September 19, 2006

In this issue: Same Day Appointments, Orofacial Myology, GERD, Ancient Toothpaste, Win an iPod!, Spotlight on Helen, Wisdom Teeth

Same Day Availability: Most of you are aware that we hold emergency times each day for our patients. But you may not know that we do the same for routine hygiene appointments. SO, if planning ahead is difficult for you and you find yourself with some extra time one day, give us a call and see if any of our last minute cleaning appointments are available. You may be surprised to find we can accommodate you!

Orofacial Myology is the study and treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders. These involve behaviors created by incorrect habits primarily involving the tongue and lips. A tongue thrust and thumb sucking (or digit sucking) are the two most common variations.

Children as young as four years old (five is the best age) can benefit from an evaluation session to determine if any preventative steps may be prescribed. For thumb and finger sucking, this is a good age to begin, but not much success can be found starting earlier than 4. With tongue thrust habits, children of seven or eight years of age are often mature enough to receive complete training. Adults of all ages are capable of success in treatment for any orofacial myofunctional disorder.

If you have a family member who would benefit from some therapy, you will need to contact our office at 972.255.3712 to set up an evaluation with Laurie Meyers, who is trained in orofacial myology. You may also email her at to set this up or ask questions. She is eager to help.

It's not NERD, but GERD.

What does this stand for? Well, it's not pretty, but very important to understand. GERD is an acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease. We usually check for this when you come in by looking for acid erosion on your teeth. However, in early stages, or in situations where the teeth have yet to be affected, this might not show up too well, so it's important to mention acid reflux to us if you know this is an issue. If you are taking prilosec, nexium, prevacid, pepcid, tagamet or any of the over-the-counter medications for heartburn or reflux, we are talking to you. What is not largely advertised is that GERD can be a side effect of poor sleep. This is just one more reason we ask about your level of energy and sleepiness when you come in to see us. We care about you, not just your teeth.

Tidbit: What do powdered fruit, talc, honey, dried flowers, mice and lizard livers have in common? They have all been ingredients in ancient toothpaste and powder. Yum.

Win a Video iPod! All you need to do is refer someone to our office, and your name will be entered into the drawing.