Oral Care Tips for Seniors

October 10, 2019
Old Man Smiling

As many of us know, due to advancements in medical technology we’re living longer than we ever have. By 2030 the last of the Baby Boomers will turn 65 and older individuals will account for 20% of our population. This is great, but also presents other problems for us to deal with as we age. We’ll be looking specifically at oral health concerns for older individuals as well as providing some tips for how to improve oral health for this population. Dry Mouth Dry mouth or Xerostomia affects a large portion of the population, especially as we age. It is … Read More

IBD may cause aphthous ulcers in mouth.

  Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), are a group of autoimmune diseases that result in chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The two main diseases identified in this group are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Due to the chronic inflammation eventually damaging the GI tract, the resulting symptoms are painful. There are a few differences between these two diseases, but both must be diagnosed by a physician. Crohn’s disease can take place anywhere along the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus. The most common area targeted is in the small intestine, just before the colon (ileum). These areas … Read More

Nitrous Oxide helps calm nerves before a procedure.

Here at Cramer Dentistry, we know that very few people enjoy coming to the dentist. Beyond general anxiety though is often a deep rooted fear. Often this stems from one or several bad experiences that occurred in a patient’s past. We absolutely understand how these experiences can put a stain on dentistry as a whole for many. We are always here to help anyone who is ready to cope with their anxiety. If you suffer from dental anxiety, or “hate going to the dentist” we do not take it personally! We work very hard to make all of our patients … Read More

Psoriasis lesions covering the hands

  Psoriasis is a more well known autoimmune diseases affecting 8 million Americans and more than 125 million individuals across the world. Psoriasis is the result of skin cells reproducing too quickly as a result of the immune response. The body is not able to shed these cells as they produce, which is why the resulting symptom is areas of red, thickened and scaly patches of skin. It has been found that psoriasis is a genetic autoimmune disorder but is worsened by illness, stress, alcohol and other potential factors. You may start to see lesions in the mouth if the … Read More

Whitening results may lighten teeth 6 shades.

With summer almost here, many people start thinking about whitening their teeth. Although there are certain considerations to be made, almost anyone can whiten their teeth. This month we’ll discuss the safety of tooth whitening as well as the options we provide to patients. Is it safe to whiten my teeth? One of the most common questions we receive about whitening is, “Is it safe?” Both over the counter products as well as in office procedures are safe for the teeth when used as directed.. Overuse of these products may result in damage to the enamel, but if you’re able … Read More

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Lacey Rotary 13th Annual Duck Dash– The duck dash has been a local tradition for the last 13 years coordinated by the Lacey Rotary Club. Every year there are amazing prizes to win including the chance at a brand new car! There are some changes to the dash this year due to a couple of circumstances. The location will be at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, and because of an oil spill contaminating the Deschutes the dash will be more of a raffle. The Rotary will have all of their usual family friendly activities and then some. Head to the fairgrounds … Read More

3D illustration of Palm painful - skeleton x-ray, medical concept.

This month we’re kicking off a new blog series here at Cramer Dentistry! Every other month through 2019 we will be highlighting a different autoimmune disease and the impacts it has on oral health, and vice versa. Autoimmune diseases are wide ranging diseases that affect many systems of the body. Their commonality though, is that the body begins attacking its own cells wreaking havoc and causing painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms. Over 23.5 million people in the United States alone suffer from at least one autoimmune disease. These diseases are seen more often in women than in men, and it … Read More

Dental Implant compared to natural teeth in jaw.

Teeth require extraction usually for one of two reasons. Either due to extensive decay or due to bone loss resulting from periodontal disease. Considering nearly half of our adult population struggles with periodontal disease, it is unsurprising that nearly 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Combine this with the fact that about 40 million have no natural teeth at all and that is a significant amount of tooth loss. It used to be that if you were missing teeth your only option for replacement was a full or partial denture or a bridge. That is no longer … Read More

We are so blessed to have such an amazing team!

  Spring has arrived! Winter brought a lot of changes to our office by way of new faces and even a name change! You can find us now as Cramer Dentistry. As most of you know by now we said goodbye to Dr’s Megan and Ryan Bond at the end of January. The Bonds were a dear part of our work family and we miss them greatly, but we wish them luck on their new adventure! Some of you may have also had a chance to meet our new doctor, Dr. Stephanie Oh. We are so excited to have Dr. … Read More

Methamphetamine central nervous system stimulant.

  We can hardly go one day without hearing about the rising rates of drug addiction in our country. Or worse hearing the heartbreaking story of a loved one struggling with addiction. Drug addiction has crippling effects on families, communities and individuals. As dental professionals we are trained to look for the oral signs of drug abuse. It is a difficult but necessary conversation to have. We have our patients best interest and overall health always top of mind. If you know someone who is struggling with addiction, please share the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National … Read More