<![CDATA[Jeff Velasquez, DDS - Newsletter & Blog]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:06:52 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[6 Ways to Make Your Mouth Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:22:30 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/6-ways-to-make-your-mouth-extra-kissable-for-valentines-day
From the “Kiss Me” messages on tiny candy hearts

to romantic songs on the radio, a kiss is probably

on your list this Valentine’s Day. Before cozying up

to your loved one this year, make sure your

mouth is in good health because, as it turns out, a

kiss is more than just a kiss. 

Kissing stimulates saliva, which can help fight

cavities. However, if the person you’re kissing

has poor dental and overall health, you run the

risk of getting unwanted germs, illnesses or

diseases instead of candy, flowers or cards this

Valentine’s Day.

​Here’s what you need to know about making

your smile a vision of love for February 14. 

Cavities Can Be Contagious

Whether through kissing or something as simple

as sharing a fork, the bacteria that causes cavities

can spread to another person. Brush twice a

day for two minutes and clean between your teeth

once a day for cleaner kisses and a cavity-free smile.

Beware Bad Breath

Bacteria is a big culprit of bad breath,

so regular habits like 
brushing and flossing are

especially important. Other ways to stay fresh

are over-the-counter antimicrobial 

chewing sugarless gum. Both can freshen your

breath instantly and get saliva flowing—especially

after you eat foods with a strong scent. (And look

for the 
ADA Seal of Acceptance on both!)

Share a Life (But Not a Toothbrush)

For many couples, a big relationship step is keeping

a toothbrush at each other’s place. Just make sure

you each have your own because sharing

toothbrushes also means sharing germs.

Brighten Your Smile

Nothing is more attractive than a confident smile.

whitening makes you feel better about yours,

talk to your dentist about which option is best. 

There are a number of over-the-counter

whitening products, or you could get an

in-office treatment at your dentist. 

Smoking Isn’t Attractive

Smoking is bad for your breath and stains your

teeth – not to mention terrible for your overall

health. Smoking affects how well you smell and

taste. People who use tobacco twice as likely

to get gum disease as someone who doesn’t

smoke. Smokers are also more at risk for 

cancer. Give yourself a gift this Valentine’s Day

quit today

Don’t Forget About the Dentist!

A good relationship with and regular visits to

your dentist can help keep your mouth at its

best all year long. Your dentist can help keep

you healthy, discuss any concerns and give more

advice on keeping your smile fresh.

from mouthhealthy.org

<![CDATA[Is Sparkling Water Bad for Your Teeth?]]>Fri, 26 Jan 2018 22:19:47 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/is-sparkling-water-bad-for-your-teeth
Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling

water putting you at risk for tooth decay?

Because any drink with carbonation—including

sparkling water—has a higher acid level, some

reports have questioned whether sipping

sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel

(the hard outer shell of your teeth where

cavities first form).

So, Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth?

According to available research, sparkling water is

generally fine for your teeth—and here's why.

In a study using teeth that were removed as

a part of treatment and donated for research,

researchers tested to see whether sparkling

water would attack tooth enamel more

aggressively than regular lab water. The result?

The two forms of water were about the same

in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding

suggests that, even though sparkling water is

slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it's all

just water to your teeth. 

​Tips for Enjoying Sparkling Water—and

Protecting Your Teeth

1. Sparkling water is far better for your teeth

than sugary drinks. In addition, be sure to drink

plenty of regular, fluoridated water, too—it’s the 

best beverage for your teeth. Water with fluoride

naturally helps fight cavities, washes away the

leftover food cavity-causing bacteria feast on and

keeps your mouth from becoming dry (which can

put you at a higher risk of cavities). 

2.Be mindful of what’s in your sparkling water.

Citrus-flavored waters often have higher acid

levels that does increase the risk of damage to

your enamel. Plan to enjoy these in one sitting or

with meals. This way, you aren’t sipping it

throughout the day and exposing your teeth over

and over again to the slightly higher level of acid

it contains.

