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July 9, 2021: Study Links Missing Teeth To Higher Cognitive Risk & Dementia In Older Adults!
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June 23, 2021: Migraine Headache Sufferers May Be at Greater Risk for COVID-19, Study Finds!
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June 21, 2021: British Study Finds Babies Produce Strong Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2!
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June 7, 2021: Covid-19 Not Transmissible Via The Blood Supply, NIH Study Finds!
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June 4, 2021: Pre-existing Periodontal Disease Can Lead To Higher Risks Of Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight, And Pre-eclampsia, Study finds!
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June 3, 2021: Change in CDC's Mask Policy Did NOT cause a Rise in Covid-19 Cases!
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May 25, 2021: Dentists Exhibit Much Lower SARS-CoV-2 Rates Than Other Healthcare Providers, Study Finds
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May 20, 2021: Even with the recent changes related to the CDC Mask Mandate, The American Dental Association recommends to continue all Covid-19 Screening Protocols and encourage all patients to continue to wear masks in the dental environment!
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May 5, 2021: Secondhand smoke increases oral cancer risk by 50%, Study Finds
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April 23, 2021: One Shot May Be Enough For Those Who Have Recovered From Covid-19. Research from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrated that one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccine is enough to facilitate an adequate antibody response among those who have recovered from Covid-19 illness.
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April 19, 2021: Get Moving To Prevent Severe Covid-19 Illness And Death: A new study reveals that people who exercixe regularly are less likely to develop severe Covid-19 illness than their sedentary counterparts!
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April 13, 2021: Evidence mounts that periodontal disease is connected to Alzheimer's Disease, Research finds.
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April 7, 2021: As the Pandemic Continues, dentists report an uptick in "Mask Mouth."   
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April 1, 2021: Incidence of Covid-19 Oral Manifestations Underestimated, Study Finds.  Two patterns of oral ulcerations:  Canker sore-like and superficial necrosis--affect  multiple oral sites in patients with Covid-19.
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March 29, 2021: SARS-CoV-2 Infects Oral Tissues, Recent Study Finds.
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March 25, 2021: Pollen and Covid-19 Rates: High Pollen Concentrations lead to a weaker immune response in airways to viruses like Covid-19, New Study Finds.
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March 23, 2021: Hospitalized Covid-19 patients with prior underlying gum disease are more likely to suffer respiratory failure, Study finds.
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March 22, 2021: Obesity, High BP tied to cognitive decline, Study finds.
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March 17, 2021: Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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March 16, 2021: An American Dental Association survey in February found cases of teeth grinding, clenching and other stress-induced dental issues have risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that COVID-19 has had severe health consequences for Americans, even those who haven't had the disease themselves.
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March 8,2021: Recent Poll: Stress-related conditions have become substantially more prevalent since the onset of COVID-19.
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March 6, 2021: National Dentists Day! 
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March 1, 2021: New Study Shows That Reinfection With SARS-Co-V-2 Is Unlikely: NIH has found that individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 are unlikely to become reinfected with the novel coronavirus.
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February 22 to 28, 2021: National Eating Disorders Awareness week
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February 17, 2020: Covid-19 Poses Significant Barrier To Kids Receiving Preventive Oral Healthcare, National Poll reveals as 40% of parents have not sought professional oral healthcare services for their children since the start of the global pandemic.
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February 8, 2020: February Is National Children's Dental Health Month!
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February 1, 2021: Changes in Tongue Appearance May Indicate Covid-19 Infection, Report states.
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January 27, 2021: Dental experts discover biological imbalance is the link between gum and kidney disease!
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January 22, 2021: Covid-19 reinfections are unusual, but could still help the virus to spread, Study finds. UK health care workers appear to have immunity for several months following initial infection and recovery from C-19.
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January 20, 2021: Marking a recent milestone. Dr Riddel joined Thomas Family Dentistry January 2020! Congrats!
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January 6, 2021: Gum Disease is more common than Heart Disease and Diabetes combined, Report finds.
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December 25, 2020! Celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
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December 22,2020: Smiling releases Endorphins that relieve stress, Report finds.
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December 11, 2020: Dentists across the US followed stringent infection control policies long before the COVID-19 pandemic, so it's no surprise there have not been cases of COVID-19 transmission in dental settings, according to the American Dental Association and a CDC report.
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December 9, 2020: 16...The number of days until Christmas!
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December 8, 2020: Mass production of toothbrushes began in America around 1885. One of the first electric toothbrushes to hit the American market was in 1960.  It was marketed by the Squibb company under the name Broxodent.
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December 3, 2020: Dentistry is completely safe with enhanced infection control: Results of a new Covid-19 multicenter study!  
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November 30, 2020: Loss of smell and taste: Distinguishing indicators between COVID-19 and the common cold or flu, Report finds
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November 26, 2020: Happy Thanksgiving! Our office is closed for the Holiday and will reopen on Monday November 30, 2020 at 8:00AM.

