Dental Visits a Good Habit to Start (Again)


(PRWEB) August 06, 2014

While about two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) visit the dentist at least once a year, nearly half of them (47 percent) have gone three years or more without seeing the dentist at one time in their lives. 1

?According to the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey, most Americans visit the dentist at least once a year, and those who do are 37 percent more likely to report their oral health as good or better versus those who infrequently find themselves in a dentist?s chair,? says Dr. Bill Kohn, DDS and vice president of dental science and policy for Delta Dental Plans Association. ?Still, a lot of Americans take a break from routine dentist visits at some point in their lives.?

Nearly six of 10 Americans (58 percent) say they have felt fear or reluctance regarding a dental visit, according to the Delta Dental survey. Most said they were afraid to find out what care they needed or that they couldn?t afford to pay for care. Younger Americans ages 18 to 44 have felt more apprehension than those 45 years and older.

?Regular dental visits are part of important preventive care,? Kohn says. ?It?s good to stay in ? or get back into ? the habit of visiting a dentist. Your dentist can help you to determine how often you need to visit.?

For people with existing mouth problems, such as gum disease, or medical problems like diabetes or dry mouth, one dental visit a year may not be enough, according to Kohn. For those at higher risk of developing oral problems, three or four visits a year may be best. ?On the other hand,? Kohn says, ?if you enjoy good oral health and have low risks, you will not need the same level of preventive treatments or exams.?

One way to stay in the habit is to find a regular dentist. According to the Delta Dental survey, nearly one in four Americans (23 percent) do not have a regular dentist, while 40 percent say they?ve been going to the same dentist for three years or more. Americans in the Midwest and Northeast are somewhat more likely to be in a long-term relationship with their dentists than those in the South or West.

It?s More Refreshing than a Relief

Despite the fear and reluctance many Americans feel in going to the dentist, most (57 percent) say they feel refreshed after doing so.

?More often than not, you feel good walking out of a dentist?s office. Your mouth feels cleaner, and your mind feels better because you are taking care of yourself,? Kohn says.

For more results from the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey, visit deltadental.com.

About Delta Dental Plans Association

The not-for-profit Delta Dental Plans Association (deltadental.com), based in Oak Brook, Ill., is the leading national network of independent dental service corporations. It provides dental benefits programs to more than 60 million Americans in more than 111,000 employee groups throughout the country. For more oral health news and information from Dr. Bill Kohn and DDPA, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Twitter.

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1Morpace, Inc. conducted the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey on behalf of Delta Dental with 1,003 consumers across the United States.







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Pet Medical Center is Approved to Carry NexGard Chewable Flea & Tick Control Medication For Dogs


Temecula, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2014

Pet Medical Center is pleased to announce that their veterinary hospital in Temecula CA is approved to prescribe NexGard for canine flea and tick control. This adds another option to the already extensive selection of quality brand-name medications available from Pet Medical Center?s pharmacy.

NexGard is a new oral flea and tick control medication from the makers of Frontline Plus, a topical product that has long been the #1 choice of veterinarians. NexGard offers the same high level of protection from fleas and ticks that vets have come to expect from Frontline Plus, without the mess and hassle of applying topical medication to a dog?s skin.

According to Dr. Isabelle Bach of Pet Medical Center, NexGard is already proving popular with dog owners. ?They?re excited to find out that they can now control both fleas and ticks with an easy oral medication.? Prior to the release of NexGard, oral medications like Comfortis and Trifexis were only effective on fleas, forcing dog owners to choose between the hassle of applying a topical medication or the risk of leaving their pets unprotected from ticks.

NexGard also seems more appetizing than other oral flea control products. It is the first product to come in a soft, beef-flavored chew, which 89 percent of dogs snapped up happily in a manufacturer?s study. ?It?s very similar to HeartGard in flavor and texture,? reports Dr. Bach. ?If you have your dogs on that medication, you already know that they?ll do anything for it. They really don?t see it as a medication. To them, it?s a treat!?

The active ingredient in NexGard is afoxolaner, which kills fleas by over-stimulating their nervous systems. As the medication takes effect, the fleas climb to the top of the dog?s coat so pet owners can actually see NexGard in action. A recent study showed that 100 percent of the fleas die within 24 of giving NexGard.

Although NexGard does not kill flea eggs and flea larva directly like Frontline does, it effectively destroys flea populations on a dog by killing adults so quickly that they are not able to reproduce. With regular use of NexGard at 30-day intervals, dogs can be kept flea- and tick-free easily and safely.

About Pet Medical Center

Pet Medical Center is a full-service veterinary clinic for dogs and cats providing expert care in a professional, friendly, and compassionate environment. Dr. Isabelle Bach uses state of the art diagnostics to provide individualized treatment for pets of all ages to ensure high quality of life. Preventative care as well as pet surgery, dentistry, emergency care, and pet boarding is available.

Contact Information:

Pet Medical Center

40150 Winchester Road, Suite 4

Temecula, CA 92591

(951) 676-3531

http://www.petmedicalcenter.net/







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