3. Sparkling water brands with added sugar can no

longer be considered just sparkling water. They

are a sugar-sweetened beverage, which can

contribute to your risk of developing cavities.

So remember—sparkling or not—plain water is always

the best choice.

​from Mouthhealthy.org

<![CDATA[2018 New Year's Resolution: Out with the Old, IN with the NEW]]>Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:11:34 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/2018-new-years-resolution-out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new
Keeping Your Toothbrush for Too Long

The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush

every 3-4 months, so make a resolution to change

your toothbrush with every season this year.

Frayed and broken bristles won’t keep your teeth

clean—these are signs it’s time to let go. When

you’re shopping, look for one with the ADA Seal

of Acceptance.

Not Brushing Long Enough

Speed demons, listen up! Your teeth should be

brushed for a full two minutes, twice per day.

Most of us fall short —the average time most

people spend brushing is 45 seconds. If you’re

racing through cleaning, try setting a timer.

Or distract yourself by humming your favorite tune!

Brushing Too Hard

Be gentle with your teeth. You may think

brushing harder will remove more leftover

food and the bacteria that loves to eat it, but

a gentle brushing is all that’s needed. Too much

pressure may damage your gums.

Brushing Right After Eating

If you feel the need to clean your teeth after

eating or drinking, wait at least 60 minutes

before brushing—especially if you have had

something acidic like lemons, grapefruit or soda.

water or chew sugarless gum with the ADA

Seal of Acceptance to help clean your mouth

while you are waiting to brush.

Storing Your Brush Improperly

When you’re done brushing, keep your toothbrush

upright and let it air dry in the open. Avoid keeping

your toothbrush in a closed container,

where germs have more opportunity to grow.

Using a Brush with Hard Bristles

Soft bristles are a safe bet. And be mindful to

be gentle, especially where your gums and

teeth meet, as you brush. Talk to your

dentist about what kind of toothbrush is best for


Improper Brushing Technique

Here's one technique to try for a thorough

brush: First, place your toothbrush at a

45-degree angle to the gums. Then, gently

move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide)

strokes. Next, brush the outer surfaces, the

inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the

teeth. Finally, To clean the inside surfaces of

the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and

make several up-and-down strokes.

Using a Brush That's Not the Best Fit for You

There are many toothbrushes that can leave your

teeth fresh and clean, including manual and

power brushes that carry the 
ADA Seal of

Acceptance. Both get the job done. Try different

types until you find one you're comfortable with.

For example, a power brush can be easier to

hold and does some of the work for you if you

have trouble brushing. No matter which you

choose remember that it's not all about the

brush—a clean mouth is really up to the brusher!

​from mouthhealthy.org

<![CDATA[Christmas 2017 Gifts]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 18:27:22 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/christmas-2017-gifts
Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

To our Colleagues, specialists, family, friends 

and specially to our patients, Thank you for the

interesting year of  2017 and thank you

for your gifts!!!

We will be closed fro December 23, 2017 to

January 3, 2018.

​Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy 


From all of us here at Velasquez Dental

wishing all of you the best.

​by vbav
<![CDATA[Keep Your Smile Bright This Holiday Season]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:39:45 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/keep-your-smile-bright-this-holiday-season
Smile-Friendly Stocking Stuffers

Your stocking forecast this year will almost certainly

include a dusting of sugar. (The National Confectioners

Association says 77% of people include candy in

holiday gifts.) Giving candy? Consider chocolate. It

washes off your teeth more easily than stickier sweets

like candy canes. And when you’re stuffing

those stockings full of chocolate Santas, don’t forget

to include an 
ADA-Accepted toothbrush or toothpaste!

Carol While You Clean Your Teeth

One of the easiest ways to brush for a full two minutes

twice a day is to 
listen to a song that’s two minutes long.

