April Showers, May Flowers, and a Stuffed-up Nose

April Showers, May Flowers, and a Stuffed-up Nose

May 1, 2019

For those with allergies, many oral health issues can arise when you have a stuffed-up nose or sinus inflammation.

Stuff-Up Nose: A stuffed-up nose often leads to mouth breathing. This action can cause inflamed gums along those front teeth. This can lead to periodontal issues if it continues long-term.

Take nasal decongestants before bed and keep a glass of water near you for sips throughout the night. The water will help keep those tissues hydrated and prevent the inflammation.

Sinus Inflammation: Sinuses are so close to the roots of your teeth that when they are inflamed or enlarged, they can actually cause your teeth to shift and hit harder when you chew and talk. This constant banging and pressure on the roots of the teeth may feel like a toothache!

First try gargling with salt water - sometimes this can help release sinus drainage. See your dentist and primary care physician to see what you can do to relieve this pain and pressure.

Watery Eyes and Nose: Some preventive medication may lead to oral health issues. Antihistamines can dry out your mucous membranes and lead to dry mouth. A dry mouth can allow bacteria and food to accumulate and cause cavities. See your dentist for products that can help with this short-term problem.

Sore Throat & Post Nasal Drip: The leading issue of a sore throat and nasal drip is bad breath. Using a mouthwash in the morning and at night following brushing and flossing should prevent bad breath. Also, make sure you stay hydrated!

The great news about all of these issues is that they are short-term. As long as you frequently visit your primary care doctor and your dentist, many of these issues will be prevented. 

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COMTREA to Offer 55% Tax Credit Opportunity

COMTREA to Offer 55% Tax Credit Opportunity

April 24, 2019

Community Treatment, Inc. (COMTREA) was awarded $200,000 in Missouri tax credits from the Missouri Housing Development Commission Affordable Housing Assistance Program (AHAP), which will allow COMTREA to offer Missouri business donors a 55% tax credit on donations.

Donations will benefit the building of Mary’s House of Hope at a Safe Place Transitional Housing, serving survivors of domestic violence in Jefferson and surrounding counties. Women and children will reside in the transitional housing, receiving counseling, education, and shelter, as they prepare for independent living.

Eligible donors include corporations, partnerships, banks, insurance companies, foundations, sole proprietorships, and individuals with income from rental properties, royalties, or farm income.

Missouri businesses may donate cash, materials, products, real estate, stock, and professional services for the project to receive the 55% tax credit.

The AHAP offers a one-time tax credit to business owners which benefits non-profits offering affordable housing activities.

To claim these credits, donation must be received by June 30, 2019.

Please consider donating to Mary’s House of Hope at A Safe Place. Your generous donation is building hope for a strong, safe, independent future.

For more information contact Kim Elbl, Vice President of Fundraising and Development at 636-232-2339.

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Dental Education: Spring Cleaning is Not Just for Your Home

Dental Education: Spring Cleaning is Not Just for Your Home

April 1, 2019

Well now that it’s April, spring has sprung! Flowers are popping up and trees are showing their buds!

Many people take this as an opportunity for a fresh start, to clear away clutter that’s been plaguing them for the past year. But, “Spring Cleaning” is not just for your home! Spring is a wonderful time to look into an oral health overhaul!

Several things can lead to neglecting your oral health: laziness (yes, just admit it), lack of insurance or financial ability, apathy, schedules, and many other reasons. Now is the PERFECT time to get back on track!

What can you do for a fresh start:

Change your toothbrush or toothbrush head! This should typically be done every three months; if you’ve forgotten, now is the time!

Schedule your cleaning! If you’ve been putting it off, here is your reminder! Your dental office WANTS to see you and help you stay or get healthy!

Check expiration dates on mouthwashes or toothpastes…YES-they can expire! This expiration date will let you know when the components will lose their efficacy. In other words, the power of fluoride may be reduced, or the potassium nitrate that helps fight sensitivity to hot or cold may not be accomplishing the job it should.

Build a new routine! Do you forget to brush at night because you are too tired, too busy, or too lazy? Well, now is the time to develop that oral healthcare routine. Let’s build that brighter, healthier smile today.

Let’s SPRING into action and start this new season off right!

If you need help with establishing a great routine for yourself, your dental professionals are ready, willing, and able to help out. We care about your oral health just as much as you do, and want to help you succeed in keeping your body healthy. Not keeping your mouth healthy has been linked to many negative health issues, and we want to keep you around for years and years to come!

COMTREA has several locations and wonderful, friendly, and caring staff that are here for you to accomplish your oral health “Spring Cleaning” goals! Give us a call today at 1-877-COMTREA.

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Dental Education: How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Dental Education: How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

February 27, 2019

Have you ever had consistent bad breath that just didn’t seem to go away with brushing, flossing, or rinsing with mouthwash? Could it be what you eat? Your home care habits? Or something more serious? Let’s go into what causes bad breath and what you can do.

Bad breath can come in many forms: morning breath, coffee breath, periodontal disease, food stuck between your teeth, or inadequate home care. Any of these can have an effect, but some are more serious.

Less serious halitosis, or bad breath, can be caused by short-term issues: not brushing your teeth, not flossing food particles from your teeth, drinking coffee, or eating certain foods like onions or garlic. You can increase the frequency of proper brushing, start flossing to remove food particles, and add an ADA approved mouthwash to your routine. You can also try to avoid foods and drinks that may have that negative affect such as morning coffee, onions at lunch, or garlic bread at dinner.

Other more serious issues can occur in which halitosis would be a symptom. Periodontal disease, which is caused from a lack of regular home care and regular visits to your dentist, is the deterioration of bone that holds your teeth in place. If left untreated, this could result in removing teeth. In addition, some medical conditions and genetics can make this breakdown happen faster. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and is usually preventable. This disease may affect other aspects of health including Alzheimer’s, arteriosclerosis, and more.

Some other issues may be: tonsil stones, GERD, acid reflux, other GI issues, or a plethora of other issues.

Ultimately, if you find yourself doing the “sniff test” and discovering that you may indeed have bad breath, please see your dental professionals and don’t be afraid to discuss this with them. 

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