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November 25, 2020: American Dental Association NEWS FLASH: The ADA found that fewer than 1% of US dentists have had a confirmed or probable COVID-19 diagnosis, suggesting infection control measures at dental practices are working. Continued deferral of care is concerning, dentists say, because oral health conditions left untreated can progress into something less isolated and more serious. And this sort of progression is exacerbated when personal oral hygiene habits have lapsed. People that delay their oral health care have been shown that it can lead to other organ system problems.
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November 23, 2020: The cotton candy machine was co-created by a dentist! It was originally called “fairy floss.” __________________________________________________________________________________________________



November 19, 2020: Our office continues to stay focused on your health and safety as we continue to implement all of the CDC recommendations to stop the spread of Covid-19, in part, taking everyone's temperature and the use of hand sanitizer! __________________________________________________________________________________________________



November 1, 2020: Daylight Savings Time Ends
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October 28, 2020: Older People Are Happier Than Their Younger Counterparts Amid COVID-19, Study Finds!
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October 27, 2020: Research has shown that chewing sugar free gum for 20 minutes after a meal helps prevent tooth decay!
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October 22, 2020: October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Fresh breath, strong teeth and healthy gums are all part of your oral health. Let's give a shout out to our great hygienists, Deidra, Karla & Connie!
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October 15, 2020: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Early Detection Is The Key, Report Finds. Celebrating Survivors and Praying For Those In Treatment! _________________________________________________________________________________________________



October 8, 2020: Dentists See Increase In Stress-Related Oral Health Conditions, ADA Survey Shows.
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October 7, 2020: 63% of sensitivity suffers also report concerns about their gum health, study finds.
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October 1, 2020: Canaries in the coal mine: Report finds a rising risk of oral disease among health-care workers due to an increased dry mouth associated with long term PPE mask wear.
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September 29, 2020: Thomas Family Dentistry has just received the latest Oral B iO-9 Professional Electric Toothbrush Kits!
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September 28, 2020: Preventive Dental Care May Lower Risk Of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, Study Finds
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September 24, 2020: Citric Acid in all soda can dissolve, thin and weaken enamel, Study Finds.
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September 23, 2020: Tongue Scrapers Reduce Bad Breath, Report Finds.
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September 22, 2020: First Day Of Fall!
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September 21, 2020: Your smile and your heart are intertwined, so what’s good for your heart is good for your mouth, Study finds.
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September 17, 2020: Countertop Plexiglass Shields, another one of our efforts at Thomas Family Dentistry to stop the spread of Covid-19! ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



September 16, 2020: Hard-bristled toothbrushes can be harmful to your teeth and gums, especially important to use a softer brush the older you get, Report finds. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



September 15, 2020: Report Confirms: Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) May Stem From Dehydration, Prescription Medications, Other Reasons.
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September 11, 2020: Today we honor all the innocent lives we lost. May we will never forget! _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



