Sensitive Teeth?

Are your teeth sensitive to hot, cold, or sweets? If so, there are many reasons why that might be the case. Some reasons include: tooth decay, a cracked tooth, worn tooth enamel, worn fillings, exposed roots (gum recession), grinding or clenching, brushing too hard or using a hard bristled toothbrush, teeth whitening, or acidic foods.
Depending on the cause of the sensitivity, there are a few things that will help provide some relief.

  1. Try a desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne or Colgate Sensitive Pro- Relief.
  2. Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing at least 2 times a dayand flossing at least once a day.
  3. Gently Brush using a soft-bristle toothbrush to protect gums.
  4. Use an over the counter fluoride rinse or a fluoride rinse prescribed by your dentist.
  5. Wear a night guard for grinding.
  6. Maintain regular dental office visits.

Corrie Ingham, RDH

Can brushing, flossing, cleanings and routine dental exams save your life?

The bacterial byproducts from periodontal disease enter the bloodstream and trigger the liver to make a protein. The protein can inflame the arteries and cause blood clots leading to heart attack and stroke. People with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease than people without gum disease. It can also worsen existing heart conditions. If its been more then six months since your last visit, please give our office a call. Don’t put off your dental visit any longer!

Ashley Surrency RDH

Discussing Dental Implants with Dr. Caughman Part 1

This will be the first in a series of discussions about dental implants. Implants have been around for many years but they have become more common in the last decade. Dental implants have many uses but they are not a replacement for natural teeth. The best solution is to keep your natural teeth. However, if existing teeth are hopeless or teeth are missing, dental implants may be one of many options. There should always be a discussion with your dental provider about your options and what solutions are best for your situation.

Dental implants are titanium threaded screw-like devices. These devices are made to be placed in bone and the bone integrates with the implants over a period of time, a process called osseointegration. Implants can be immediately placed after a tooth is extracted (taken out), or it can be placed at a later date, after the bone heals. When the implant is ready, it will be restored with a crown to make it look like a tooth. We can have single implants or multiple implants placed depending on the goal. Implants can be restored with bridges or dentures. These options will be discussed in later blogs. Again, implants are just another option for replacing missing teeth. Ask your dental provider what is best for you.

Thinking of declining your annual x-rays?

Thinking of declining your annual Bitewing x-rays for another visit? Well, think again! These x-rays are the Dentists only way of identifying the cavities that sneak up in between your teeth. Another benefit is to have a glimpse of the bone levels supporting your teeth and targeting problems early that are not necessarily seen in the mouth clinically or at home in the mirror. Habits such as sipping on soda, sweet tea, and other sugary drinks throughout the day not only cause an acid attack on the teeth, but, are also some of the things that lead to those sneaky cavities in between our patient’s teeth. Our office has recently switched to mainly using digital sensors to take these type and other types of x-rays. Cutting the already low rate of exposure to radiation in half! Your investment now in being regular with your visits and x-rays can catch cavities early on before you are in pain. Ways at home to prevent cavities in between your teeth are mainly to be mindful of your daily intake of sugary foods and drinks as well as to develop a daily flossing habit. As always, we are here for you if you need help or have any questions about preventing decay in your mouth!

Ashley Cryder R.D.H

New Treatment to Diminish the Appearance of White and Brown Spots on Teeth

There are two main causes for splotchy discolorations on our teeth: “less-than-perfect” oral hygiene while wearing braces and excessive fluoride ingestion as a child. Either way, these chalky white and brown spots can be embarrassing and affect our confidence. In the past, bleaching has been used to treat these discolorations. The goal was to lighten the parts of the tooth not affected by the spots in an attempt to blend the colors and make the spots less noticeable. In many demineralized cases, bleaching leaves the white areas even lighter and patients no happier with the appearance of their teeth than before bleaching. We have recently begun to use GC MI Paste Plus to help blend the light and dark spots with the natural color of the tooth. These treatments have been very successful. We completed the case below during seven in-office treatments with the patient applying MI Paste Plus at the end of her nightly oral hygiene routine. No fillings were done and she did not use any bleaching products. The in-office treatments take about thirty minutes and are completely painless. We are excited about this new treatment option to help our patients smile with more confidence!

Melissa M. Jordan D.M.D

Never had a cavity?

Never had a cavity? That’s awesome! But did you know that you can still get gingivitis, an infection in your gums and an early indicator of peridontitis which is gum disease? If your gums bleed when you brush or floss then you have gingivitis. How do you know if you have gingivitis or periodontitis? Only by visiting your dentist and dental hygienist who will use a special tool called a probe which measures for gum disease. Gum disease is known as a silent disease because symptoms are not always present. Early detection of gum disease can prevent bone loss and subsequent tooth loss. So if you think just because you have never had a cavity you are free and clear of visiting your dentist please think twice and have your teeth examined and cleaned twice a year by your dentist and dental hygienist.

Melanie Louks RDH