Technology, fluoride, education and modern products have made it easier to keep your teeth clean at home, but local dentist Dr. W. Ken Morgan (3100 Kingman St., Suite 100, Metairie, 780-7006) says you still need to see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups to take care of the problems such cleaning doesn't address.
"[Regular visits to the dentist] are very important," Morgan says. "We have to remove plaque and tartar that builds up on your teeth. Brushing and flossing and using Listerine mouthwash are important and help, but you just don't get all that stuff.
"If we can see people on a regular basis, we can take X-rays and thoroughly examine the teeth and keep an eye on little cavities and any developing gum problems. Gum problems you can't always see." Cavities that aren't visible and gum problems can be affected by aging, medications and other situations.
Morgan's full-service dental office offers maintenance cleanings and dental X-rays, general dentistry for all ages such as fillings, root canals, etc., and cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry including replacing missing teeth, surgery, repairing a collapsed bite, crowns, dental implants and dentures.
"We try to emphasize prevention," the dentist says. "We try to educate people and facilitate preventive techniques, but sometimes you get people ... who are past prevention and need intervention. Sometimes you get people in who really haven't been to the dentist in a long time and they really need a lot of work."
Morgan, who bought the practice from a retiring dentist two years ago, says he's still accepting patients at his casual, tasteful office. His best advice: "Come in regularly and take care of things early. If they don't, things progress and we have to play catch-up." In addition to cleaning habits, oral health also can be affected by medications that cause dry mouth, fluoridation or lack of it, diet (especially if it's rich in sugar), natural aging and other things.
It's a Guy Thing
Grooms are, perhaps, the most over-looked person in a bridal party, especially compared to events, information and resources targeted at brides. Weddings With Style magazine is doing something to change that with the presentation of It's His Wedding, Too, Groom & Bridal Showcase from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Money Hill Country Club (100 Country Club Drive, Abita Springs).
The showcase will feature demonstrations as well as exhibits of goods and services associated with the groom's role in the wedding. It also will feature the latest in bridal fashions available at local shops, including tuxedos and accessories from designers such as Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Givenchy and others. Other exhibitors include hair styling salons, travel agencies, limousine providers, music services and photography studios. Wellness services also will be available, such as cholesterol screenings, blood pressure readings and information about prostate cancer.
In addition, attendees can watch the Saints and Falcons game on a big-screen TV and participate in a putting contest for men and women during halftime. Hors d'oeuvres and champagne will be served.
Admission is $6 in advance and $10 at the door, with part of the proceeds benefiting Special Children are Privileged, a group that helps obtain medical equipment and supplies for children who need them. For more information, call 525- 2743.
You don't have to be skinny as a rail to be a model, as participants of the Simply Couture model search and workshop for plus-size models will show. The model search begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Radisson Hotel (1500 Canal St.) and is an open call for models ages 14 to 30 to participate in Simply Couture Fashion Extravaganza Nov. 22 in Baton Rouge. The workshop follows at 7 p.m., with Miss Plus America and other celebrities discussing such topics as finding an agent, selecting a photographer, makeup tips, marketing information and more. Call 467-7939 for more information, or log onto www.simplycouture.com.
Just in time for holiday shopping and mailing duties, local businessmen Mark and Curtis Monson opened The UPS Store (201 St. Charles Ave., 523-3293). Not only does the store offer a variety of products and services to make it easier to package and mail items, it also provides mailbox and postal services, black-and-white and color copying, document finishing and more. It's open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Monson's store, which opened last month, is the newest of six UPS franchises in the south shore metro area and two on the Northshore.
- Dr. W. Ken Morgan with tools of his trade in his Metairie dental office.