May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month

Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country. Educating patients about high blood pressure and the need for control is essential to long-term health. In fact, high blood pressure is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and diabetes complications. The American Dental Association has partnered with dozens of organizations to support the Million Hearts initiative which launched in 2012. The Million Hearts® will focus, coordinate, and enhance cardiovascular disease prevention activities across the public and private sectors in an unprecedented effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 and demonstrate to the American people that improving the health system can save lives. Million Hearts® will scale-up proven clinical and community strategies to prevent heart disease and stroke across the nation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages patients to check blood pressure- it is easy and it painless. It can be checked by your doctor, and many pharmacies have free screenings. According to the CDC, if you currently have high blood pressure, below are easy steps to manage and lower your blood pressure:
1. Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be. Set a goal to lower your pressure with your doctor and then discuss how you can reach your goal. Work with your health care team to make sure you meet that goal.
2. Take your blood pressure medication as directed.
3. Quit smoking
4. Reduce sodium.

National Prosthodontics Awareness Week- April 7, 2014

National Prosthodontics Awareness Week- April 7, 2014

A primary focus of Prosthodontics is the replacement of missing teeth to restore optimal function, appearance, and oral health. Prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth who have completed dental school plus three additional years of advanced specialty training and education. Prosthodontists provide an extremely high level of care to patients with missing teeth, or having significant damage to their existing teeth. They also work with congenital defects as well as problems arising from trauma and neglect. . Prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating many diverse and complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics. These include: crowns, bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structure and/or teeth, snoring or sleep disorders and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care. Prosthodontists are proficient in comprehensive oral health diagnosis, treatment planning and restoration. A Prosthodontist is the skilled architect who can restore optimal function and appearance to your smile. (Information provided by: Fort Gordon Dental Activity)

World Oral Health Day March 20, 2014

 Today, 50 countries worldwide are “Celebrating Healthy Smiles” on World Oral Health Day!  The 2014 day is organized by the FDI World Dental Federation with the collaboration of the ADA. FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programmes, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy, and supporting member associations in global oral health promotion activities. The annual observance offers FDI member dental associations, schools, companies and other groups the opportunity to reach local communities. According to the FDI, 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime. WOHD 2014 focuses on reminding the young and the old of the importance of protecting the teeth and mouth throughout life. Visit worldoralhealthday.org for the latest news and a variety of downloadable materials!

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Dental Assistants Recognition Week March 2-8, 2014

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Bryan:  “Certificate of Recognition for Technological Expertise”; We really appreciate all your contributions to the Sheets, Paquette & Wu Dental Practice in the important areas of equipment and technology. Thank you for keeping us running so smoothly, Bryan!

Vang: “Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Quality of Service”; Your exemplary high quality of care and commitment to service is such a valuable contribution to the Sheets, Paquette & Wu Dental Practice. Vang, your amazing worth ethic and giving your best at all times is such a gift to us all.

Patricia: “Certificate of Recognition for Surgical Operations”; Your coordination of all the details required for our surgical procedures is appreciated by the doctors and patients under your care. You have helped us elevate our surgical capabilities and we really appreciate all your support, Patricia!

Leila: “Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Research Support”; Your attention to every detail in our many research projects has enabled us to complete many important studies that will benefit patients today and years to come. We all benefit greatly from your dedication and commitment to everything that you do, Leila!

Aga: “Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Patient Care”; Your kindness and generosity shown to the patients and our team is welcoming and appreciated. Thank you for taking such good care of everyone’s needs, Aga!

Brandi: “Certificate of Recognition for Team Support”; Your flexibility and availability to support the team is such a valuable role, and appreciated by all those around you. Thank you Brandi for always being there for others.

Karolina: “Certificate of Recognition for Health & Safety”; The high level of your instrument care allow us to consistently maintain a healthy and safe environment for our patients and the whole team. Your dedication to maintaining this level of quality is very much appreciated, Karolina!

Carestream 9500 3D Imaging System

In our ongoing effort to provide our patients with the latest technology to improve our diagnostic capabilities and treatment, we have installed the Carestream 9500 3D Imaging System to provide high-resolution cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). These are three-dimensional extraoral digital radiographs to better visualize impacted teeth, oral pathology, endodontically treated teeth, fractured teeth, surgical planning for extractions, and implant surgery. We can often save patients the inconvenience of having to go to another office for scanning and can provide the patient with a diagnosis on the same day.

Radiation exposure is focused on the specific area of need to minimize the amount of radiation required. A panoramic radiograph is approximately 2 days of background radiation. A 5 X 5 cm small field such as the anterior or posterior maxilla is approximately 4-6 days of background radiation. A 5 cm X 5 cm anterior or posterior mandibular view is approximately 8-11 days of background radiation.

Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can predispose patients to cardiovascular disease such as uncontrolled hypertension, heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure, and atrial fibrillation. Other medical conditions such as type II diabetes, acid reflux, depression, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and recent weight gain are other signs of possible underlying sleep apnea. Up to 80% of these patients are undiagnosed and up to 20% of the adult population can be affected. We want to screen patients for sleep apnea so we can improve their quality of life and also possibly save a life. We are using a company called Ezysleep to assist in testing our patient with the Watermark home testing device. Ezysleep works with a medical billing company, Medusind, to obtain pre-authorization from patient’s medical insurance and help process reimbursement.