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Dry Mouth? Sjögren’s Disease?

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, January 9, 2012

Sjögren’s syndrome is a common autoimmune disorder affecting nearly four million people in the U.S. If you have Sjögren’s syndrome, you may have dry mouth symptoms. Dry mouth (xerostomia) can have multiple sources, for example:

– Lifestyle (smoking, chewing tobacco, mouth breathing)

– Dehydration

– Chemotherapy

– Nerve damage (to head and neck)

– Medications used as, or to treat:

Acne Muscle relaxers
Allergies Nausea
Anxiety Obesity
Asthma Pain
Colds Parkinson’s disease
Depression Psychotic disorders
Diarrhea Sedatives
Epilepsy Urinary incontinence
Hypertension

 

And certain diseases such as:

– Alzheimer’s Disease

– Cystic Fibrosis

– Diabetes

– HIV/AIDS

– Hypertension

– Mumps

– Parkinson’s Disease

– Rheumatoid Arthritis

– Sjögren’s – a disease which I also am affected with

– Stroke

SJÖGREN’S DISEASE

Sjögren’s disease is an autoimmune disease that attacks the exocrine glands of the human body. The most common first symptom of the disease is DRY MOUTH and dry eyes. Because of the gradual onset of the disease, most patients are affected by the disease for five to seven years before a diagnosis of Sjögren’s disease is made.

Your dentist is often the medical professional to first recognize the symptoms of this chronic disease. Your dentist is also a most significant professional to have to support you if you are diagnosed with Sjögren’s or any of the above listed maladies, which result in DRY MOUTH.

People with dry mouth should carry water with them where ever they go, have it readily available at work, in the car, and next to their bed. The simplest solutions to a problem often offer the most immediate benefit.

Dry mouth leaves teeth without the protective enzymes found in saliva, making teeth much more prone to rampant decay. We, as dentists, can fluoridate teeth in various ways, to remineralize teeth and make them more resistant to tooth decay.

Anyone with Sjögren’s disease needs a dentist as part of their support group, to advise and treat the results of this disease. Anyone with dry mouth, for any reason, would benefit with a support dentist.

Always here for your support,

Dr. James G. Hood

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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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www.dentalcareassociatesofspokanevalley.com

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School is back in session, always…

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Everyone involved with a school schedule has probably by now settled into a routine.  It always takes a while to get logistics set up for any family involved with a new school year.  Our school-age patients are a little short on numbers at the very start and end of each new school year.  Once people develop their unique program, it becomes necessary to negotiate, with relative comfort, a successful program for week after week that they can soon relax, exhale, and follow the plan.

At our home, that is a typed daily transport schedule for the 2011-2012 school year.  Each child is listed on a daily time roster, who transports who, and to where, and by when.  And, with multiple children in multiple schools, the schedule can at first seem hectic and confusing.  However, with larger numbers of children, the demand for a clear plan becomes more and more necessary.

With the importance of scheduling, comes the exceptions:  doctor’s appointments, orthodontic’s and dentist’s appointments, eye doctors, etc.  Schedules are made to be broken, or so it seems.  Time outside school can also be educational, as can transport.  Hours of education can be added to a child’s education while being transported.  Siblings or drivers can quiz each other on spelling, multiplication, tables, etc.  Think of it, if just one concept was studied on each trip.

I once told a teacher, who was perturbed with me for taking my child out of school,  that I was taking my daughter out of school on an educational outing and I said, “I think education is more important than school.”  I would not recommend that comment to anyone, since teachers do operate most effectively with everyone present.  My point, however, is if a child must be removed from school, have it be a learning experience.  Ask them to report one thing that they learned by questioning their doctor, orthodontist, dentist, eye doctor, etc., about something they may not have learned in school.  All professionals have much to offer in terms of education.  If you must take off school, then make it an educational outing.  Ask good questions.  The quality of one’s life is measured by the quality of one’s questions.  Ask thoughtful questions and…

Keep smiling!

Dr. James G. Hood

 

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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.com
www.dentalcareassociatesofspokanevalleyblog.com
www.jamesandkarenhoodfoundationblog.org
www.sjogrensblog.org

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Summer’s End

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

 

On the Saturday before Labor Day, the weather was ideal for outdoor activities. The Spokane Symphony, conducted by Eckart Preu, performed a free concert from 6-8 p.m. in the open-air ampitheater at Pavilion Park in Liberty Lake.

The annual celebration, which was also the 10th anniversary of the incorporation of Liberty Lake as a city, had something for everyone. Many people drove over from the nearby golf course and remained in their golf carts as an alternative form of seating. We also saw that a number of them used their golf carts for a sort of modified tailgate party and picnic. By evening, blankets and lawn chairs covered the grass.

The concert began by bringing everyone to their feet for the “Star-Spangled Banner.” This patriotic opening was followed by a wide variety of musical arrangements from the Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla to ragtime numbers and a “Symphonic Portrait of Irving Berlin.” The kids commented most on the arrangement of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Sandwiches and chips tasted even better than usual with such a melodious accompaniment and fresh community atmosphere. The city of Liberty Lake provided free slices of chocolate cake for dessert to everyone in attendance.

Pavilion Park is a truly wonderful retreat for the citizens of this lakeside suburb. Walkways wind through the shady trees encircling the open-air theater. A baseball diamond and soccer field are located above and back from the stage. Playground toys and restrooms are conveniently available in this idyllic park setting. This park is a community-building gift to the people of Liberty Lake. Throughout the summer, there are many events hosted at the park, including movies after dark. For a full list of these events, visit the Pavilion Park website at http://www.pavillionpark.org/.