September 10, 2020: Report states that 
Tooth Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body! It matters and is meant to last your lifetime!
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September 8, 2020: Obesity May Be Clear Predictor For Severe COVID-19 Illness.
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September 7, 2020: Happy Labor Day! Our office is closed and will reopen tomorrow 9/8/2020 at 7AM.
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September 3, 2020: Researchers Find Association Between Osteoporosis & Increased Risk Of Periodontitis.
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September 2, 2020: Dehydration can make you more susceptible to illness. Stay hydrated.
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September 1, 2020: Face Masks Worn During Pandemic May Make Recognizing Faces More Difficult, Scientists Suggest. Reports state, “Your brain’s powers of facial recognition are going to need some time to get used to the coverings we’re wearing to keep each other healthy.” Various “scientists have some ideas about why masks make recognizing others’ faces difficult, based on studying the brains of average people, as well as people who struggle to recognize anyone at all.”
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August 31, 2020: Latest Teeth Whitening Fad May Harm Teeth.  Report states that “the TikTok hacks are at it again, this time with questionable teeth whitening methods.” The article explained that a TikTok user has shared a video of herself applying 3% hydrogen peroxide on her teeth with cotton swabs to whiten them, and “as the video hit over 15 million views, other users began to follow suit, trying the hack and then showing the results.” Dentists caution against DIY whitening, since it may do more harm than good for teeth.
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August 27, 2020: COVID-19 Reinfection Is Possible But Rare, WHO Says
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August 26, 2020: Number Of New Coronavirus Infections In US Dropped 17% Last Week For The Fifth Straight Week!
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AUGUST 25, 2020: New Coronavirus Infections In US Continue To Fall. As of Saturday, August 22nd,  new coronavirus infections in the US continued to decline for the eighth day in a row.
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August 24, 2020: Most cell phones carry more germs than dirty doorknobs do! The average cell phone is actually covered with about 25,127 bacteria per square inch! ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



August 19, 2020: ADA Says Dental Care Can Be Delivered Safely With Appropriate PPE, Others Agree, Including WHO. WHO Chief Dental Officer Benoit Varenne, Ph.D., also expressed concerns about media coverage of the interim guidance in an Aug. 13 email to global dental leaders. Dr. Varenne said, “Unfortunately, a number of media headlines intentionally or not – when they are referring to the WHO guidance, did not mention that the recommendation to delay routine oral health care is only suggested in an intense uncontrolled community transmission scenario. A scenario that [does] not fit with the current situation of [most countries] around the world.” Dr. Varenne added, “So please be aware of the missing information sometimes disseminated by the media that could increase fear and
concern of patients seeking oral health care."

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August 17, 2020: A Stanford University School of Medicine study: Vaping May Raise Risk of COVID-19 Among Teenagers and Young Adults.
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August 13, 2020: The American Dental Association: “there have been no clusters of COVID outbreaks directly traced to dental offices.”
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August 10, 2020: Can Improved Oral Health Reduce Risk Of Pneumonia? A large study of more than 122,000 individuals identified over a median follow-up period of 10.6 years showed the risk of pneumonia was higher in groups with a higher number of dental caries and missing teeth and lower in groups with frequent toothbrushing and regular professional dental cleaning.
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August 6, 2020: National Fresh Breath Day!
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July 28, 2020: Coronavirus Cases In US May Have Reached Plateau, Data Indicate
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July 27, 2020: Only APPROPRIATELY worn face masks can help reduce the spread of C-19. Unlike how many people are seen wearing any type of face covering in a public space, each face mask must fully cover the nose and mouth and once in position, DO NOT continually adjust the mask or touch your face!
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July 23, 2020: Bruxism Listed Among Signs Of Stress
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July 22, 2020: Dysbiotic Oral Microbiome May Raise Risk Of Esophageal, Gastric Cancers, Study Suggests. A history of periodontal disease was associated with a 43% and 52% increased risk of esophageal cancer and gastric cancer.
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July 21, 2020: Rash Inside Mouth May Be Symptom Of COVID-19, Small Study Suggests.
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July 20, 2020: Research shows that a dry mouth can increase the risk for tooth decay! Try sipping water, chewing sugar-free gum, or using a humidifier at night. 
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July 13, 2020: Recent Report States: Dental Visits Listed Among Health Appointments People Should Consider Keeping Despite The Pandemic
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July 8, 2020: Studies show that electric toothbrushes often remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes do.
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July 4, 2020: Celebrating Independence Day!
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July 1, 2020: Hand Sanitizer & Double Masks are continued to be implemented by Thomas Family Dentistry for each patient's health and safety as part of the ADA/CDC recomendations to stop the spread of Covid-19.
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June 29, 2020: On June 3, 2020, the CDC stated that at this time there have not been any confirmed cases of transmission of COVID-19 in dental settings reported to the CDC.
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June 26, 2020:  Sometimes, juice can have just as much sugar as soda. Make sure to have some water after in order to rinse away the acid from your teeth!
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June 18, 2020: Apples are nature's toothbrush. Chewing the fibrous texture of the fruit and its skin can stimulate your gums, reduce cavity-causing bacteria and increase saliva flow.
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June 15, 2020: For Your Protection: ADA & CDC Recommended Enhanced PPE 
Implemented by Thomas Family Dentistry to help in dentistry's fight against Covid-19. 
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June 4, 2020: MEDIFY: Medical Grade Operatory Air Purifiers installed in each clinical treatment room. Implemented by Thomas Family Dentistry to help in dentistry's fight against Covid-19.
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May 26, 2020: Today's CDC Reminder...
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May 25, 2020: Memorial Day! May We Never Forget Their Sacrifice...
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May 11, 2020: Pre-procedural Rinse implemented by Thomas Family Dentistry to help in dentistry's fight against Covid-19.
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May 7, 2020: Nonemergency Dental Services Resume in Oklahoma!
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May 4, 2020: NEW CHANGES FOR TODAY'S OFFICE REOPENING!

