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RP - 403858 - The Daily News; GV Pennysaver
Release week of: 3-06-17 - DENTAL - Column IC #:HH13

Dental bridges restore your smile and your ability to properly chew and speak. They also maintain the shape of your face. To schedule an appointment, please call BATAVIA FAMILY DENTAL at 585-250-6777. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist, we would love to welcome you to our office as a new patient. Our office is conveniently located at 6 Batavia City Centre.

Release week of: 3-13-17 - DENTAL - Column IC #:HH14

Did you know that regular visits to the dentist today can save you time and money in the future? By receiving routine dental cleanings and exams, you can help prevent cavities as well as more significant and costly dental problems down the road. If more extensive dental care is necessary, financial arrangements can be made with our office. To schedule an appointment, please call BATAVIA FAMILY DENTAL at 585-250-6777. Our office is conveniently located at 6 Batavia City Centre.

Release week of: 3-20-17 - DENTAL - Column IC #:HH15

BATAVIA FAMILY DENTAL recommends that children have sealants because as permanent teeth erupt, the molars develop pits and fissures that can trap food and bacteria, leading to tooth decay. When we seal these crevasses, teeth are easier to keep clean and free from cavities. It is important to get children to the dentist at a young age for cleanings and check-ups to help prevent cavities and set them up for a healthy smile for life. To schedule an appointment, please call 585-250-6777. Our office is conveniently located at 6 Batavia City Centre.

Release week of: 3-27-17 - DENTAL - Column IC #:HH16

Whether you need one tooth restored or a full smile makeover, we will make sure your teeth look beautiful and feel natural. To schedule a consultation, please call BATAVIA FAMILY DENTAL at 585-250-6777 or visit us at 6 Batavia City Centre. The range of services we provide improves the efficiency and convenience of your dental care. Thanks to innovation in modern dentistry, routine dental treatments have become infinitely more comprehensive.

RP - 403858 - The Daily News; GV Pennysaver
Release week of: 4-03-17 - DENTAL - Column IC #:HH17

Every day, people look back on their decision to get dentures as a way to improve their smile and overall health and are happy they made the choice. If you’re considering dentures, we can walk you through every step of the way. To schedule an appointment, please call BATAVIA FAMILY DENTAL at 585-250-6777. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist, we would love to welcome you to our office as a new patient. Our office is conveniently located at 6 Batavia City Centre.

Release week of: 4-10-17 - DENTAL - Column IC #:HH18

BATAVIA FAMILY DENTAL is committed to treating patients with respect and honesty. This commitment means that we will respond with kindness to your concerns and anxieties, talk with you to make sure you understand your treatment options, and ensure that your experience with us is positive and friendly. We have adopted advanced technologies to make your care more effective and more comfortable than has ever been possible. To schedule an appointment, please call 585-250-6777. Our office is conveniently located at 6 Batavia City Centre.

Release week of: 4-17-17 - DENTAL - Column IC #:HH19

Taking care of your teeth and gums is vital to maintaining a beautiful smile and staying healthy for life. If you are only mildly affected by receding gums, that's good! If you catch it early, you may not require professional treatment to fix it. Your dentist will help you identify the cause and will instruct you in how to address it. You may have to re-evaluate your flossing habits, get a mouth guard and buy a different toothbrush. To schedule an appointment, please call 585-250-6777. BATAVIA FAMILY DENTAL is conveniently located at 6 Batavia City Centre.

Release week of: 4-24-17 - DENTAL - Column IC #:HH20

Did you know there’s a link between your oral health and the health of your body overall? Studies show that poor oral health is linked to heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, dementia, and more. The good news is that, together with our dental team, you can take great care of your oral health and possibly help prevent other health issues. Please call BATAVIA FAMILY DENTAL at 585-250-6777 or visit us at 6 Batavia City Centre. The range of services we provide improves the efficiency and convenience of your dental care. 

RP - 403858 - The Daily News; GV Pennysaver
Release week of: 5-01-17 - DENTAL - Column IC #:HH21

Dental implants are designed to look, feel and function like your natural teeth while preserving your bone level. Dental implants are non-removable, so there is no need for adhesives and no fear of slippage. With proper homecare and regular maintenance at our office, your dental implants can last a lifetime, saving you both time and money in the long run! To schedule an appointment, please call BATAVIA FAMILY DENTAL at 585-250-6777. Our office is conveniently located at 6 Batavia City Centre. 

Release week of: 5-8-17 - DENTAL - Column IC #:HH22

One of the greatest things you can do to keep your dental care affordable is to maintain proper dental care, including home care, regular cleanings with one of our registered dental hygienists, and regular exams from BATAVIA FAMILY DENTAL. Proper preventative care often keeps you from needing more expensive treatments in the future. To schedule an appointment, please call 585-250-6777. Our office is conveniently located at 6 Batavia City Centre. 