This season, create a playlist of your family’s favorite

holiday music for a holly, jolly brushing bonanza.

(And you’ll definitely make Santa’s nice list if you add

a song to floss to.)

Don’t Open Gifts with Your Teeth

Grandma may be an expert gift wrapper, but don’t

use your teeth to try to undo the Fort Knox knots

she’s tied with ribbon. Your teeth were made for

eating, not to stand in as a pair of scissors. If you do,

you could crack a tooth, injure your jaw or

accidentally swallow something you shouldn’t.

Stop and find something or someone to give you a

hand instead.

Hosting Houseguests?

Nothing says “welcome” more than a personalized

gift basket on your guest’s nightstand. Include fun

items like cozy socks and their favorite snacks.

You can also stock them up on travel-size toiletries

they might have left behind --

including a 
toothbrushtoothpaste and floss 

with the 
ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Whiten Your Teeth in 30 Seconds or Less

Dreaming of a white smile for your family photo?

Wear a red or a pink lipstick with a blue undertone.

Thanks to how the eye sees these colors, your teeth

will instantly look whiter and brighter.

Stick to Your Routine

Between holiday parties, travel and other holiday

happenings, it’s easy to slip out of your normal

habits. Don’t wait until New Year’s to make your

dental health a priority again. If you have

regular dental visit scheduled, keep the appointment.

And don’t forget to 
brush twice a day for two minutes

and clean
 between your teeth
 once a day.

Tips coming from your Long Beach Dentist - Jeff Velasquez, DDS.

​from mouthhealth.org

<![CDATA[Santa's Veneers at Velasquez Dental]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:07:16 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/santas-veneers-at-velasquez-dental
Patient just had upper front teeth veneers

and he said he got his first gift from Santa

​this year,his new smile.

He also said you guys are awesome, another

smile saved  at Velasquezdental.com.

Your Long Beach Dentist, Dr.Jeff Velasquez

<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Foods : Is It Good for Your Teeth?]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:18:46 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/thanksgiving-foods-is-it-good-for-your-teeth

The Good: This main course is packed with protein. 

The Bad:
 "Turkey can be difficult to eat because it sometimes

          gets stuck between your teeth," says ADA spokesperson Dr. Kim

Harms. "That’s where flossing can help."  

The MouthHealthy:
 It's the star of the Thanksgiving table.

                               Gobble it up!


The Good:
 It's a tasty Thanksgiving tradition.

The Bad:
 Cranberries are naturally tart, so sugar or sugar

           substitutes are often added to recipes. This side dish

           can be sticky, acidic and may temporarily stain your teeth. 

The MouthHealthy:
 If eaten alone the sugar content, stickiness,

           tendency for the little berries to get stuck between

           your teeth and acidity make it one of those foods that needs

           to be eaten with a meal."

YamsThe Good: Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamins A and C,

              which help keep your gums healthy. They can also be

              prepared in many ways.

The Bad:
 Candied yam recipes call for marshmallows.

            Sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend

            to stay on your teeth longer than other types of food.

The MouthHealthy: If candied, enjoy in moderation and

        drink plenty of water with your meal to help wash

        away any leftover food.

Green Bean CasseroleThe Good: “Green beans are healthy, mushrooms are healthy,

                  onions are healthy,” Dr. Harms says. 

The Bad: 
“It can be sticky and little beans may get stuck in

                your teeth,” Dr. Harms says.

The MouthHealthy:
 Dig in! But you may want to keep a floss

                pick handy. “This is good stuff,” Dr. Harms says.

Macaroni and Cheese
The Good: Say cheese! Many recipes call for cheese

                and milk. The calcium from these ingredients helps

                strengthen teeth.

The Bad:
 “Good cheese can be gooey,” Dr. Harms says.

              White pastas are also starchy and can leave sugar

               behind on your teeth.

The MouthHealthy:
 As with many feast-worthy foods, eat

               a sensible portion and break out your brush and floss later. 

