Friends having fun and celebrating US Independence Day

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

Mixed Race young people making selfie at garden party. Man from Jamaica Playing Guitar. Man on right holding smart phone on selfie stick. In background people holding American flag.

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

Group of teen girls laughing and eating ice cream at the beach together

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!

 

A sign for Summit Dental Health and Books for Charley sits in front of stacks of books

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.

Thousands attend the Cinco de Mayo parade and festival in South Omaha. This is the third year that Summit Dental Health has participated in the parade.

Summit Dental Health at the South Omaha Cinco De Mayo Parade

Cinco de Mayo has become a favorite festival for the Omaha community and the Summit Dental Health family.  This year marked the third year Summit Dental Health participated in the South Omaha Cinco de Mayo Parade. In honor of its rich Mexican heritage, Nebraska’s South Omaha Latino community has been hosting Cinco de Mayo events in Omaha for decades.  Festivities include a parade, authentic Mexican food and entertainment for the whole family.

Summit Dental Health team members gather outside of our 24th & E Street location in the heart of South Omaha.

Summit Dental Health team members gather outside of our 24th & E Street location in the heart of South Omaha.

Pearl, our Summit Dental Health ambassador, even made it out for the Cinco de Mayo parade.

Pearl, our Summit Dental Health ambassador, even made it out for the Cinco de Mayo parade.

Our team members love bringing their families to participate in the many community events Summit Dental Health takes part in throughout the year.  The South Omaha Cinco de Mayo parade is one of their favorites.

Our team members love bringing their families to participate in the many community events Summit Dental Health takes part in throughout the year. The South Omaha Cinco de Mayo parade is one of their favorites.

 

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Sioux City, South Sioux City and Omaha are Dropoff Sites for Books for Charley

​­Throughout the month of May, new children’s books can be dropped off at the Sioux City Summit Dental Health location (2114 Pierce Street), the South Sioux City Summit Dental Health location (2600 Cornhusker Drive) and our Omaha locations in honor of the 6th Annual Books for Charley initiative through the Charley’s Heart Foundation. The books will be donated to St. Luke’s Hospital Pediatric Unit and Omaha Children’s Hospital.

Since it started in 2011, Books for Charley has collected over 11,000 books for children’s hospitals and pediatric units. Books for Charley is an annual book drive in memory of Charlotte (Charley) Ritchie, daughter of Matt and Kristen Ritchie. 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.

“At Summit Dental Health we believe in demonstrating our values every day and in everything we do and we proudly support charities that are near and dear to our patients and team members,” says Dr. Nick Kanning, Summit Dental Health President. Dr. Hal Ritchie, a Summit Dental Health doctor, is Charley’s grandfather.

Community members are encouraged to drop off new children’s books at one of Summit’s locations. More information on Summit Dental Health is available on www.summitdentalhealth.net or by calling 402.799.1166.

For more information on Books for Charley or Charley’s Heart Foundation, visit www.charleysheart.com.


 

­ Contact: Amanda Buzzell, Communication Consultant 402.679.6170 amandabuzzell@gmail.com

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