Archive for May, 2011

Happy Memorial Day to All!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day is a time to reflect on all family members who have gone before us.  It is also a time to realize that the freedoms we enjoy in this glorious country have come to us at great price.

Many heroic men and women have given their lives so that we can live in the liberty found in no other country on earth.  I could not be more grateful to these selfless souls and their comrades whose bodies and/or minds will be forever scarred for their sacrifices made for our American way of life.

Our lives, our liberty, and our pursuit of happiness could only be possible because of our military, the best.

I believe that Memorial Day, being the first unofficial weekend for the summer season, should be enjoyed.  I also believe many people view this holiday as merely a three-day weekend.  As citizens of the United States of America, we should all reflect on why we enjoy our freedoms.

Our family made our annual Memorial Day trip to the cemetery.  My wife’s older sister died in 1999 from Multiple Sclerosis.  We visited and prayed over her grave.  As a family, we visited a second cemetery where my wife and I plan to be buried (hopefully, not in the near future).  The day was sunny and cool and both cemeteries felt like places to be reflective.

We talked as a family about whether or not land, often in the middle of cities, should be used for cemeteries.  Are we wasting land that could be made available for more productive uses?  Should everyone be cremated?  Our consensus came down to a few thoughts.  Cemeteries are much like parks.  They are places to relax, reflect, meditate, and enjoy.  And cremation is also a choice anyone can make.  Ashes can then be interred or scattered.  Again, in this country how we are laid to rest is a choice, a freedom all of us can make as we wish.

Memorial Day is most certainly a day filled with sadness and pride.  Memorial Day is a significant holiday in our yearly calendar and should always remain as such.  It is a holiday we need to thoughtfully observe.  It is a holiday that builds family memories.  It is a time to nurture patriotism and gratitude.

Thanks for reading and blogging!

Smile often,
Dr. James G. Hood

Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S.

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Welcomes Patients from Age 2 to 102!

James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.
507 North Sullivan Road, Suite A-1
Spokane Valley, WA 99037-8576  USA
Phone: (509) 928-9100  |  Fax: (509) 928-0414
Email: drhood@drhood.com

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May is National Foster Care Month!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, May 23, 2011

Source: National Foster Parent Association

Presidential Proclamation
President Barak Obama issued a presidential proclamation designating May 2011 as National Foster Care Month.  The proclamation begins,
“For nearly half a million youth in foster care across our country, the best path to success we can give them is the chance to experience a loving home where they can feel secure and thrive.  During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a brighter future for foster youth, and we celebrate the selfless individuals who make a meaningful difference in their lives.” You can read the full proclamation here.

What can you do?  Here are some ideas.

  • Go to the  FosterCareMonth.org website and get some action ideas!  See if there is an event in your area.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.  Tell them why the contribution of foster families should be celebrated.
  • Raise money for your local or state foster parent association by creating a Walk Me Home walk.
  • Help a foster child by becoming a mentor or a CASA.
  • Call, email or write your local social services or family services director – tell them that you are thankful that they do their best to protect our most vulnerable children.
  • Once a week this month, bring up the topic of foster care in a conversation with friends or co-workers.

Walk Me Home

Walk Me Home….to the place I belong is the signature fund-raising and awareness event for foster care in America. We know not everyone can be a foster parent, but Walk Me Home is a great way to support the over 424,000 children in foster care. This year thousands and thousands of walkers will participate in Walk Me Home events across the country, raising funds to support the life changing programs and activities of foster care associations throughout the United States.
Get your organization, family, or just yourself involved!  Get more information at the Walk Me Home web page, and check out the cool music videos.

NFPA is proud to announce the Dave Thomas Foundation as the newest Walk Me Home sponsor.

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Fluoride – Topical and Systemic Treatments

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fluoride is one of the most abundant and chemically reactive elements on earth.  Many foods (including certain teas, red wines, meat, fish, eggs and cheeses) contain high amounts of fluoride.  Everyone ingests at least trace amounts of fluoride on a regular basis.  Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that strengthens teeth.

