26 Jul

The Connection Between Dental Health and Mental Health: Cognitive Decline and Dementia

The Connection Between Dental Health and Mental Health: Cognitive Decline and Dementia 

The brunt of COVID-19 compelled many people to put their health on the back burner in 2020. Many doctors offices were forced to close, while individuals and families suffered a financial impact under quarantine. Now that the pandemic has subsided enough to perform medical treatment, healthcare has yet to become the main priority for many. Mental health issues alone have skyrocketed over the last year, but many people may not realize how their mental health can affect oral health. 

Mental health and COVID-19 

The numbers of those suffering from anxiety and depression are growing at an intense rate. A CDC report which surveyed adults across the U.S. in June of 2020 identified a 31% increase in anxiety or depression related symptoms, 13% started or increased substance use, 26% reported stress-related symptoms, and 11% had serious thoughts of suicide in the last 30 days. These numbers are nearly double the anticipated rate prior to the pandemic.  Read More

20 Apr

Risk Factors of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a type of cancer that forms in the throat or mouth tissues. It most commonly forms in the squamous cells of the tongue, mouth, and lips. Thousands of cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year in the U.S., with a dentist often being the first healthcare provider to identify it.

As with any type of cancer, understanding the risk factors is important for prevention. Many risk factors have to do with your lifestyle choices, meaning that you have the opportunity to lessen your risk of developing oral cancer.  Read More

20 Mar

Oral Hygiene and Heart Disease

When you think about oral hygiene, it’s easy to assume that it only impacts the health of your teeth and gums. However, poor oral hygiene has a more widespread impact on your body than you might think. In fact, people who don’t keep up with their oral health can develop a higher risk of heart disease. 

The Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Gum disease is linked to heart disease, making oral hygiene an essential practice for keeping your heart healthy. People who have moderate or advanced gum disease are at a heightened risk for heart disease than those who don’t have gum disease.  Read More

10 Mar

Tooth Sensitivity Myths

Tooth sensitivity is an oral concern that affects many dental patients. As a common issue among people of all ages, tooth sensitivity is widely discussed among patients and dental professionals alike. This means that tooth sensitivity, as is the case with many popular health topics, has many myths surrounding it. 

Here, we’ll debunk prevalent tooth sensitivity myths so that you can tell facts from fiction. With proper care from your dental team here at Lowry & Obrochta Dentistry, you can find relief from tooth sensitivity and protect your long-term oral health.  Read More

10 Feb

Best Practices To Achieve Optimal Oral Health

Your oral health impacts not only the beauty of your smile, but also the wellbeing of your entire body. Maintaining optimal oral health is a lifelong practice that requires care and thoughtfulness. Once you integrate positive oral habits into your daily routine, you’ll be well on your way to preserving the health of your teeth and gums. 

Brush, Floss, and Water-Pick

When it comes to your oral health, the simplest tasks are often the most important. Brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as using a water-pick, are crucial daily tasks to complete for the health of your mouth.  Read More

10 Jul

Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Dental Care Until After the Pandemic

Everyone is concerned about exposure to the coronavirus, but there are some things that shouldn’t be put off until after the pandemic. One of those things is your dental care. As the global landscape changes day by day, there is no predicting an end to our new normal. Dental care shouldn’t be put off indefinitely, especially if you are in pain. Here are some other reasons you shouldn’t put off dental work.

Routine care and cleaning are important.

You might think that a routine appointment for an exam and cleaning isn’t really an essential activity, but it’s more important than you might think. This routine care and cleaning helps prevent future dental problems. It also allows the dentist to pinpoint new issues before they become bad enough to be painful or expensive to repair. Even if you are trying to limit your appointments, you should get this exam and cleaning at least once this year, preferably twice. Read More

20 Jun

How to Stay Safe While Getting Your Dental Treatment

Safety is the number one concern of every American as the pandemic surges on. But some healthcare cannot be put off, nor can it all be done through telemedicine. Dentistry simply cannot be handled without being seen in person. If you have an urgent dental need, we are still here and open to serve you. But while you are here, consider taking these precautions to keep you and your household safe.

Sanitize on entering

A sanitizing station awaits you when you first walk into our practice. Please make use of it. You should also wash or sanitize your hands after touching surfaces that may have had saliva droplets. It is advised to sanitize again before touching anything inside your vehicle as you leave. Read More

10 Jun

Are Dental Visits Really Necessary During the Pandemic?

In these uncertain times, everyone wants to do what is best, but they may not know what that is. Are dentists essential healthcare workers? Absolutely! Should you go to the dentist for everything you would normally? Not necessarily. Here’s what you need to know.

Routine Cleaning and Exam

Unless you are experiencing dental pain or tooth or gum sensitivity, it is not urgent to have your bi-annual dental exam and cleaning. While they are very important, it is not essential at this time. Our appointments are limited while we try to maintain social distancing measures and implement additional sterilization procedures.  Read More

10 May

What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Daily Dental Hygiene

Everyone knows that they should brush and floss their teeth every day, but do you really know what you need to do for daily dental hygiene? While brushing and flossing are important, they aren’t necessarily the only daily care you should be making. Here are some of the things that dentists want you to know about how you care for your teeth on a daily basis.

Complete Brushing

Most people don’t brush their teeth thoroughly. You should be brushing every surface of every tooth. If you are doing so, it should take you at least two minutes to properly brush all of your teeth. This might not seem like much, but two minutes is longer than you think. Set a timer, and you’ll probably discover you’ve been brushing your teeth in much less time. Read More