – already cheating.  This first F is a two-for-one because it’s really all about people. A lot of families plan road trips this weekend to visit other cities, go camping or hit a theme park like Joyland Amusement Park. And friends will get together for grilling out, lawn games or just hanging out enjoying the weather. Whatever you decide to do, remember to pack a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste or some mouthwash to help those relationships get even closer!

 

Food

A patriotic fruit tart.

This one’s a no-brainer. We’re talking Potlucks on patios with pounds of potato salad and pints of patriotic ice cream flavors. There is nothing quite like a hamburger, hot dog or veggies off the grill in the summer. Throw in an ice-cold glass of sweet tea to wash it down, and you’ll know you’re doing it right.

Don’t forget to drink a glass of water after your meal to wash some of that sugar off your teeth!

 

 

Fireworks

friend running with fireworks on a beach afer sunsetWho doesn’t love running around with sparklers after dark or shooting roman candles into the sky and hearing them pop? It really doesn’t matter how many times you’ve heard “I’m Proud to be an American” blaring over a loudspeaker as you watch fireworks light up your city, it’s awesome every time. ‘Nuff said.

 

 

Floss Fun

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You knew we were going to do it, didn’t you? Well here’s your reminder to floss every day. But the last one is not “Floss” and it’s actually the most important F of the weekend: FUN. Our country has come a long way in its short history and though we’ve been through a lot, we have a lot to be proud of! So let’s remember this weekend to enjoy good company, good food and have a great time celebrating what makes us unique.

 

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

 

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Summit Dental Health Collects Over 400 Books for ‘Books for Charley’

Summit Dental Health locations collected over 400 books that will be donated to the

Omaha Children’s Hospital and to St. Luke’s Hospital Pediatric Unit in Sioux City!

During the month of May, Summit Dental Health locations in Omaha, Sioux City and

South Sioux City collected new children’s books in honor of the 6th Annual Books for

Charley initiative through the Charley’s Heart Foundation. Over 11,000 books have

been donated to children’s hospitals and pediatric units since Books for Charley began

in 2011.

Books for Charley

Books for Charley is an annual book drive in memory of Charlotte (Charley) Ritchie,

daughter of Matt and Kristen Ritchie of Gretna, Nebraska. Charley was born with a

congenital heart defect. After numerous hospital stays, procedures and open heart

surgeries, Charley passed away on May 31, 2011, just two weeks after celebrating her

first birthday.

After losing Charley, her family knew that they needed to do something to help keep her

memory alive and to stay involved with other families with children with congenital heart

defects. “Charley's Heart was formed in an attempt to help provide support to others in

the heart community, fund continued research for congenital heart defects, raise

awareness, and above all, to celebrate Charley’s life,” says Kristen Ritchie, Charley’s

mom.

Summit Dental Health staff

About Summit Dental Health

Summit Dental Health is proud to serve the Omaha and Sioux City metro areas and proud to be active participants in our communities. Throughout the year we not only want to make sure that all of your dental needs are taken care of, but we want to make the communities we live and work in better. Collecting books through Books for Charley is just one of many community initiatives our team members and patients are proud to support.

Follow Charley’s Heart on Facebook.

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Crohn’s Disease, Colitis and Oral Health

About 5 million people worldwide are living with Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis, also known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). These chronic diseases affect the digestive system and cause intestinal tissue to become inflamed, form sores and bleed easily. Crohn’s specifically can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract including the lips, mouth and even the esophagus. And in addition to the physical and emotional toll IBD has on the well-being of its patients such as weight loss, fever, nausea, diarrhea and anemia, it can also have a number of negative effects on oral health.

Sometimes it is difficult to tell what is causing changes in the mouth such as ulcers, soreness, dry mouth or cavities. Sometimes medications taken to treat Crohn’s disease interfere with normal mouth bacteria that can cause problems. IBD can also lead to nutritional deficiencies that affect dental and oral health. In other instances, it is the disease itself causing the problems. Your doctor can identify whether Crohn’s or colitis is interfering with the health of your teeth and gums with testing.