Release week of: 5-15-17 - DENTAL - Column IC #:HH23

 Brushing and flossing keep more than your teeth healthy -- they might also prevent serious illnesses. Poor dental care is also a possible factor in other conditions, such as immune system disorders, weak bones, and problems with pregnancy and low birth weight. To schedule an appointment, please call BATAVIA FAMILY DENTAL at 585-250-6777. We are conveniently located at 6 Batavia City Centre. 

Release week of: 5-22-17 - DENTAL - Column IC #:HH24

 With dentistry constantly evolving, it is important that your dentist stays up-to-date with the latest techniques and education to provide you with the most effective oral health care. Our office does just that, providing you a wide range of advanced technologies to save you both time and money. Please call BATAVIA FAMILY DENTAL at 585-250-6777 or visit us at 6 Batavia City Centre. The range of services we provide improves the efficiency and convenience of your dental care. 

DENTAL - HH 13
BRIDGING THE GAP
When one or more missing teeth must be replaced, the dentist will likely recommend a “bridge.” This prosthetic device is made of artificial teeth that are fused to a metal frame. This is held in place on either side by virtue of attachment to implants or healthy teeth that are outfitted with crowns. The anchoring teeth are called “abutments,” while the replacement crowns between them are known as “pontics,” which can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of materials. In some cases, a “Maryland bridge” may be used to replace a single tooth. This type of bridge attaches to teeth on either side with metal strips that are bonded to the back of adjacent teeth.
P.S. An alternative to the Maryland bridge is an Encore bridge, which is made entirely of tooth-colored materials.

DENTAL - HH 14
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING?
While the electric toothbrush has been hailed for its ability to effectively remove plaque, improper brushing technique can lead to potentially serious problems. To avoid such complications, it is important to note that an electric toothbrush should not be used in the same way that a manual toothbrush is used. Instead of brushing hard and fast across the dental arch, an electric toothbrush should be lightly exerted against the tooth surface and positioned at the gums at a 45-degree angle. Users of electric toothbrushes should also select soft-bristled brushes and be careful not to brush their teeth longer than two minutes at a time. Hard bristles and prolonged, aggressive brushing invites gum recession and enamel loss.
P.S. It is best to not brush teeth immediately after eating acidic foods, which leave tooth enamel more prone to enamel erosion. Better to wait a while to allow saliva to neutralize the oral environment.

DENTAL - HH 15
SEALANTS PREVENT CAVITIES
One of the most effective ways of preventing cavities from forming in the teeth of young children is to coat the chewing surfaces of permanent back teeth (molars and premolars) with a plastic coating that protects them from decay. Research shows that “dental sealants” are quick, easy, and painless to apply and could prevent up to 80 percent of cavities in school-aged children. Yet, a recent report from the CDC indicates that about 60 percent of school children ages 6-11 years do not get dental sealants. To help bridge this gap, parents are urged to inquire about this very worthwhile treatment for their children. It is far more cost-effective to prevent cavities than to fill them.
P.S. Research shows that dental sealants prevent 80 percent of cavities for two years after application and continue to protect against 50 percent of cavities for up to four years after placement. 

DENTAL - HH 16
CHARACTERISTIC OF A PERFECT SMILE
When researchers recently searched the Internet to find what constitutes a perfect smile, using terms such as “best smile” or “ideal smile” and “celebrities” or “Hollywood,” they selected 32 pictures of famous men and 62 images of famous women. They then compared the celebrity pictures with photographs of 200 dental students using computer software that calculated how close to parallel the line between the pupils and the line between the canine teeth were. They found that the closer to parallel these two lines were, the more pleasing the smile. This study bolsters the findings of previous research that showed that people have a preference for symmetrical faces. Cosmetic dentistry can help patients achieve this goal.
P.S. “Dental contouring” or “tooth reshaping” is a cosmetic dentistry technique that involves removing small amounts of tooth enamel to change the length, shape, or surface of a tooth

DENTAL - HH 17
CARING FOR DENTURES
While dentures are not subject to decay, they do accumulate plaque, tartar, and stains. With this in mind, it is important to care for dentures much the same way natural teeth are cared for (except dentures are cleaned outside the mouth). This entails brushing dentures with a non-abrasive cleanser at least once a day. They should then be soaked in a mild soaking solution and thoroughly rinsed in water before being placed back in the mouth. Dentures should never be soaked in products containing bleach or placed in boiling water, which can cause them to deform. It should also be pointed out that a little dental adhesive goes a long way. Only two to three pea-sized dollops are needed.  
P.S. Denture wearers should take a break from wearing dentures to minimize gum irritation.