Fluoride can be taken in one of two ways:  topically and systemicallyTopical applications of fluoride include toothpastes, mouth rinses, and fluoride treatments in a dental office.  Systemic fluoride is taken as a tablet or added to the diet as mentioned above or added to something ingested (i.e., water fluoridation).

Water fluoridation is the process of adjusting the fluoride content in local water facilities to the recommended dose for optimal dental health.  Hundreds of fluoridation studies, from more than 20 countries, have proven the effect of optimal fluoride levels in local diets at reducing tooth decay.  In some communities fluoride needs to be reduced (taken out) from local water supplies, and in other communities it is added to water supplies to create optimal fluoride concentration.

There are still a few areas (i.e., Spokane, WA) which have virtually no naturally occurring fluoride in local water supplies and civic leaders have chosen (I believe unwisely) not to add fluoride to the community water.   In such a case, your family dentist can prescribe fluoride tablets in the optimal concentration for local water supplies to prevent decay in residents.

Again, numerous studies have shown that fluoridated water, at an optimal level recommended for decay prevention in teeth, is completely safe.

Application of fluoride to teeth (both systemically and topically), along with pit and fissure sealants, are the two best preventive measures in reducing or preventing decay in teeth.

Fluoride does not replace flossing but, as part of a good oral hygiene program, can go a long way in helping to reduce or eliminate tooth decay.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. James G. Hood

Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S.

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Welcomes Patients from Age 2 to 102!

James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.

507 North Sullivan Road, Suite A-1, Spokane Valley, WA 99037-8576  USA

Phone: (509) 928-9100  |  Fax: (509) 928-0414

Email: drhood@drhood.com

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Fluoride and Dental Health

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Friday, May 20, 2011
  • Fluoride is a compound formed by one or more atoms of fluorine, a water-soluble element (the 13th most common element in the earth’s crust).
  • Fluoride is a trace mineral found in most water supplies and almost all food.
  • Spokane, unlike most major metropolitan communities in the USA, has no fluoride in the water supply.
  • Fluoride is found naturally in tooth enamel and bone.
  • Fluoride may be used in two different ways:
  1. Systemically: Ingested into the system through food, water, or fluoride tablets.
  2. Topically: Added directly to teeth as gels, pastes, rinses, or in the diet.
  • Both systemic and topical fluoride help maintain strong teeth.

What our office wants is to achieve the optimum level of systemic and/or topical fluoride for the maximum reduction of tooth decay in all our dental patients.

Glossary of Useful Terms

  • Demineralization = process occurring in the mouth all the time, which dissolves or removes fluoride from teeth.  When occurring more profoundly than remineralization, the result is dental caries.
  • Dental Caries = tooth decay.  Possible causes of dental caries include:
    • Poor oral hygiene
    • Active decay in teeth
    • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
    • Eating disorders (i.e. bulimia, anorexia)
    • Lack of professional dental care
    • Rough filling or active orthodontics, making cleaning difficult, resulting in poor oral hygiene
    • High levels of caries causing bacteria, possibly due to (1) blood dyscrasias – abnormal conditions in the blood, (2) poor diet
    • Exposed root surface on teeth, which are more susceptible to dental decay
    • Exposure to head and neck radiation
    • Decreased salivary flow (dry mouth) due to medications or diseases (such as uncontrolled diabetes, Sjögren’s Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)

  • Plaque = bacteria.  Plaque is the sticky film produced (including bacteria) and the acid waste products from its activity.
  • Remineralization = process occurring in the mouth all the time, which adds minerals to the teeth.  When occurring more profoundly than demineralization, the beneficial result is strong teeth.

Happy Smiles,

Dr. James G. Hood

Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S.

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Welcomes Patients from Age 2 to 102!

James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.

507 North Sullivan Road, Suite A-1

Spokane Valley, WA 99037-8576  USA

Phone: (509) 928-9100  |  Fax: (509) 928-0414

Email: drhood@drhood.com

Websites: www.drhood.com, www.dentalcareassociatesofspokanevalley.com

Blogs: www.drjamesghoodblog.com, www.dentalhealthandnutritionblog.comwww.dentalcareassociatesofspokanevalleyblog.com

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