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By drallinson
April 19, 2011
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The American Association of Orthodontists and Kirksville Dental Group encourage athletes to "Play It Safe" and consistently wear mouth guards and other protective gear at every practice and every game to protect their smile.

Accidents happen, but some can and should be prevented. Taking steps to prevent dental injuries and injuries to the face and head just makes sense. To keep painful and expensive injuries to a minimum, make it a practice to wear the right protective gear. The costs involved in care of teeth that have sustained trauma can reach the tens of thousands of dollars over a lifetime.

Despite the risks, many kids are still not wearing simple and relatively inexpensive safety equipment such as mouth guards and facial protection during sporting competitions and practices. Parents, coaches and kids need to grasp the prevalence of sports injuries and know that many sports injuries can be reduced or prevented by wearing the proper protective gear. The investment in such equipment is minimal, especially when compared to the physical pain and mental anguish suffered by injured youngsters and their parents.

Let's make "play it safe" a mantra of youth sports.

For more information on the Play It Safe campaign go to www.braces.org


By drallinson
April 19, 2011
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            Diabetics should be conscientious about visiting the dentist as often as recommended. According to a recent review of data from seven studies, patients with both diabetes and gum disease who were treated for their periodontal conditions over a four-month period displayed better glucose control than diabetic patients whose gum disease was left untreated. Periodontal disease, a bacterial infection of the gums that induces redness and inflammation, can be effectively treated with antibiotics and plaque removal by the hygienist. Plaque is the bacteria-laden, sticky substance that collects on tooth surfaces. This buildup may cause chemical changes that weaken diabetics’ ability to metabolize glucose. Thus, diabetic patients should be scrupulous about brushing and flossing at home and scheduling regular professional tooth cleanings.   


By drallinson
April 19, 2011
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We are honored to announce Dr. Tisha Kice-Briggs became a Trustee of the Board for the Missouri Dental Association (MDA) representing  Northeast Missouri. Not only is she a board member but she is only the third woman to hold this position.  Her term will start November 2011.

Congratulations Dr. Kice-Briggs!