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Back to School Check-ups

 

August is a time when parents and children make sure they check off their readiness list for heading back to school.  Besides a backpack of supplies and booster shots think about

the importance of a dental check up to help fight the most common chronic school-age disease, cavities. 

Prevention and early detection

can help avoid pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking and school absences. 

Planning ahead is important so think about making that back to school appointment in the spring to avoid the rush. 

Parents can help their children get a “cavity-free” check up, by encouraging children to brush 2xday for 2 minutes and floss once a day. 

There are appropriate Dental Habits for each age.  Check out mouthyhealthy.org to find what is best for your child’s age.

Remember when scheduling your child’s dental appointment that timing is everything.  Pick an appointment time that fits your child’s schedule and helps them experience a successful check-up.

Remember to leave your own anxiety at the door.  Role model a healthy attitude towards the professional who will be taking care of their teeth. 

If your child falls apart, keep your cool.  Work with the dental team to help your child get through this situation in a positive manner.

All this adds up to a life long, positive attitude towards your child’s ORAL HEALTH

 

Fatal Overdoses from Synthetic Opioids Surpass Prescription Opioid Deaths

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times reports that according to research from the National Vital Statistics System “overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like illicit fentanyl have surpassed deaths involving prescription opioids” since 2016.   Study co-author Emily Einstein, a health science policy analyst at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said   We have been focused on the threat of prescription opioid overdose deaths, and this paper shows us that we need to remain vigilant about the ever shifting nature of the crisis.

Dr. Wilson Compton warned, 
We are seeing fentanyl being included in cocaine, we are seeing it included in methamphetamine, we are seeing it included in many classes of drugs sold on the street”  in fake pills and powders

CNN says a new report,also found that nearly 80% of deaths involving synthetic opioids also involved other drugs, including other opioids, cocaine, benzodiazepines, alcohol, and antidepressants, “suggesting ” either intentional drug mixing or contamination of other drugs with fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that has a history and needs to be understood.  Great information is available at drugabuse.com

Oral Cancer Cause

 

Oral Cancer Cause is an interesting nonprofit which may be helpful to those in need.

The video below demonstrates an actual oral cancer screening and helps you understand what to expect.

oralcancercause.org

 
The Mission of Oral Cancer Cause, Inc is to improve the quality of life for oral cancer patients through financial support so that they may face the world with peace and dignity during and after medical treatment.

“Right to Try” What is it?

“I’m the ideal person to support “Right to Try”.  But I can’t- its a disaster in the making.”

Michael D. Becker, Oral Cancer Patient

My Cancer Journey by Michael Becker

Michael Becker is one person who is battling Oral Cancer everyday.  He has a site at mdbcancerjourney.com where he shares information and an ongoing blog about his journey.  I have found that reading through his blog and watching his videos has really put a face on the disease.   Share any of this information from our site NMOMS.com or Michael’s site mdbcancerjourney.com with friends and family.  You could save a life.

A Walk with Purpose by Michael Becker

Michael Becker’s Oral Cancer Journey and his drive to wipe out HPV.