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Jacob O. Layer DMD, PC April 2011 Newsletter
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April: National Facial Protection Month
Your mother may have said it and it's still true: once you've gotten your adult teeth, you don't get any more. So take good care of them.

Kids don't think about the lifetime of oral health issues they could incur by not using adequate mouth and facial protection while playing in sports. So, we have to do their thinking for them: coaches, parents, league organizers, schools, and recreation programs. A chief aim of National Facial Protection Month is to raise awareness nationwide to the need for sport safety.

According to Dr. Robert Bray, president of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), "As experts in helping patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile, the last thing my colleagues and I want to see is a smile ruined by a preventable injury."

Thankfully, many high-profile athletes are becoming public advocates for facial protections. Football hero Emmitt Smith is one, helping kids see that wearing a mouth guard is cool rather than weird. And the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) serves coaches, officials, administrators, parents, league directors and youngsters. NAYS advocates for safety through its 3,000 community programs in parks and recreation departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA and YWCA groups and more.

The AAO indicates that 80% of all sports-related emergency room visits occur in children ages 5 to 14. Don't let your child become part of that statistic. If worn properly and routinely, inexpensive mouth guards, helmets, protective eyewear, and face shields greatly reduce the risk of injury.
Good News In The Fluoride Debate
Consumers over the years have raised concerns about fluoride used in municipal water supplies and also in toothpaste.

Too much fluoride can cause very young children to develop dental fluorosis, a change in tooth enamel. But insufficient fluoride is linked to the serious health risks associated with tooth decay. So, what's the answer?

The federal Department of Health and Human Services recently reduced the optimal ratio of fluoride to water to 0.7 parts per million. If you have young children, please contact us for additional preventive measures you should follow.

Preemies and Periodontal Disease
The link between periodontal disease (PD) and pregnancy is well established. But new research suggests another link. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, pregnant women who have periodontal disease "may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small."
The disease may cause an increase in the biological fluids that induce labor, increasing the risk of having a premature baby. The Academy encourages women who are considering pregnancy to be screened for PD.
Dr. Layer and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the submit a question link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.

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