2008  National Health Care for the Homeless Conference “ Who Needs a Dentist?” How you can prevent cavities without going ...
“ Who Needs a Dentist?” Gretchen K. Henson, DDS [email_address] 480-783-7192
Dental Myths <ul><li>Sugar causes cavities </li></ul><ul><li>Brushing your teeth prevents cavities </li></ul><ul><li>Coca-...
Did you know?? <ul><li>Your toothbrush can make you sick </li></ul><ul><li>Some toothpastes can  damage your teeth </li></...
The Basics <ul><li>Dirty Teeth </li></ul>+  Time +  Susceptibility (Genetics) =   Cavities
 
<ul><li>Tooth Timeline </li></ul>20 teeth No fluoride until age 3 Highly susceptible to sugars Fall out between 5 – 14 yea...
Which foods affect your teeth
Soda Energy Drinks Juices Sports Drinks
<ul><li>“ Fruit” </li></ul><ul><li>Snacks </li></ul>
Candy!
So What  is  Good to eat?
Clean it Up!
all you need . . . .
Medications <ul><li>Cavities are an infectious disease caused by specific bacteria </li></ul>
Fluoride Varnish + Chlorhexidine Rinse
Fluoride Varnish Apply 1 -2 times per year
Chlorhexidine Rinse Swish for 30 seconds at bedtime for 2 weeks Repeat 4 times a year
<ul><li>Dirty Teeth </li></ul>+ Clean Teeth Susceptibility (Genetics) Fluoride Varnish =
Gum Disease   Swelling Bleeding Bad Breath Pus/Abcess Shifting teeth Gum Recession Loose teeth Tarter Build up Genetics Ta...
Handling Dental Problems
Toothaches   <ul><li>Ibuprofen </li></ul><ul><li>every 4 hours </li></ul><ul><li>up to 800mg </li></ul><ul><li>Cool or Hea...
Sample OTC Meds
Swollen Gums <ul><li>Salt Water Rinses </li></ul><ul><li>Brush & Floss  thoroughly </li></ul><ul><li>Massage gums with  a ...
Sensitive Teeth <ul><li>Minimize acidic foods </li></ul><ul><li>Clean teeth  completely before  sleeping </li></ul><ul><li...
Accidents  <ul><li>Re-implant within the hour </li></ul><ul><li>Hold in mouth or milk </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical fractures...
Drugs <ul><li>Rampant cavities </li></ul><ul><li>Damage continues when drug use stops </li></ul><ul><li>No “predictable” t...
 
Sample Cases
Its more than just pain & infection control. . . . . . .
<ul><li>REVIEW </li></ul><ul><li>Brush every night  </li></ul><ul><li>Use a straw  </li></ul><ul><li>Chew sugarless gum </...
Questions ?   <ul><li>Gretchen K. Henson, DDS </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>480-783-7192 </li></ul>
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2008 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference

  1. 1. 2008 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference “ Who Needs a Dentist?” How you can prevent cavities without going to dental school
  2. 2. “ Who Needs a Dentist?” Gretchen K. Henson, DDS [email_address] 480-783-7192
  3. 3. Dental Myths <ul><li>Sugar causes cavities </li></ul><ul><li>Brushing your teeth prevents cavities </li></ul><ul><li>Coca-cola will melt your teeth </li></ul><ul><li>You must floss daily </li></ul><ul><li>Chocolate is bad for your teeth </li></ul><ul><li>Braces don’t help prevent cavities </li></ul>
  4. 4. Did you know?? <ul><li>Your toothbrush can make you sick </li></ul><ul><li>Some toothpastes can damage your teeth </li></ul><ul><li>Bleaching gels will not weaken enamel </li></ul><ul><li>Cavities can be stopped or reversed </li></ul><ul><li>Genetics play a huge role in the health of your teeth </li></ul><ul><li>You can do more to prevent tooth decay than a dentist can </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Basics <ul><li>Dirty Teeth </li></ul>+ Time + Susceptibility (Genetics) = Cavities
  6. 7. <ul><li>Tooth Timeline </li></ul>20 teeth No fluoride until age 3 Highly susceptible to sugars Fall out between 5 – 14 years old Baby Teeth Mixed Dentition Need fluoride every night Avoid full strength juice / soda Discontinue thumb / finger habits Adult Teeth Brush at night completely Floss Avoid sipping sugared drinks
  7. 8. Which foods affect your teeth
  8. 9. Soda Energy Drinks Juices Sports Drinks
  9. 10. <ul><li>“ Fruit” </li></ul><ul><li>Snacks </li></ul>
  10. 11. Candy!
  11. 12. So What is Good to eat?
  12. 13. Clean it Up!
  13. 14. all you need . . . .
  14. 15. Medications <ul><li>Cavities are an infectious disease caused by specific bacteria </li></ul>
  15. 16. Fluoride Varnish + Chlorhexidine Rinse
  16. 17. Fluoride Varnish Apply 1 -2 times per year
  17. 18. Chlorhexidine Rinse Swish for 30 seconds at bedtime for 2 weeks Repeat 4 times a year
  18. 19. <ul><li>Dirty Teeth </li></ul>+ Clean Teeth Susceptibility (Genetics) Fluoride Varnish =
  19. 20. Gum Disease Swelling Bleeding Bad Breath Pus/Abcess Shifting teeth Gum Recession Loose teeth Tarter Build up Genetics Tarter Smoking Bad Bite Heart Disease Stroke High Blood Pressure High Cholesterol
  20. 21. Handling Dental Problems
  21. 22. Toothaches <ul><li>Ibuprofen </li></ul><ul><li>every 4 hours </li></ul><ul><li>up to 800mg </li></ul><ul><li>Cool or Heat packs as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Over the counter temporary filling </li></ul>
  22. 23. Sample OTC Meds
  23. 24. Swollen Gums <ul><li>Salt Water Rinses </li></ul><ul><li>Brush & Floss thoroughly </li></ul><ul><li>Massage gums with a clean finger </li></ul>
  24. 25. Sensitive Teeth <ul><li>Minimize acidic foods </li></ul><ul><li>Clean teeth completely before sleeping </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t chew ice </li></ul><ul><li>Use a straw </li></ul><ul><li>Chew sugarless gum </li></ul>
  25. 26. Accidents <ul><li>Re-implant within the hour </li></ul><ul><li>Hold in mouth or milk </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical fractures cannot be repaired </li></ul>
  26. 27. Drugs <ul><li>Rampant cavities </li></ul><ul><li>Damage continues when drug use stops </li></ul><ul><li>No “predictable” treatment </li></ul>
  27. 29. Sample Cases
  28. 30. Its more than just pain & infection control. . . . . . .
  29. 31. <ul><li>REVIEW </li></ul><ul><li>Brush every night </li></ul><ul><li>Use a straw </li></ul><ul><li>Chew sugarless gum </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t chew ice </li></ul><ul><li>Ibuprofen for pain </li></ul><ul><li>All OTC products are the same </li></ul><ul><li>Drug damage can be irreversible </li></ul>
  30. 32. Questions ? <ul><li>Gretchen K. Henson, DDS </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>480-783-7192 </li></ul>

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