In its “Eat + Run” blog, U.S. News & World Report (6/12, Hausenblas) includes flossing among four simple habits that may help people live longer. The article states that daily flossing helps prevent gum disease by removing plaque and bacteria trapped between teeth, and it may help reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing low-grade inflammation. The article adds that “the American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to get rid of plaque in areas between the teeth that are difficult or impossible to reach with a toothbrush.” The article also recommends smiling, improving posture, and washing hands to promote overall health.

MouthHealthy.org provides resources for patients on flossing, including the correct flossing technique. MouthHealthy.org also provides information on gum disease and heart disease and oral health.

HealthDay (6/2, Kohnle) reported that women who are pregnant may experience oral health changes, such as gingivitis and swollen and red gums. According to the American Dental Association, up to half of women develop gingivitis during pregnancy. While most cases of gingivitis resolve after childbirth, women who are pregnant are encouraged to brush teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and speak to their dentist about other steps they can take to keep their gums healthy.

MouthHealthy.org offers additional information on pregnancy and oral health.

In a release on Business Wire (6/6), Delta Dental of Wisconsin states that it is donating “healthy food and toothbrushes to five food pantries” across the state in recognition of National Smile Month and Smile Power Day. Dr. Fred Eichmiller, vice president and science officer at Delta Dental of Wisconsin, said that consuming healthy foods is important for oral health.

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information for patients on nutrition and dental health.

Artisan Dental is growing and we’re thrilled to have Dr David Becker help us out. Dr Becker comes to us with over 38 years experience in private practice and 2 ½ years teaching at LECOM School of Dental Medicine.

Dr Becker is a Navy Dental veteran, and we thank him for his service! He has been an officer of various dental and community organizations as well as a guest speaker/lecturer, and volunteered for several charities. He has outstanding dental knowledge and hands-on clinical skills with a genuine passion for the field of Dentistry and dental education.

Here’s how Dr Becker describes himself:

I am married to my fabulous wife Kerry. We have 4 children; Gavin lives in Auckland, NZ with his wife Brandi and our granddaughter Willa (4 ),Rebecca lives in Nantucket, MA with her  husband  Brendan and our other granddaughter Marin (4), Sean is single and produces movies for Marvel in Atlanta, GA, and Kate is in Sarasota working at New College of Florida as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. George is our 12 year old Toy poodle. Kerry and I are both Florida real estate agents, (she works hard at it, and I play golf). I still love doing quality dentistry.

Welcome Dr Becker!