Mashed Potatoes and GravyThe Good: “Potatoes are an important dietary source of vitamin C,

                  B6 and potassium,” Dr. Harms says. 

The Bad:
 Potatoes are starchy, and cavity-causing bacteria

               loves the sugar that makes up starch.

The MouthHealthy:
 “If covered with gravy, the health

                 benefits of the overall dish are diminished to some

                 extent, but this is a holiday and only comes once a
                 year,” she says.

Pumpkin PieThe Good: Pumpkin has Vitamin A, which helps keep your

          gums healthy and builds the hard outer shell of

          your teeth (enamel).

The Bad:
 There’s the added sugar in the pie itself and

           whatever whipped topping you put on top.

The MouthHealthy: 
This is usually a once-a-year treat,

         but dish it out after dinner. Eating sweets shortly after

         meals helps keep saliva flowing to wash away leftover food.

From Mouthhealthy.org

<![CDATA[Dental Health Guide for your Loved Ones]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 20:04:48 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/dental-health-guide-for-your-loved-ones
If you’re one of the 44 million family caregivers in the

United States, you’ve got a lot on your mind.

However, keeping your loved one’s mouth healthy is

important for their dental health, overall health and

so much more.

“It’s also about comfort, safety and self-esteem,”

says ADA dentist Dr. Judith Jones. “Keeping your

mouth and teeth clean can prevent sensitivity or pain

in your teeth. In terms of safety, there might be

broken teeth, broken partials or unsafe partials they

can swallow. And for their self-esteem, it’s important

for individuals to have a sense of pride in their

appearance and to have good hygiene.”

How much help you give will depend on the individual.

If the person in your care can do the basics, let them.

Some adults may have physical issues that make them

unable to hold a toothbrush. Others may have

memory issues, so they forget to brush and floss.

People with dementia may need someone to clean their

teeth each day and take them to a dentist. 

No matter your situation, daily care plus professional

care equal the best chances for a healthy mouth.

Here are some important mouth care steps for older

1. Brush teeth twice a day for two minutes using a

    fluoride toothpaste.

2. Clean between the teeth daily with floss or other

     between-the-teeth cleaner.

3. Rinse dentures after each meal, brush them daily

    with denture cleaner and take them out before

    bedtime and store in water.

4. If the person has dry mouth, an alcohol-free

    mouthrinse may help. Sipping water, sucking

    (not chewing) on ice chips and using a humidifier

    while sleeping can help keep him or her hydrated.

5. Limit snacking and sugary drinks. Healthy foods

     and drinks such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and

     water are good for the mouth and the body.

6. Make and keep dental appointments. Even people with

    dentures need to visit the dentist.

7. Watch for symptoms that could signal larger issues,

     and make an appointment with the dentist to have

     them checked out. 

You may have questions specific to your own situation, so

here are some starting points for different types of

care cases. And always feel free to speak with your

dentist or your loved one’s dentist for more advice.

​from mouthhealthy.org

How to Care for Your Loved One’s Mouth

If Your Loved One Can Brush and Floss On Their Own

Many older adults can care for their own mouths on a daily

basis but may still benefit from your support. In these

cases, here are some ways you can support their mouth

care routine:
Still, keep an eye on your loved one and his

ability to care for his mouth. “It really is important to

get every side of every tooth,” Dr. Jones says. “If your

loved one is no longer capable of taking care of his teeth

then develop a routine where you can help do it for them.”

1. Ask them to tell you about their daily mouth care routine.

2. Talk with them about the importance of a healthy mouth.

     Let them know that an unhealthy mouth can make other

     health problems worse.

3. Help them set up and maintain a schedule for brushing

     twice and flossing once a day. Check that they have

     an easy-to-handle toothbrush with no frayed bristles, as

     well as floss or picks they can manage. A powered

     toothbrush may be easier for some people to use because

     they can be easier to hold and do some of the work for you.

