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The Cavity Crisis

Did your tot brush this morning? Hmmm…you were in a rush. Maybe he missed last night, too, as you battled over bedtime. These scenarios may be behind the first rise in preschool cavities in 40 years. More than a quarter of kids under 5 now have tooth decay.  Rhea Haugseth, D.M.D., immediate past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tells how to keep the drill at bay:


Monitor tooth brushing until about 8 years of age for when your kiddo will have the motor skills to really get the job done.


Many parents think bottled water is healthy, but it may not contain the all-important decay-preventing fluoride that’s in your tap.


Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar, producing an acid that attacks your teeth for 20 minutes after your last bite or sip, says Dr. Haugseth.  Keep snacks to a minimum, and wash them down with water.


The under-2 set should brush with a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice). Bigger kiddos can have a pea-size squirt.


Your child should begin seeing a dentist around his first birthday.


Article from Parenting.com-October 2012 Issue

7 Great Teeth Tips for Back-To-School

7 Great Teeth Tips for Back-To-School

Its Back-to-school time and most kids want to make a good first impression with the right backpack, clothes or haircut. But since the first thing most people notice is your smile – Scottsdale Dental Arts has a few tips to get one of you most important tools ready for Back-To-School…your smile.

1. Let Children Choose: Make sure it’s the proper size and soft-bristled, but kids that choose their own toothbrush are much more likely to want to brush. (Switch out brush every 3 months and after an illness)

2. Taste Test: Most kids don’t like the taste of adult brands, instead select a flavor of dentist recommended children’s toothpaste they like.

3. A 2 Minute Timer: In the rush to get ready for school, most kids don’t spend the recommended 2 minutes brushing. Try a fun egg or brushing timer.

4. Pack Your Lunch. Send kids to school with teeth-friendly snacks and lunches. Try fresh fruit, vegetables, and cheese. Avoid fruit juices and sodas that are acidic and erode enamel or sticky foods that will cling to teeth all day.

5. Smile Guard – Wear a properly fitted mouth guard to help active kids protect their teeth during sporting fun.

6. Floss Picks – much easier for kids to use, floss picks come in fun flavors and help you encourage the recommended 2x a day flossing.

7. Set a Good Example – brush teeth as a family after breakfast and dinner. These extra 4 minutes could save you thousands in preventable tooth care.

Why are these tips so important:
•Poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, the #1 most common chronic childhood disease.
•Dental pain or disease can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning
•Over 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness!

Start preventing tooth decay today!

Give Children’s Teeth a Healthy and Happy Easter

Easter is almost here and parents often wonder how can they help their kids have a fun holiday without wreaking dental havoc. Dr. Jason McCargar of Scottsdale Dental Arts recommends trading out all the sweets in Easter baskets and eggs for toys, money, stamps, stickers, coloring books, sidewalk chalk or other children’s favorites.

However, if parents still feel they need to give at least a little candy on Easter, Dr. McCargar shares the best and worst types for their children’s teeth and some tips to manage sugar consumption.

Best and Worst Easter Treats for Teeth
(Ranked least to worst)

1.Sugar-free gum and candy provide the best sweet treat for teeth

2.Chocolate bunnies that melt away quickly are also a “better” option

3.Jelly Beans and peeps that get stuck in between teeth aren’t recommended

4.Jollly Ranchers, lollipops or sour candies are the worst culprits – the longer the candy sits in the mouth the worse for teeth, and sour candies eat away teeth’s enamel

How to Eat Easter Candy Responsibly
(Tips to parents)

1.Give Fun Dental Gifts
A favorite cartoon character toothbrush in an Easter basket serves as a great reminder to always brush after eating delicious Easter treats.

2.Location, Location, Location
Put Easter Baskets up high, preferably out-of sight, so children aren’t constantly reminded of the forbidden treats.