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Cavities & Tooth Decay

For 8-29% of patients with Crohn’s Disease, cavities can appear before any intestinal complications. Many patients have reported an increase in tooth decay and higher incidence of cavities as they have undergone treatment for Crohn’s. And studies have shown that changes caused by colitis in the mucus that lines the gastrointestinal tract have led to tooth decay in some patients. Patients who are using Prednisone for their symptoms might want to consult their physician and dentist as some patients have reported a link between the medication and cavities. In our research, this was a very common side effect of medical treatment and the connection should not be taken lightly.


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Mouth Ulcers & Vitamin Deficiencies

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is known to cause legions throughout the intestine, colon, esophagus as well as in and around patients’ mouths. Poor vitamin consumption, particularly of vitamin D, can lead to complications that range from small, painless lesions inside the mouth to ulcerations and swelling of the lips. This can lead to more serious issues like Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome, oral tuberculosis, cheilitis granulomatosa, sarcoidosis, or even contact allergic reactions. Pyodermatitis-pyostomatitis vegetans is also associated with Crohn’s disease, but only rarely. Symptoms include pustules (pimples) that can be yellow or whitish in appearance in the mouth. After the pustules rupture, they leave a superficial ulcer. The lymph glands under the chin can become swollen and there may be mild pain. Yeast infections and deficiencies in Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, zinc and Vitamin K are common.


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Gum Inflammation & Gingivitis

Gum problems, such as swollen or bleeding gums, can be another complication of Crohn’s and may be the result of poor nutrition. Getting the right vitamins and minerals in your diet is crucial to good overall health and oral health, but the combination of Crohn’s and mouth problems can leave you with little appetite or interest in eating. You might need to work harder on the quality of your diet because the consequences of Crohn’s can prevent your body from taking advantage of all the nutrients in the foods you eat; instead, food is moved through your system without being fully digested. Some medicines can contribute to inflammation and gingivitis, so if you are using the following medications, you might want to talk with your doctor about possible alternatives: Steroids, Mesalazine and Methotrexate.


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Prevention

As always, we encourage you to discuss your symptoms and treatment options with your doctor or dentist. But the following tips will not only help your overall health, they might also prevent dental complications associated with IBD:

  • Avoid sweetened drinks like soda, juice and energy drinks
  • Limit the amount of dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) you eat
  • Get plenty of sunlight or take a vitamin D supplement
  • Eat 5 or 6 small meals each day that are low in saturated fat, with lots of fruit and antioxidant-rich foods (beans, berries, apples)
  • Stop smoking!

If you have IBD, let’s talk! We’d love to help you find the right treatment for your oral health. Call 402-799-1166 today!

For Women with Osteoporosis, Dental Implants Improve Quality of Life

For women going through menopause, osteoporosis might be the last thing on your mind. But as you age past 50, bone density should be of greater concern to you. Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture — and it often hits hardest after menopause. Osteoporosis has been linked to bone loss in the jaw which weakens its density and leads to tooth loss. Every day, women everywhere must choose between dentures and dental implants to replace their teeth, and we know the choice is hard. But a recent study suggests the answer is simpler than we thought: Dental implants might just improve your quality of life.

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine found that women with implants experienced increased comfort, speech, chewing function, and fit compared to other restorations. “Our research suggests that there are likely some comfort-related factors, some functionality, and some aesthetic reasons why an implant restoration bypasses the quality of the others,” says co-author Leena Palomo, DDS, MSD, an associate professor and director of the periodontics program at Case Western Reserve. “Intuitively it would make sense that an implant restoration is better in comfort and function compared to a fixed or removable restoration, but the collective effect of these factors is seen in distant psychosocial measures.”

The study surveyed 237 osteoporotic women with one or more adjacent teeth missing and asked them to rate their occupational, health, emotional, and sexual quality of life. The results showed that women with dental implants scored higher overall than those with fixed partial dentures, removable partial dentures, or no restorations.

Implant Fixed Partial Denture Removable Partial Denture No Restoration
Occupational Score 26.79 26.86 21.42 20.59
Health Score 26.45 21.32 20.05 19.23
Emotional Score 25.75 26.86 17.03 15.29
Sexual Score 28.59 24.84 15.26 11.45
Overall Score 107.58 99.88 73.77 66.56

If you’re dealing with osteoporosis and looking to enjoy life a little more, give us a call at (502) 244-9595! We’d be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss the best restoration for you.

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