Welcome back! This UPDATE will outline new ADA & CDC RECOMMENDED & IMPLEMENTED CHANGES to the practice of dentistry! 

• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
• We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
• You may see that our waiting room is essentially closed to maintain social distancing and will no longer offer magazines, children’s books and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception and check-out areas at any one time.
• We will communicate additional procedures individually to each patient prior to your appointment. 

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions that you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Starting on Monday, May 4th at 1PM, to make an appointment, please call our office at 918-455-0123 or make an appointment here on our website. For our patients that already have scheduled appointments, we will be contacting you soon!

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends. God Bless, DRT & DRR
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May 1, 2020: INFECTION CONTROL & COVID-19

We hope this DENTAL NEWS UPDATE finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety!

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your previous visits to our office. Our infection control processes have always been made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable!

And with the events surrounding Covid-19, we want to update you about the enhanced infection control procedures we will continue to follow in our practice to keep our patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

As a result of these new recommendations, you will see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Our next few UPDATES will address these changes. So stay tuned and stay informed! God Bless, DRT & DRR
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April 30, 2020: NEWS UPDATE:

In compliance with the ODA and the lifting of the State of Oklahoma Closure Mandates, our office will be reopening for regular, non-emergent dental procedures like cleanings and restorations on Monday, May 4th! 

We will start to see patients on Tuesday, May 5th, as we will use Monday to continue preparing our office and further training of our staff for the new CDC compliance changes that are now in place for dental health care. We will continue to provide more about these changes here later! God Bless, DRT & DRR 



