Health Blog

May 24, 2018
Dental anxiety can cause many to avoid seeing their dentist. This article explains many reason for dental anxiety and how you can avoid them.

5 Powerful Ways to Reduce Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a real thing that affects approximately 30-40 million Americans. This anxiety or phobia can range from a sense of unease or dread with unfounded worries all the way to panic-stricken and terrified. Unfortunately, these symptoms can cause many to avoid going to the dentist which can lead to increased oral health issues that require more dental treatments. In addition, the medical research community is finding more and more links in oral health to overall health as the mouth is the gateway to our bodies. That means it […]
April 18, 2018
Know the signs and symptoms of Oral Cancer and go see your dentist.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Yes, there seems to be a month or day dedicated to everything these days, but it’s all to create awareness and to encourage people to get checked. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. With an estimated 51,000 people to be diagnosed with some form of oral cancer in 2018, its something everyone needs to be aware of. Over 10,000 people’s lives may be claimed this year by the disease. But approximately 60% diagnosed will reach the 5-year survival rate. The good news is that spreading awareness may help increase survival […]
March 26, 2018
Make sure you have a mouth guard in place if you are playing a contact sport!

Athletic Mouth Guards are a Must

Spring is often when many sports activities ramp up, youth and adult. Most sports have some sort of gear or equipment required to participate. All contact sports should mandate mouth guards in their necessary equipment requirements. Protecting your mouth from hard hits from a ball or a collision with another player is essential. Mouth guards typically cover the top row of teeth, offering protection for any type of blow to that area. In addition, a mouth guard can shield the lips, tongue, and cheeks from damage. They can also reduce […]
February 22, 2018
Let's focus on kids during February for National Children's Dental Health Month.

National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is often an unremarkable month. It’s still winter, but many are craving the warmth and sunshine of spring. It can be dreary, rainy and downright gloomy. The good news is that February marks the American Dental Association’s (ADA) annual National Children’s Dental Health Month. It’s a topic that many schools and dental practices focus on in February to help create a foundation of health in oral routines that can last a lifetime. The 2018 campaign is “brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a […]
December 22, 2017
Regular visits to your dentist is a great way to screen for oral cancer.

Oral Cancer – Early Detection and Your Dentist

In 2017 it is estimated that just under 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancer of the throat, tonsils, and back of the tongue. That’s an alarming statistic. According to the American Cancer Society, men are twice as likely to get oral cancer. This is believed to be attributed to higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use by men. The majority of diagnosed oral cancer cases are in the people over 55. Knowing this data is important, but the bottom line is that everyone is susceptible. The […]
November 18, 2017

Use your Dental Insurance Benefits before it’s too late

As fall turns to winter,  life gets busier. Making turkey and dressing and finding the best gift to give your loved ones are priorities. But so should be maximizing your dental insurance benefits. When the end of the year quickly approaches your current dental insurance benefits could be ending. Many benefits do not roll over to the next year. Taking advantage of the benefits your dental insurance policy offers helps keep your oral health in check. Consider these 3 reasons for taking a look at your dental insurance policy and […]
October 7, 2017
Be sure to make those dental appointments every six month for optimal oral health.

Top Reasons to Schedule a Dental Appointment

Overall oral health is important no matter what your age and is often something many take for granted until there is an issue. In the dental field, prevention and maintenance are the cornerstones for oral health. Yes, you brush and floss your teeth daily, but often subtle changes can go unnoticed. And we use our teeth a lot. Our teeth are subjected to extreme temperatures, hard foods and lots of sugar and expected to just keep on performing. There are some tell-tale signs that let you know it’s time to […]
September 20, 2017
Tooth loss should not be taken lightly. Let the dentists at Curry and Taylor DDS, 3815 Beck Road, St.Joseph, MO, 64506 help.

Tooth Loss – What you need to know

Tooth loss is a significant oral health issue that many don’t fully understand. With 178 million people in the United States missing at least one tooth, many are impacted. Understanding the repercussions of tooth loss is important when deciding what to do about it. A missing tooth or teeth can impact your life physically, personally, socially and professionally. Bone and Tooth Loss go Hand in Hand A significant physical concern of missing teeth is bone loss. Often referred to as bone resorption, it occurs when tooth roots are no longer […]
August 30, 2017
Create routines that help make oral hygiene for kids fun.

Oral Hygiene for Kids – How to make it fun

With back to school time here, life gets busy with new routines, sports and activities schedules, and homework. Much of the day is spent at work or school while the evenings are a frenzy of activity. Dinner is rushed, homework is hard and bedtime often quickly approaches. During these busiest times of the year, many daily healthy routines go by the wayside. Planning healthy meals takes time, which is scarce. Finding time to exercise can be difficult and taking care of your oral hygiene can often get put on the […]
July 31, 2017
Taking care of your diabetes is important for overall and oral health.

How Diabetes Affects Oral Health

Over 29 million people in the world struggle with diabetes. Being a chronic disease, the word struggle is a very accurate description. Those learning to live with diabetes are in a constant battle to maintain proper blood sugar levels. It’s a delicate balance that can be very difficult to predict and control. Over time, high blood sugar levels can lead to nerve damage, causing diabetics pain in their extremities. In rare instances, this can lead to loss of limbs. Additionally, complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney or eye damage, skin […]