Great classical music like that performed by the Spokane Symphony is not usually available to everyone in a community, so this was a fantastic opportunity for the general public to enjoy. This evening was a welcome and relaxing way to end the summer holiday. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture brought a dramatic close to this outdoor celebration, and was very fitting for the end of summer and the beginning of the Spokane Symphony’s 2011 season.

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Labor Day 2011

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day 2011 had gorgeous weather and was a most relaxing day. As a family, we went to “Pig-Out in the Park” in Spokane’s Riverfront Park. This food fest is a popular 5-day event with lots of food and drink vendors in the south side of the park and retail vendors over the river, on the north side of the park. It is always held during Labor Day weekend.

To avoid dealing with the congestion of downtown parking on Labor Day, we parked our van in the Gonzaga Law School parking lot and walked on the Centennial Trail, along the Spokane River, back to Riverfront park. Spokane is extremely fortunate that past visionaries brought Expo ’74 to Spokane. Spokane is the smallest city ever to host a world’s fair. After the fair, the grounds, which before the fair was a rail yard for the railroad, were then converted to a beautiful central city park. Riverfront Park is not only a positive natural environmental getaway in urban Spokane but a great place for events like “Pig-Out in the Park”.

Likewise, the Centennial Trail, which passes through the center of Riverfront Park is a phenomenal gift to the people of Spokane and surrounding area. The majority of the work on Centennial Trail was done from 1989-1991 right after the Centennial celebrations for 100 years of Washington becoming a state. The trail is a 37 mile paved path from Nine Mile Falls to the Idaho State Line. Most of the trail runs alongside the Spokane River.

All in all, experiencing the Centennial Trail from Gonzaga to Riverfront Park was a most enjoyable experience this weekend. I’ve entered the Centennial Trail at different trail heads in the Valley, but never in the downtown areas, whether on a bicycle or jogging the trail is an enjoyable experience. Often, we believe we must travel hundreds of miles to have a vacation experience but often right under our noses are mini-vacations to cherish and enjoy.

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 | Blogs: www.drjamesghoodblog.com www.dentalcareassociatesofspokanevalleyblog.com www.dentalnutritionblog.com www.jamesandkarenhoodfoundationblog.com www.sjogrensblog.com

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Labor Day 2011

Labor Day 2011 had gorgeous weather and was a most relaxing day. As a family, we went to “Pig-Out in the Park” in Spokane’s Riverfront Park. This food fest is a popular 5-day event with lots of food and drink vendors in the south side of the park and retail vendors over the river, on the north side of the park.

To avoid dealing with the congestion of downtown parking, we parked our van in the Gonzaga Law School parking lot and walked on the Centennial Trail, along the Spokane River, back to Riverfront park. Spokane is extremely fortunate that past visionaries brought Expo ’74 to Spokane. Spokane is the smallest city ever to host a world’s fair. After the fair, the grounds, which before the fair was a rail yard for the railroad, were then converted to a beautiful central city park. Riverfront Park is not only a positive natural environmental getaway in urban Spokane but a great place for events like “Pig-Out in the Park”. Likewise, the Centennial Trail, which passes through the center of Riverfront Park is a phenomenal gift to the people of Spokane and surrounding area. The majority of the work on Centennial Trail was done from 1989-1991 right after the Centennial celebrations for 100 years of Washington becoming a state. The trail is a 37 mile paved path from Nine Mile Falls to the Idaho State Line. Most of the trail runs alongside the Spokane River.

All in all, experiencing the Centennial Trail from Gonzaga to Riverfront Park was a most enjoyable experience this weekend. I’ve entered the Centennial Trail at different trail heads in the Valley, but never in the downtown areas, whether on a bicycle or jogging the trail is an enjoyable experience.

Often, we believe we must travel hundreds of miles to have a vacation experience but often right under our noses are mini-vacations to cherish and enjoy.

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 | Blogs: www.drjamesghoodblog.com www.dentalcareassociatesofspokanevalleyblog.com www.dentalnutritionblog.com www.jamesandkarenhoodfoundationblog.com www.sjogrensblog.com

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

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Summer and the August 2 Debt Deadline

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, August 1, 2011

Hello August!

Believe it or not, August, which signals summer’s end, is already here.  Back-to-school sales abound, as do long-awaited 90-degree temperatures.

In everyone’s effort to stay cool and hydrated, don’t forget to get you and your children in for dental check-ups before school starts again.

Summer fun at Silverwood, north of Coeur d’Alene, ID

In our nation’s capitol, debates are heated on how to avoid the first default in the history of our republic.  This keeps many people nervous and unable to enjoy summer weather.  Others, unaware and unconcerned about what default would mean to everyone, vacation with abandon.

The August 2nd deadline pressure looms heavy over our elected legislators.  The debt ceiling will likely be raised.  At what cost is our concern?  Once a bill is passed to raise the ceiling, will we understand it?  Or will it be a bill that gets manipulated into doing something other than what it was intended to do?

We, as a nation, do not want to go the way of Greece.  Hopefully, our government will turn around and citizens will again have faith in our government.

Nonetheless, the United States of America is still the freest and most generous nation on earth.  Get out in this summer weather and see a part of this country you’ve not see before.  It doesn’t have to be the Grand Canyon.  Visit a recreation area in your local area that you’ve not experienced before.  Local parks often have surprises that you’ve never thought of.  Get a map of your locality and decide how far you are willing to drive (gas is often the limiting factor). Use that distance for the radius of a circle which you draw around your home, and then find an area to explore.

Enjoy your local community.  See something you heard or read about yet never visited.  There are plenty of places near home to enjoy.

Have fun, enjoy the Inland Northwest, and keep smiling!
Dr. James G. Hood

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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.com
www.dentalcareassociatesofspokanevalleyblog.com
www.jamesandkarenhoodfoundationblog.org
www.sjogrensblog.org

Online Store: www.dentalhealthandnutritionstore.com


 

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