March 16, 2020: In Compliance With Current Recommendations From The American Dental Association, The Oklahoma Dental Association & The CDC, our Dental Office Is Closed For All Non-Emergent Dental Procedures! Tentatively we are scheduled to reopen Monday, April 6th. During this unprecedented time, we pray for all to stay healthy & we appreciate your patience and understanding!
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March 13, 2020: We understand that you may have questions and concerns about the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If you have a scheduled appointment, please plan to keep this appointment. If you are experiencing symptoms like fever, cough, congestion, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath, please cancel your appointment. We have been advised that you should contact your primary health provider for the appropriate course of action. We want you to know that Thomas Family Dentistry's highest priority is the health and safety of our patients, staff, and guests. We continue to follow all recommended CDC Guidelines for your protection.
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March 11, 2020: Kids May Get More Calories From Post-Sports Snacks Than They Burn While Playing, Study Suggests!
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March 10, 2020: Brushing Teeth Frequently May Be Associated With Lower Risk For Diabetes, Researchers Say
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March 9, 2020: Periodontitis Associated With Respiratory Disease Mortality In Older Patients, Study Finds.    
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March 5, 2020: Poor Oral Health May Increase Risk Of Developing Type 2 Diabetes, Study Suggests
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March 4, 2020: Researchers Say Number Of Deaths In The US Tied To Opioids Over The Past Two Decades May Be Almost 30% Higher Than Previously Thought.
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March 3, 2020: Dental Education needs to start early. Dr. Riddel provides information to these Kindergarteners about their first Dental Visit!
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March 2, 2020: Poor Oral Health Associated With Dementia!
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February 27, 2020: More Than 10% Of US Adults Have Diabetes, CDC Report Says
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February 26, 2020: Dental Health Reminder for National Children's Dental Health Month: Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months to get the best clean!
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February 25, 2020: Studies Link Gum Disease With Stroke Risk!
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February 24, 2020: Invisalign: The 48 Hour Rule: Research shows that teeth move more during this timeframe with the insertion of each new aligner!
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February 20, 2020: Certain essential oils possess dental pain-relieving qualities, including clove, nutmeg, eucalyptus, or peppermint oil.
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February 19, 2020: Studies have found that cheese is great for your teeth enamel!
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February 18, 2020: Dark Chocolate, AKA, Protector Of Teeth: Study reveals that Dark Chocolate Tannins can actually help prevent cavities by interfering with the bacteria that causes them.
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February 17, 2020: Celebrating National Children's Dental Health Month!
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February 13,2020: Projection Shows Half Of US Could Be Obese By 2030
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February 12, 2020: Periodontitis Correlated With Worse Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Activity, Systematic Review Suggests
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February 11, 2020: FDA Begins Crackdown On Vaping Flavors, But Some Teens Have Found Workarounds
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February 10, 2020: CDC Recommends Clinicians Use Standard Precautions And Isolate Patients With Coronavirus Symptoms
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February 6, 2020: Flu Poses Greater Risk To Americans, But Coronavirus Causes Panic
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February 5, 2020: Signs of Vitamin B Deficiency May Appear In Your Mouth, Study Shows!
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Februaury 3, 2020: February Is National Children's Dental Health Month And Give Kids A Smile!
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January 30, 2020: Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths Rising, Young Adults Experiencing Decline In Buprenorphine Treatment, Research Indicates
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January 29, 2020: Healthy Eating Habits May Reduce Risk For Untreated Caries In Adults, Study Finds
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January 28, 2020: Kombucha, Gummy Vitamins Among Trending Foods That May Harm Your Teeth!
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January 27, 2020: Update On The Oral-Systemic Link: As science’s understanding of the role of inflammation evolves, the oral-systemic association between periodontal disease and a broad array of other inflammatory conditions becomes clearer.
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January 22, 2020: Study Suggests Fitbits Could Help Health Officials Predict Flu Outbreaks In Real-Time.
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January 21, 2019: Tongue Piercings May Lead To Infection, Pose Risks To Oral Health
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January 20, 2020: "Life's Most Persistent and Urgent Question is What Are You Doing For Others?" -MLK...Today we remember the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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January 16, 2020: Study: Decreased Tongue Fat May Help Reduce Severity Of Sleep Apnea
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January 15, 2020: Researchers Find “Normal” Body Temperature Has Dropped. Probable causes seem to be related to several factors, including the development of treatments to address inflammatory conditions, including periodontal disease.  
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January 9, 2020: Study Identifies Food Trends That May Be Contributing To Obesity In The US
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January 7, 2020: Study: Treating Periodontitis In Patients With Diabetes May Reduce Tooth Loss, Microvascular Diseases 

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December 24, 2019: Nearly 85% Of US Children Up To 23 Months Old Eat Foods With Added Sugars, Artificial Sweeteners, Study Suggests
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Thomas Family Dentistry

(918) 455-0123
2109 West Washington Ave. Broken Arrow, OK 74012