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Make Brushing With Your Child Fun!

October 9th, 2019

It’s no secret that kids and adults have different priorities: your duty is to raise a happy, healthy child, but your little one’s only priority may be to have fun. When it comes to brushing teeth, it can be hard to combine a healthy habit with having fun. You might fear it can’t be done, but with a little creativity, brushing time can be a great experience for both of you!

Make It a Party

Brushing time doesn’t have to be a chore when you throw a little party! Get Mom and Dad together so the whole family can brush their teeth at the same time.

Let your child choose a song to dance to while you all brush for the required two minutes. Your son or daughter may grow to love this silly routine, especially when the parents are clearly dedicated to brushing their own teeth as well.

Big Kid Decisions

Kids love the responsibility of making “big kid” decisions. Keep a variety of toothbrushes, colors of floss, and toothpaste flavors on hand so they can choose something “new” each time they brush, just like when they visit our St. Petersburg, Florida office.

Not only can this help them grow more comfortable with the idea of seeing the dentist, but they’ll love having the responsibility of picking what would be fun at brush time.

Practice Makes Perfect

It’s true that the only way to get better at something is to practice, practice, and practice. Have your child practice brushing on his or her favorite stuffed animal, and use that opportunity to teach your youngster how to hold the brush and use circular cleaning motions. Showing how you brush your own teeth can also be worthwhile.

There’s An App For That

Did you know there are lots of fun apps that encourage good brushing habits among children? Brands like Oral-B and Aquafresh have free apps you can download on your phone.

The child gets to select a character, scenery, and a song he or she would love to accompany the task of brushing. If you have a daughter, she might like to use the Tooth Fairy Timer, which allows her to pick her very own fairy as her brushing buddy.

The important things to remember when you seek to establish good brushing habits is to keep it fun and stay consistent with your routine. It may take some getting used to, but after a while your child will become familiar with brushing and might even look forward to the new dental routine.

Breast Cancer and Dental Health

October 4th, 2019

According to the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment (2011) and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (2015), a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research you may be 11-14 times more likely to develop breast cancer if you have poor oral health or periodontal disease (gum disease).

In general, the bacteria that form a film called plaque, and if not removed at least once per day, can cause gum disease that leads to inflammation. Inflammation has been found to be the precursor of heart disease, stroke, pregnancy problems, fatigue, and overall generalized ill-health. The byproducts of the oral inflammation enter the bloodstream, which may enhance cellular proliferation and mutagenesis, allowing for the development and spread of cancer.  Researchers found that the C-reactive protein levels (an inflammation marker) in saliva have shown potential to assist in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care of breast cancer. Additionally, more than 120 medical conditions, some of which are life threatening can be detected in the early stage by dentists.

The indisputable connection: Your saliva pH levels and cancer risk

While cancer cells can’t survive in oxygen-rich, alkaline environments, they love it when your body is acidic. Countless studies have demonstrated that a common characteristic of all tumors is their ability to thrive in acidic environments. The factors that cause pH levels to lower all have one thing in common: stress. To balance pH levels, the body extracts minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium from organs and bone marrow, which can lead to bone loss and the weakening of organs.

Pre-Cancer Treatment: Visit your dentist at least one month prior

The mouth is made up of cells that renew themselves daily. Since chemotherapy and radiation target certain types of cells that regenerate quickly even under normal circumstances, your mouth will be susceptible to damage. If you minimize bacterial plaque buildup by practicing good hygiene, you can decrease the side effects of treatment for breast cancer. Important recommendations from Dr. Spilman: avoid dental treatment for one week after chemotherapy and when white blood cell counts are low, and always report any sign of inflammation or red gums.

What's on your fall reading list?

October 2nd, 2019

How better to spend the fall months than inside by the fireplace with a warm cup of cider and a book in hand? Jeffery Spilman and our team at Spilman Dentistry encourage you to warm up your mind this fall season with a few great books. Sure it may be easy to put off reading when balancing a hectic schedule, but reading is vital to brain development. Besides, reading is always a blast!

This week, we thought we’d ask what you or your child are reading this fall. Do you have any suggestions for must-read books this year? Out of ideas for great fall reads? Ask us for suggestions, and we would be happy to provide a few. You may also ask a local librarian here in St. Petersburg, Florida for some ideas.

Happy reading! Be sure to share with us your fall picks or your all-time favorites below or on our Facebook page!

It's been years since my last appointment; what should I expect?

September 25th, 2019

Feeling apprehensive or guilty for not visiting a dentist in over a year is common, but coming back to receive dental care is easier than you may think. Our dental team at Spilman Dentistry provides caring, non-judgmental, personalized service, and knowing this you can truly feel at ease making your first appointment back.

During your first appointment back, we will focus on three prominent dental issues including gum disease, cavities, and wear and tear by utilizing a full mouth series of X-rays, a hygiene appointment, and a comprehensive exam.

The full mouth series of X-rays are taken every three to five years, or as needed. A full mouth series may be a panoramic X-ray and bitewings (a set of four that checks for cavities) or a set of X-rays that views the entire anatomy of every tooth. The set of X-rays will depend on your individual needs.

Your hygiene appointment will begin with a review of your medical history, personal concerns and questions, and an evaluation checking for any infection. After any necessary diagnoses are made, the appropriate level of cleaning is proposed and completed if time allows.

A comprehensive exam serves as a review of what the hygienist has already covered. Jeffery Spilman will again review your medical history and dental concerns, and confirm any periodontal diagnosis. An evaluation of any decay, breakdown or broken fillings, or areas that are at risk for future problems will also be reviewed.

After the appointment, a team member at Spilman Dentistry will review any recommended treatments, payment options, insurance coverage, and scheduling. The time spent at your first visit back is an important step in the right direction, and we are committed to making this visit as comfortable and easy as possible! Come see us in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Jeffery Spilman, DDS
4899 5th Ave N
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 321-1427
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Same-Day Appointments Available