3.Easter Dessert
Make Easter candy a true treat by letting children choose a few pieces after a meal. They are already full from their healthy food, and saliva production (which protects the teeth) has already been initiated from the meal.

4.Let Your Dentist Help
Schedule a cleaning for your child and let your dental professional help. At Scottsdale Dental Arts, we teach children moderation and good dental habits to guarantee many years of happy, healthy Easter smiles.

Happy Easter from Scottsdale Dental Arts, Dr. Jason McCargar and Staff!

Dental Detection: Improving your overall health

Dr. McCargar was featured in national news coverage in New York! Who do you see more, your dentist, or your doctor? For millions, it’s the dentist. A growing population skipping annual physicals but keeping at least one dental appointment every year. So now there’s an effort to do double duty in the dental chair to protect your overall health. CBS 2′s Maurice DuBois reports.

Dental Detection: Improving your overall health

3 Surprising Reasons to Give up soda by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding

America has a drinking problem. No, not booze. I’m talking about soft drinks. According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, the average American guzzles 44.7 gallons of the sweet stuff every year. Not sure what 44.7 gallons looks like? It’s about what you’d need to fill a small kiddie pool.

But the truth is, you don’t need me to tell you that soda isn’t healthy. We all know that America’s drink of choice contributes to our country’s ever-expanding obesity problem. But, as Rodale.com writer Leah Zerbe discovered, love handles are just the beginning. Read on for her report on three shocking soda facts that will have you saying “Just water, please” from now on.

Shocking Soda Fact #1: Soda fattens up your organs

A recent Danish study revealed that drinking non-diet soda leads to dramatic increases in dangerous hard-to-detect fats. Researchers asked participants to drink either regular soda, milk containing the same amount of calories as regular soda, diet cola, or water every day for six months. The results? Total fat mass remained the same across all beverage-consuming groups, but regular-soda drinkers experienced dramatic increases in harmful hidden fats, including liver fat and skeletal fat. The regular-soda group also experienced an 11 percent increase in cholesterol compared to the other groups! And don’t think switching to diet varieties will save you from harm: Artificial sweeteners and food dyes have been linked to brain cell damage and hyperactivity, and research has shown that people who drink diet soda have a higher risk of developing diabetes.

Shocking Soda Fact #2: Soda contains flame retardants

Some popular soda brands, including Mountain Dew, use brominated vegetable oil—a toxic flame retardant—to keep the artificial flavoring from separating from the rest of the liquid. This hazardous ingredient—sometimes listed as BVO on soda and sports drinks—can cause bromide poisoning symptoms like skin lesions and memory loss, as well as nerve disorders. If that’s not a good enough reason not to “Do the Dew,” I don’t know what is.

Shocking Soda Fact #3: Drinking soda makes you a lab rat

Many American soda brands are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, a heart-harming man-made compound derived mainly from genetically engineered corn. The problem? Genetically engineered ingredients have only been in our food chain since the 1990s, and we don’t know their long-term health impacts because the corporations that developed the crops never had to test them for long-term safety. Case in point: Some recent findings suggest that genetically engineered crops are linked to digestive tract damage, accelerated aging, and even infertility!

Jan 24, 2012

Travelers forget everything from passports to false teeth


By Gary Stoller, USA TODAY

Updated: 11/09/2011 11:52am

Frequent business traveler Joyce Gioia forgot more than $20,000 worth of jewelry in her hotel room in Italy last year.

Luckily for Gioia, the jewelry was in a room safe, and staff at the Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora shipped the items to her home in Austin.

“I had done such a dumb thing, and I was very happy to get the jewelry back,” says Gioia, a management consultant.

Travelers annually leave millions of personally important items such as wallets, keys, cellphones and eyeglasses behind in hotels, airports, airplanes and rental cars. Fortunately for the forgetful, many belongings — including very valuable and unusual ones such as Gioia’s jewelry — are returned.

Many, however, aren’t, and they are given away or sold if their owners don’t retrieve them or their owners cannot be found.