4. Make sure they are using a fluoride toothpaste.


    Using fluoride or anti plaque mouth rinse daily may

    provide additional protection from bacteria for their

    teeth and gums

5. Get them a two-minute timer to help them brush for

     the right amount of time.

6. Offer to make dental appointments for the person and

     to drive him or her to the dentist. If the person goes

     alone, ask about any advice the dentist gave and help him

     or her act on it


If Your Loved One Needs Assistance

Adults who are unable or unwilling to care for their

mouths may need your help. Until you get comfortable

with each other, be patient. Always treat the person

compassionately, as you would want to be treated.

Being efficient and effective is the name of the game.

“When brushing someone else’s teeth, I recommend

a soft toothbrush,” Dr. Jones says. “If somebody has

three teeth it might only take 30 seconds to brush

those teeth.  However, additional time will be

need to brush their partials or dentures.” 

For cleaning between their teeth, picks or pre-threaded

flossers can help. If you find those or other

interdental cleaners too difficult to use, a water

flosser may help because it won’t require you putting

your hands in your loved one’s mouth. 

Here are a few tips to get started:
You may also need

to be flexible if your loved one resists. Try a

different time of day and point out that mouth care

will help their smile look and feel better. “Sometimes

the traditional times are not the best times to get it

done,” she says. “If it’s difficult brushing during

more traditional morning and night times, then try it

after lunch but before their afternoon nap.”

If your loved one continues to resist brushing, it may be

because they are experiencing pain or have a dental need.

See if they can communicate the issue to you. If not,

call the dentist to explain the situation and see if an

appointment is needed.

1. Before you begin, prepare the work area. Make sure

   the lighting is good and have a flashlight in case you

   need it to see into the mouth. 

2. Have the person sit up in a straight-backed chair

   and drape a towel over their chest to protect their


3. Make sure you and your loved one are in

    comfortable positions. For some, it’s easiest to have

    the person seated in front of a mirror with you working

    from behind or on the side. 

4. Hold their chin gently with one hand, and show them

    the brush, floss or toothpaste you are using with your

    other hand. 

5. Explain what you’re going to do and make it

   enjoyable. Play music, tell jokes or get inventive to

    make to make the time caring for their mouth fly by.

If Your Loved One Has Dentures

Dentures, whether partial or full, need to come out every

day and be cleaned morning and night. “Scrub them

carefully at night and store in a cup of water or

an ADA-Accepted denture cleanser,” Dr. Jones says.

“Rinse the denture before putting them back in

every morning.”

And make sure any dentures come out before your

loved one falls asleep – even during a nap. “Dentures

may dislodge and may cause choking,” Dr. Jones

says. “To be safe, always take them out before bed

times or nap times.”

If Your Loved One Is In the Hospital or Confined to Bed

When you’re caring for someone who is confined to bed,

they may have so many health problems that it’s easy to

forget about oral health. However, it’s still very

important because bacteria from the mouth can be inhaled

into the lungs and cause pneumonia.

Learn more about preventing hospital-acquired pneumonia

in this video from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

If Your Loved One Has a Memory Disorder

A June 2015 study found that 1 in 4 caregivers caring for

someone 50 or older is doing so because that person has

Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory disorders. This

can make dental care even more challenging, but don’t

give up. “Like everybody else, people with dementia

need to get their teeth brushed every day, twice a day,”

Dr. Jones says. “Good dental hygiene is even more

important for people with dementia because they 

often cannot communicate when there is a problem.

Engaging in daily care can help avoid trouble as well as

identify potential problems early when they are easier

to treat.”

If possible, take care of any potential dental needs in

the early stages of the disease when the person can

cooperate with dental care. “This can be a time where

you and your loved one can discuss their needs with the

dentist or take x-rays, if necessary,” she says. “It is also

a time for the family member or caregiver to establish a

relationship with the dentist who knows their loved

one’s dental history and can act as a resource later on.” 

