Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, certain medications – such as decongestants, antihistamines and painkillers can reduce saliva flow which washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease. Studies also suggest that oral bacteria might play a role in some diseases. In addition, certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.
This March, Care Resource is helping raise public awareness about good oral health. The focus is to seek out ways to improve public consciousness about bettering our community’s oral health-care habits.
This month, new clients without Dental Insurance can receive a free comprehensive oral exam, an oral health kit, a free panoramic x-ray and a free cleaning in the Broward County office located at 871 W Oakland Park Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.
To redeem this promotion, one MUST first make an appointment. To make an appointment, call 305-576-1234 EXT: 470 (English) and 471 (Spanish).
DENTAL HEALTH 101
Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental care routine. For a healthy mouth and smile, here are some recommendations:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
- Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
MEET ONE OF OUR PROVIDERS
Dr. Barnes has practiced dentistry in South Florida for 19 years and during all those years has always been involved in providing quality dental care to HIV/AIDS clients. The first 15 years of his career, he was employed by the Broward County Health Department, and provided dental services for children of low income families and children and adults living with HIV and AIDS. At the Department of Health he was director of HIV dental services and was responsible for patient care and daily operations of four facilities (Paul Hughes Clinic, Northwest Clinic, Memorial Hospital Outpatient Clinic and Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center). Prior to coming to Care Resource, Dr. Barnes was employed by Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and clinical director of the Nova/Oakland Park Dental Clinic; a clinic devoted specifically to the dental needs of HIV/AIDS patients residing in Broward County Florida.
Dr. Barnes dental life has been devoted to serving the underprivileged and medically compromised which he greatly enjoys, and he looks forward to providing this same high level of care and devotion to the clients of Care Resource.
Care Resource serves all of South Florida’s diverse communities and is a federally qualified community health center (FQHC) – a medical home for all those in need.