Monthly Archives: February 2011

Is Your New Year’s Resolution Still Going Strong?

How is your New Year’s resolution coming along?  If you are like most people you are feeling the dragging, cold winter keeping you down.  Guess what?  Spring is right around the corner and the weather will change.  When it does, get out of the office and get that heart rate up.  Walk around downtown Columbus and see what’s going on.  The State House is celebrating its 150th anniversary and Columbus’ 199th anniversary this year, the Columbus Commons project is open at the former City Center Mall site, and there are new small businesses and restaurants opening around the square.  Capstone Dental might not be your idea of a must see destination downtown, but if you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, you’ll be surprised at all of the technologies and educational tools we provide.  So walk around, see what the city has to offer.  You can keep up on your resolution and maybe add another for great oral health in 2011.

You Don't Have to Have Bad Teeth

Did you know that don’t have to have bad teeth? This seems like a dumb question, but I run into people all the time who say, “My teeth are awful. My whole family has bad teeth. It’s genetics.” Of course there is a link between oral health and the genes you have inherited, but that isn’t the whole story. We inherit a lot from our parents, but we can still overcome genes to a certain extent. Just because you carry a gene for obesity, doesn’t mean you’ll be overweight. Just because your dad has high blood pressure and cholesterol doesn’t mean you will. It takes a little more effort to keep off those extra pounds and keep that BP in check, but it can be done. Just like you can have good teeth and gums even though you have relatives who have bad teeth. Put in the effort and you don’t have to have bad teeth.

You Don’t Have to Have Bad Teeth

Did you know that don’t have to have bad teeth? This seems like a dumb question, but I run into people all the time who say, “My teeth are awful. My whole family has bad teeth. It’s genetics.” Of course there is a link between oral health and the genes you have inherited, but that isn’t the whole story. We inherit a lot from our parents, but we can still overcome genes to a certain extent. Just because you carry a gene for obesity, doesn’t mean you’ll be overweight. Just because your dad has high blood pressure and cholesterol doesn’t mean you will. It takes a little more effort to keep off those extra pounds and keep that BP in check, but it can be done. Just like you can have good teeth and gums even though you have relatives who have bad teeth. Put in the effort and you don’t have to have bad teeth.

Why Go To The Dentist Downtown?

When deciding on a location for our practice Dr. Piper and I knew that we wanted to start from scratch.  One of the more common ways to start a practice is for a dentist to purchase an existing practice, remodel it if necessary, and evolve it into his or her vision of what a dental practice should be.  This usually happens in the suburbs or more rural areas where people live.

We chose downtown Columbus Ohio for two reasons.  The first is because we wanted to develop a practice where we could make all of the major decisions from the beginning and control our own destinies as dentists.  We wanted a completely brand new, modern facility that patients would want to come. The second reason was the need for a high-tech, progressive dental practice in the downtown business district.  During normal business hours, there is anywhere form 70-90 thousand people working downtown.  The majority of people go to the dentist during normal business hours, if they go at all.

Studies have shown that it takes the average suburban commuter 45 minutes to drive from his or her home to downtown, park and make it to their office.  To then have a dental appointment back out in the suburbs, would require undoing that 45 minutes, added to the time it takes for a dental appointment.  So instead of having a dental appointment scheduled over a lunch break, people have to take a half day or full day off of work, or don’t go at all. Our practice model called for a centralized location in downtown Columbus where convenience is the top concern.

The undoing of the commute is not a concern with Capstone Dental.  We are a 10 minute walk from your office.  Now your dental appointment can be incorporated into your work day like any other scheduled meeting.  We stay on schedule to ensure no waiting prior to your appointment and we are thorough yet efficient when you are being seen.  We offer early morning and lunch-time appointments.  We provide the latest in dental technology and patient comfort and we focus on patient education and prevention.

Having a six month recall program is paramount in preventative dentistry.  During normal check-ups, the dentist and hygienist can find potential dental problems when they are small, less expensive, and more easily treated.  You are returned to work more quickly and with a greater understanding of the small steps it takes to ensure future dental problems are kept to a minimum.  Capstone Dental is excited to be part of the downtown Columbus Ohio community.  We look forward to developing a lasting relationship with our patients and be a part of downtown’s success and future.

February Newsletter from Capstone Dental

For good oral hygiene, follow these simple steps from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association:

1.    Brush. Brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day remains a critical component to maintaining a healthy smile.  Studies have shown that brushing for two minutes is perhaps the single most important step an individual can take to reduce plaque build-up and the risk of plaque-associated diseases, such as cavities and gingivitis.

2.    Floss. Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.

3.    Rinse. Rinsing your mouth each day with an anti-microbial mouth rinse is another important step in preventing the gum disease known as gingivitis.  We can help provide you more information on which mouth rinse is right for you.

4.    Chew. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is clinically proven to be an important part of good oral health. It stimulates the most important natural defense against tooth decay – saliva – which, in turn helps fight cavities, neutralize plaque acids, remineralize enamel to strengthen teeth and wash away food particles.

According to the American Dental Association, the mouth is a window into the health of the body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies, general infection or even indicate more serious illness. For example, systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, such as diabetes, HIV, HPV, and heart disease, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.

The mouth is filled with countless bacteria, some linked to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Researchers have found that periodontitis (the advanced form of periodontal disease that can cause tooth loss) is linked with other health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. Likewise, pregnant women with periodontitis may be at increased risk of delivering preterm and/or low-birth-weight infants.

It is important to your overall health to take good care of your teeth and gums. Regular check-ups along with semi-annual cleanings will help keep you healthy from head to toe. Call 614-223-1000 to schedule your check-up today.