Gioia and other travelers scold themselves for their forgetfulness, but psychologists say it’s commonplace even among the most veteran of travelers.

“When traveling, people tend to have lots on their minds, and there are often many unexpected distractions,” says David Meyer, a University of Michigan psychology professor. “The combination of too much to keep track of, limited attention for doing so and being in relatively unusual circumstances outside familiar work and home locations promote forgetting about the small stuff being carried along the way.”

USA TODAY contacted several airlines, airports, hotels and car-rental companies and, among other things, asked how many items are left behind by their customers yearly.

Southwest Airlines, which carried 88 million passengers last year, reported the largest number. The airline takes possession of up to 10,000 items a month that are left behind at airports and in planes, says spokeswoman Katie McDonald.

Books, cellphones, clothing and reading glasses are the most common items left behind, she says.

The most valuable items? A $10,000 diamond engagement ring, an NFL Super Bowl ring and professional video equipment — which all were returned to their owners.

Southwest stores items in a 4,000-square-foot area within a Dallas warehouse. Unclaimed items stay there 30 to 90 days, and the majority is then donated to the Salvation Army, McDonald says.

Most items left behind don’t contain an owner’s contact information and aren’t reported lost, she says. Also, many electronic devices are locked, making it difficult to determine who owns them.

American Airlines tries to reunite items with their owners “for several weeks,” says airline spokesman Tim Smith. And, if that cannot be done, he says, items are sold to a salvage company.

The cost of returning items to owners is “significant,” he says, much more than the income received from the salvage company. “Lost and found is a customer service — not a money maker,” Smith says.

McCarran airport in Las Vegas says about 30,000 items — an average of 82 a day — are left behind each year.

Most are left at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints and turned over to the airport, says McCarran spokeswoman Candice Seeley.

The most common forgotten items: cellphones, eyeglasses, belts, watches, wallets and other belongings that “travelers shed in preparation for screening,” Seeley says.

Most of the 15,936 items logged into the lost-and-found office at Oregon’s Portland International Airport last year also were left at TSA checkpoints, says airport spokesman Steve Johnson.

After 30 days, many unclaimed items are donated to charity, he says. Items valued at more than $100 are kept for 90 days, then auctioned at a state surplus website.

The airport employs a full-time worker to handle lost items and incurs mailing costs of $10,000 to $20,000 yearly to return items, Johnson says.

Many hotels told USA TODAY that at least one item a day is left behind by guests.

Many see more. The Hyatt Regency in Chicago reports about 7,300 items a year, or about 20 a day, are left, according to Shaheryar Adil, a manager at the hotel.

At Hyatt hotels generally, passports, credit cards, state ID cards, computers, wedding rings and other jewelry, MP3 players and cash are most often left behind, says Hyatt spokeswoman Lori Alexander.

Other hotels see other trends. Novotel last year surveyed its 31 hotels in Britain and found that more mobile phone chargers were left behind by guests than any other item.

Phone chargers apparently are easily forgotten. Matthew Humphreys, an assistant manager at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco, says he’s worked at nine Hyatt hotels and the housekeeping staff in each had a large box of chargers.

“If you are traveling and find yourself in need of a phone charger, definitely call down and ask housekeeping,” Humphreys says.

Next to chargers, Novotel found underwear was most forgotten, followed by false teeth and hearing aids, shoes and clothing, keys, toiletries, adult toys, electric toothbrushes, laptops and jewelry.

“We continue to be mystified by the random collection of items left in our rooms by guests,” says Melissa Micallef, Novotel’s marketing manager. “Our lost property departments really are treasure troves.”

Many hotels say they respect guests’ privacy and won’t return an item unless the owner asks for it. That prevents them from getting caught in such sticky situations as a spouse learning that a mate may have spent the night with someone else.