If You Have a Loved One In Long-Term Care

Nearly 8 million people reside in long-term care

facilities,according to the CDC. By law, these

facilities must provide routine and emergency dental

care. Still, don’t forget to ask about the dental care

they provide. Find out if there’s a dentist on site, or

if your loved one will have to travel to the dentist for

regular checkups. Ask who provides daily dental

hygiene care, if they’ve been properly trained and

make sure they’re doing it twice a day. 

If your loved one has any special dental needs, let

the staff know – and don’t be afraid to state the

obvious. If he has dentures, point it out to make

sure those are also being cleaned and cared for. It

may also help to make sure his case is labeled with

his name.

If you’re told your loved one is having difficulty with

dental care, work with the care staff to find a

way to make it happen. “If your loved one is

resisting or is having difficulty during tooth brushing

in the advanced stages of dementia. Try different

flavors of toothpaste to encourage cooperation, or use

warm water to see if it makes a difference,” she

says. “In denture patients the gum and mouth tissue

may be sore and fragile, so wipe the mouth with a

soft cloth dipped in water.”

from Mouthhealthy.org

<![CDATA[Association between Medications, Tooth Decay & Gum Disease]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:15:17 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/association-between-medications-tooth-decay-gum-disease

You may wonder why you’re suddenly getting cavities 

when you haven’t had them in years. As we get older,

we enter a second round of cavity prone years. One

common cause of cavities in older adults is dry mouth.

Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging. However, it

is a side-effect in more than 500 medications,

including those for allergies or asthma, high blood

pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety or depression,

Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. This is just

one reason why it’s so important to tell your

dentist about any medications that you’re taking.

Your dentist can make recommendations to help

relieve your dry mouth symptoms and prevent cavities.

​Here are some common recommendations:

-Use over-the-counter oral moisturizers, such as a

  spray or mouthwash.

-Consult with your physician on whether to change

  the medication or dosage.

-Drink more water. Carry a water bottle with you,

  and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Your

  mouth needs constant lubrication.

-Use sugar-free gum or lozenges to stimulate saliva

-Get a humidifier to help keep moisture in the air.

-Avoid foods and beverages that irritate dry mouths,

 like coffee, alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, and

 acidic fruit juices.

-Your dentist may apply a fluoride gel or varnish to

  protect your teeth from cavities.

Gum Disease

Many older adults have gum, or periodontal disease,

caused by the bacteria in plaque, which irritate the

gums, making them swollen, red and more likely to

bleed. One reason gum disease is so widespread among

adults is that it’s often a painless condition until the

advanced stage. If left untreated, gums can begin to

pull away from the teeth and form deepened spaces

called pockets where food particles and more

plaque may collect. Advanced gum disease can

eventually destroy the gums, bone and ligaments

supporting the teeth leading to tooth loss. The good

news is that with regular dental visits gum disease

can be treated or prevented entirely.

Mouth Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, there are

about 35,000 cases of mouth, throat and tongue cancer

diagnosed each year. The average age of most people

diagnosed with these cancers is 62. During dental visits,

your dentist will check for any signs of oral cancer.

Regular dental visits are important because in the

early stages oral cancer typically does not cause pain

and early detection saves lives. Some symptoms you

may see include open sores, white or reddish patches,

and changes in the lips, tongue and lining of the

mouth that lasts for more than two weeks.

Paying for Dental Care after Retirement  

Many retirees don’t realize that Medicare does not cover

routine dental care. Begin to plan for your dental

expenses in advance of retirement so you don’t have

to let your dental health suffer once you’re on

a fixed income. Organizations like AARP offer

supplemental dental insurance plans for their members.

