Fall Newsletter2010
In This Issue
Your Medicines and Your Mouth
Drink This...Not That
Our Family
It's checkup time
The seasons have rolled around and fall, the season of change, has returned.  Summer is wonderful but regular habits like brushing and flossing can get neglected.  Because we usually consume more sugary snacks and beverages, we put even more stress on our dental health.  No matter what the season we love it when we see you.  Give us a call today to plan your appointment around your changing schedule.
So as the autumn leaves begin to swirl we look forward to seeing your smile!
Yours in good dental health,
Philip K. Hornseth, DDS
Erin M. Curless, DDS 
Flexible Spending Accounts
If you have a Flexible Spending Account and would like to plan for your 2011 dental expenses call  731-1550 or contact us by e-mail  at hornsethcurless@new.rr.com and we can help you make the most of your tax savings. 
I hope this latest edition of the Hornseth & Curless Dental Newsletter providesyou with some great information.  If you have any suggestions for our next edition call Amy at 731-1550.

Your Medicine and Your Mouth
Many medications, including vitamins, minerals, and herbs, can have a negative effect on your oral health.  The possible side effects of some common medications include:

Abnormal Bleeding:  Aspirins and anicoagulants (heparin or warfarin)--can cause bleeding problems during oral surgery or treatment for periodontal disease.
Taste-altering:  Cardiovascular agents, central nervous system stimulants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, respiratory inhalants, and smoking cessation products--can cause a bitter or metallic taste or affect the ability to taste.
Oral Soft Tissue Reactions:  Blood pressure medication, immunosuppressive agents, oral contraceptives--linked to the develpment or oral sores, inflammation, or discolloration of the soft tissues in the mouth.
Enlarged Gum Tissue:  Antiseizure medications, immunosuppressant drugs such as those taken after organ transplants, and calcium channel blockers  can cause the gum tissue to overgrow and become inflamed.
Dry Mouth:  Antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, blood pressure medications, muscle relaxants, drugs for incontinence, Parkinson's disease and antidepressants--can cause irritation of the soft tissues in the mouth, which can make them inflamed and more susceptible to infection.
Fungal Infection:  Oral inhalers for asthma--often cause oral candidiasis, a fungal infection in the mouth.
If you're suffering from a side effect, give the professionals at Hornseth & Curless a call today!
Drink This...Not That! 

water bottle

Just because a sports drink quenches your thirst as well as water, it doesn't mean it's as good for you.  A recent study from the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore found that energy drinks and sports drinks can be abrasive on tooth enamel, maybe even more so than cola.  According to the study, while all drinks eroded tooth enamel somewhat, the most damage occurred with citrus-flavored drinks like lemonade, energy drinks, sports drinks, fitness water, iced tea and cola.  Having one of these beverages occasionally is fine, it's when you sip it continuously that there is potential for enamal breakdown.  If you use sports or energy drinks when working out, drink them quickly rather than taking a swig every few minutes.  Or just choose water instead:  It keeps you hydrated while protecting your smile.
Our Family
The dental team at Hornseth & Curless has a special relationship with you their patient.  We knew that you would want to hear all our good news:
  • Late in 2009 Jodi one of our dental hygienists received her Bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College of Dental Hygiene-- and just recently Kim, another dental hygienist, received her Bachelor's degree in Business Mangagement with a Healthcare Emphasis from Lakeland College.  We are so proud of these two and their accomplishments! 
  • We welcomed Kellie back to our dental team in May.  Kellie was a dental assistant with us for over 10 years and returned as a treatment coordinator.  Welcome home Kellie! 
  • Babies, Babies everywhere!  Dr. Curless and her husband Ryan will welcome their second child in mid-February and Dr. Hornseth and his wife are excited that their third grandchild is anticipated in March to son Brett and daughter-in-law Betsy! And Amy (office manager) and her husband John will become grandparents again next May!
  • Not one but two weddings are planned for 2011.  Todd, the youngest son of Dr. and Mrs. Hornseth will be married to Kristin in July.  They will make their home in Oregon.  Brenna one of our dental assistants was engaged this Summer and is also planning a July 2011 wedding.  She and her fiance' Spencer will be the third of three VanStraten sisters to marry Jack brothers!