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Posts for: July, 2013

By The Office of Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler
July 24, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: NASCAR  

This is a great article about The American Dental Assosciation and Nascar teaming up!


NASCAR’s Greg Biffle races to victory with Give Kids A Smile paint scheme

Education at Michigan International Speedway reaches 6,000


Brooklyn, Mich.—Greg Biffle's victory at Michigan International Speedway on Father's Day June 16 capped off a great weekend for the Give Kids A Smile/NASCAR oral health education campaign.

For this race, Greg's No. 16 3M Ford Fusion sported the GKAS logo, and he lauded the program from victory lane.

"It is a pretty special day for us all together," said the NASCAR star and GKAS ambassador. "We were able to make a lot of kids smile with our Give Kids A Smile car today.  It was Emma's first Victory Lane on Father's Day, so that was even more special. This program is great in that it helps teach parents and kids about good dental care for children, and provides education, screenings and treatment for thousands of kids in need each year. It's an honor to be part of Give Kids A Smile and to take them to Victory Lane."


Father’s Day victory: NASCAR’s Greg Biffle and his daughter show off their smiles before the start of the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 16. Mr. Biffle won the race in his No. 16 3M car that featured a Give Kids A Smile paint scheme.


"It was a great day for the Give Kids A Smile program," said Dr. Robert Faiella, ADA president. "You can see the enthusiasm that Greg Biffle has for this program and the way he shares that message with fans of all ages is incredibly powerful. The partnership with Greg and with NASCAR helps shine the spotlight on the need for dental care among our underserved children. And the children we connect with through NASCAR learn lifelong smart oral health habits that will truly impact their lives."

Dr. Faiella joined representatives from the ADA, the Michigan Dental Association, 3M and Henry Schein June 19 to see the GKAS booth in action. About 6,000 fans heard the Ad Council oral health message to brush for two minutes two times a day ( and received ARM & HAMMER Spinbrushes, donated by Church & Dwight.

On June 15, 30 children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lenawee County, Mich., spent the day at the track. Not only did they hear a presentation from Greg Biffle and GKAS co-founder, Dr. Jeff Dalin, they received oral health education and goody bags with education materials, floss, toothpaste, Trident sugar free gum, a die-cast model of Greg's No. 16 3M car with the GKAS logo and an ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush.


Smiles: Dr. Robert Faiella, ADA president, left, and Dr. Jeff Dalin, Give Kids A Smile cofounder, right, present NASCAR’s Greg Biffle with the dinosaur teaching tool used at the GKAS/NASCAR dental education booth during race weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
Mr. Biffle and GKAS NASCAR sponsors—the ADA Foundation, Henry Schein Cares, CareCredit and 3M ESPE Dental—are reaching out to race fans during 11 NASCAR race weekends nationwide this season, offering fun family activities and oral health education at the 3M display in the track midways. They expect to reach more than 600,000 people with oral health messages during this season.


"Greg's victory not only brought national attention to his incredible driving skills and the No. 16 3M Give Kids A Smile Ford Fusion car, but also to the critical importance of good oral health and hygiene," said Michele Penrose, director of Professional Relations for Henry Schein Dental, the exclusive professional products sponsor for the ADA Give Kids A Smile Day program. "All of us at Henry Schein were proud to watch Greg drive home this important message."

John Stefanick, director of Industry Relations for 3M ESPE, hailed the event as a great success.


Education day: NASCAR’s Greg Biffle meets with kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lenawee County, Mich., during a GKAS/NASCAR dental education event June 15 at Michigan International Speedway. The kids received oral health education and goody bags with education materials, floss, toothpaste, Trident gum, a die-cast model of Greg’s No. 16 3M car with the GKAS logo and an ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush, donated by Church & Dwight. GKAS/NASCAR sponsors include the ADA and ADA Foundation, Henry Schein Cares and 3M ESPE Dental.
"The collaboration between the ADA, Henry Schein Cares, the Michigan Dental Association and 3M ESPE was quite evident during the Michigan NASCAR weekend," he said, "as all of us came together to man the GKAS booth to educate thousands of race fans with Greg Biffle's endorsement of the Ad Council's message of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes. Greg's support for the GKAS program has grown stronger as our NASCAR program has expanded to 11 tracks this year and we were pleased to be a part of his celebration in Victory Lane where he spoke of his No. 16 GKAS car and of the many kids that participated in the weekend activities."


The next GKAS/NASCAR event will rev up Aug. 23-24 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.

In addition to following Greg's accomplishments on the track, race fans of all ages can put themselves in victory lane with him. Visit to create a photo with Greg Biffle on pit road or with the race-winning trophy in Victory Lane.   

Jaw Pain - TMJ Pain - Headaches: Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler in Lansing Can Help

For those who have a poorly aligned bite or missing teeth, health related problems such as frequent headaches or sleep disorders can become more pronounced because their jaw muscles are working harder to bring the teeth together, straining the surrounding jaw muscles, leading to TMJ disorder.  If you are experiencing any of this, you may be suffering from  a TMJ disorder, a painful condition that is often mistaken for other conditions that cause recurring headaches. 


Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

The temporomandibular joints are the points at which the lower jaw attaches to the skull, and are among the most complex joints in the human anatomy.  If your jaw clicks or pops, this could be a sign of a TMJ disorder.  Joint sound is one of the most recognized signs of a TMJ disorders.  TMJ disorder symptoms include:

  • Clicking and/or difficulty when opening and closing your mouth
  • Frequent headaches
  • Neck and/or shoulder pain
  • Sensitive teeth when no dental problems can be found
  • Jaw pain or stiff jaw when chewing, biting, eating or yawning
  • Earaches without an infection

Between five and ten percent of Americans suffer from TMJ symptoms that require some form of treatment. 


Stressors May be Causing you Pain

Do you have too many things on your “to-do” list and not enough time to do it?  Are you worried about up coming events this year?  It is important to take a deep breath and stay calm when performing stressful tasks.  According to the Academy of General Dentistry, when a situation causes stress, many people grind or clench their teeth, which can eventually lead to temporomandibular joint disorder.

Overloading the tiny muscles in your jaw can cause a TMJ disorder.  When you experience many stressful situations, you may exhibit symptoms such as tightened jaw muscles without realizing it.  Over short periods of time, this habit is not detrimental, but long periods of time will prove to be problematic.  Prolonged grinding or clenching of your teeth while stressed can cause soreness of the jaw, as well as partial or full locking of the jaw. It can also cause cracks in your teeth.  In addition you may exhibit clicking in the jaw area, earaches that are not caused by infections and pain surrounding your temples. 

If your discomfort is more intense when you wake up in the morning, you may be clenching or grinding your teeth while you are sleeping.  This is very common.  At the end of the day, if your jaw hurts you may also be clenching your teeth at work, which is often caused by stress. 

If you are noticing pain, pay attention to where it is located, keep your teeth apart by placing your tongue between your teeth, stretch your jaw by gently opening and closing, and call Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler to ensure that there is no serious problem if your pain continues for several days. 


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