Considering that “intimate apparel” and “adult toys,” according to Adil, are some of the most unusual items left behind at the Chicago Hyatt Regency, the policy may make sense.

The Surrey hotel in New York reaches out to people who leave valuables behind, says Shan Kanagasingham, general manager of the hotel.

About 30% of the roughly 500 items left at the luxury hotel each year are returned, she says. Items are kept for three months. If they can’t be returned, they’re given to the people who found them.

The Ritz-Carlton, which only returns items requested by guests, keeps items up to 120 days, depending on value, and gives unclaimed items to the employees who found them, says Sandra Estornell, the chain’s corporate director of rooms’ development.

Many hotels charge guests for returning items because the costs of returning them can run high.

It’s easy to understand why belongings are left.

Claire Heymann, owner of the small luxury Hotel St. Germain in Dallas, says some rooms are in “such disarray” that guests don’t see an item before leaving and some items are hidden for “safekeeping” and then forgotten.

A guest once lost a $1 million earring in the courtyard during an evening cocktail reception, but it was found, Heymann says.

Among items left at her hotel: sleep masks, keys for handcuffs, boxes of live sleeping butterflies, a mannequin head, a toupee and a five-year sobriety coin from Alcoholics Anonymous left next to an empty bottle of champagne.

Hertz spokeswoman Paula Rivera says “thousands” of items are left behind in Hertz cars annually, particularly mobile phones, laptops and cameras.

Every Hertz location has a person responsible for lost items, and about 75% are returned to their owners, she says. Unclaimed items are donated to charity.

Travel disrupts a person’s habits at home or work, where a coat, keys and briefcase may regularly be placed in a particular place, says Robert Bjork, a UCLA psychology professor.

“We do things in a certain order as we depart from home or work,” Bjork says. “Those habits protect us from forgetting things, and they are disrupted by travel.”

Frequent business traveler Lori DeFurio of Jordan, N.Y., calls herself “the queen of leaving stuff behind.”

In December, she left a new winter coat and leather gloves in the overhead bin on a Southwest jet.

“I remembered five minutes after I left the airport,” says DeFurio, who works in the computer software industry. “I called the airline from the taxi and had the concierge at the hotel keep trying, but I never got it back.”

Some frequent business travelers have formulated strategies, or routines, to prevent leaving things behind.

Flight attendant Jennifer Welch of Hillsborough, Calif., says her last actions before checking out are shutting off her computer and then conducting “a sweep” of the room.

“I’ve noticed that on the occasions when I forgot items, it happened when I was tired and did things in a different order than I normally would,” she says.

November Issue of Scottsdale Health – Meet Kim

“I can’t say enough about Dr. McCargar as a person and a dentist. he is personable and I trust his professional opinion. He helps keep my smile healthy and sparkling. At Scottsdale Dental Arts they make me feel special at every appointment.” – Kim – Optometrist and Actual Patient

John Lennon’s tooth sells for more than $31,000 at auction

John Lennon’s tooth sells for more than $31,000 at auction

November 05, 2011|By the CNN Wire Staff

The winning bid for John Lennon’s tooth came in at $31,200, according to auction results posted online.The tooth fairy’s trash became another man’s treasure Saturday when a discolored molar that once belonged to John Lennon was put up for auction.

Michael Zuk, a Canadian dentist, is claiming responsibility for the winning bid. Omega Auction House, which sold the tooth, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Saturday.

Lennon gave the tooth to Dorothy “Dot” Jarlett when she worked as his housekeeper at his Kenwood home in Weybridge, Surrey, according to her son, Barry. Jarlett, who was employed between 1964 and 1968, developed a warm relationship with Lennon, her son said.

More trouble for Lindsay Lohan

As reported in US Weekly recently Lindsay Lohan is not only having trouble with the law but also her teeth. Just look how her possible smoking could be ruining her teeth and her gums.

Could your child’s baby teeth be a life saver?

Could your child's baby teeth be a life saver?