Discount dental plans are another option that typically

have a lower monthly fee than traditional dental

insurance. You select a dentist within the plan network

who has agreed to provide certain services for 10 to 60

percent less than the typical fee. You pay the reduced

fee out-of-pocket, and there is no claim paperwork to

fill out. You can search for a dental plan at the National

Association of Dental Plans website. Many dentists

offer no interest or low interest financing plans that

may be a better option than paying for your dental

work on a household credit card with a higher interest

rate. If you have concerns about continuing your dental

care due to a limited income, talk to your dentist. He

or she may be able to offer solutions.

Do I Need to Take an Antibiotic before a Dental


If you have a heart condition or artificial joint, be

sure to tell your dentist. You may think it’s not relevant.

After all, what do your heart and joints have to do

with your teeth? But, there are conditions

with a high risk of infection and an antibiotic is

recommended prior to some dental procedures.

Dentists follow recommendations that have been

developed by the American Heart Association and

the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in

cooperation with the American Dental Association.

Talk to your dentist about how these

recommendations might apply to you.

Caregiving for a Disabled or Elderly Loved One  

You may have a parent, spouse or friend who has

difficulty maintaining a healthy mouth on their own.

How can you help? Two things are critical:

-Help them keep their mouth clean with reminders

  to brush and floss daily.

-Make sure they get to a dentist regularly.

These steps can prevent many problems, but tasks

that once seemed so simple can become very


If your loved one is having difficulty with brushing 

and flossing, talk to a dentist or hygienist who can

provide helpful tips or a different approach. There

are dentists who specialize in caring for the elderly

and disabled. You can locate a specialist through

the Special Care Dentistry Association’s referral directory. 

For those who wear dentures, pay close attention to

their eating habits. If they’re having difficulty eating or

are not eating as much as usual, denture problems could

be the cause.

When you’re caring for someone who is confined to bed,

they may have so many health problems that it’s easy

to forget about oral health. However, it’s still very

important because bacteria from the mouth can be inhaled

into the lungs and cause pneumonia.

If you are a representative for a nursing home resident

who needs dental care and is enrolled in Medicaid,

there is a regulation, called an Incurred Medical Expense,

that may help pay for medically necessary care as

determined by a dentist. The Medicaid caseworker at

the nursing facility and the dentist providing care can

work together to apply the Incurred Medical Expense to

pay for needed dental benefits.

from Mouthhealthy.org
<![CDATA[Trick or Treat Candies: Dental Health Survival Guide]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/trick-or-treat-candies-dental-health-survival-guide8893954

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies--

and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted

tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful. 

Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably

more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are.

When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in 

your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what 

can contribute to cavities. 

But don’t hang up your costume just yet.

“Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun,”

says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. “It’s

OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as

you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all

year long.”

To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag loot,

we have a rundown of some common candies and

their impact on your teeth:


Chocolate is probably your best bet, which is good 

because it’s also one of the most popular kinds of candy 

handed out on Halloween. “Chocolate is one of the

better candies because it washes off your teeth easier

than other types of candy,”
 Dr. Ferraz- Dougherty says. 

“Dark chocolate also has less sugar than milk chocolate.”

Sticky and Gummy Candies

Be picky if it’s sticky. These are some of the worst

candies for your teeth. “This candy is harder to remove

and may stay longer on your teeth, which gives that

cavity-causing bacteria more time to work,”

Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty says.

Hard Candy

Hard candies are also ones to watch on Halloween. 

“They can actually break your teeth if you’re not

 Dr. Ferraz- Dougherty says. “You also tend to 

keep these kinds of candies in your mouth for longer 

periods of time so the sugar is getting in your saliva 

and washing over your teeth.”

Sour Candy

You might want to pass on things that make you 

pucker – especially if they are sticky and coated in 

sugar. “Sour candy can be very acidic,” says 

Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty. “And that acidity can weaken

and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth,

making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.”

Popcorn Balls

Have some floss handy if you’re enjoying one of 

these fall favorites. “Kernels can get stuck

in-between your teeth,"
 Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty says. 

​"They are also sticky, sugary and can be hard.

****from Mouthhealthy.org