DENTAL - HH 18
NEW HOPE FOR NATURAL TOOTH REPAIR
A team of researchers recently discovered that an Alzheimer’s drug has the ability to stimulate the renewal of living stem cells in tooth pulp, thereby paving the way for natural tooth repair. “Dentin,” the primary component of teeth, is the bone-like substance that surrounds the tooth pulp and provides support for the overlying layer of enamel. Researchers found that applying a small amount of the substance called “Tideglusib” (which had been previously used to treat neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s disease) to a cavity, it promoted the growth of dentin. It is hoped that this natural treatment can be used in the future to reduce the size of the fillings now necessary for large cavities. 
P.S. When the soft pulp (which is at the center of a tooth and contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and large nerves) becomes exposed due to trauma or decay, the body produces a layer of dentin to seal it and protect it from infection. 

DENTAL - HH 19
RECESSION WORRIES
Receding gums, known as “gingival recession,” is a common condition that occurs when the gum tissue that normally surrounds the tooth pulls back and exposes the tooth root. If the recession goes untreated and becomes severe, there is increased risk that the exposed tooth root will become decayed and/or infected. If gum recession is caused by physical wear of the gums by vigorous brushing or the use of a toothbrush with hard bristles, the dentist will recommend a softer brush and better brushing technique. If gum disease is at the root of the problem, the dentist will work to remove built-up plaque and tartar accumulations. Tooth-colored composite resins may also be recommended to cover exposed root surfaces.
P.S. Age is a leading risk factor for gum recession, with 88 percent of people over the age of 65 having receding gums in at least one tooth. 

DENTAL - HH 20
TOOTH LOSS LINKED WITH LATER-LIFE DEMENTIA
A number of studies link tooth loss with dementia. According to one of these studies involving people 75-98 years old, those with few teeth (zero to nine) had an increased risk of developing dementia during the study, compared with those who had 10 or more teeth. This finding may best be explained by the possibility that people with cognitive impairment take worse care of their teeth. However, it is also possible that dental disease often causes prolonged inflammation and infection in the mouth, which may alter some factors in the blood that might cause problems in the brain. In any case, it certainly could not hurt to see that elderly individuals receive proper dental care.
P.S. Tooth loss in the elderly can lead to nutritional deficiencies caused by an inability to chew and digest certain foods.

DENTAL - HH 21
MEDICATED DENTAL IMPLANT
The future of dental implants may include those with a built-in reservoir that contains slow-release drugs, which will eliminate “bacterial biofilms” that may lead to infection. These implants, which are currently in the research phase, are made of porous composite material through which the drugs can gradually diffuse from the reservoir to the outside of the implant. Biofilms are aggregates of bacteria in a slime-enclosed mass, which are very difficult to treat. When bacterial biofilms become chronic, they are extremely resistant to antibiotics. Researchers have found that by filling the reservoirs in the medicated dental implants with chlorhexidine (a powerful antimicrobial found in mouthwashes), they were able to stop Streptococcus mutans and halt the formation of biofilms.
P.S. Streptococcus mutans is a common oral bacterium that attacks teeth.

DENTAL - HH 22
SENIORS AND DENTAL INSURANCE
According to recent research involving Medicare recipients, only 12 percent of older Americans have some form of dental insurance, and fewer than half have visited a dentist in the previous year. The biggest predictor of whether an older adult receives dental care is his or her insurance status. Income also plays a role, as high-income beneficiaries are nearly three times as likely to have received dental care in the previous twelve months as low-income beneficiaries. These findings suggest that lack of dental insurance places many seniors at unnecessary risk of tooth loss, gum disease, and serious illness that can lead to hospitalization. To address this problem, older adults are encouraged to schedule dental appointments and request flexible payment schedules. 
P.S. Recent research has found that seniors who have lost five or more teeth by the age of 65 have a heightened risk of early death.

DENTAL - HH 23
SPOTTING SIGNS OF DISEASE
A thorough dental examination may reveal more than signs of tooth decay and gum disease; the dentist is in a unique position to spot signs of other diseases, as well. For instance, signs of mouth dryness may be indicative of diabetes. While patients may not realize that their reduced saliva production is an issue until it decreases by half, the dentist may see signs of dry mouth much earlier. Diabetes also increases vulnerability to oral infections that create swelling around the teeth, in the gums, and in other areas of the mouth. In addition, the dentist may notice fungal infections (such as thrush, which produces white patches in the mouth) that may be evidence of diabetes. 
P.S. Aside from diabetes, the dentist may see signs of Crohn’s disease, heart disease, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis while conducting a dental exam.

DENTAL - HH 24
MARGINAL DIFFERENCE
The dental restoration known as a “crown” (or “cap”) is used to cover and encase teeth that have been broken or damaged by decay. Crowns made of porcelain fused to metal are often preferred for their combination of excellent cosmetic appearance and strength. One disadvantage of this type of crown is that the metal underlying the porcelain can sometimes be seen as a dark line at the crown’s edge (at the gum line). However, there is a product that utilizes a unique gold composite “coping” (the part in contact with the prepared tooth) that imparts a more natural look at the gum line by eliminating unsightly black lines commonly associated with traditional crowns. “Captek” crowns look more natural.
P.S. The light-dispersing effects of a Captek crown capture the look of a healthy tooth’s natural appearance.
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