We would like to announce our Operation Smiley’s partnership with Dentistry From The Heart in spreading free smiles across the DFW and throughout Texas. Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) is a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free dental care to those in need. Every year, thousands of individual dentists, hygienists, volunteers and hundreds practices across the world donate their time and resources to host their own DFTH events. We are proud and honored to host our first Dentistry From The Heart Event at Smiley Dental Walnut on January 12th, 2014.
As you may know, Operation Smiley Dental has been helping hundreds of patients with free dental care this year through our own events. But now, it’s time to show the world the giving spirit of the dental care profession.
We are looking for dentists, hygienists, assistants. Please contact corporate if you would like to donate your time.
Operation Smiley Dental
Straighter Teeth Can Lead To a Better Oral Health
The reason for orthodontic treatment recommended by a dentist varies from patient to patient. It is mostly used to correct a malocclusion or bad bite caused by crooked, crowded or protruding teeth which in turn causing misalignment between the upper and lower dental arches. Malocclusion usually caused by thumb sucking, premature loss of teeth, accident and may sometimes be inherited.
Straighter teeth can lead to better oral health because malocclusion can make daily tasks such as brushing and flossing your teeth very difficult. Without correcting the problem, overtime it will lead to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. An improper alignment of the upper and lower dental arches can effect chewing and speaking causing abnormal wear to tooth enamel and lead to problems with the jaws.
Braces in Modern Days
According to scholars and historians, braces date back to ancient times. Around 300-400 BC, ancient Greek scientists, Hippocrates and Aristotle, envisioned ways to straighten teeth and fix various dental conditions. Numerous ancient mummies were discovered by archaeologists with what appear to be bands made with metal wrapped around their teeth. The ancient Etruscans buried their dead with dental bands in place to maintain space and prevent collapse of the teeth during the afterlife. Recently, archaeologists found Roman- style mummies with a number of teeth bound with gold wire, which were used to affix the arch wire to the bracket. In our modern days, orthodontics as a profession has been making great advancements since its early days. Recent study by the American Dentist Association shows that over 4 million Americans are receiving some type of orthodontic treatment. The numbers of adults who are seeking orthodontic treatments have been rising steadily by 24 percent since the 90’s. More and more adults today are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. Affordable, advanced technology and shorter time for treatments, orthodontics are no longer reserved only to the wealthy but to anyone who seemly wants a beautiful smile.
A study recently conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates a high percentage of periodontitis (gum disease) in the U.S. adult population. It found that 47.2% (64.7 million) of adults over 30 suffer from some form of periodontal disease. This figure is far higher than any previous national studies and was found to be significantly high among men, seniors, low-income adults, Mexican-Americans, and smokers.
How do I know if I have periodontitis?
Symptoms of periodontitis include:
• Bad breath
• Swollen or red gums
• Bleeding gums
• Painful chewing
• Loose teeth
• Sensitive teeth
• Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
Any of these symptoms may be a sign of a serious problem, which should be checked by one of our Smiley Dentists. Without proper treatment, tooth loss will occur due to destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth
Can periodontitis lead to other health problems?
In some studies, researchers have noticed that men with periodontitis were more likely to develop heart disease and have difficulty controlling blood sugar. Researchers also noticed that women with gum periodontitis were more likely to deliver preterm and low birth weight babies. Although it has not been proven whether periodontitis is the cause of these conditions, it is a fact that controlling periodontitis can save your teeth. This is why we recommend everyone to get a check-up and cleaning done by one of our Smiley Dentists every six months.
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